Our Family business began in 1937 as "Angelo's Jewelry and Watch Repair". Angelo and Louise Calapristi were the grandparents/great-grandparents of Angelo Sr, Crystal, Jessica and Angelo Jr.
In 1971 we moved to our current location as "Ed & Chris Jewelers". Ed and Chris Breaux were the parents/grandparents of the third and fourth generation you see in the store today.
We are proud of our heritage. Not many businesses today can boast being in business for 80 years; even less can boast being in the same family for 80 years! And being in the same location for over 45 of those years! During those 45 plus years we have expanded many times, our showroom is three times larger than it was in 1971!
Family & Co. Jewelers is; as the name indicates, a family owned business located in Marlton, New Jersey. They are proud to serve the surrounding communities of South Jersey and Philly. The small family jewelry business started out as a watch repair and jewelry business in 1937 by Angelo and Louise Calapristi. The first jewelry shop was opened in Philadelphia. Angelo and Louise’s daughter Chris worked in the shop and learned the jewelry business during the turbulent times of World War II. As daughter Chris worked the shop her future husband, Edwin Breaux, enlisted at the age of 16 in the United States Marine Corp. He served in both WWII and the Korean War. He retired from the Corp. after a 26 year career. He was indoctrinated in the family jewelry business by Chris, Angelo and Louise. By the early 1960′s Angelo and Louise Calapristi were ready to retire from a life of jewelry. They had groomed their successors from within. Ed and Chris took over what was now an emerging full service jewelry store, www.familyjewelers.com.
Over the next thirty years Ed and Chris met economic changes in the region with calculated modifications in their business model, staying ahead and steadily growing what had truly become their family business. They became part of the expanding community of Evesham Township and Marlton in the mid 1970′s. Their son, Angelo (grandson of Angelo & Louise Calapristi) started as did Chris working and learning every facet of the jewelry business. He attained his Graduate Gemologist Degree from GIA in the early 80′s and continued to grow the name recognition and reputation of the business.
In the early 1990′s Angelo took over the helm of the family jewelry business. The son of Ed and Chris and grandson of the founders, Angelo and Louise, Angelo became the third generation to operate “Family & Co. Jewelers.” Angelo has steered the family jewelry business through the economics realities facing the country and region; both good times and harsh. Through all, the business has grown stronger in reputation, recognition and it’s expertise in the area. Business manager Ian Bralow has been with the store since 1993.
The fourth generation of the family is active in the business. Angelo’s son, Angelo, Jr., and daughters, Crystal and Jessica have been learning the jewelry business for years. Each is now employed by the business and each brings the knowledge which can only be acquired by a lifetime involvement in the business. Angelo’s knowledge of every aspect of the business and knowledge of the product lines is second to none, while Crystal and Jessica have developed a loyal base of customers who rely on their jewelry knowledge and their integrity.
Emmillio Chanda shares responsibilities with Angelo and Jessica as one of three Graduate Gemologists on the premises; performing appraisal on all types of jewelry. Ian Bralow rounds out the professional staff providing technical and business support as well as invaluable jewelry sales knowledge
The sales staff of Family & Co. Jewelers has shown uncommon staying power, further adding to the loyalty and comfort shared with the communities who know the value of Family & Co. Jewelers. The entire staff not only know their clients but participate in the numerous community and charity events sponsored by Family & Co. Jewelers. Family & Co. Jewelers has always been involved in its local communities. Year after year Family & Co. Jewelers leads by example in supporting causes including cancer research, search for the cure of diabetes and youth programs to name a few. Angelo’s biggest cause he is involved in is supporting our troops through his involvement with Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey. This group sends care packeage to our deployed troops (over 50,000 ponds in 2016) and organizes welcome homes when they return. Family & Co. Jewelers is a permanent collection site for care package items.
Never one to remain idle or rest on laurels, Angelo’s innovation in use of advertising media has kept Family & Co. Jewelers in the forefront of the local jewelry industry. Angelo’s strategies have allowed Family to remain not only relevant and competitive in varying, and often difficult economic times, but have allowed Family to thrive when many of its competitors in surrounding areas have failed. Family & Co. Jewelers celebrated their 80th birthday in 2017; an amazing accomplishment for a family owned business.
Each year Family & Co. Jewelers grows stronger through its commitment to provide excellent service to its customers. From its original location and single store-front to the beautiful facility now occupied, Family & Co. Jewelers has always show-cased each of the lines it offers. Family & Co. Jewelers has been located in the Plaza-70, a moderate size complex located along the busiest of corridors between Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Surrounded by busy and long standing businesses, the location enjoys tremendous vehicle traffic, as well as a location easily accessible from all over the Southern New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania regions.
The store operates currently in 3,200 square feet of space. Lined by elegant display counters with ample area for browsing the wonderful selection of fine jewelry, designer lines and loose diamonds, the store is a magnet for existing customers and those stopping by other businesses in the Plaza.
Family & Co. Jewelers maintains a full time staff for jewelry repairs, which includes Daniel, for both traditional torch and modern laser repairs of all precious metals. Angelo’s son-in-law Matt has recently joined the Family & Co. team and is apprenticing in the workshop.
Among the prominent designer jewelry lines offered by Family & Co. Jewelers are Verragio, Simon G., Charles Krypell, Ritani, Scott Kay, Harout R., Honora, Pandora, Chamilia and Mont Blanc. The designers’ trust in Family & Co. Jewelers has been long standing allowing a wonderful relationship between the companies, allowing all to make the most of their reputations for providing exquisite jewelry and excellent service.
Family & Co. Jewelers serves the area; including Marlton, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Mt. Laurel, Moorestown, Haddonfield, Philadelphia, etc. Through the internet; we also have customers in most of the 50 states.