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Thom Duma Fine Jewelers

Warren , OH

LOCATION

115 W Market St
Warren, OH 44481 US

PHONE

330-393-4696

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The sleek, 21st century chic of the Thom Duma Fine Jewelry store belies a history stretching back some 115 years. Founded in 1896, as Klivan's Jewelers, the business had long been a... Read more
The sleek, 21st century chic of the Thom Duma Fine Jewelry store belies a history stretching back some 115 years. Founded in 1896, as Klivan's Jewelers, the business had long been a well-established and respected institution in Youngstown when the first individual with the Duma name became associated with it. Thom Duma, Sr. and his partner Isadore Diamondstein purchased the storied business in 1957. Recognizing the value of such a long established reputation, Duma and Diamondstein kept the Klivan's name, and immediately set about improving every other aspect of the business. A watchmaker by trade, Thom Sr. was born in Warren, Ohio in 1919. Raised primarily by his mom, and growing up during the heart of the Great Depression, Tom, Sr.'s young life was not one of diamonds and pearls, but rather one of a great deal of hard work. Times were tough in the Duma household. Living in a home with no running water, he and his siblings were largely left to fend for themselves, while their mom did everything she could to keep the family in food and clothes. Thus, Thom, Sr. began working at a very early age. Turns out though, this was the best thing that could have ever happened for him. The hardships, struggles and adversities of his youth were what ultimately shaped the resourceful and philanthropic-oriented businessmen both he and his son, Tom Duma, Jr., were to one day become. At the start of the Second World War, Thom, Sr. enlisted in the Air Force, and with no college training whatsoever, earned the rank of corporal—while serving in air traffic control in Mississippi during the war. During this period of his life two things happened to set the course for the rest of his personal and professional lives. In 1942, Thom, Sr. married the lovely Helen Duma. And, he saw a watchmaker at work for the very first time. Working in the window of a Mississippi jewelry store, the watchmaker's relaxed deftness at his profession attracted a large crowd of fascinated onlookers. Drawn to the window by the exciting murmuring of the people, and equally mesmerized by the nature of the work, Thom, Sr. made up his mind—on the spot—to become a watchmaker. After all, with his daughter Donna on the way, Thom, Sr. knew he'd need a craft. Taking advantage of the benefits of the G.I. Bill after the war, Thom, Sr. moved his young family back to Warren and attended watchmaking school there. Upon graduation, he secured a position repairing watches for Mike Sach, at Sach's Jewelry Store in downtown Warren. There, Thom, Sr. met Isadore Diamondstein, who was also employed by Sach. Having both come up from similarly hardscrabble lives, Thom, Sr. and Diamondstein found they had a lot in common—the two became good friends. One day, the store got really busy. To cope with the unexpected influx of customers, Sach called Thom, Sr. out to the sales floor to do whatever he could to provide a measure of service. And while he'd been called out just to keep customers occupied until a "real" salesperson could take care of them, Thom, Sr. proceeded to make his first sale. Impressed with his easygoing manner, charming affability, and utter self-confidence, Sach started bringing Thom, Sr. out to the sales floor more and more—until eventually he was out front selling, more often than he was in the back repairing watches. This marked yet another significant turn of events in Thom Sr.'s life, one that directly led to the establishment of the Thom Duma Fine Jewelry store we know today. A full-time jewelry salesman now at Sach's, Thom, Sr. set out to learn all he could about the business. One of Thom, Sr.'s most admirable qualities is that when he sets his mind to do something—just as he did that fateful day in Mississippi when he decided to become a watchmaker—throughout his life, he has continually strived to become the best he possibly can at his chosen endeavor. Diamondstein, having observed this quality in Thom, Sr. and being of a like mind, gravitated toward his new partner on the sales floor at Sach's. And, quite predictably, with the two orbiting one another, it wasn't long before the men became to dream openly of blazing their own path toward their destinies. The opportunity presented itself in 1957, when the last surviving Klivan family member decided to sell his business. Scraping together all the cash they could get their hands on, and taking out a loan for $79,000 for the rest of the investment capital, the pair became the owners of one of the oldest and most established retail jewelry names in Ohio. Young, hungry, and with mouths to feed and (a loan to repay) the two plunged into it in earnest and aggressively promoted and remade the business. They undertook a major effort to update the look of the store, doing much of the painting and remodeling themselves. Additionally they advertised heavily, a practice Tom, Jr. firmly follows to this day. In one year's time, they increased the annual revenues of the store by a whopping $60,000 (which, need we remind you was pretty serious money back in 1958). A rousing success, Thom Sr., and Diamondstein enjoyed a fruitful partnership until Diamondstein passed away in 1972. Reverently mounting a portrait of his dear friend and trusted colleague in the store, Tom, Sr. soldiered on alone until Tom, Jr. was ready to take the reins in 1985. Having started with his Dad in 1980, Tom, Jr. learned the business the old fashioned way—from the ground up. Working side-by-side with Thom, Sr., Tom, Jr. absorbed the lessons of his father's illustrious career. And, when his time came to lead, he knew exactly what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it. In 2002, he completely gutted the store and rebuilt his father's legacy from the bare walls. The result is the wonderfully flowing environment you see today. And just to make sure his dad would always be recognized as part of the business community in the town, which had been so good to his family, Tom, Jr. renamed the business Thom Duma Fine Jewelry in Thom, Sr.'s honor. And thus, a legacy, born in the 19th century, bears new fruit in the 21st century, with a glittering outlook for enduring beyond. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Everyone was very friendly! Overall a great experience.
