Hello Harry!!

April 29, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Throughout the month of April we’ve been talking about great jewelry design and the companies that design and make it. So far we’ve talked about jewelers from Paris, Rome and London, but I thought today we would close out our look at diamonds with an American firm, Harry Winston.

Winston was an American jeweler, the child of Ukrainian immigrants, his father was a jeweler and started a small business after moving to America.  Harry worked in his father’s shop and learned the jewelry business, he got his big break when he purchased the jewelry collection of Arabella Huntington, she was the wife of a railroad magnate, her jewelry was very old fashioned and Harry began dismantling pieces from the collection and redesigning them in a more timely fashion.  Redesigning the Huntington jewels allowed Harry to show off his skills as a designer and craftsman and launched his career.

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Harry Winston 1896-1978

Harry is known as one of the owners of the famous Hope Diamond, which he owned for a decade before donating it to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958. Today the name Harry Winston is synonymous with beauty and dazzling, many celebrities turn to Harry Winston to outfit them with just the right jewelry for red carpet events.  The Harry Winston Diamond Corporation today operates 8 store in America and 17 shops in other countries, here’s to Harry Winston, Enjoy!!! 

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Evelyn Walsh McLean owned the Hope Diamond for 36 years, here she is wearing it in the early 1900’s. 

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The Hope Diamond as it appears today in the Smithsonian Institute. 

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An emerald and diamond ring by Harry Winston, inspired by the traffic and suspension bridges of NYC. 

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A vintage Harry Winston diamond advertisement. 

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A cascading Sapphire and Diamond necklace set in platinum.

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The Opal Peacock Brooch, now a part of the Smithsonian Jewelry Collection, donated by Harry Winston. 

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Vintage diamond and emerald chandelier earrings. 

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A Pink Sapphire cluster ring from the Court of Jewels Collection by Harry Winston. 

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A watercolor rendering of a necklace design for Harry Winston. 

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In 1968 Richard Burton gifted Elizabeth Taylor with the 33 carat Krupp diamond he purchased for $305,000.00. In 2011 it sold for more than $8 million. 

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The Harry Winston Boutique in Shanghai.

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The 51.94 carat yellow diamond necklace from HW that Kate Hudson wore in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days in 2003. 

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This is Harry Winston’s hand holding several famous gems including the 337 carat Catherine The Great Sapphire next to his thumb. 

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A gorgeous natural pearl and diamond parure from Harry Winston.

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A 23 carat Harry Winston diamond ring. 

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Pink Sapphire and Diamond ear clips from Harry Winston. 

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One last ET pic, here she is wearing the Taylor-Burton diamond necklace from Harry Winston at the 1970 Academy Awards. 

All images are courtesy of Pinterest.

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