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Diamonds & Furs
Profiles of four local luxury retailers and their owners. Missy Wang Smart is president of Alaskan Fur Company; Cathy Tivol is CEO of Tivol Jewls; Stephen Burstein own's Stephen's Fine Jewelry, Inc.; and...
Taking a Shine
Article describes the work of metalsmith Robyn Nichols. Her work often incorporates elements from the natural world and Judaica. Nichols was one of the pioneers in the development of the Crossroads Arts...
Our President's Biography
Biographical article about Joe Montanari, "the 1998 elected president of the Westport Historical Society" and "the president of Montanari Fine Art Jewelers" established on Westport Road about 1973 and...
Tom Tivol Opens Jewelry-Appraisal Business
Tom Tivol has left his position as president of Tivol jewels to open Tom Tivol Jewelry and Gemstone Appraisals, 8700 State Line Road.
Mane Museum: A Collection of Jewelry and Wreaths Made of Hair Weaves Art and History
Article about Leila's Hair Museum in Independence, a storehouse of wreaths made of hair as art works, a practice ending "in the 1900s," with photos.
His Coins at Museum Show U. S.: Commemorative Issues
Biographical article about Joseph Schmandt, an 83-year-old "retired jeweler of 2115 West [73rd Street Terrace], Johnson County, Kansas." Native of Germany emigrating to Kansas City in the early 1900s as...
Short article about the Kansas City School of Watchmaking, composed of 90 % war veterans, "attracted by the assurance of a job once training is completed."
Herbert H. Kiger Dies: A Wholesale Jewelry Dealer Was 54 Years Old
Photo and obituary for Herbert Kiger, "54 years old, a wholesale jewelry dealer here for thirty-five years" as "vice-president and general manager of the C. A. Kriger [sic] company in the Federal Reserve...
Obituary for Jacob Mnookin, a founder of Diamant's jewelers in Kansas City, dying at the age of 74 on September 10, 1962.
The Life of the Party: Shirley Helzberg Has Chaired Some of Kansas City's Most Visible--and Profitable--Charity Events
Photos and biographical article about Shirley Helzberg, a prominent charity event organizer in Kansas City and wife of Barnett Helzberg, owner of Helzberg Diamonds jewelry store chain. Description of her...
A KC Gem
September 5, 2010
Interview, with photographs, of Harold Tivol, owner of Tivol jewelry stores. Tivol, who sold the company to his daughter, Cathy, continues as chairman of the board. Tivol discusses his family, his own...
Helzberg Uses his Experience to Add Luster to Other Entreprenuers
September 28, 2007
This article is part of a series profiling "catalysts" in Kansas City's history to mark the 25th anniversary of the Kansas City Business Journal. After selling his family-owned jewelry business to Berkshire...
Art and Soul
September 23, 2006
This article features 75 years of Plaza Art Fair memories. It includes a timeline for the event starting with 1932 and going to 2005. This year's 75th annual Plaza Art Fair is to be held September 23-24,...
September 23-29, 2005
Feature story on Tivol Jewels which has a store on the Country Club Plaza, in Overland Park's Hawthorne Plaza and one due to open next year in Briarcliffe Village in the Northland. The company was founded...
Elements of Style: A Jaded NFL Star
Photo and autobiographical article about Tony Gonzalez, a Kansas City Chiefs football player "set[ting] a club record for season receptions by a tight end" while "wearing his lucky necklace" made of jade....
Original Diamond Jewelry
The article describes the “costly and handsome products made in Kansas City” by Jaccard’s Jewelry store. An illustration of a popular heart locket the store has created accompanies the article.
Cornelius A. Kiger
September 1, 1901
Feature article on Cornelius A. Kiger, wholesale jeweler of 1016-1018 Walnut Street in Kansas City, Missouri. He was born near Anderson, Indiana, in 1867, and came to Kansas City in 1894. "Many of the...
Obituary for Joseph Silverforb, "64, who operated a drugstore at [55th Street] and Brookside road." Native Kansas Citian also former operator of a Downtown café and jewelry store.
Photos of two of the new directors of the Commercial Club, Walter Jaccard (president of the Jaccard Jewelry Corporation) and J. C. Swift (president of the Swift & Henry Live Stock Commission Company).
The Pop-Up Trail
October 25-31, 2012
Article describes the trend of pop-up stores in Kansas City. The story of Jessica Rogers, a pop-up clothing and jewelry retailer, is highlighted. Rogers describes the negative reaction to pop-up retailers...
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