Everyone was very friendly! Overall a great experience.
Everyone was very friendly! Overall a great experience. Read less
Services Used: Jewelry
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Clara
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got both my engagement ring and our wedding bands from Thom Duma and had a great experience both times. For the engagement ring, I went with my husband to give him a general idea of my preferences, after which he worked with Diane to design a custom ring, which was truly beautiful. For our wedding bands, we went back together and each chose our own ring. My band had to be fitted to my engagement ring, but since I needed the engagement ring back pretty quickly for upcoming engagement photos, they worked with the goldsmith to make sure that I would get it back in time. The folks at Thom Duma always strive to provide excellent customer service in a very friendly, comfortable atmosphere, which makes for a positive experience all around.
My husband and I got both my engagement ring and our wedding bands from Thom Duma and had a great experience both times. Read more...
My husband and I got both my engagement ring and our wedding bands from Thom Duma and had a great experience both times. For the engagement ring, I went with my husband to give him a general idea of my preferences, after which he worked with Diane to design a custom ring, which was truly beautiful. For our wedding bands, we went back together and each chose our own ring. My band had to be fitted to my engagement ring, but since I needed the engagement ring back pretty quickly for upcoming engagement photos, they worked with the goldsmith to make sure that I would get it back in time. The folks at Thom Duma always strive to provide excellent customer service in a very friendly, comfortable atmosphere, which makes for a positive experience all around. Read less
Services Used: Jewelry
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Thom made us feel like family from the moment we walked in the door. He designed a custom wedding band to match my engagement ring exactly. He and the staff offered the highest quality jewelry and service.
Thom made us feel like family from the moment we walked in the door. He designed a custom wedding band to match my Read more...
Thom made us feel like family from the moment we walked in the door. He designed a custom wedding band to match my engagement ring exactly. He and the staff offered the highest quality jewelry and service. Read less
Services Used: Jewelry
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QwEenC
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
Thom Dumas isn't like the other jewelry places where they try to sell you and make you try to get a store credit card with them. It is a family owned beautiful store that has all the major brands. The service is the best I've seen & they have a huge selection!! If for some reason they don't have the ring your looking for, they will find it bring it to the store!!
Thom Dumas isn't like the other jewelry places where they try to sell you and make you try to get a store credit card with Read more...
Thom Dumas isn't like the other jewelry places where they try to sell you and make you try to get a store credit card with them. It is a family owned beautiful store that has all the major brands. The service is the best I've seen & they have a huge selection!! If for some reason they don't have the ring your looking for, they will find it bring it to the store!! Read less
Services Used: Jewelry
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kynii37
Wedding:
5/11/2008
4.9/5.0
My husband and I purchased my diamond, my band, and his band from Thom Duma's in Warren, Ohio. I chose them because they were the only jewelry store in my area to carry Tacori brand rings. I chose the style of my ring and his long before we purchased them. They just happened to have my engagement ring in my size in the store, so I was unexpectedly able to wear it home when we bought it. My husband and I paid for our own wedding, and Thom Duma's really worked with us on a payment plan. They gave us a great deal and even gave us more than one extra discount. They took photos of the rings for us for our insurance, and we also have lifetime cleaning with our rings. I would recommend them to anyone. The staff remembered my name each time I went in to make a payment on our bands, and they were always very friendly and personable.
My husband and I purchased my diamond, my band, and his band from Thom Duma's in Warren, Ohio. I chose them because they Read more...
My husband and I purchased my diamond, my band, and his band from Thom Duma's in Warren, Ohio. I chose them because they were the only jewelry store in my area to carry Tacori brand rings. I chose the style of my ring and his long before we purchased them. They just happened to have my engagement ring in my size in the store, so I was unexpectedly able to wear it home when we bought it. My husband and I paid for our own wedding, and Thom Duma's really worked with us on a payment plan. They gave us a great deal and even gave us more than one extra discount. They took photos of the rings for us for our insurance, and we also have lifetime cleaning with our rings. I would recommend them to anyone. The staff remembered my name each time I went in to make a payment on our bands, and they were always very friendly and personable. Read less
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Jodie
Wedding:
9/16/2006
4.2/5.0
My husband bought my engagement ring from Thom Duma, we bought our wedding rings from there also. We have been very pleased with Thom Duma jewelers. They are someone you can trust, won't rip you off....beautiful jewelry. In fact another family member is working with Thom Duma right now on an engagement ring setting for his hopefully future fiance'.
My husband bought my engagement ring from Thom Duma, we bought our wedding rings from there also. We have been very Read more...
My husband bought my engagement ring from Thom Duma, we bought our wedding rings from there also. We have been very pleased with Thom Duma jewelers. They are someone you can trust, won't rip you off....beautiful jewelry. In fact another family member is working with Thom Duma right now on an engagement ring setting for his hopefully future fiance'. Read less
Services Used: Jewelry
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