Our Town North Canton: Biris Jewelers Is A Family Tradition

Biris Jewelers is family tradition providing quality for North Canton residents

Biris Jewelers offers fine diamond jewelry near North Canton, Canton, Hartville, Green, and surrounding area.
Biris Jewelers offers fine diamond jewelry near North Canton, Canton, Hartville, Green, and surrounding area.

By CR Rae
Staff Writer

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.

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Simply stepping onto the beautiful Persian rugs in the doorway and looking around at the wide variety of stones and styles on display, it’s easy to see why Biris Jewelers stands out. This is not your average jewelery store.

Judy Biris and her brother, John, co-own the business, and together they have created a place for customers of all ages and incomes to find unique and meaningful pieces of jewelry for every situation.

“We don’t carry the exact same thing every other store carries,” Judy explained. “We offer a wide variety if distinctive pieces to suit the needs of each customer.”

Victorian Diamond Engagement Ring Collection available at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio
Victorian Diamond Engagement Ring Collection available at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio

Biris Jewelers offers many signed pieces by designers such as Cartier, Tiffany and Bulgari, and also provides custom pieces upon request. Most of the store’s custom jewelry comes from Beverly Hills, Calif., Judy said, and she and John travel year-round to locations such as France, Italy, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Vegas to find the best pieces to offer their customers.

“We are a specialized business,” John said.

When the pair finds a piece they think will be particularly successful at a store in a different area, or see a piece in a store they’d like to take back to their own shop, they broker a deal.

“When you get to know people, you get to  know what their stores like better,” John explained.

This summer, for example, the Biris’s had a big surprise when they saw a tiara they had sold to a firm in Beverly Hills turn up on an episode of the TV show Rich Girls in Beverly Hills.

Diamond Jewelry Tiara Biris Jewelers
Example diamond tiara jewelry sold at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio

“It’s fun to see what different areas like,” Judy said. “There’s no call for a tiara here!”

While their focus is predominately on new jewelry, John and Judy also specialize in antique and estate jewelry – a niche that draws many customers for its unique design and history. In addition to selling and buying jewelry, the Biris’s also offer jewelry appraisals, and clean and check pieces at no charge.

John and Judy come from a family of jewelers, and have over seven decades of expertise running in their blood. Their grandfather, Jack Biris, started the first jewelry store in 1940, and their parents, Gus and Kathleen, have been with the business since 1959. Both John and Judy have fond memories of hanging out at the shop when they were young.

“As kids, we worked in the store on the weekends, and traveled a lot as a family looking for jewelry,” Judy recalled.

John majored in finance at Kent State University, and Judy attended the University of Miami in Ohio and finished her major in general studies at Kent State University. After graduating, the pair decided to return to the family business and run it together – a decision that has proved rewarding and exciting. John and Judy opened a second location in 1984 but decided to consolidate the two stores in 1999, and they have been growing their business on South Main Street ever since. Both John and Judy have a diamond grading certification from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Beautiful heart shape diamond necklace at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio
Beautiful heart shape diamond necklace at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio

John said their favorite part of being jewelers is collecting. They also take customer service very seriously, and are committed to helping their shoppers find exactly the right item at a price that fits their budget.

As far as rings, particularly engagement rings, are concerned, Judy has some advice.

“We try to stress quality over size,” she said. “You’re always better off going for quality and finding a happy medium, instead of just going lower-end for the lower price.”

victorian-diamond-engagement-rings-thWhether a customer is looking for an exquisite Cartier diamond love bracelet or a simple silver band, Biris Jewelers is committed to matching each buyer’s price point. In addition to what’s on display, there are also catalogues available in the store with more pieces and styles, in order to accommodate everyone’s personal taste.

The Biris’s work under the constant supervision of their French Mastiff, Hugo, and more information about their store can be found at www.birisjewelers.com, and at www.birisfinediamonds.com.

Beloved pet Hugo at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio
Beloved pet Hugo at Biris Jewelers near Canton, Ohio