Elvis Presley released his first hit, Heartbreak Hotel, the Cuban Revolution was getting ramped up, the average home cost only $11,000.00, and back here in Oklahoma two local icons were born.
60 Years of Public Television
This year, Oklahoma’s only PBS station celebrates 60 years on the air. From humble beginnings in a basement classroom, OETA has grown into an Oklahoma treasure and the most-watched statewide PBS station in the country. To celebrate 60 years of public television, OETA is throwing a 60th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club.
The evening will dazzle with appearances by many of PBS’s brightest producers and stars plus a live musical performance by Atlantic Records Recording Artist Straight No Chaser.
To purchase a table, be a sponsor, or to support the OETA 60th Anniversary Event, head to: http://www.oeta.tv/gala/It is sure to be a night to remember!
60 Years of Holiday Charm
2016 also marks the 60th Anniversary of the BC Clark Anniversary Sale Jingle. What started as a simple jingle to advertise a sale has turned into perhaps the most recognizable song in the state. To celebrate this momentum occasion, BC Clark has commissioned Reed and Barton to create a beautiful 60th Anniversary Jingle Musical Snow Globe.
With the timeless craftsmanship of our commemorative Jingle Snow Globe, you can celebrate this Christmas tradition for years to come – whether you’re in Oklahoma or on the other side of the world.
These exclusive snow globes are only available for a limited time, so head over to bcclarkjingle.comto order one for yourself, and maybe one or two more for your loved ones!
On behalf of all of our employees at all three BC Clark locations, we would like to say a humble “Thank You,” for voting us as OKC’s Top Jeweler in the Oklahoma Gazette’s Best of OKC 2016 Awards.
We take great pride in our Oklahoma heritage and feel blessed to have been a part of this great state for 124 years. For four generations, the BC Clark family has seen our city grow into a thriving hub of local business and industry. OKC has become the gold standard for local business pride!
From our family to all of you, thank you for this honor. It’s an honor knowing that the people of Oklahoma think so highly of our business. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again:
The beating heart of Oklahoma is its people, and the BC Clark family is honored to be counted among them.
If you’ve spent any time at all on our blog, our website, or on any of our social media accounts, you’ve undoubtedly been witness to the fact that we take a great deal of pride in the history and heritage of the BC Clark family.
We’ve said it time and time again:
“Since 1892 the BC Clark family has carried on the proud tradition of providing quality merchandise at a competitive price. For over 120 years, we’ve been honored to be a part of the local tradition that makes our city great.”
So it only makes sense that we would value other companies with such rich and meaningful history. Just this week we posted a blog about the history of the Lazare Kaplan family; a family that we have proudly aligned ourselves with for eight decades.
For This Same Reason, We Proudly Carry WOLF Designs
WOLF, established in 1834, is a fifth generation company. Their goals have always been to achieve a level of uniqueness with each passing generation, while maintaining a tasteful sense of luxury and class. These values resonate deeply with the BC Clark brand, and we have been honored to feature WOLF products as a part of our Life:Style Collection.
Known mostly for their jewelry boxes, WOLF aims for perfection with their intricate designs. The CHLOÉ collection in particular speaks to this pursuit of detail. With its intricate overlaying design, the otherwise neutral colors are given greater points of interest.
Truly a first for jewelry storage, the unique cut design laid over a second panel of leather accentuates the beauty of leather and color combined, a beautiful twist lock finishes the exterior with class. Lined with LusterLoc™ and with additional travel pieces, Chloé is a subtle elegant fashion statement.
Attention to detail, and a love for family: these are the shared values of the B.C. Clark and Lazare Kaplan families. Our relationship spans nearly eight decades. But very few of our customers know just how special this relationship truly is. Yes, the Lazare Collection is quite stunning, but the family behind these amazing diamonds is equally impressive.
The Kaplan and Clark Stories Share Many Parallels
Lazare Kaplan descended from three generations of jewelers. Born in 1883, it was at his uncle’s diamond cutting factory in Belgium that he began his apprenticeship at the age of 13. In 1903, at the age of 20, Lazare Kaplan started his own diamond business that grew and prospered. He quickly became known as one of Antwerp’s leading diamond cleavers.
