D'Orlan Jewelry Company 1957 - 2006

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Canadian jewellery manufacturer D’Orlan was founded in Toronto in 1957 by Maurice J. Bradden. Maurice Bradden was a tool and dye maker by profession and originally managed a jewelry factory in Belleville Ontario for Avon jewelry. However, In the mid 1950’s Bradden met a very well known jewelry designer in New York, Marcel Boucher. Bradden became Boucher’s protégé and by 1957 decided to move to Toronto to open his own jewelry factory - D'Orlan.

The D’Orlan line was unique insofar as most manufacturing companies buy components from other companies and simply put them together, while D’Orlan manufactured everything in house with the exception of Japanese glass polished pearls and Austrian crystal stones (Swarovski).

The D’Orlan line was distributed in 30 countries. D’Orlan was also the worldwide manufacturer for “Lancel”. In 1979 D'Orlan purchased Marcel Bouchard's jewelry moulds and incorporated the designs into the D'Orlan production line. By 1984 D'Orlan entered into a partnership with the house of Nina Ricci in Paris, creating a high fashion jewellery line for the French fashion house.

As a manufacturer D’Orlan tailored the Nina Ricci collection to a more sophisticated clientele, while the original D’Orlan line remained more whimsical, designed for a younger consumer. Regardless, D’Orlan designed every line in house and became renowned for its high standards.

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