This subseries includes the papers of companies involved in the production, manipulation, and distribution of gems such as importers, manufacturers, miners, merchants, and jewelers. Materials in this collection include business cards, invoices, repair notices, sales and information pamphlets, shipment lists, correspondence, and a gem measurement card. There are also booklets on the stories of pearls, star stones, and diamonds and a 1907 book "Illustrating Modern Methods of Diamond Dealing". The bulk of the material is from the early twentieth century. Most of the companies were based in the United States, primarily in New York and Chicago but also New Jersey and Atlanta, Georgia. The Chicago company of Jesus J. Villafuerte also had a store in Mexico. Tiffany & Co. of New York also has a store in Paris, France. The last folder in the series includes foreign companies from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. The material is arranged alphabetically by company name for folders onefive with the foreign companies in folder six.
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Gems, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution