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Bulova, Arde (24 October 1889–19 March 1958), businessman, was born in New York City, the son of Joseph Bulova and Bertha Eisner. His father emigrated to New York from Bohemia and in 1873 started a small jewelry manufacturing business that eventually became the Bulova Watch Company. Bulova attended school in New York and in 1905 began working as a salesman for his father’s company. The family business prospered and in 1911 was incorporated, with the father as president and the son as vice president and treasurer. The firm was reincorporated in 1923 as the Bulova Watch Company, Inc. Bulova became chairman of the board in 1930, a position he held until his death in 1958....


Pierre Cartier. With wife Elma Rumsey and daughter, 1926. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-124396.


Cartier, Pierre (1878–27 October 1964), jeweler, was born Pierre-Camille Cartier in France, the son of Louis-François-Alfred Cartier, also a jeweler; his mother's name is unknown. Pierre Cartier's grandfather Louis-François Cartier (1819–1904) founded Cartier, the renowned jewelry company, in Paris in 1847. Early on, Pierre Cartier and his brothers Louis-Joseph and Jacques-Théodule worked in the family business. Cartier's original clientele included French royalty as well as a burgeoning upper middle class, soon complemented by international customers traveling through the country. Aristocrats from all over Europe and Russia as well as wealthy Americans such as ...


Tiffany, Charles Lewis (15 February 1812–18 February 1902), jewelry merchant, was born in Killingly, Windham County, Connecticut, the son of Comfort Tiffany, a manufacturer, and Chloe Draper. He attended a local country school in Danielsonville and later spent two years at the Plainfield (Connecticut) Academy. When Charles was fifteen, his father, a pioneer cotton goods manufacturer, made him the manager of a general store near the family’s mill. Tiffany worked in the store for the next ten years, during which time he acquired additional schooling at odd intervals. He eventually joined his father in the office of his firm, now known as C. Tiffany & Son, and faced a seemingly secure future as a member of the increasingly prosperous operation....