Most who work in the jewellery industry are familiar with the story of the first documented diamond ring used to signify engagement, presented by Archduke Maximilian of Austria upon his betrothal to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. The ring as a symbol of love and commitment, however, traces its history to the earliest days of humanity.
In honour of CJA’s centennial year, Jewellery Business took a closer look at significant moments in the group’s history. From its formation in 1918 to its merger with JVC this past June, explore the biggest and brightest moments in CJA history.
The Canadian Jewellers Association (CJA) was born on September 25, 1918, from the co-operative combination of retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers. As the association turns 100, it is important to look back at the steps that brought it to the present day.