What a find! These vintage Ed Levin sterling earrings are heart shaped with gorgeous lapis stones that have an abundance of gold fleck inclusions. The earrings are large but light, measuring 1-1/4” high and 1-1/4” wide. The clips are marked Sterling and the earrings themselves are each marked Ed Levin (in script) with the copyright symbol, and also Sterling. They are in excellent condition, and would polish up beautifully; that I would leave up to the buyer. Very collectible and just beautiful.
Ed Levin was a pioneer of the modernist jewelry movement and grew his company to be one of the most respected and successful handcrafted jewelry companies in the United States.
Levin was born February 4, 1921, in New York City and grew up in Long Beach on Long Island. He studied fine arts at Columbia University, and later at Alfred University, the New School, and the Barnes Foundation. He successfully obtained conscientious objector status during World War II.
In 1948, Levin lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied with a Florentine master jeweler. In 1949, Levin married Ruth Perlmutter, and lived on the Upper West Side in New York City.
In 1950, he and his wife founded Ed Levin Jewelry, and made jewelry on the stove top in their New York apartment. He traveled by bus throughout New England to sell his jewelry to college students. In 1953, the couple moved to Shaftsbury, Vermont, where Levin sold his artwork and jewelry from Ed Levin Arts Workshop, established in a building on their property. In 1964, he moved his workshop to Bennington where he opened a retail shop.
In 1968, Levin married Ruth Pearl Bluestone Dale, bought a house in Cambridge, NY, and moved his wholesale business there. While Levin continued to design jewelry, he also spent time in his studio painting, sculpting, throwing pots, and inventing tools.
Edward Levin, of Cambridge, New York, and Cedar Key, Florida, died February 23, 2008, at his home in Cedar Key. He was 87. He was an artist, craftsperson, jeweler, painter, sculptor, ceramist, and inventor of machines, tools, and processes to enhance creativity in jewelry making.
Vintage Ed Levin Sterling Lapis Earrings
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