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Our History

Picture of SamPicture of Ida

FIRST GENERATION

1870's. Sam and Ida Schreibman establish a jewelry manufacturing company in the small village of Kubrin, Poland. Sam managed the business end, made jewelry, and repaired watches, while Ida would travel throughout Poland in a horse drawn carriage, selling Sam’s creations. As the children began to grow, Sam realized the family would have better opportunities in America.

Picture of Alvin & IdaPicture of Sam & Alvin

1918. Sam and his sons, Alvin and Wilfred, immigrated to the United States and settled in Cleveland, while Ida and her daughters sustain the jewelry business in Poland.

Sam opens a jewelry store in downtown Cleveland at East 37th and Woodland. Alvin and Wilfred sold newspapers and balloons on the street corner while Sam was fervently growing his jewelry business. The store was not only their place of business, but it was also their home, as they created living quarters in the backroom.

1923. Sam, Alvin and Wilfred become citizens of the United States and the business begins to show a modest profit. Sam felt it was time to unite his family, so at that time, his wife and two daughters came to Cleveland to join them.

Alvin & Ida 1931Alvin's wife Edith behind the counter 1934

SECOND GENERATION

1931, With his keen entrepreneurial spirit brewing inside of him during the height of the depression, twenty-six-year-old Alvin takes a risk and opens his first jewelry store, Alvin’s Jewelers. The store was in Cleveland on East 55th and Broadway.

Alvin & Edith

1934. Alvin marries Edith B. Rubin, who becomes not only his life partner, but his business partner, as well.

1936 - 1940.
Larry, Richard & Marcia are born. Alvin and Edith were a deliberate, thoughtful couple: all three children were born in January so as not to disturb the December holiday season!

1950's. The children would often help in the store during the holidays and summers: selling jewelry, wrapping gifts, sweeping the floor, and making sure the showcases were spotless.

Alson East Side Location

THIRD GENERATION

1964.  Alvin, along with Larry, Richard & Marcia open ALSON Jewelers on the corner of E. 26th and St. Clair Avenue, in Cleveland. ALSON, a high-end concept, proving to be the perfect complement to their already thriving Alvin’s business. Noteworthy is the fact that the name ALSON was derived from combining Alvin’s name, “Al” and his two “sons” into ALSON.

During this time the Schreibman family also operated 50 leased jewelry departments within stores like Giant Tiger, Mr. Wigs, Spartan and Treasure Island.

Chad, Alvin & David 1985Richard, Marcia & Larry

1972.   ALSON building expands from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet to accomodate the growing business.

1970's – 1990's. As Alvin’s Jewelers grew into the largest retail jewelry chain in Ohio with 18 stores, the ALSON concept was maintaining its own unique entity.

1989. Cartier selects ALSON to become the exclusive jeweler in the state of Ohio to purvey their watch collection.

Chad & David with their parents Barbara & RichardChad & David Basel Switzerland 2001

FOURTH GENERATION

1989. After spending time in Israel learning more about diamonds and business, Richard’s son, David, joins the family business.

1992. Richard’s son, Chad, joins his family after gaining retail experience working for a prominent jeweler in Florida.

2002. David and Chad finally find a highly desirable location in the suburbs of Cleveland and relocate from downtown to Chargin Blvd, in Woodmere. It is at this location where they create their vision for the immediate future of ALSON.


2012. ALSON becomes an Official Rolex Jeweler, marking a significant milestone.

FIFTH GENERATION

2020.  Chad’s son, Jesse, joins ALSON. Prior to 2020, Jesse earned his Graduate Gemologist degree from the GIA and worked in the diamond industry. He then gained more experience working at a luxury watch store in New York City.


2023. Groundbreaking ceremony kicking off the expansion and remodel for the new ALSON.

Jesse, Chad & DavidChad, Stefanie, David, Jill & Jesse

Why Alson?

Alson Jewelers is not just a retail store. We are part of the community. We have many long-time customers that we know by name when they walk in the door. The team members here really care about the guests and helping them to fulfill their needs. When customers walk out with a bag in their hand and thank us, we turnaround and thank them instead. We appreciate our customers and the fact that they're giving back to the local community by shopping with us. Our employees are well-educated and well-trained, and are committed to helping you make the right jewelry choice.

Another thing that makes us different is that we are a full-service jeweler. We have two master watchmakers and a master jeweler onsite. We do almost all repairs at the store so we don't have to send pieces back to their manufacturers.

Alson Jewelers carries everything from classic diamond jewelry to iconic designer pieces and even handcrafted specialty items. We have all of the fashion forward brands under one roof and no other jeweler in Cleveland can say that.

At Alson, jewelry is our passion. That passion is most evident when you visit our award-winning showroom: from knowledgeable personal service to an outstanding selection of diamonds in all shapes and sizes, designer jewelry, exquisite gifts and Swiss timepieces, when the occasion calls for that special gift-it can only be found at Alson.

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