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Obituary: Renowned Jewelry Designer Jean Vitau February 20, 2011 (1 comment)


New York, NY—Jean Vitau, considered a pioneer in jewelry design in the United States, died February 12 at his home in New York after battling cancer. He was 83.

Vitau, who emigrated from France more than four decades ago, was among the first to brand jewelry with his patented GemLok setting. He later founded the Gemveto Jewelry Co. in New York.  An early photo of him and his family at work is shown here.

Vitau is survived by his wife, Irene, three children, Pascal, Philipp, and Mimi, and six grandchildren.

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So sorry to hear about Jean. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jean and Irene for over 30 years. This is a true loss for all. He will be missed.

By scott groom on Feb 25th, 2011 at 6:58pm

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