The year was 1932 when John W. Arends, our founder, began his jewelry apprenticeship with Jabel Manufacturing, a large jewelry manufacturing company in Irvington, NJ.
Celebrating 3 Generations
Over the next 11 years, he mastered the art of jewelry design and manufacturing, including model making, casting, setting, and polishing. Upon returning from WWII military service, John W. Arends made the decision to go into business for himself. In 1946, Aires Jewelers was born, and began operating as a wholesale jewelry manufacturing company in Newark NJ.
By 1977, it was time to expand. John’s son and current owner, Ronald W. Arends, moved the business to a warehouse in Whippany NJ. At this point Aires Jewelers was still a wholesale manufacturer… the place that other retail jewelers would send their repair and special order work out to be completed. Slowly, by way of word-of-mouth, family and friends would request to work directly with Ronald to have pieces made that they could not have done anywhere else. It was clear that a great demand existed for a traditional retail jewelry store that could have the in-house capability of a wholesale jewelry manufacturer.
Seizing that opportunity, in 1989 Ronald moved Aires Jewelers to Morris Plains NJ, and opened our “retail” doors for the first time. His sons Ronald J. and Christopher J. Arends have since joined their father and represent the third generation of family jewelry designers and manufacturers.
After two decades it was once again time to expand our capacity. In November of 2009, we discontinued all of our wholesale accounts, and began construction on a brand new building and showroom that increased our space by four times! In November of 2010 we opened our doors and introduced our 3,000 sq/ft state-of-the art fine jewelry showroom. Locatated on Rt. 10 East in Morris Plains, New Jersey our new building has become a Morris County retail landmark.
Aires Jewelers has the unique ability to combine 70 years of traditional handmade craftsmanship with new state-of-the-art technology such as CAD/CAM computer production and laser welding capability. We invite you to visit and meet with our family and team.