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Oct. 12, 1942
David Yurman is born.

1959
At 17, David sells his first piece, a sculpture of a hand, to a fellow student in the cafeteria at Great Neck High School in Great Neck, N.Y.

1961
David moves from New York to Big Sur, Calif.

1964
Back in New York, David takes an apprenticeship under sculptor Jacques Lipschitz.

1969
Sybil Kleinrock interviews for a job at sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp’s studio, where David works.

Seventies
David designs two collections for Cartier.

Sept. 28, 1979
David Yurman and Sybil Kleinrock are married.

1980
David Yurman, the company and brand, is established.

1981
David receives the Designer of the Year award from the Cultured Pearl Associations of America and Japan for a necklace of free-form pearls, spaced and clasped by amethyst cabochons.

Jan. 31, 1982
Evan Yurman is born. That same year, the signature cable bracelet design is created.

1983
David receives the Intergold Award for a 14-karat gold and diamond wire necklace and matching bracelet.

1994
David Yurman introduces watches.

1998
Lynn Redgrave wears David Yurman earrings to the Golden Globes, where she wins Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Gods and Monsters.”

1999
The first David Yurman store opens at 729 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. That same year, David designs the first Angel Pin, inspired by one of his sculptures from the Seventies. Sales from the pin raise more than $250,000 for Project ALS through a partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue.

2000
In October, David presents Elton John with the David Yurman Humanitarian Award at the 2000 GQ Men of the Year Awards.

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2001
The Yurmans buy Sushi, their beloved Maltese, the brand lands model Amber Valletta for its ad campaign produced by Lipman Advertising and the David & Sybil Yurman Humanitarian & Arts Foundation is created.

2002
In November, David Yurman opens in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

2003
Cable Kids, a children’s jewelry collection, is introduced. Later, the company headquarters moves from Madison Avenue to 24 Vestry Street in TriBeCa.

2004
In January, David and Sybil Yurman are awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jewelry Information Center’s annual GEM Awards in New York. That same year, Kate Moss appears in a new ad campaign, the South Sea Pearls collection is launched, Evan Yurman heads up men’s jewelry design and boutiques open in Bal Harbour, Fla., Atlanta and Houston. Also, the YouthAids pin and pendant launches at YouthAids Benefit Gala, hosted by Ashley Judd in New York.

2005
In February, Sienna Miller wears David Yurman to the BAFTA Awards and to Moët et Chandon’s Fashion Tribute to Matthew Williamson, David Yurman cosponsors the Frick Collection’s sixth annual Young Fellows Ball, “A Dance in the Golden Age,” and Heidi Klum wears David Yurman to Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party.

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