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Carvin French History

Two young Frenchmen – André Chervin and Serge Carponcy – found themselves working side-by-side as bench jewelers at the famous workshop of Louis Feron in New York City.  The year was 1954, and both men had come to the United States after having trained and apprenticed under the careful supervision of Parisian master jewelers. With a style uniquely their own, they joined forces and founded Carvin French Jewelers at 16 East 52nd Street in Manhattan.  The name "Carvin" represents an amalgamation of the first letters of "Carponcy" and the last letters of "Chervin."  

The combination of the partners' French savoir–faire with American vitality and inspiration brought them success. Fueled by an American public that appreciated their unparalleled commitment to finesse and quality, the atelier grew in size. Carvin French assembled an international team of the finest jewelers and specialized craftsmen in the world under one New York roof. 


Carvin French soon set the benchmark of style and quality for jewelry worldwide for the second half of the 20th century and continuing to this day.  The workshop created fine platinum and 18 karat gold jewelry, featuring precious colored gems and diamonds, first for Raymond Yard and Verdura, and later for all the top jewelery houses, including Tiffany, Cartier, Black Starr & Frost, Bulgari, Asprey, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Harry Winston, among others.   


Serge Carponcy retired in 1983, and André continued as sole CEO.  Mr. Chervin directs Carvin French along with his nephew, Sylvain Chervin, and his daughter, Carole Chervin.  Descending from a family of French jewelers going back to the 19th century, this family’s legacy is imbued with the unparalleled traditions of French jewelry creation, with a style and spirit that is uniquely American.    

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