The late, great Laurel Burch was an artist turned entrepreneur. Most prominently known for her jewelry designs, colorful cats, horses, and animals and beautiful fabrics. Shashi and Laurel met in the early 1970s - in San Francisco - and struck both a romantic and business partnership. Together they founded Laurel Inc. - manufacturing Laurels designs as a 50/50 joint venture. The Laurel Inc. / Laurel San Francisco designs represent the first examples of Laurels commercial work, as such they are highly collectable. The fledgling company first attempted manufacturing directly in San Francisco. They trained hippies and assorted counter-culture types to do jewelry production, but...
A walk through the early days: Featuring our VOGUE covers, Shashi Inc, The Museum of Jewelry Catalog.
Antiques: new selection of Chinese rings and tian-tsui available.
Designs: 100 New Designs this month including necklaces and earrings, and 100 pictures updated on existing products.
1964 The Museum of Jewelry was born in 1964. Shashi Singapuri was an employee of Eastern Airlines with $700 and an idea. He bought antiques in five central American Countries, brought them back to America, and promptly sold them.Our antiques and artifacts such as mummy beads, Chinese silver rings, and tian-tsui were mostly acquired in these early days. Our import business expanded to include South America, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Egypt, and China. Throughout the 1960's Shashi repeated and scaled the process. By 1966 he had a sizable collection of inventory and by 1968 he had largely transitioned from import to manufacturing....
I often asked where our historical jewelry designs originate from or where I find the Museum pieces we share on social media.
The simple answer is that most of our designs were done by Shashi as he traveled the world visiting museums & auction-houses, photographing sketching and later reproducing what he found.
In honor of Museum Week this week, and Museum Day on May 18th - here are some institutions with great collections of jewelry that we have reproduced pieces from or found inspiration through.
- art deco
- art nouveau
- laurel burch
- mothers day
- mummy beads
- museum day
- new items
- shashi inc
- the met
- v&a museum
- vintage enamel