Since we started selling vintage costume jewelry online, Swank brand jewelry is always among our top selling items. Swank was started in 1897 in Attleboro, MA as the Attleboro Manufacturing Co., and specialized in making and selling women’s jewelry. Not long after the start of production of women’s jewelry, however, a massive fire destroyed the factory as well as an entire city block of Attleboro. Some jewelry as well as some machinery was saved and the company moved its manufacturing to a nearby building, which remained the center of the company’s business for the next 100 years.The company didn’t expand into men’s jewelry, like cufflinks and other accessories until 1908, when they formed a new division called Baer and Wilde specifically to produce men’s jewelry. The division had middling success but didn’t start to take off until they released the Kum-A-Part line of products for cuffs.