Robin Woolard Jeweler - San Francisco, CA
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Robin Woolard is a classically-trained jeweler, creating exquisite jewelry in high-karats gold, platinum and precious gems. Each piece is custom-made, employing the centuries-old techniques of Italian jewelry making, which is rapidly being replaced by computer generated mass production, even among the prominent jewelry houses. The classical system entails hand-forging the metal without the use of wax or casting—an organic system that creates balance in color, line and form, giving life to each jewel, making it one-of-a-kind.
Robin was introduced into the world of fine jewels by his grandfather, whose exclusive jewelry shop thrived in Los Angeles in the 1920’s and 30’s, and by his father, who continued the family tradition. At an early age he also began a lifelong passion for both classical and contemporary painting, sculpture and design, whose inspiration can be seen in his meticulously crafted work.
From his apprenticeships in the early 1970’s, Robin met a teacher in the classical Italian school of goldsmithing. During these years he developed a knowledge of traditional metalworking techniques, textual finishes, inventiveness in design; conceiving jewels as works of art, giving dimension and tactile movement to each piece in order to accentuate the beauty of the gems.
In 1979 Robin moved to New York to work for Carvin French, producing pieces for Cartier, Bulgari, Van Cleef and Arpels and other prominent houses. He then moved to London, where he worked for the firm of E.
Wolfe & Co, whose clients included Asprey & Co and Garrard & Co, among many others.
In 1992, the passion to create uniquely beautiful jewels led him to open his own shop--Robin Woolard, Goldsmith—in Carmel, California—home to other innovative jewelers and artisans—where he produced his elegant designs for satisfied clients for over 14 years. His jewels are now found in fine collections throughout the world.
Robin offers an exclusive collection of original designs in a wide range of styles from classical to contemporary, and traditional to unconventional. Working directly with his clients, Robin custom makes each piece, whether using their stones or his own, building a wonderfully personal relationship from design to creation. As a GIA-educated gemologist he also offers consultation, appraisal and restorations.