How did The Jewelers’ Circular celebrate its 45th anniversary? With 360 pages—then our largest issue to date.
Behind a handsomely illustrated cover paying tribute to Italian goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini sits one of the largest issues in our 150-year history. The first big article in this whopper? A 10-page tribute to “Characteristic Folk Jewelry of Various Nations.” (If you want to know about Romanian bridal ornaments, hit us up.) Other features are more relevant today: “A Review of the Fashion Jewelry in 1913” (diamond and pearl lavalieres, ribbon brooches, black enamel pieces); “A Forecast of the New Jewelry Designs for the Coming Season” (long finger rings); and a photo-filled essay on a jeweler’s trip to the Golconda mines. Window displays, bookkeeping, and commissions are among the more practical topics covered. But our favorite section is The Connoisseur, “Devoted to Art Pottery, China, Marbles, Bronzes, Cut and Decorative Glass Ware, Bric-à-Brac, Lamps, Art Metal Wares, Fancy Goods and Kindred Lines.” Who doesn’t love bric-a-brac?
(Photograph by Nestor Cervantes)