Georg Jensen – was the first in a tradition of Danish silversmiths who trained as sculptors. A financial backer helped him establish his own firm in Copenhagen in 1904. On his death in 1935, the New York Herald Tribune described him as, “The greatest silversmith of the last 300 years. ” He raised the design quality of Danish jewellery. The company produces easy to wear classics, to dress up or down.
Nils Erik From – Danish, born 1908, trained as a silversmith and opened his own showroom in 1931. He built a factory and exported his designs across Europe in 1960. Whilst his earlier pieces were floral, the sixties range was more abstract in design. Hilmer Jensen, who joined the firm in 1966, ran the factory after N.E. From died in the 1980’s. N.E From’s jewellery is now out of production. The designs remain timeless and currently affordable.
David Andersen – The Norwegian company founded in 1876 by its namesake, who was a gold and silversmith. Arthur Andersen took over the firm in 1901 following the death of his father David. He continued to maintain the standards of high quality craftsmanship whilst introducing the use of that signature enameling seen on many David Andersen items. The company is still going strong and is now run by its fourth generation.
Charles Horner (1837-1896) – was the founder of the company. His sons opened a factory in Halifax in 1905, producing hatpins, thimbles and art nouveau jewellery. The firm closed in 1984. Pieces remain highly collectable, particularly those which are enameled.