DF Walter Drop and Whale Tail Bracelet

DF Walter design for Whale Tail Bracelet

DF Walter's bracelet with curved bands

David Walter Jewelry Moves Uptown

David Walter Goldsmith & Platinumsmith is delighted to announce the opening of a brand new gallery and studio in the historic Brooks House, 124 Main Street. Original exposed brick, refurbished hand-carved display cases, and signature blue-gray gallery walls all serve as a crisp backdrop for the jewels, which are produced by hand in the adjacent studio.

Blue ring with arched bands by David Walter

The move coincides with the company's 30th anniversary. Launched in 1985, the DF Walter studio employed half a dozen jewelers on New York's 47th Street and produced pieces for luxury retailers Tiffany, Schlumberger, Buccellati, and Fred Leighton, as well as for many private designers.

While primarily producing one-of-a-kind bespoke jewels, some of David's commissions involve the refashioning of a piece of inherited family jewelry to suit its new owner. In either case, it's a collaborative effort between the client and the designer. "I think a jewelry piece should be comfortable to wear. It should move with the wearer, compliment the wearer, and be supremely respectful of the materials from which it is made. Many styles and genres exist, but the underlying feature of a successful jewel is that, when worn, it is transformed by the wearer, and in turn, the wearer is transformed by it."

David's approach to designing each custom "jewel" is highly principled: "Jewelry has existed since the dawn of time and has found a significant place in the histories and cultures of our world. For me, the emotional and aesthetic impact of jewelry still reaches back to the dawn of Homo sapiens, to the adornment of the body, the refinement of metallurgy, the use of rare materials, and always to the highest level of design and craft. Working with respect and understanding of the natural materials of our world, I strive to make objects of beauty that allow clients to express their love and regard for another, to celebrate an important event, or to grace themselves."

The jeweler's art, as David explained it, is "to bring the designed piece to life with the metals and gemstones at hand; to impart on it grace, balance, and beauty. By coupling these sensibilities with the taste, desire, and life style of the client, I am able to create a jewel that reflects the aspirations of the individual, and one that will be enjoyed for generations."

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