Our History


From the Canton Repository:

Jeweler Bob Capestrain Still Putting In His Time

Bob Capestrain is so committed to downtown Canton that he’s sticking around — even into semiretirement.

“My daughter is really the one operating the business. She has owned the business since 2007. I work a couple of days a week or when needed for vacations. More around the holidays,” said Capestrain, who started Capestrain Jewlers — “Family Owned Since 1956” — 53 years ago in his home on Fifth Street at High Avenue NW.

“We had a front section of the home dedicated to the business,” recalled Capestrain. “We had showcases in there, and a watch repair bench.”

The 72-year-old certified gemologist started the company at age 22 after being discharged from the Army. But he began to learn the business long before his military service, working at age 10 at Poet’s Jewelry Store on Fourth Street NE between Market and Piedmont avenues.

Passing On Knowledge…

Capestrain’s daughter spent the last few years learning at the side of her father.

The expertise that Karen Capestrain has gained from her 21 years in the business, however, has been largely in the field of gems and jewelry. She, too, is a certified gemologist — a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America. Karen Capestrain has owned Capestrain Jewelers since January 1st, 2006.