Archive for January 2009
Jeff Cooper began his journey in the jewelry industry as a young man in Manhattans Bowery district, working with his hands at the jewelers bench. He eventually broadened his horizons to sales and began working for several companies; he honed his skills and then founded his own company in 1976. Jeff worked endless hours, designing and creating his line of fine jewelry as well as developing his relationships with fine retailers nationwide. Working in Platinum, Gold and Diamonds, Jeff always had his fingers on the pulse of the developing styles and trends of bridal jewelry. Jeffs designs are clean, elegant and simple, Jeff believes its the classics that never go in and out of style, and that less is more. In technical terms, to create simple and clean jewelry is more difficult then engraved work, because there is nowhere to hide, you cannot cover up poor quality metal and poor setting work. While the rest of the industry rides the waves of each trend, Jeff prefers to be consistent in his look and design philosophy and create rings that are indicative of his brand image and are easily identifiable as Jeff Cooper items.
In the year 2000, David Cooper, Jeffs eldest son joined the company full time. Bringing with him a wealth of gemological experience, and creativity, the two are an award winning team and powerhouse. Jeff and David believe in quality and service, each ring is important to us for so many reasons. We view our jewelry as far more then a material possession, its symbolic of the union and relationship between two people, and its the foundation on which two people can build their future. Bridal jewelry is something that no matter what, or how your day goes, you can always look at your rings and be reminded of that day you took your wedding vows, of the day of your proposal and all the joy, love and other emotions that rushed forth at that moment. This importance and relevance is why every single ring is made 100% by hand in Jeffs Long Island workshop, Jeff does everything here and his product is 100% made in the USA, unlike many other designers. By creating each ring by hand under one roof, he has total control over quality, precision and is able to create anything a client can think of.
Jeffs inspirations come from his daily life, his love for his family, passion for style and fashion as well as the excitement he understands that can be created with the right ring for the right person. Every ring tells a story, every ring is individual and every client is important, its this emphasis that Jeff and David put on top of every task they do. Davids design work has steadily been adding to the new creations in Jeff Cooper, from the Nikole Collection to the new Duet Collection. David says a ring is a three dimensional piece of wearable art, and I like to combine elements that illustrate a picture or emotion with each ring, creating from his life and experience is what gives this designer his motivation.
Jeff and David are proud to have their line at the finest jewelry retailers, around the country.