Cover Stories From 150 Years of JCK: Take 45

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)

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