We are excited to introduce you to our private label engagement ring and wedding band collection:
This collection is as elegant and timeless as the love story it is inspired by.
We are honored to tell you a little about that love story below.
Setting the Stage
When B.C. Clark turned 18, he moved away from the family farm in Mississippi and joined his older brother who had purchased a jewelry store in Abilene, TX. There he immersed himself into the business and learned all about the jewelry and watch repair trade.
Hearing stories of people “making their fortune” in an area to the north known as Indian Territory, B.C. began dreaming of opening a jewelry store of his own in this exciting new land.
He saved up some money, and in 1892, at the age of 23, he boarded a train headed north. When he arrived at a stop in Purcell, Indian Territory, he realized he had lost his wallet containing his life savings of $50.
Penniless, he began wandering around town, and as luck would have it, he ran into a gentleman he had known in Abilene, TX who was now operating a racket store. As a favor, the gentleman allowed B.C. to set up his watchmaker’s bench and a small display case in one corner of the store.
This is how the BC Clark legacy and more than century-old love story began.
A few days after his arrival to Indian Territory, B.C. met Flora Edwards, a young widow who was working in the Purcell post office. Out of pity for the young man, Flora loaned B.C. a dollar and a stamp.
Right away, B.C. was smitten. He took every opportunity to visit Flora. As rumor would have it, B.C. would “check the mail” multiple times a day even though the mail train only came once. This first chance encounter blossomed into a beautiful friendship, 2-year courtship, and a timeless love story.
A love letter, framed with a photo of the couple, was the start of the ‘Original BC Clark’ love story, and the inspiration behind the new BC + Flora engagement ring and wedding band collection.
Dear Flora Edwards,
May I have the exquisite pleasure of accompanying you to church Sunday night April 22, 1894.
Very Respectfully, B.C. Clark
PS: If it meets with your approbation, I will call early and stay late.
The Ultimate Team
By the time B.C. and Flora were married in 1894, B.C. had several showcases in the front part of a drug store. In an interview, B.C. states “With Flora’s help and inspiration, my business grew steadily.”
Together, B.C. and Flora moved BC Clark jewelers from Purcell to Oklahoma City, helped establish over 20 Methodist Churches over the years, and developed programs such as the ‘Church Coupon’ which is still honored today in all BC Clark locations.
The two truly were a team and together helped to change the state of Oklahoma and the BC Clark brand forever.
A True Testament to Love
Over the years, B.C. and Flora created a beautiful life and family. Like many marriages, it was full of trials and tribulations. B.C. once said, “Flora and I have had many ups and downs in a financial way trying to raise our family and keep something to eat and wear, but the good Lord was with us and I am glad to say I never lost faith in myself, God, or my fellow man.”
While their love story concluded after 69 years of marriage, their legacy lives on today. We are proud to continue that timeless legacy through this new collection.
At the age of 92, B.C. said “The greatest thing in the world is love. My wife is a wonderful person and she has been a source of inspiration to me all these years.”
Ever a fixture of BC Clark Jewelers, Flora passed away in April 1963 and B.C. passed away in June that same year.