It was during Lazare’s rise to prominence in the diamond community that another visionary, Benton Clyde Clark, was making a name for himself halfway around the world, in Purcell, Indian Territory.
By the early 1900s, both of these jewelry pioneers were beginning to broaden their expertise and grow their businesses. They were both embarking on a journey that would eventually result in their meeting.
In 1919, Marcel Tolkowsky, a cousin of Lazare Kaplan, developed a mathematical formula for cutting diamonds to precise angles and proportions to gain the optimum reflection and refraction of light. Lazare adopted that ideal cut theory in 1919 and the Company is still today devoted to the art of cutting the most beautiful diamonds.
This method, based on a complex formula that measures with exacting precision a diamond’s many angles and proportions, produces a diamond that maximizes the characteristics that discerning consumers prize above all else: brilliance, sparkle, and fire.
Hard Work and Integrity Shine in Tough Economic Times
During the 1920s, as the population of Purcell began to level off, B.C. Clark made the bold decision to move his family, and his business, to Oklahoma City. He purchased an existing jewelry store in the downtown business district, and the rest is history.
After the stock market crash in October of 1929, several Oklahoma businesses were forced to close their doors, but throughout the duration of the Great Depression, BC Clark Jewelers remained solvent. The business continued to grow, and the BC Clark name became synonymous for quality and integrity.
By 1936 Lazare Kaplan gained fame in his own right, when he successfully cut the 726-carat Jonker diamond, after a year of planning; the largest and finest uncut diamond known at the time. This was an extremely complex diamond, which could have been destroyed if the plans of other cutters who had examined it had been followed. And it was there, in New York, as Kaplan tapped the cleaver on this historic occasion, that a young, B.C. Clark, Jr. watched in amazement. Kaplan’s attention to detail and fine craftsmanship struck a chord with B.C.
And so it was only a matter of time before these two families would collide. Fueled by a common desire to carry on the proud traditions of their ancestors and a mutual respect for one another, an exclusive partnership was formed. And over the past eight decades, BC Clark Jewelers has proudly carried the Lazare line in all three of our OKC locations.
The quality, precision, and master craftsmanship of these amazing diamonds can only be truly appreciated in person. We encourage you to come by any of our OKC locations to experience the Lazare collection for yourself.
Custom Design Event and Trunk Show
Sept 28, BC Clark Northpark, 10a-5p
COME SEE THE LATEST COLLECTIONS FROM SLOANE STREET
Make an appointment by email or phone to meet the designer and consult one-on-one on a custom piece. Take a treasured heirloom and make it new again, or create something new designed around your personal tastes with Frances Gadbois, one of the industry’s most sought after designers. Or, simply come and enjoy our Sloane Street Trunk, featuring many of the Sloane family’s top collections.
This is a great time to replace your watch battery at BC Clark Jewelers, because 100% of the revenue from every watch battery sold this month will be donated to the Jewelers for Children Fund.
The contributions are donated to charities such as: The St. Jude Children’s Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) For Children, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Make a Wish Foundation.
View our Bridal Registry page to see our current registries and see the many perks of being a BC Clark bride. Or, you can click the links below to go directly to registries of weddings happening this month.
You want color? We’ve got color! The August Special of the Month is a playful multi-stone bracelet that will liven up any outfit. Add some pop to that little black dress, or compliment your bright summer outfit with this $285 value, on sale for only $175.
So what are you waiting for? Drop by today and fill your life with a little color and flair. Each Special of the Month is available at all three BC Clark stores while supplies last.
Every month we like to take a moment to recognize the men and women who keep our stores up and running. It’s August, and it’s really hot outside. But this month’s group of employees are some real cool customers.
Without these dedicated men and women, the BC Clark world would not run nearly as smooth as it does. We would like to publicly thank each of you for the hard work, dedication, and joy you bring to the BC Clark family each and every day. These are the August Employee Anniversaries!