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GIA Unveils New Book Chronicling the Life and Career of Hollywood Jeweler William Ruser

CARLSBAD, CA – October 26, 2023 – The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) announces the release of “William Ruser: The Jeweler Who Charmed Hollywood,” a new book delving into the remarkable life and career of the renowned jewelry designer.

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Authored by GIA Research Librarian Judy Colbert and Peggy Tsiamis, the book paints a vivid picture of Ruser’s journey from humble beginnings to becoming the favored jeweler of Hollywood’s elite during the 1940s through the 1960s. His clientele boasted names like Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and Joan Crawford, drawn to his whimsical figural jewelry often adorned with freshwater pearls.

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“Ruser possessed a distinct design language, with unique elements that made his work instantly recognizable,” said the late Michael Kazanjian, a respected estate jeweler and former GIA Board of Governors member.

Ruser honed his skills and customer service expertise at the prestigious Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin before establishing his own Ruser Jewels on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The expansive store housed a bustling workshop with nearly 30 artisans and lavish showrooms. Despite employing numerous sales clerks, Ruser himself remained the top salesman, with customers specifically requesting his personalized service.

The book, spanning 125 pages and featuring over 100 images, also sheds light on the contributions of Cyril and Vera Wood (Cyvra), the husband-and-wife design team behind Ruser’s iconic figural pieces.
“William Ruser: The Jeweler Who Charmed Hollywood” offers a captivating glimpse into the world of a legendary jewelry designer and his enduring legacy in the world of fine jewelry.

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