Laurel Burch was a prolific artist whose work emerged from humble beginnings. She began making jewelry by hammering found metal objects on the back of a frying pan. Her creations became bridges to friendships and patrons. Through trading, selling, and giving them away, these artifacts found their way into the lives of people all across the country, and the phenomenon of collecting Laurel Burch began.
As she continued to hone her craft as a way to make ends meet, local shops in San Francisco began to take serious interest in her work by carrying her one-of-a-kind pieces.
Her self-dedication, and passion to create beauty in the world paved her way to a successful 40-year career as a designer and self-taught painter. Retail shops, manufacturers and fans from countries around the world became captivated by the bold colors and imaginative creatures seen in all her work.
In 1971 Laurel Burch visited China. Through a former business partner, Shashi Singapuri, she became the first American designer to be invited to work in China (then The People’s Republic Of China). She was introduced to artisans who specialized in cloisonne’, a particular enamel that worked brilliantly with Laurel’s brightly colored patterns. Using this material and technique, she worked alongside artisans to develop a collection of handcraft enamel jewelry made from Laurel’s paintings of animals, people, flowers and cats, recognized today as Vintage Laurel Burch Jewelry.
Today we find later collections of pre-owned vintage jewelry on sale across the internet, but we’re excited to reveal this rare collection of handmade cloisonne jewelry, recently discovered in Shashi’s inventory.
During our Warehouse Sale, we are re-introducing this collection of never-worn Vintage Laurel Burch Cloisonne Jewelry. It is our joy and pleasure to invite you to claim a rare, handmade Laurel Burch treasure and take home a piece of history. Join us and be one of the first to be reacquainted with pieces from this collection.