By the Numbers: Breaking Down 150 Years of JCK

TIffany apple blossom pocket watch28

Pages in the debut American Horological Journal. Just a few of the topics covered: “English Opinion of American Watch Manufacture,” “Pinions,” and “Watch and Chronometer Jewelling.”

A lapel watch by Tiffany & Co.’s Paulding Farnham, inspired by a twig from a blossoming apple tree

Feb 5 1919 cover548

Pages in the Feb. 5, 1919, Jewelers’ Circular-Weekly—our biggest issue ever. The 50th-anniversary issue looked back on 1860s jewelry fashions; declared a U.S. cameo-cutting renaissance; and profiled jewelers and manufacturers in Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Providence, R.I.

 

1870 Breguet pocket watch330,000

Swiss watch imports in 1870, the year after the founding of the American Horological Journal

Circa 1870 Breguet 18k gold open-faced watch; sold at Sotheby’s for $10,487

Audemars Piguet royal oak pink2.8 million

Swiss watch imports in 2018

18k pink gold self-winding Royal Oak with alligator strap; $32,000; audemarspiguet.com

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Age of Daniel H. Hopkinson when he founded The Jewelers’ Circular in February 1870

 

T Edgar Willson32

Years that T. Edgar Willson, the longest-tenured editor-in-chief in our publication’s history, held the position (from 1903 to 1935)

 

Victorian diamond feather brooch19

Times the word Diamond appears on the first page of the premiere issue of The Jewelers’ Circular. Curiously, it was always capitalized.

Victorian 8 ct. t.w. diamond silver-topped 14k gold ribbon brooch; $7,550; wilsonsestatejewelry.com

 

June 2019 JCK cover118.66

Carats of diamonds model Lauren Layne is wearing on JCK’s June 2019 cover—our diamond-heaviest ever

 

(Bejeweled watch: Tiffany & Co.; Breguet watch: courtesy of sotheby’s; June cover: Diego Uchitel)