Professional Jeweler Archive: What's New is Old

February 2000


What's New is Old

Celebrating the past is all about tradition, high standards and the same old thing, says K. Goldschmidt & Sons

You might think nothing ever seems new at a company that reproduces antique jewelry. But K. Goldschmidt & Sons, New York City, has kept busy for 60 years keeping up with the latest trends in the field.

“Fashion always reverts back,” says President David Goldschmidt. To keep styles dating to the late-1800s in vogue, the company has to make modifications from time to time. When white metal became popular a few years ago, for example, the company began to offer more styles in white. “And when a certain color of gemstone becomes popular, we take that into account,” he adds.

The company also adapts styles to a customer’s taste.

Another part of the company’s success is the thousands of wax models it has in stock. As trends change from rings to pendants, for example, all the company has to do is bring out the appropriate wax model and, voilá, overnight production of trendworthy jewelry.

To ensure each piece is finished properly and looks as good as the antique design that inspired it, the waxes are made in separate pieces to allow for complete polishing. “We could cast each piece, but it would be impossible to polish the inside, which would jeopardize the quality and high standards we set 100 years ago,” says Goldschmidt.

Company History

Kurt Goldschmidt founded the company in New York City in 1940, two years after emigrating from Germany. Initially, he repaired antique jewelry but later started to reproduce the styles that inspired him.

The business has prospered under succeeding generations. The founder’s sons, Henry and Herbert, eventually joined the business and oversaw a period of growth. Henry is now retired and Herbert is deceased. Henry’s son, Richard, is shop supervisor. And David, Herbert’s son and current president, traces his roots in the business as far back as learning to count by counting pearls. “Even though we are trained to do a specific job, we can fill in for each other,” he says. The company now employs 10, including other family members.

  • K. Goldschmidt, New York City; (212) 819-0950.

– by Lorraine M. Suermann

The company’s jewelry styles date to the late 1800s, but are updated to keep up with trends in metals and gemstones.
Reproduction necklace by K. Goldschmidt, New York City.

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