Category Archives: History Of…

This is where we post the history of a plethora of topics. We love sharing how a company was founded, what they did to succeed and so much more. The History of… has over 100 posts of content and we love writing short bios of the companies you love!

History of the Rolex Oyster

Contrary to what many people may think, the Rolex Oyster is not a brand line. The term Oyster refers to a waterproof feature that put Rolex ahead of the pack in the luxury watch business. If there is a single feature that gave Rolex absolute advantage over its competitors, it must be the unveiling of the waterproof Oyster model. Much as it may not seem to be a big deal today, in the 1920’s a waterproof watch was a big dream. However in 1926, Hans Wilsdorf, a marketing genius and co-founder of the Rolex SA company broke the code and Read More →

Spotlight On: The Van Cleef and Arpels Zip Necklace

American-born Wallis Simpson certainly had a hand in changing the course of twentieth century history. Had she not met Edward VIII he would have remained King of England and not settled for the title, Duke of Windsor. But did you know she was also responsible for the zipper’s ascent to the title of jewelry icon? Yes, we’re talking about the Duchess of Windsor and the ordinary, plebeian zipper. Like the Duchess, the zipper had American origins. Invented in the late 19th century, it debuted as a fastening for boots. Today it enjoys popularity on jeans, sweaters, hoodies, jackets, purses – you Read More →

Viking Jewelry Discovered

Dating as far back as 1,300 years at a farm site in Denmark, archaeologists have uncovered various pieces of Viking jewelry, even some that contain gold. While many people know Vikings as raiders, they also had artistic skills, demonstrated in the craftsmanship in the jewelry that has been discovered. Dating from the late 7th to the early 11th centuries, the area now called Vestervang is the home to many pieces of Viking jewelry. The largest island in Denmark, Zealand, is where most of the jewelry was found through metal detectors used by archaeologists and volunteers. Yet, the findings have puzzled Read More →

Who Better to Inspire a Jewelry Line than Cleopatra? MANIAMANIA Says Nobody.

ManiaMania has long been known to create promotional videos that make viewers highly interested and spark up conversations about the line. Recently, ManiaMania released a promo video featuring snakes, ornate headpieces, and lavish jewels that surely take viewers back to the times of Cleopatra and Marc Antony. The line is called the Babylon Collection and hearkens to the time of the illustrious queen. Everyone can remember what Liz Taylor wore in her epic film Cleopatra but the pieces featured in this line are ten times as out there as the pieces that were crafted specially for the film. The Babylon Read More →

When Harry Winston Met Swatch

Harry Winston famously provides jewelry for Hollywood stars every year. Swatch recently purchased the jewelry icon for one billion dollars and adds its stamp to the company’s colorful timeline. Humble Beginnings As a young 12-year-old man in 1908, Winston recognized quality gems. He purchased his first two-carat emerald for a quarter and sold it for $800. Eventually, he started his own business buying and selling quality gems and jewelry to luxury clients. Sibling Rivalry After Harry passed away in 1978, his sons Ronald and Bruce split the company’s shares. Ronald assumed leadership of the company while Bruce contentedly pursued a Read More →