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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...
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....
Shashi started importing jewelry in 1964. As an employee of Eastern Airlines, he used $700 to source products overseas, import, and sell them. He made another trip a few weeks later on the pretense his mother was ill, and by the time he took a 3rd trip he was self-employed. Within a year or two Shashi had turned his initial investment into about $100k in inventory. He spoke English, Malaysian, Hindi (Mandarin was added later) and was able to create unique relationships in Indonesia, China, Singapore, India and elsewhere - relationships that were used to source antiques, find gemstones, and to manufacture the Shashi...
We shipped millions of catalogs in the 1990s and many of our customers remember them fondly. Last week I decided to play with digitalizing a few from my collection.
At this time 20 years ago we were printing this thing like crazy and getting it ready to ship out to several hundred thousand houses.
Hey Jewelry Lovers! I'm removing the timelines from our collection pages as they slow down the load time too much. But they are useful and I love them, so were going to archive them to the blog. Heres a timeline covering middle ages jewelry - roughly 400 AD through the end of the Renaissance. Please check out the slideshows and let us know what you think in the comments.
Hey Jewelry Lovers! I'm removing the timelines from our collection pages as they slow down the load time too much. But they are useful and I love them, so were going to archive them to the blog. Heres a timeline covering modern jewelry - 18th century to present. Please check out the slideshows and let us know what you think in the comments.
I'm cleaning up the site a bit as the variety of gemstones on the homepages was getting out of hand - so I killed them (you can still see all the stones in our gemstone jewelry collections) and redid the rest of our homepage and a few collections. Let me know what you think.
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- art nouveau
- british museum
- independence day
- jewelry design
- laurel burch
- mothers day
- mummy beads
- museum day
- new items
- patti hansen
- shashi inc
- the met
- v&a museum
- vintage enamel