The following article is copied from the De Vroomen Web site.
Leo de Vroomen is recognized today as one of the world’s most prestigious designers of bespoke jewelry. Born in Holland during the Second World War, Leo was the youngest of eight siblings and the family tulip growing business was long since spoken for.
From an early age he dreamed of a more artistic life, a world away from farming. Following his apprenticeship in The Hague and qualifying as a Master Goldsmith in Switzerland he came to London in 1965.
Whilst lecturing in jewelry design at the Central School of Art and Design (now Central St. Martins) he met Ginnie, his future wife, design partner and muse. This successful relationship resulted in the formation of De Vroomen Design.
Interest from top retailers in the UK and the US ensued. The company expanded rapidly and the distinctive De Vroomen style gained an international reputation. It received many accolades including twice the coveted De Beers Diamonds International Award. De Vroomen also holds the 2001 Award for Best in Design, Haute Couture, the “Oscar” of the jewelry industry, presented in Phoenix Arizona.
In 1991, in recognition of De Vroomen’s uncompromising pursuit of the highest standards in craftsmanship and design the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths presented an exhibition of jewelry by De Vroomen in London’s prestigious Goldsmith’s Hall, the ultimate accolade.
In June 2002 Leo de Vroomen decided to focus on his own retail outlet and opened an elegant boutique in Belgravia’s Elizabeth Street, London SW1.
The shop provides a showcase for the collection as well as offering a bespoke design service for customers seeking jewelry that is personal and exclusive. Many will make an appointment with Leo to discuss the item they might like to buy from the collection or to explore the possibilities of having something designed especially for them. Either option is a most enjoyable process and will very likely take place whilst enjoying a glass or two of bubbly.
De Vroomen’s strong sculptural forms make a clear individual statement, encapsulating elegance and sophistication.
Each De Vroomen piece is a work of art made by the finest craftsmen with exquisite attention to detail.
I am deeply passionate about my jewelry. To create something innovative, dynamic and beautiful without compromise is always exciting. But the real pleasure comes from seeing it worn by the right woman with confidence and pleasure”.
If you want to learn more about this artist, go to his website: http://www.devroomen.co.uk/Home.aspx