Many years ago, we had a blog series called “Cataloging History” where I uploaded some images from my old jewelry catalog collection. Below are those images combined into one post. The resolution of these photos is poor, so I will add more updated looks at these catalogs eventually.
Modern Birthstones, c. 1932
Jewelry companies in the 20s-30s used a range of synthetic and genuine gemstones. As a result, each stone had an equal footing when it came to marketing. Many assume that an artificial stone decreases the value, but that wasn’t the case for these manufactured birthstones. Each ring above wholesale for $9 regardless of whether the stone was genuine or synthetic.