In 2014, we moved from our original store in Bexley to the vibrant Short North Arts District. Stop in to 607 N. High St. in the Yukon Building and see our new location!
Our story is as unique as any stone. It all started with a single poker game that took place in Bolivia. After winning an emerald mine in a game of cards, Dennis’s cousin gave him a bag of beautiful emeralds and said, “See what you can do!” From there, the inspiration behind Star Jewelers was born.
Dennis later enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America in New York City, where he earned his Graduate Gemologist degree. He had envisioned a life as the “Indiana Jones of gemstones”, but instead returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio and girlfriend, Elaine. He accepted a job at Lazarus, running the fine jewelry counter.
Elaine and Dennis were married in 1986, and two children followed soon after. They decided that between Elaine’s 17 years of experience merchandising for The Limited and Dennis’s gemological knowledge, together they would make the perfect team to open and run a jewelry store in Bexley.
More than 20 years later, the family business decided it was time for a change. Being a part of the Bexley community had allowed them to develop wonderful friendships and deep roots. But Dennis and Elaine, now joined by their daughter Rachel, were ready to expand into a bigger space with a more central location so they could better serve all of their clients.
During our transition from being a local jeweler to a city jeweler, our goal was to never lose that local feel and charm from where we started years ago. We value where we came from and treasure our very first customers.
Thank you for following along in our journey. The next time you are in the area, we hope you stop in and visit us once again.