Spanning two cities, and two generations, the story of Marchak officially begins in 1878 in Kiev, when Joseph Marchak, a jeweller and goldsmith by trade, established his own jewellery house. He would go on to be known as one of the finest jewellers in the Russian Empire, rivalling Fabergé, and earning the accolade, 'Cartier of Kiev'.
Joseph Marchak was known for his ingenuity. With a focus on creating pieces that used only the finest quality materials, and showcasing the highest level of skill from craftsmen, he stood out amongst other jewellers. Forward thinking, and keen to invest in his employees, Marchak established an apprenticeship scheme, created a library of resources for his designers, and was himself extensively travelled, immersing himself in different cultures and ideas.
The turn of the twentieth century saw Marchak’s star rise. By now, 150 of the finest craftsmen were employed by the company, and they were exhibiting at expositions, and won multiple awards both within Europe, and the United States. In 1913, Marchak’s reputation for quality and genius led them to become one of the official suppliers to Tsar Nicholas II.
Disaster struck a few years later. 1918 saw both the downfall of the Russian Empire, and the death of Joseph Marchak. Subsequently, after a meteoric rise and incredible success, the company closed their doors.
A year later, it was Joseph’s son, Alexander, who re-established the business, this time in Paris, where he had just graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Ever innovative, Alexander was one of the first to introduce the cocktail ring, and in 1925, Marchak won the Grand Prix at the Paris Decorative Arts Exhibition.
Following WWII, Alexander Diringer, who had previous experience at both Sterlé and Cartier, was hired as head designer. The same year, Jacques Verger joined the company as a salesman, and later, partner. Alongside Alexander, this proved a winning combination of talent, and the vintage jewels created in this period came to be known as some of Marchak's finest work. After a decade, Alexander Marchak left the firm, bought out by Verger, thus ending nearly eight decades of family involvement. Verger continued to grow the business on an international scale, attracting a prestigious clientele, from celebrities to royalty!
Today Marchak is back in family hands. Celebrated for their exquisite Art Deco jewels, and stunning vintage creations, Joseph and Alexander Marchak's flair for design is seen echoed throughout these exceptional pieces. Here at Berganza we are privileged to have three Marchak pieces in our collection. Our entire collection can be viewed online or in our showroom, with no appointment necessary.