As Jewelry Designers and Goldsmiths, Ben and Kathryn Stewart have spent over 30 years challenging their hands and creating each Modern Heirloom® out of Gold, Platinum, and Silver. Applying techniques found in turn-of-the-century jewelry intertwined with their use of modern technology, they design and create jewelry that reflects the qualities of each person they encounter. Backgrounds in illustration bring strength to their designs and a mastery of line brings a simple elegance to their work. Each piece is created with attention to detail and inspired by turn-of-the-century design and technique. Specializing in the Lost Art of Hand Engraving, custom jewelry design, and creation, Ben and Kathryn Stewart bring a contemporary twist to an old work style. The result...Modern Heirloom®.
We are often asked how we came up with our Trademark. It was quite early on in 2005. We had introduced numerous modern technologies including CAD CAM and Laser welding to our tool set and had also begun mastering many heirloom techniques such as Advanced Stone Setting and Hand Engraving techniques. We found ourselves making jewelry pieces to mark these momentous occasions for our visitors. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and even passings to name a few, and we cherished the opportunity to help families in creating these significant pieces. We often would (and still do) reset and restore family pieces to carry their legacy forward. When not recreating or restoring, we were designing and making new pieces to bring the next generation creations with a sense of nostalgia and timelessness. These pieces are not simply accessories; they are meant to be passed down as family heirlooms, carrying with them the stories and memories of those who wore them before.
We created Modern Heirloom®. The name became synonymous with our creations and were proudly granted an official US Trademark for Modern Heirloom® in 2011.
Next time you need to mark that special moment, capture it through a Modern Heirloom® to be carried on through this and future generations.