Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Ed Levin Jewelry at Smith Galleries

Ed Levin
    When someone asks me to describe Ed Levin jewelry, the two words that come to mind are “contemporary classics.” How can that be? When I think of something as contemporary I think of  new with clean lines, elegance, and almost minimalistic qualities; but a classic elicits the idea of something that has been around for a long period of time and has lasting style and beauty. It could be said to have enduring excellence.  I think I’ve just described Ed Levin Jewelry!

    Ed Levin established his jewelry line in 1950. Ed was an artist, a sculptor, a jeweler, and an inventor of tools, machines, and anything needed to facilitate the production of his work. He began his sales career by taking his jewelry and a card table to college campuses where he sold to students. He then set up a studio in Vermont before he eventually settled in Cambridge, New York, where he established his production studio. All of the Ed Levin staff have been trained in house, and many of them have a long tenure with the business.

Ed Levin's Signature Bracelet
    In 2016 his Signature bracelet celebrated its 50th anniversary. Its clean lines, elegance, wearability, and ingenuity of construction have made it one of his most popular pieces of all time and certainly place it in the classic category.  In 1984, Peter Tonjes joined Ed’s staff and quickly became the authority on all the many pieces of equipment, the processes, and the style and esthetic of Ed Levin Jewelry.  By the time Ed was ready to retire, Peter was not only the designer but the person in charge. Since Ed’s death in 2007 the business has slowly evolved; but only in ways that make it more efficient and complementary to Ed’s vision. The same quality of workmanship and design in evident in every
piece in the three new lines that come out each year.

    We celebrate milestones in our family. Our two daughters have been the recipients of Ed Levin bracelets for several graduations, and they have worn Ed Levin necklaces and earrings for their weddings.  Our older daughter still wears an Ed Levin bracelet that was given to her for 8th grade graduation the year Smith Galleries opened. Do you want to begin a tradition  by giving a piece of art jewelry with lasting style and beauty? Look no further than Ed Levin Jewelry.

Smith Galleries is located in suite J11 (second level) of the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870

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