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Assets 2021: The Glitter & the Gold - Newark as the King of Jewelry


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The American jewelry manufacturing industry was born in Newark, New Jersey in the first decades of the nineteenth century. By the eve of the stock market crash of 1929, Newark produced 90 percent of the gold jewelry made in the United States. With the expansion of industrialization in the 1800s came the rise of an affluent middle class of consumers who came to see gold jewelry as a necessity rather than a luxury. For every glamorous, costly bauble worn by the elite of the Gilded Age, there was a Newark-made equivalent ready to adorn the fashions of the American housewife.

Ulysses Grant Dietz
Former Curator of Decorative Arts and Chief Curator, The Newark Museum of Art
This session originally aired at the Assets 2021 Annual Conference.

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