Raymond Yard jewellery
From Raymond Yard decorations can be learned not only the history of jewelry art of the twentieth century, but also the evolution of American tastes. From Art Deco to the “space” design of the 60s, from strict classical forms and large rings with moonstones to funny rabbits waiters … To survive during the “dry law” in America, sense of humor, perhaps, was very helpful. Thanks to these relevant and certainly very expensive brooches, talented jeweler Raymond Yard has won eternal fame. In 1929, at the peak of the ban on the sale of alcohol, the jeweler has released a brooch in the form of rabbits waiters, these ornaments have become a kind of artist’s protest against the law. Rabbits waiters have become the hallmark of the brand, they are hunt for by the collectors all over the world.
Raymond Yard started working very early – at age 13, as an errand boy in a large jewelry house. His quick eye and a desire to learn, let the boy move up the career staircase. In 1922, with the assistance of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., he opens his studio on 5th Avenue in New York. Yard mainly worked for the richest family in New York, doing things for them in one piece. Among legendary families were the Rockefellers, Fleischmanns and Flaglers. His decorations are of the highest quality and unique sense of humor. Yard was intimately involved in every piece of jewelry that carried his name and expected perfection in the final product. With such limited production, high-quality groups of pieces by Raymond Yard rarely come up for auction.
In 1958 Yard retired, leaving the company to his three oldest employees. Today it is headed by the descendants of these people – they produce jewelry on sketches by Raymond Yard.