basket Your basket >
>
Your wishlist >
reset search

SECURE YOUR TREASURE @ 26% OFF* !!!
*Use code: "FIRSTDIBS26" at checkout. Not cumulative with this or other promotions, No discount on already discounted items. Free 'express' shipping
We offer layaway, spread payments on the piece of your dreams. Ask us for details. Free insured shipping on all orders !!!

jewelry glossary

Antique jewelry glossary

Welcome to our extensive antique jewelry glossary with around 1,500 jewelry related entries.If you feel you are missing an explanation, feel free to let us know and we will add it.

A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - X - Y - Z     all

Wolfers Frères

The leading Belgian jewelry firm and the Belgian Court Jeweller.

The firm dates back to Guillaume Wolfers, a journeyman jeweller from Vienna who came to Brussels in 1841. His son Louis Wolfers established in 1850 a workshop of craftsmen from twenty guilds; it designed and created gold and silver jewelry.

His sons Philippe (1858-1929), Max (1859-1953), and Robert (1867-1959) joined the family business and started their retail store in 1890; it was moved in 1911 to Rue d'Arenberg and later to its present address at 82 Avenue Louise.

Philippe became interested in Japanese ware in 1873, and in 1890 started his own workshop; from 1893 he started to make articles with ivory imported from the Belgian Congo (now Zaire). He became a leading exponent of the Art Nouveau style; his pieces were usually dated and signed. After 1905 he became occupied with sculpture and silverware, and by 1910 he ceased making jewelry.

The next generation that carried on the jewelry business included several cousins:

  • Marcel (1886-1976)
  • Lucien (1891-1969)
  • Raymond (1893-1975)
  • Willy (1895- )
  • Gustave-Louis (1905-44)

They have been succeeded by the following generation (sons of Willy Wolfers):

  • Freddy (b. 1920)
  • Jean (b. 1922)

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

Jewelry Glossary

Missing an explanation?
click here to request one

Jewelry Theme Search
Antique Jewelry Lecture
Adin Wallpapers    Help    Shipping Policy    Dealer Terms    Special Requests    Follow us on :   Twitter   Facebook   Google+   Instagram   Links
Home  |   Site Security  |   Track your Order   |   Return Policy   |   Contact Us  |   Antwerp  |   Terms And Conditions   |   Site Map  |   Blog  |   Testimonials  |   In Memoriam