The 1960s were a tumultuous decade for the United States and countries around the world.
A young, inspiring U.S. President was assassinated, two superpowers stood off against one another 90 miles apart, a black opposition leader resisting apartheid in South Africa began a prison sentence that would last 27 years, and race riots and the Vietnam War threatened America’s growth and potential as a nation.
Like in any period of restless transition, good things rose up out of the darkness. A new music age dawned—one that would give us Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix—the National Organization for Women was formed, some of Walt Disney’s greatest movies were released, and Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream.
Throughout this period, JCK magazine did what it has always done; provided the jewelry industry with valuable insights, useful tips for jewelry retailers, and gave our readers a wide-angle lens view—not only on their businesses—but also on the world around them.
While our cover designs sometimes didn’t always hit their marks, we still produced some strikingly beautiful ones that showcased the best of that era’s design style. Here are the 10 best from 1960–64:
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