Saturday, 4 May 2019

Raymond Yard

Born the son of a railroad conductor in New Jersey in 1885, the famed jeweller Raymond Yard began his career aged 13 when William Marcus Elder, the owner of the exclusive jewellers Marcus & Co., offered him the job of errand boy at his Manhattan boutique. After 20 years’ service Yard had risen to become the firm’s most sought-after salesman, renowned for his honesty and knowledge.
Eventually John D. Rockefeller Jr. advised Yard to go it alone, and in 1922 he opened his first store on Fifth Avenue. He retired in 1958, passing control of the company to Glen McQuaker, Donald Bartow and Robert Gibson.

In 1989 Gibson passed the firm onto his son, who still runs the business from Connecticut today. Raymond Yard passed away in 1996.