The key feature of jewelry by master goldsmith Arthur King is its organic structure, its ode to nature that is alive and exuberant. Using the lost wax casting method, King’s jewelry expresses this modernist’s desire to reach beyond the confines of traditional jewelry design. His jewelry defines that strand of the modern movement in jewelry which preferred organic and amorphous shapes using free form textured gold settings for gemstones.
A born New Yorker, King’s unique flagship boutique was at 619 Madison Avenue, though over time his jewelry was also sold in London (at Fortnum & Mason), Paris, Havana and Miami. He was known for his use of baroque pearls, and also colored stones such as coral, and rough-cut sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Diamonds accented many of his pieces. King was honored by various arts and design councils, and one of his important showings was as part of the famed 1961 Goldsmiths’ Hall exhibit in London.
Works by this much honored American jeweler are held by the Victoria & Albert Museum, American Museum of Natural History, Goldsmith Hall and the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art, among others. They are essential to the serious collector of modernist jewelry.
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