In essence, I’ve created my own niche, the jeweler turning his meticulous eye and art on a world beyond a woman’s wrist, neck, and ears. I’m fascinated by the idea of taking everyday objects around us and turning them into jewels for the home.
My career began in 1981 with a necklace created for my mother. Years later, after gaining success and recognition as a jewelry designer, I created my first bejeweled picture frame. Since that first frame, the collection has grown to encompass luxurious designs from figurines to furniture. I am very proud to work with a talented team of designers and artisans in New York, Rhode Island, and around the world to realize each handcrafted treasure.
Jay’s early years
Jay’s first jewelry designs
Collaborating with Oscar de la Renta
1982 - 1989
The business grows/road bumps
Jay Strongwater is launched
Jewels for the home
1995 - 2005
The first 10 years
Very quickly, Jay’s home designs began to supplant his jewelry business, as clients clamored for each new home collection—and he adds small boxes and clocks alongside larger, more exquisite frames each season. As his father retires from the business, Jay partners with the Weingeroff family in Cranston, Rhode Island, to produce and grow the collection.
Jay begins to put together a New York City atelier, and a Rhode Island workshop of designers and craftspeople to help realize more complex designs—candlesticks, figurines, and wall mirrors. Jay Strongwater soon becomes a leading brand in the home departments at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and internationally at Harrods in London and Tanagra in the Middle East. Jay Strongwater jewel box stores are opened in Las Vegas, Russia, and Dubai.
Partnering with Aurora Holdings
Jay Strongwater is acquired by Aurora Holdings, owner of the iconic American brand MacKenzie-Childs. Jay and his team continue to design the entire collection in New York City. Metal forging remains in Rhode Island, while a brand-new workshop for enameling and stone-setting is opened in upstate New York.
“I am honored to be working with Aurora Holdings team, building upon the heritage of Jay Strongwater and expanding the materials and designs we can work in. I have always been inspired by the great ateliers of Louis Comfort Tiffany and Fabergé, and would like to make that concept relevant in today’s world for Jay Strongwater.” – Jay
Celebrating 20 years of fabulousness
The Jay Strongwater team celebrates their twenty-year anniversary of designs for the home with an extraordinary collection of five spectacular designs—each one limited to an edition of 20. Individually, they tell the story of a fantastical design first realized in rough sketches, then a clay model, followed by forged metal, and finally embellished with layers of enamels and thousands of sparkling crystals. Jay visits 10 Neiman Marcus stores throughout the fall season, meeting collectors and selling out the entire collection.
Jay Strongwater today
“Here in the New York studio, we start each day with a rough sketch, a glint of an idea, a sample of a new technique, and we dream a little bit. How can we enchant our customers with our artistry? How can we push the boundaries of what we create? Slowly, over months, our dreams are realized, with painstaking care for all the details that each design deserves. The designers and myself—well, we are like proud parents, handing off each design to our colleagues in the Rhode Island, New York, and overseas workshops.
There, our artisans, with their talent and patience, will re-create each individual design many times over. The craftsmanship is always impeccable and the materials are superlative. The design is as stunning today as it will be many years from now. But no matter how many times we make a design, we never lose sight of the fact that when you hold your piece of Jay Strongwater, it has to dazzle you.” - Jay
Inspiration & Design
Making the Model
Creating Castings from Molds
Soldering, Polishing, & Plating
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