During the month of May Newark has been celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city. The celebration began on May 1 and will continue through October. On May 13 Secretary of War Baker, as the personal representative of President Wilson, formally opened the big industrial exhibit in the First Regiment Armory, which is one of the celebration events. This exposition continued for three weeks, and was one of the biggest events of its kind held in the East for a long time. Visitors were present from many parts of the world, as far away as Greece and Australia. One of the features of the exhibit was the display by the manufacturing jewelers of Newark which was located in the Tower of Jewels, in the center of the armory. The upper part of this tower served as a band stand, from which concerts were given several times a day. The jewelry display was valued at many thousands of dollars and comprised principally fourteen and eighteen karat gold jewelry, platinum jewelry, rings, mesh bags and toilet sets. The exhibitors and the lines displayed by them were as follows:
Durand & Company, mixed gold and platinum mesh bags, brooches and lorgnettes; Riker Brothers, platinum jewelry set with diamonds, pearls, sapphires and other stones; Jones & Woodland, gold and platinum rings; Larter & Sons, an exhibit of gold and platinum jewelry and rings; Carter, Gough & Company, a display of 14-karat gold jewelry and platinum jewelry, lorgnettes, knives, chains, cigar cutters, etc.; Allsopp & Allsopp, had an exhibit of gold and platinum jewelry. As a part of their exhibit they had a piece of pure gold and one of pure platinum; Krementz & Company, a display of 14-karat and platinum jewelry and novelties; William B. Kerr & Company, toilet goods finished in gold and French enamel of period decoration.
Most of the gold goods displayed by the above-mentioned firms were of the white and green gold, which are so popular at the present time.
Source: The Metal Industry - June 1916