All That Jazz

Seaman Schepps legendary Jazz Cuff in Emerald, sapphire and diamond

One of the designs that made Seaman Schepps legendary for his imagination is wit is the Jazz cuff bracelet! Can you believe believe it was originally designed/created in the 1930s? It’s absolutely of-the-moment nearly 75 years later.

Schepps designed a series of oversized “barbaric”-style bracelets. Here’s an original Seaman Schepps Cuff, c. 1944:

Seaman Schepps Jazz Cuff, c. 1944

Seaman Schepps Jazz Cuffs, modern and vintage

Seaman Schepps Jazz Cuffs, modern and vintage, are picture above. Clockwise from bottom left: A modern Jazz Cuff in sapphire and diamond; Cabochon and faceted emeralds with diamonds in yellow nad white gold, c. 1935; Cabochon and engraved emeralds, sapphires, and rubies with garnets and diamonds in white and yellow gold, which originally belonged to Mrs. Axel Wnner-Grem. c. 1940, now in a private collection.

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John Rawling's photograph for Vogue

It’s a month before production begins on our next catalog, and I’m obsessively sifting through John Rawlings’ photography for Vogue through the 40s and 50s. In the age of provocative-bordering-on-obsene fashion photography à la Terry Richardson et al, Rawlings’ eye for composition and form–together with the refined 40s styling–is suddenly refreshing… and surprisingly sexy. Here’s a shot by John Rawlings for Vogue, circa 1941.  The models are peering into the March 1941 of Vogue, which just so happens to feature Schepps jewelry on the cover!

Model wearing Seaman Schepps jewelry for Vogue, 1941, by John Rawlings

A Missing Link

There’s nothing I find more delight in than discovering a vintage photo with Seaman Schepps jewelry. I often find myself trolling through old magazine archives and society photos, hoping to catch a glimpse of an iconic Schepps jewel. Luck was on my side today… Here a stunning shot of a model wearing our large and medium Link Bracelets, as photographed by John Rawlings–influential Vogue photographer of the 40s.

John Rawling's photograph of model wearing Seaman Schepps Link Bracelets