Cover Stories From 150 Years of JCK: February 1878

A peek inside the then–9-year-old Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, a precursor to JCK

Before we were “The ­Industry Authority,” we were “The ­Recognized Organ of the Trade.” We were also “a Monthly Journal devoted to the ­interests of Watchmakers, ­Jewelers, Silversmiths, Electro-plate ­Manufacturers, and those engaged in the kindred branches of art ­industry.” Catchy, right? Just a few of the articles in this 20-page 1878 issue: ­“Manufacture of Jewelry” (Byzantine style is out, Merovingian is in!); “The Behavior of Steel During Hardening”; “An Ingenious Clock”; “Precious Stones and Gems” (it quotes ancient Roman scholar Pliny the Elder); “Horological Revivals”; and “Revival of Antique Jewelry” (conclusion: Italians do it better). In foreign news, “the artificial production of rubies and sapphires in France is regarded as highly successful.” A subscription to The Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review was $2, “a rate far below that of any monthly ­publication of its size and contents.” Yes, it actually says that on page 1. 

(Photograph by Nestor Cervantes)

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