SPITZER & FURMAN
Spritzer & Fuhrmann were jewelers on the island of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles. At its height in 1977, the company had 32 stores throughout the Caribbean and New York, and employed more than 500 people.LEARN MORE
SPITZER & FURMAN
Spritzer & Fuhrmann were jewelers on the island of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles. At its height in 1977, the company had 32 stores throughout the Caribbean and New York, and employed more than 500 people.
Wolff Spritzer came from Budapest, where he had lost his business during WWI. After some time in Berlin, he moved to Curaçao in 1927 and brought his family over in 1929. Wolf rented a small display case in a general store, where he began his work as a watchmaker and goldsmith.
Esiu "Charles" Fuhrmann came from Romania. Suffering religious persecution, he fled for Vienna, and on to Hamburg with the intention of continuing to Venezuela. Through a fellow passenger, though, he came into contact with Wolff Spritzer. Wolff made room in his display case and the two men entered into business together.
Shortly thereafter, they seized an opportunity to buy the jewelry collection of a traveling German merchant and decided to sell a portion of it on the island of Aruba, opening a shop in Oranjestad (Orange City). With the success of that store, they soon opened a second store in Curaçao.
During WWII, American soldiers and sailors stationed in Curaçao and Aruba became good customers. After the war, passenger ships began to come to Curaçao, and from there the stores began to expand.
In 1962, they opened a second flagship store Curaçao, in the Heerenstraat, then the main shopping street in Willemstad (Curaçao). It was at that time one of the island’s first true specialty stores. “Before Spritzer & Fuhrmann one could go to a store and buy a shot of rum, two cans of sardines, a khaki pants and yes even a machete.”
Besides the extensive jewelry and watch collection, the store was also known for its fine collection of crystal and porcelain from the best European brands, such as Daum, Lalique, Orefors and Wedgewood. In addition to the main jewelry and gift shop, there were specialty departments, including a goldsmith, watch repair service and a section for decorations, such as boxes and cases used for presents to the Royal Family and other guests to the islands. They employed a permanent staff just for the artful window displays, which won several prizes.
Shops expanded to include locations in the Curaçao airport and at the hotels: Hilton, Holiday Inn and Arthur Frommer. Outside Curaçao, there were shops in Aruba, St. Maarten and Bonaire. They even opened a location in New York, as a service for the purchases made in the Antilles. They enjoyed strong relationships with their employees, many of them working with the company for more than 30 years.
Unfortunately, the 1980’s brought severe losses for the company. The big cruise ships, such as the Michelangelo and Queen Elizabeth, weren’t coming to Curaçao and the devaluation of the bolivar in 1985 meant that affluent Venezuelans were no longer doing their shopping abroad. Despite restructuring efforts in 1984 and 1985, the company finally closed its doors in 1990.
Spitzer & Furman jewelry and watches remain highly collectible to this day.BACK TO SHOP
Spitzer & Furman
|GEMSTONE(S)||Ruby & Sapphire|
|TOTAL GEMSTONE CARAT WEIGHT||1.8 ctw|
|MAIN GEMSTONE SHAPE||Round|
|MAIN GEMSTONE CUT||Brilliant|
|METAL(S)||Yellow Gold (18K)|
|CONDITION||Excellent - shows no signs of wear|
|MARKINGS||S&F, 18K N.313, 750|
|DIMENSIONS||7.5" x 1" in|
|CLASP TYPE||Sliding Bar Closure|
Spitzer & Furman
Italian 1960's Gold, Ruby & Sapphire Bracelet
Evoke vintage Italian glamour with this incredible 18K yellow gold bracelet from the 1960's. In pristine condition, this rare piece is loaded with 1.8 ctw of round brilliant rubies and sapphires, encrusted upon a sophisticated large diamond-shaped weave of gold. Breathtakingly superb craftsmanship combines with a brazen vintage aesthetic to create this eye-catching piece. A snug sliding bar closure provides additional security, all while ensuring a seamless appearance.
The piece maintains the markings "S&F", "18K N.313", and "750" along its 7.5" x 1" inch body. It remains in excellent condition showing no signs of wear.