Birks, Maison Jewelry Maker's Mark

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Maison Birks

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Maison Birks
Canada
Montreal
e. 1879 - current

Specialties

Founded by Henry Birks

  • Henry apprenticed with Savage and Lyman.
  • Grew to be one of the largest jewelry firms in Canada
  • Sons
    • Equal partners in the firm until their deaths.
      • Gerald W.
      • John Henry
      • William Massey

1900

  • Heart-Shaped Box tradition launched.

1901

  • William Birks headed the company.
  • Opened stores in:
    • Ottawa, 1901
    • Winnipeg, 1903
    • Vancouver, 1907
    • Flagship 18,000 square foot store on Square Phillips.

c.1930s

  • Famous Blue Box introduced.

1934

  • Royal Warrant of Appointment.
    • Silversmith to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

1954

  • Opened their first jewelry store in a shopping center.

c. 1949-50

  • Henry Gifford Birks, son of William, became President.

1993

  • Jonathan Birks sold the company to Dr. Lorenzo Rossi di Montelera, majority owners.

1998

  • Diamonds-International award for La plume de Cyrano.



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