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RARE Ed Levin Sterling 14K Gold Blue Topaz Top Hinge Bangle Bracelet 1980s

RARE Ed Levin Sterling 14K Gold Blue Topaz Top Hinge Bangle Bracelet 1980s

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Superb Iconic Ed Levin Sterling Silver & 14K Yellow Gold and Blue Topaz Articulating Face Bangle Bracelet 

 

Measurements: Inner Circumference: 7"R (17.78cm)

Face: 1.25"W x .4"W (3.18cm x 1.02cm)                                                               

Markings: © Ed Levin Ster&14K

Weight: 7.3g

Superb bracelet by the iconic US designer Ed Levin. Bracelet features a sterling silver slim body with a bypass style top. The tips of each top piece have a Blue Topaz set in raised 14k yellow gold bezel. Additionally there is a "S" shaped 14k yellow gold bar that wraps around each stone. This allows the bracelet to articulate to open and close for ease of taking on and off. Very cool and clever design! The bracelet overall is in excellent condition having been professionally polished, it looks like new! Another vintage design that has been retired from the collection and is no longer available.  

Edward Levin (1921-2008) NYC, NY. Levin studied Fine Arts at Columbia University NYC and furthered his studies at the Barnes Foundation, New School for Social Research, Alfred University. Additionally he studied with Sculptor Chain Gross and painters Kurt Seligman and Paul Wieghardt. During World War II, he was a pacifist and social activist working with the early beginnings of CORE, the movement for racial equality. In the late 1940s he returned to New York after an apprenticeship with a prominent Argentinian Goldsmith, and began making jewelry in a railroad flat underneath what is now Lincoln Center. In the 1950s he and his wife Ruth moved their shop to Vermont due to his deep inspiration with nature and formally established the Ed Levin Jewelry Company. His early jewelry was made from sterling in the Constructivist tradition, though he was also drawn to Primitivism and the Modernist work of Braque. In 1964 he moved his shop back to NYC to accommodate his growing popularity and need for a larger shop. In the 1970s, he again moved his shop to Cambridge, NY to an even larger facility, where it is still to this day. Peter Tonjes worked for Levin for 30yrs as a Production Manager, right out of college and was eventually appointed President in 2004. He purchased the company from the Levin family in 2012. - Courtesy of the book: "Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960 The Wearable Art Movement by Marbeth Schon" Published 2004 by Schiffer Publishing and EL Designs Website. 

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