Founded in 2010, Erstwhile is a vintage jewelry brand created by fifth-generation jeweler Jared Klusner and wife, Alisa Klusner. Based in the heart of New York City, Erstwhile goes beyond jewelry, serving as a curator for those seeking the extraordinary.
As our name suggests, Erstwhile, derived from the Old English word meaning "former," epitomizes the legacy we aim to preserve – a homage to enduring love stories.
Specializing in a realm where history and craftsmanship unite, Erstwhile is the destination for vintage and hand crafted engagement rings and bands, each adorned with rare antique diamonds and gems. Delve into our collection of Victorian engagement rings, each boasting a century-old narrative, or explore Art Deco pieces, where stunning design intertwines with important historical movements like Egyptian Revival.
A scion of a family that has etched its mark in jewelry across five generations, Jared's lineage traces back to the heart of Odessa in 1887. It was here that Hirsch M. Klusner breathed life into a Belle Epoche era jewelry store that was an oasis of rare gems and exquisite watches.
In 1937, the descendants of Hirsch embarked on a journey to reshape their fate in New York City. Amidst the hustle of Manhattan's jewelry district and a store cherished by luminaries like Paul Newman on Madison Avenue, the Klusner lineage discovered a new sanctuary.
It was in this evolving narrative that Jared Klusner was born in 1975, inheriting a legacy of passion and knowledge that would soon become his life's calling. As a young boy, Jared found himself drawn to his father's career. Amid the cadence of metals and gems, he developed a remarkable skill - the ability to discern the extraordinary amidst the ordinary.
Jared’s journey was sealed, which led him across the world on epic hunts for the exceptional. Being able to distinguish museum quality pieces he would source signed period jewelry that he would go on to supply jewelry houses like Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier.
Jared's quest for the perfect ring for Alisa lead him to a new found love and appreciation for vintage engagement rings. This love would grow to become, Erstwhile.