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Working with fine watches and selling fine diamonds has turned into a passion for Adam Aebischer. A fourth generation jeweler, Aebischer loves working at his family’s jewelry store, Aebischer’s Jewelry in Poland, 68 S. Main St.
Aebischer grew up living in Poland his whole life and quickly developed a love of all things mechanical. After hearing about his great grandparents being Swiss watchmakers and their passion for mechanical watches, he realized that this is where his drive to work with his hands and to fix anything mechanical has come from.
After graduating from Poland Seminary High School in 2007, Aebischer attended Youngstown State University in pursuit of a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
During this time, he was also a salesman at a retail golf store in Boardman called Special Tee Golf. At Special Tee, Aebischer started to enjoy helping people: whether it was fitting them with proper golf clubs or suggesting a different golf ball to use to accommodate their swing speed for better results.
Two years into Youngstown State University’s Mechanical Engineering program, Aebischer decided that Engineering was not the career for him. At the same time he put his college education on hold, Special Tee Golf’s Boardman location was closing. This was his chance to get back to what he was truly passionate about-working with his hands.
Aebischer approached his parents with the idea of coming to work for them to see if he enjoyed fixing things on a much smaller scale.
He soon realized that working at Aebischer’s Jewelry was where he wanted to be.
Aebischer decided to attend the New Approach School for Jewelers, where he earned a certification in basic bench repair work and gemstone setting.
Determined to still earn a college degree, he decided to return to Youngstown State University and pursue a degree in business. In July of 2015, Aebischer received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, which he specifically chose to help run the family’s business.
Aebischer’s next career goal is to become a Graduate Gemologist like his dad. He is now through half his studies at the Gemological Institute of America.
Currently at Aebischer’s Jewelry, he specializes in watches and diamonds. “I love what I do because there is nothing better than working alongside my dad and being able to help educate customers.”
Aebischer resides in Poland with his wife Jenna and son John, who you never know, could become the fifth generation at Aebischer’s Jewelry.
Company Profile: Aebischer’s Jewelry
Aebischer’s Jewelry was founded in 1928 by Swiss immigrants, John and Johanna Aebischer, seeking a better life for themselves. The couple came over by boat in 1927 while Johanna was 5 months pregnant with their first child. John had been working for ten years in a Swiss watchmaking factory, where he had developed his skills as a fine watchmaker. Johanna also worked in a factory that made jewels for watches.
Deciding to leave for America, John asked his boss to write a letter of recommendation so that he could hand it to any future employer as a reference.
Once arriving to America, even though his tools were stolen and they could not speak a word of English, they traveled to Lowellville where they knew other Swiss families had settled.
John had heard how busy the steel mills were in the Mahoning County and was told by a Swiss friend who had traveled once to the Steel Valley, “those guys would need their watches worked on. I’m sure you’d have plenty of work.”
John worked for another jeweler for six months before deciding to find a small place to rent and set up shop. He found a location in a covered over ally on Bridge Street in Struthers that had a rear wall which enclosed the back and a front wall with a bay window and door facing what was then, a bustling main street on State Route 616.
To get his first customers, he set up his watch bench in the bay window and took his own watch apart and re-assembled it, several times a day until finally someone came in and said, “I see you work on watches. Mine isn’t working correctly. Can you fix it?” So from those humble beginnings, in April of 1928, John and Johanna began what has become a four-generation, full service jewelry store.
While servicing watches and clocks for years, they also began offering a jewelry repair service. Eventually they would buy watches and jewelry to sell, thus becoming a full service retail jewelry store.
The business was turned over to their son, Harold Aebischer in 1967. The business remained in the same location for 48 years until May of 1976, when they moved the business to its present location in the center of Poland Village in the Town One Square Plaza at 68 S. Main St.
A few years before moving the business to Poland, Harold’s son Doug came into the business, learning the watch and clock repair trade. Shortly after being in Poland and after attending Youngstown State University, Doug expanded his gemology and bench repair education through the Gemological Institute of America where he earned his Graduate Gemologist degree. Doug, along with his wife Karen, have owned the store since 1996, when Harold retired.
Doug and Karen are very pleased and proud to have their sons Adam and Alex come into the business, making them a fourth generation jewelry store. Adam came in January of 2009 and Alex in January of 2016.
Aebischer’s serves not only Poland, but many of the surrounding communities as well. With the expanding uses of modern technology, such as email, digital photography, and texting, the staff maintains great communication with their customers.
Aebischer’s still offers watch and jewelry repair, some still on sight and some through outside trade shops. They also offer a full bridal department, custom design, remounts, and several watch lines, including Oris which is an independently owned Swiss watch line featuring all mechanically made watches still made in its original factory since 1904.