In celebration of 50 years in business we would like to feature one of our vendors each month.
By Eileen R. Eichhorn
Every day for 50 years Eichhorn Jewelry needs a part (jewelry or watch finding) to make or repair a piece of jewelry or a watch. Most days we pick up the phone and order having gotten the number from a supplier’s catalog or their web site. The vendor we have relied on since our opening day for books, displays, tools, and batteries, numerous findings, boxes, general supplies and finished jewelry is the Cas-Ker Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Examples of some findings include clasps to complete necklaces or bracelets, ear wires to make earrings, bails for pendants, just to name a few. Many findings come in a variety of different metals, too. Their inventory is tremendous!
This contractor also can supply and fit any one of hundreds of thousands of watch crystals. This service became necessary immediately after my watchmaker father passed away in 2004.
The Cas-Ker Company was started in 1927 as the American and Swiss Watch and Supply Company. In 1937 the name was changed to its present form. The Cassedy brothers who now own and operate the company represent the third generation of family operation. Cas-Ker has active accounts in all 50 States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and has been serving jewelers and watchmakers for over 70 years.
The relationship with this jobber started when I was 14 and visited my first jewelry show with my parents in 1965. That evening I had the pleasure of having dinner with the Cassedy family across the Ohio River at the White Horse Tavern. During that dinner discussion I was most impressed by the arrangements my father made to pay for the items he agreed to purchase earlier that afternoon. Of course, they previously knew him for 17 years ordering parts for his former employer, Ferris Bower. But now he was starting a new business. How would he pay for everything? As the oldest of 10 children, I knew the struggles my parents endured. It is still amazing to me that the invoice he signed was affirmed with a handshake at the end of the meal.
In our industry, many suppliers have closed their doors over the past several years. We are happy Cas-Ker is still servicing our needs.
Trivia: One of our jewelers, Dave Petersmann, is the grandson of the Cassedy family.