Biris Jewelers is family tradition providing quality for North Canton residents
By CR Rae
It is that time of year to honor moms and let them know how much you love them. Trying to find the right gift can sometimes be difficult. Do you buy flowers? No, you did that last year. How about a spa treatment? No, that was at Christmas.
The answer may lie in a visit to Biris Jewelers where you can find an extra special, one-of-a-kind gift for mom. The store, located at 806 S. Main St., is not the standard or chain jewelry store. They do offer primarily new jewelry in a variety of unique styles, but also have a passion for antique to contemporary, diamond engagement rings to custom made pieces.
Biris Jewelers is owned and operated by the brother and sister team of John and Judy Biris. Judy said it is a place for customers of all ages to find a special gift at a comfortable price point. They have great advice when it comes to engagement rings and stress quality over size. Customers will also find signed pieces in the store from Tiffany, Cartier and more.
The family owned business was first founded in 1940 and located in the First Federal Building in Canton. Jack Biris, grandfather to Judy and John, was the founder and eventually the business went to their parents, Gus and Kathleen Biris. Then John and Judy took over to continue the tradition and service to the community. Although John and Judy are owners of the store they often have to answer to the supervisor––Hugo, their French Mastiff.
The business moved to North Canton in 1973. The goal of the family has been to provide the highest quality jewelry and impeccable personal service while creating relationships that have lasted for generations.
Judy and John grew up in the business working beside their parents since they were little. “We always worked in the store, but after college we worked full time in the store. John graduated with a degree in finance and Judy a general studies degree.
“Every weekend we would travel as a family on buying trips,” said Judy. “We would sit down and discuss what my dad bought; why; for what price; and the history on the piece. My grandfather did the same thing with my dad. We went all over the states and traveled to Europe. We would go to flea markets, antique shops, and museums. We gained a lot of history and knowledge.” She added the best learning experience is “hands on.”
Both John and Judy are diamond grade certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Judy explained the difference between estate and antique jewelry––estate simply means pre-owned and antique has to be at least 75 to 100 years old.
Repairs and appraisals services are offered at the store as well.
John likes the collecting part of the business. The co-owners continue their travels searching for items that best fit the Biris name. They spend time in California, Italy, France, New York and other places to find those special pieces.
Customer service is a priority and they value the loyalty of customers over the years. The Biris family has been offering the finest selection of diamonds and unique one-of-a-kind pieces since the beginning in 1940. They remain loyal to their customers by striving to reach new levels of customer service and satisfaction.