Chrysa F. Cohen has spent most of her working career designing and presenting the face of Continental Jewelers to the buying community in and around Wilmington, Delaware. She has kept Continental Jewelers on the cutting edge of every phase of the jewelry industry, whether bringing the most desirable brands to the area (Hearts On Fire, Simon G, Pandora), overseeing a state of the art in-house repair and design facility, or moving to a freestanding, owner occupied building.
Dating from 1955, Continental Jewelers, Inc. has moved through a series of family ownership changes. Chrysa feels her current ownership role in the store is best described as caretaker of what she considers an amazing business. She says, "We pride ourselves on our knowledge, ethics and integrity. We can take care of all your jewelry needs, from the perfect engagement ring to a rare alexandrite (an amazing gemstone that changes color in different lighting), from changing a watch battery to restoring a family heirloom. As custom design has become more popular, we enjoy working with our clients to design jewelry of the quality and style that will be handed down through generations. Our selection of pre-owned jewelry continues to grow and has become an important area for both our buying and selling clients."
Located in the heart of the Brandywine Valley in Delaware, Continental was one of the first jewelry stores in the country to make the move to a freestanding building in 1989. The environment adds to the highly personalized service. Industry memberships include membership in the American Gem Society, which promises dedication to a code of ethics and guidelines set forth as a model to the jewelry industry with the ultimate mission of consumer protection. AGS membership ensures the consumer is buying from jewelers who have the knowledge and skill to assist in making informed buying decisions by requiring annual retesting of members, the only such standard in the industry.
Our rich heritage started in 1955 in a small shopping center in New Castle, Delaware called the Continental Shopping Center. There, Continental Jewelers used a local repair shop owned by Jay G. Cohen, a goldsmith.
Jay, wanting to expand his business, bought into partnership with Andrew Gallagher and Harry Rofel who owned Continental Jewelers. This is where our foundation was laid. In 1959, an opportunity presented itself for Jay to expand the business into the newly developing North Wilmington area, which was mostly farmland. Continental Jewelers opened in the Graylyn Crest Shopping Center, and flourished there for 30 years.
During that time, Jay and his wife, Miriam, became the sole owners and along the way their two sons, Paul and Art, came into the business. By 1977, Jay had left the business and ownership transferred to Miriam, Paul and Art. In 1980, Chrysa Farnan joined the management team. Sadly, Miriam passed away in 1987 and Paul and Chrysa stayed to run the business. In 1989, we moved to our current location on Silverside Road - a brick and stone house we renovated to our specifications.
In 2012, Paul decided to retire and explore other paths in the jewelry industry. Now Chrysa continues the traditions of fine service and knowledge delivered with ethics and integrity in a warm unique environment.