Known for their sculptural pieces richly set in yellow 18 ct gold with diamonds and, at times, further embellished with colourful gems, Kutchinsky designs celebrated the return of luxury goods in the mid-1900s.
For Jewellery collectors, the name Kutchinsky brings up images of sculptural pieces richly set in yellow 18 ct gold with diamonds, perhaps further embellished with colourful gems such as turquoise, tiger’s eye, and coral.
For Londoners, the Kutchinsky name is synonymous with luxury. The firm’s Brompton Road boutique is located just steps away from Harrods in Knightsbridge, but it did not start in such a glamourous area.
The firm was originally established in the late 19th century in the East End of London by Hirsch Kutchinsky. Hirsch’s grandson Joseph prompted the move from the original location to affluent Knightsbridge in 1958. Their move came at the same time as loosening of wartime restrictions, and a return to luxury and acceptance of spontaneity in the world of jewellery and fashion.
The trend for jewellery of the 1960s and 1970s is on the rise. Kutchinsky’s exceptionally well-made, high-quality jewellery is leading the market, alongside contemporary designers such as Andrew Grima and John Donald. Lyon & Turnbull’s Select Jewellery & Watches auction in May features three exemplary pieces of diamond-set jewellery by Kutchinsky: a watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre, a statement starburst brooch and a rope-twist ring.