David Yurman grew up in the Bronx. At age 15 he met a Cuban welder and sculptor named Ernesto Gonzalez who taught him welding techniques. In the early 1960s, Yurman apprenticed for several years with modernist sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. In 1982, Yurman designed what became his signature piece, the cable bracelet: a twisted helix adorned with gemstones on its end caps. He called the bracelet and related designs “Renaissance,” and it has become one of his most enduring collections. Created through an innovative process Yurman pioneered, the cable motif was awarded two rare design trademarks in the United States since it was instantly recognizable as his signature form. His cable design evolved to become the thread that connects all of his collections.
David Yurman represents the augmentation of consciousness is jewelry design.