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Oscar Heyman on the hunt for its historical pieces

May 28, 2014

New York--Oscar Heyman, a New York-based jewelry company that has been in business since 1912, is looking for estate jewelry pieces for possible inclusion in a new book it is creating in partnership with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

The book will celebrate the influence that Oscar Heyman jewelry has had on American jewelry trends over the past century. As such, the company is asking anyone -- retailers or their clients who have bought Oscar Heyman jewelry over the years -- who may have an estate piece from the company to contact them to discuss using an image of the piece in the book.

The company offers the following tips to help clients identify if their piece may be an Oscar Heyman design:

--Post-1950, most Oscar Heyman pieces had the OHB trademark stamped on the shank or the clasp.

--Prior to 1950, look for jewelry stamped with the names of prestigious jewelers such as Marcus & Co., Bailey, Banks & Biddle, Shreve, Crump & Low, or J.E. Caldwell.

Other jewelers that possibly sold Oscar Heyman pieces prior to 1950 include: Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Brock & Co., HW Beattie & Sons, Black, Starr & Frost, E.M. Gattle, Bert Satz, CD Peacock, Coleman E. Adler, Cowell Hubbard, Cyril Peck, Greenleaf & Crosby, Laykin et Cie, and Mermod Jaccard King.

The company is asking anyone who thinks that they have an Oscar Heyman piece to send a photograph to Retailers also can have customers with potential pieces come by their stores, and the jeweler then can coordinate with Oscar Heyman to identify it.