Raymond Yard

In 1898 at the young age of 13, Raymond C. Yard began a career in the jewelry trade as a door boy at one of the premiere jewelry houses in the U.S., Marcus & Co. in New York. Having learned jewelry-making and salesmanship, he quickly rose through the ranks and by his 30s, he was the most sought-after salesmen at Marcus. There, he attracted the attention of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a Marcus client, who in 1922 encouraged him open his own firm and recommended him to his friends: the Woolworth, Flagler, DuPont, Harriman and Vanderbilt families. With an extraordinary clientele, Raymond Yard soon became synonymous with high-quality gemstones and platinum mountings elevating the Art Deco movement in the 1920s and 1930s to another level through ornate and delicate designs.