The Inception of Black, Starr & Frost
Black, Starr & Frost is the quintessential American jeweler. Even though the heritage and history of Black, Starr & Frost stretches back further than both Tiffany and Cartier, this American firm’s design brilliance, significance, legacy, and cultural contributions in the jewelry pantheon have been somewhat dimmed by the passage of time.
To reignite the view of this extraordinary legacy is to first glance at early America. This is a story in the decorative arts that began in the late 1700’s with a humble and savvy jewelry and silver craftsman named Isaac Marquand and spans 200 years and an entire continent to a regal Black, Starr & Frost storefront where, to this day, rare objects of beauty await your discerning eye. That the firm began when Beethoven was alive and penning his piano solo Für Elise, later survived the Civil War and then two more World Wars, witnessed the tumultuous 1960’s and the first moon walk, then continued through the merger mania of the 1980’s and now exists into this new century is a wonder in itself and an achievement few commercial enterprises in any line of business can claim.
This is a tale of an exceptional and beautiful American treasure, an artistic and fashionable enterprise that marched onward, thrived, survived, nearly died, and survived once again. Like an unprecedented, rough-cut diamond recently discovered, the full legacy of Black, Starr & Frost remains to be seen. As rich as the preceding 200 years of history have been, Alfredo J. Molina, one of America’s renowned contemporary jewelers, is committed to restore this great house back to its former elite position.