1952 - 1962
Eugene Jewelry was created by the talented Eugene Schultz.
Eugene was born in the United States because his father, August Schultz, had migrated to New York City before World War I. August was a Doctor of Chemistry working for Bayer aspirin and he and his wife had two sons, Karl and Eugene. Eugene was born in 1911 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his brother Karl was born two years later. In 1916, the family moved to Closter, New Jersey. Eugene's mother, Elizabeth Duvall Schultz, was one of the first successful female real estate agents in New Jersey, and Eugene and Karl had a nanny as well as servants who cared for them.
Eugene graduated from Parsons School of Design and worked as a costumer for Broadway shows in the late 1920s-early 1930s. In the mid to late 1930s, Eugene worked for Cartier hand painting Christmas cards.
Barbara Schultz Byers, his niece, told that her uncle was an incredibly handsome man – a tall brunette with blue eyes and a magnetic smile. He was always smartly dressed, and many thought he was a Hollywood star.
During World War II Eugene served in the Army in a non-combat position and was stationed in Hawaii. His family says that after the war he went to work for Miriam Haskell Jewelry in some capacity, although so far there is no record at Haskell Jewelry to show this to be true.
In 1952 he started his own company, Eugene Jewelry, with a showroom on Madison Avenue. Soon Eugene Jewelry was sold in posh stores like Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, Neiman Marcus in Dallas and the finer stores in Boston.
Eugene also created decorations for some shows, for example, Perry Como Show.
Mr. Eugene Schultz died on Thanksgiving Day of 1964, about two years after his company went out of business.
Scott Byers, Eugene's great nephew, is a collector of his great-uncle's jewelry and history. According to him, Eugene designed some of the unsigned jewelry from the early days of Miriam Haskell. According to the people who worked at Haskell, though, Eugene never designed there at all. Nobody knows what is true, but it is clear that Eugene decorations were influenced by the work of Frank Hess, Miriam Haskell’s designer.
All the Eugene jewelry pieces are incredibly rare and highly collectable. With the elaborate handwork and impeccable design, Eugene jewelry is often compared to Haskell jewelry.