Two brothers, William and Joseph Whitehouse, founded Whitehouse Brothers Inc. in Cincinnati in 1898. Most of the Whitehouse Brothers rings produced today are original designs brought from Europe and adapted. In 1918, the artisans at Whitehouse Brothers were in the height of their craft, inspired by the work of the Rookwood potters and architects of the time. Art Nouveau and the Edwardian Period are the two points in art history that most influence the jewelry of Whitehouse Brothers. Popular motifs that you will see throughout these pieces are floral, organic patterns and interwoven asymmetric flowing lines. As Art Deco styles came onto the scene during the 1920s, more geometric and abstract patterns emerged. Some of the design elements that you see in these rings are also evident in architectural details of that time.