Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his most iconic design, David Yurman dazzles DC with a limited-edition collection at Tysons Galleria.
The limited-edition Renaissance bracelet, rendered in hunter green, amber, and champagne gems, pays homage to the classic design’s 30th anniversary.
How many cable bracelets has David Yurman sold over the years? Due to its continuing popularity it’s hard to know exactly—Yurman says the answer tops 25,000—but suffice it to say, the number unquestionably justifies a proper celebration.
It’s been nearly four decades since Yurman, an artist and sculptor, crafted a few pieces of jewelry for his then-girlfriend, Sybil. He used the methods and materials he favored for his art—a process of heating, melting, and twisting long metal rods to create new forms. It’s now the stuff of industry legend that Sybil wore the jewelry to an art show, where it attracted the attention of an interested buyer, who inquired if it was for sale. David said no, while at the same time Sybil said yes. And just like that, David Yurman was a jewelry designer. And he and Sybil will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary this year.
The jeweler’s shop at Tysons Galleria.
But there’s another anniversary that’s also top of mind. Not long after that seminal moment, Yurman crafted a cufflike piece—an open-ended, twisted helix of cables with finial ends adorned with gemstones—and he christened it the Renaissance bracelet. How quickly was it a success? “Fortunately, right at the very beginning,” says Yurman. Over the years, he has created hundreds of variations of his Renaissance bracelet using different combinations of metals and stones, with his ever-growing fan base always eager for the latest design. Fittingly, Yurman’s iconic Renaissance bracelet ranks among the most-collected pieces of jewelry still in active rotation.
David Yurman selects gemstones at his workshop.
Now celebrating the bracelet’s 30th anniversary, Yurman and his son, Evan (named chief design director for the label in October), are revealing “30 Years of Cable: A Celebration of Inspiration and Innovation,” an aweinspiring, limited-edition collection dedicated to the iconic design. Available at the jeweler’s Tysons Galleria shop, bracelets come in vibrant tones like hunter green, amber, and champagne. “The saturated colors have the feeling and fun of pop art and are a nod to fashion,” Yurman notes. Other commemorative designs feel decidedly “Washington,” like the timeless sterling silver style and the polished 18k yellow-gold iterations topped with colored gemstones. Still, the most striking design is a three-of-a-kind Renaissance cable bracelet crafted in 18k white gold. Completely pavéd in 28 carats of white diamonds, the glittering bracelet is irrefutably stunning.
All of which is to say, 30 years later, David Yurman is far from out of ideas. “Cable has been and will continue to be a constant,” he says. “It’s the river that runs through everything I create.” Tysons Galleria, 703-245-3515