The Sky Is Falling: Chronicling a Century and a Half of Retail Panic

Long before jewelers despised e-tailers, they really hated department stores. And catalog showrooms. And even credit cards! When the American Horological Journal and The Jewelers’ Circular, the two earliest predecessors to JCK, debuted in 1869 and 1870, respectively, consumers could buy jewelry from one place and one place only: jewelry stores. Then came department stores—retail behemoths with big footprints, big budgets, and a big selection of just about everything. “The department store extends its arms out into every industry like a mighty octopus,” wrote The Jewelers’ Weekly in its May 15, 1895, edition. (The magazine was acquired by the Jewelers’ Circular Publishing Co. in 1900.) Griped one jeweler in the following issue: “The honest and conscientious jeweler cannot compete with t

This content is exclusive to JCK Pro subscribers. Subscribe now to access this and much more with discount code GOPRO21 for $199 for an entire year of access (reg. $249).


Already a JCK Pro? Log in

A JCK Pro subscription is your all-access pass to people and resources on the
cutting edge of the retail jewelry industry, from the industry authority you
know and trust

Learn about the Perks of JCK Pro

Log Out

Are you sure you want to log out?

CancelLog out