JCK Celebrates 140 Years of Service to Jewelers

Since 1869, Jewelers’ Circular Keystone has been the go-to trade source for fine jewelers. JCK has covered significant news events and written in-depth store profiles, investigative pieces, and countless how-to articles in an effort to arm store owners with the information they need to run vibrant businesses. JCK is proud of its history and excited about a future filled with opportunities to further help retailers succeed. The following are anecdotes from longtime JCK readers and successful store owners on how JCK has helped them achieve their business goals.

Milestones


1837

Charles Lewis Tiffany and John B. Young establish Tiffany & Young in New York


1847

Cartier is founded in Paris


1869

G.B. Miller introduces American Horological Journal


1870

Daniel H. Hopkinson creates The Jewelers Circular


1873

American Horological Journal and The Jewelers Circular merge


1883

Jewelers Security Alliance is established


1885

René Lalique opens his own business

Peter Carl Fabergé is appointed goldsmith and jeweler to the Russian Imperial court


1886

Six-prong Tiffany setting is introduced


1887

The Keystone magazine is founded


1888

Cecil Rhodes forms De Beers Consolidated Mines / Mikimoto starts his first pearl farm


1904

Louis Cartier designs the first men’s wristwatch, the "Santos," for Brazilian aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont


1905

Cullinan Diamond is discovered


1906

Jewelers of America is founded


1912

Jewelers Vigilance Committee is formed


1924

Morris and William Zale establish the first Zales Jewelers store, in Wichita Falls, Texas


1931

Robert M. and Beatrice Shipley begin the Gemological Institute of America / New York Diamond Dealers Club is established


1934

Robert Shipley founds American Gem Society


1935

The Jewelers Circular and The Keystone merge to create Jewelers’ Circular-Keystone


1967

Tanzanite is discovered


1981

American Gem Trade Association begins


1983

Womens Jewelry Assn. is founded


1992

First JCK Show takes place in Las Vegas


2000

De Beers abandons its century-old cartel strategy / World Diamond Congress commits to the Kimberley Process to fight conflict diamonds