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HAND CRAFTING FINE FILIGREE FOR OVER 100 YEARS
Whitehouse Brothers was founded in 1898 by Joseph C. and William H. Whitehouse. The brothers quickly developed a reputation for manufacturing finely designed and crafted platinum jewelry. The jewelers at Whitehouse Brothers were truly renaissance men. By the early 1920’s Whitehouse Brothers had grown to become the largest manufacturing jeweler in America, employing over 100 craftsmen. Among those employed were designers of precious metal jewelry, who were being classically trained in Cincinnati as metal sculptors.
Whitehouse designed some of the most impressive filigree mountings you see online. The timeless styles are sculptures reflecting years of drawing, painting, metal working and perception of the world. One example of their work, style #8136, was designed to commemorate the return of Halley’s comet in 1910. Other styles include Victorian, Floral, and Naturalistic motifs.
In the early 20th century, platinum was an unpopular choice for many jewelry manufacturers because of its complicated work-ability. Whitehouse Brothers’ master platinum craftsmen had developed processes for manufacturing platinum, achieving a superior product compared to gold. To promote the use of platinum, Whitehouse Brothers developed a five part series to be printed in the Jeweler’s Circular-Keystone (JCK). In 1919, Whitehouse Brothers released a series of ads known as “The Romance of Platinum.”
It has always been a concern of Whitehouse Brothers to build quality jewelry based on fine designs. Platinum has allowed not only the craft of fine detail, but of lasting perfection. Platinum is the king among metals that allows the craftsman’s hands to raise it to the plane of the jewel itself. It becomes more than a mere setting. It is an essential part of a real master work of artisanship and now their collection is available at Ben Garelick Jewelers.