• about sid forman

    Born in Johannesburg of humble beginnings, master craftsman Sid Forman established the company over 60 years ago and still heads what has become one of South Africa’s most prestigious jewellery and diamond companies.

    Sid Forman is known as a master goldsmith, an artist, designer and jeweler. His work evidences a finely orchestrated, artistic approach to creating gold objets d’art, jewellery, painting and sculpture.

    Numerous awards, both nationally and internationally bear testimony to a creative genius in a wide range of mediums from gold, bronze, wood and marble. He is also known to judge various competitions and to mentor in apprenticeship programmes for aspiring designers and artists.

    Sid alongside his wife Lorraine as well as together with his children have passed on the creative heritage. They have thus established a continuity in the field as well as a shared appreciation of artistic excellence.

     

    PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN

     

    Nelson Mandela pictured with Sid, his daughter Nicole and wife Lorraine

     

     

    Madiba surrounded by the Forman family

     

     

    Madiba with Sid's grandson, Trent

     

     

    Madiba and Graça with Sid's sister, Rene

    The company

    Over sixty years in the business of creating gold objets d’art, jewellery and diamond masterpieces has consolidated the name Sid Forman as synonymous with timeless design, quality and artistic integrity.

    Sid Forman showcases a dynamic team of award winning designers, artists and sculptors who combine the latest technologies and know how with creative excellence.

    The range of services offered by Sid Forman has pleased Presidents, Kings and Queens, from conceptual design to expertly crafted aesthetic works.

    Sid Forman presents you with a guarantee of flawless integrity and excellence in service.

    With its history, reputation and artistry, to own a "Sid Forman" is to enter the realm of exclusivity.

  • craftsmanship

     

     

    GOLD "ANTIQUE" DUELLING PISTOL SET

     

    Bathed in an air of antiquity, this exclusive duelling pistol set, hand crafted from 18ct gold, stands as the epitome of artistic perfection. Encrusted with diamonds, carved from ivory and skillfully forged from gold, the two guns, powder horn and bullet forming pliers bear testimony to the creative genius and master craftsmanship of Sid Forman.

    The work reflects Sid’s insistence with realism, culminating in a functional set of pistols unlike any other.

    The metal work, completely constructed from 18ct gold, reveals the excellence of the artist’s complete command of his trade. The springs in the firing mechanism are made from a hard 18ct white gold and constructed to be able to function.

    Intricate carving showcases the artist’s ability to create period scenes, emerging from the ivory, gold and wood. Hunting trips, wild dogs and deer are depicted throughout the work, reflecting thematic adherence to the dichotomy of man and nature.

    Each pistol is a journey of discovery. Follow the carvings and let oneself be transported back to the age when these weapons were used. The artist has notably signed his name at the base of the powder horn in gold.

    The pistols and accessories are housed in a hand carved Honduras Mahogany case, with its own gold hinge, lock and key. The outside of the case has inlays of gold and diamonds. In addition the gun case is housed in a custom-made buffalo hide suitcase, also replete with gold hinges and locks.

    The price of the gun set is available on request. Enquires are treated with the strictest of confidentiality. Please contact Lorraine Forman at Lorraine@SidForman.co.za or call +27 (0)11 334 6715


     

    1932 CHEVROLET

     

    Replicating a 1932 Chevrolet Tourer in 18ct gold is no easy task. To imitate by hand, that which is created by machine, is even more challenging. Yet, the car surpasses these constraints to stand alone, celebrating the creative talents of a master craftsman.

    The golden Chevrolet is a unique objet d’art, fashioned from 18ct gold. Its singularity is highlighted by its intricate detail. The oil-stick, working suspension, air filter, sump nut, door handles, windscreen wipers, water cap, spare tyres, steering mechanism and luggage trunk are a few of the movable and removable components, and the doors open and lock closed too.

    Such detail transforms this model from mere aesthetic appreciation and technical workmanship into the realms of imaginative wonder. Adherence to detail does not stop here. Meticulous attention to material is reflected throughout the car. Not only has Sid used rubber tyres to add to the realism, but the wind-screen is cut, polished and fitted from rock crystal.

    It is no wonder that it took three years, or 6786 hours of intense work to craft one kilogram of gold into this work of artistic and engineering excellence.

    All objets d’art are available for viewing. Please contact Lorraine Forman at Lorraine@SidForman.co.za or call +27 (0)11 334 6715


    Master craftsmanship exemplifies Sid Forman’s distinctiveness. Exquisite gold objets d’art, that marry technical brilliance with creative beauty, showcase a range of subject matter from running ostriches and rhino, to delicate weaver birds not to mention other wildlife depictions.

    Gold, diamonds, quartz, marble and bronze feature as materials of choice. Diamonds, rubies and blue sapphires are carefully selected to adorn the pieces. Obsidian and rose quartz are polished to perfection and are best suited to anchor the study and create the base.

    The pieces available are the manifestation of creative muse – diverse imaginative venture manifested into true artistic expression.

    All objets d’art are available for viewing. Please contact Lorraine Forman at Lorraine@SidForman.co.za or call +27 (0)11 334 6715


  • design

    The design expertise at Sid Forman is evident through its three time success in winning the coveted De Beers Diamonds-International Awards, as well as reaching the finals four times.

    Internationally Sid Forman has established itself as a formidable contender in the competition arena, winning international and national design competitions. The Company’s singularity is highlighted by Sid Forman’s admission into the Diamonds-International Awards Academy, marking Sid Forman as the first family in the world to be honoured with such acclaim.

    Sid Forman offers you the pinnacle of creative exploration – any design – from classical timelessness to avant garde dazzle, all available for you to tap into.

    awards

    Diamonds International Awards
    Lorraine Forman
    Winner 1996

     


    Diamonds International Awards
    Mark Forman
    Winner 1992

     


    Diamonds International Awards
    David Forman
    Winner 1990

     


    Diamonds International Awards
    Lorraine Forman
    Finalist 2000


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    Diamonds International Awards
    David Forman
    Finalist 1994


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    Diamonds International Awards
    David Forman
    Finalist 1992


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  • articles

     

    ANYTIME MAGAZINE
    ISSUE 14
    Dec 2009 – Jan 2010

     

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  • Contact Address

    Showroom & Factory

    Suite 530 – 5th Floor, Jewellery Centre
    225 Main Street, City & Suburban
    Johannesburg 2001
    Tel : +27 (0)11 334 6715
    Fax : +27 (0)11 334 6930
    E-mail: info@SidForman.co.za

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  • Privacy Policy

    Any personal information that you may share with Sid Forman (Pty) Ltd is kept absolutely private. Neither your name nor anything about you is sold or shared with any other company or agency. Sid Forman (Pty) Ltd will only send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people when:

    » We have your consent to share the information; or

    » We need to share your information to provide the product or service you have requested; or

    » We need to send the information to companies who work on behalf of Sid Forman to provide a product or service to you. (Unless we tell you differently, these companies do not have any right to use the personally identifiable information we provide to them beyond what is necessary to assist us.); or

    » We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process.

    Sid Forman (Pty) Ltd may amend this policy from time to time by making amendments to this webpage.

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