About our jewelry store

Litwins president BJ Foreman

Boris Litwin Jewelers is a 4th generation, family-owned Cincinnati jewelry store. We are knowledgeable and passionate about what we do. In addition to our wonderful collections, we offer excellent jewelry and watch repair services, custom design, custom engagement rings, and appraisals.

Our president sources every piece of jewelry herself, based on her experience in the jewelry business and as an art historian and fashion writer. She has deep-rooted knowledge of what’s trendy and what’s enduring and classic. She takes extra special care in helping customers choose pieces that work well for them.

We have a passion for our craft and it shows in our unique and artful collections. We take care of our customers, both in price and in selection. Our quality and product knowledge take the cake!

Grandpa Boris's Bench

Grandpa Boris’ bench is where, as a boy of 13, he began designing and crafting jewelry with his father, Akim. Their workshop was my grandfather’s bedroom on Richmond Street in the West End of Cincinnati. No fax machines, computers or the Internet—just great design and a strong work ethic.

In the early days, the focus was on manufacturing; only later was the retail end added. After some time, the focus of Litwins was purely retail.

So many things have changed in the jewelry business since the founding of the first Litwins store. Of course, there are lasers, CAD, and other fabulously precise tools today, but many of the same tools employed then are still used in making fine jewelry today. When the Litwin family came to America, Grandma Litwin, who had been a skilled polisher (a very important job in the jewelry factory) in Russia, stopped working and raised the children. My grandmother, Frieda Litwin, was tasked with wearing the fabulous jewelry my grandfather made for her. My own mother, Charlotte, wasn’t involved with the business either. Her business was organization work—volunteering and attending events. The business was left to the sons and the son-in-laws.

Things changed. My dad, Sandy Armstrong, insisted that I come to work at the store with him while I was in high school and college. I stocked merchandise, filed papers, operated the switchboard and ran errands. From that day’s perspective, I was doing women’s work, but I was really learning the business from the inside out.

After my brother’s death, my mom and I decided that we’d carry on with the store together. My mom insisted that I become the President and she the Vice President, and she came to work almost every day thereafter—a true steady ender. Even my mom’s sister, Aunt Phyllis Rubenstein, has come to work, proving that the Litwin genes breed true!

In September 2003, after more than 100 years in downtown Cincinnati, the Litwin women made the decision to move the family business to the suburbs of Cincinnati.

While in many respects, our business is different today with Litwin women at the helm, enjoying all the modern conveniences, we are really about the same things: quality, style and making people happy and proud to give and wear jewelry.

While we remember our roots, we’re always reinventing pieces and curating new collections. At the moment we have a fabulous collection of colossal rings, pearl necklaces, and terrifically modern silver earrings, as well as in-house designed Cheese Coney and Union Terminal charms. We always have projects in the works and we love to create custom pieces.

We hope you’ll come and see!

BJ Foreman, 
President

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