Marcus & Co. History Documents - Document Index

As a young man, Herman Marcus trained with the court jewelers of Dresden, Germany, in order to become a designer in the jewelry business. After working at Tiffany & Co. and Ball, Black & Co., Marcus started his own company designing revolutionary pieces that captured the attention of the elite as well as providing a range of prices for the general public. From the end of the 19th century to the Great Depression, Marcus and Co. was a trendsetter in New York City until they sold to Gimbel's department store who continued the business with a new philosophy: "Fifth Avenue jewels at fifth floor prices." The company flourished and became a hub for liquidating jewelry estates, making appraisals and loans, and exchanging jewels for war bonds. This collection has many unique stories illustrating the wonderful past of one of the most celebrated antique jewelers, sellers, and designers.