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E D   W I E N E R

Ed Wiener (1918-1991) was one of the most well-loved and respected modernist jewelers of his day. Though almost entirely self-taught, he possessed a magnificent appreciation of form, line, and color together with an amazing ability to uniquely apply the ideas and principles of modernism to his life's work.

His early work from the late 1940s into the mid 1960s was mostly created in silver.  He was inspired to work in 18K gold with colored stones after a visit to the Cluny Museum in Paris where he became fascinated with the18K gold medieval reliquaries with their "explosion" multi-colored stones.

His work is featured in every major book on American mid 20th century studio jewelry.  Biographies of Ed Wiener and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives: www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

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ED WIENER 18K GOLD, EMERALD, & DIAMOND BROOCH

     
An exquisite, naturalistic, gold brooch by Ed Wiener, most likely c. 1970s; 18K gold with large, deep blue-green, Chatham emerald crystals and three beautiful, prong-set diamonds that rise from the leaf design; about 2-3/4" x 1-1/2"; marked: "ED. WIENER, 18K;" fine condition.

The Chatham emerald was a discovery of Carroll F. Chatham, a San Francisco scientist who discovered the secret of growing emeralds.  Peter Macchiarini also used Chatham emeralds in some of his jewelry.  The method of creating these beautiful emerald crystals continues to be carefully guarded family secret. The company is now under the direction of Carroll's son, Tom.

$4,500.00 (item #KHW001)

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ED WIENER 18K GOLD & BYZANTINE COIN RING

Exquisite, one-of-a-kind, 18K gold ring by Ed Wiener with a rare Byzantine coin; purchased around 1968 from Ed Wiener in New York; about size 7-1/2; gold-work on this ring is typical of Wiener's beautiful, textured surfaces from the late 1960s; top is approximately 1" diameter; ring is marked: "18K, EW;" excellent condition; coin has minor planchet cracks typical for coins of this age--this does not diminish its value; a truly magnificent piece by a great American artist/jeweler!

SOLD (item #MGE001)

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ED WIENER 14K GOLD & EBONY EARRINGS

 

 

A rare pair of beautifully hammered, 14K gold and ebony earrings by Ed Wiener, pictured in "Jewelry by Ed Wiener" the catalog from the retrospective exhibition of Wiener's work held at the Fifty/50 Gallery in New York in 1989, page 69; about 1-5/8" diameter; marked: "14KT.;" fine condition;  from a collection of Ed Wiener jewelry.  Above pictures include our model wearing the earrings (now) and the original owner wearing them in the 1950s. 

SOLD (item #JP001)

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ED WIENER 18K GOLD DANCER PIN

 

 

 

Exquisite gold dancer pin by Ed Wiener, c. late 1960s; about 2" x 1-1/2"; though unsigned, the piece is in keeping with Ed Wiener's particular gold work of the late 1960s; piece tests as 18K gold, but has no marks; blue stone is a sapphire; small chip on the stone under one of the prongs, otherwise fine condition.  This piece is from the collection of a woman who purchased pieces directly from Ed Wiener in New York in the 1950s and 1960s.

$1,500.00 (item #JP003)

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ED WIENER (ATTRIBUTED) 14K GOLD & MOONSTONE RING

 

 

Beautiful, organic, handmade 14K gold ring with three moonstone spheres; attributed to Ed Wiener--from a family who collected Ed Wiener jewelry in the 1950s; about size 7; crown with moonstones is about 3/4" high x 1" across; fine condition; marked: 14K.

SOLD (item #JP002)

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