Obscurity May Be Ending for These Jewelry Designers

Experts say the French makers Georges and Jacques Lenfant finally may be getting the recognition they deserve.

Guy Barton is hunting for bold gold jewelry with the initials GL, for Georges Lenfant. “It’s a hidden mark that indicates fantastic, unparalleled quality,” said Mr. Barton, the director of Hancocks London, the vintage jewelry dealer established in 1849.

As someone who has handled examples of fine jewelry from every period, Mr. Barton said that no other goldsmith has matched the craftsmanship and creativity of the mid-20th century-maker. “You can instantaneously tell a Lenfant piece when you hold it,” he said. “It is tactile and flexible; it has artistic finishes and textures and movement.”


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