SOMERSET, NJ - Venus Jewelers is celebrating its 38th anniversary with an in store celebration of door prizes, BBQ, and a grand prize giveaway of a $3,000 sapphire and diamond ring. Commemorating 38 years, Peter and Dorothy, owners of Venus Jewelers wanted to dedicate this year's anniversary to their late father, George Stavrianidis, a familiar face that many Franklin Township residents may remember. 

George's family opened their jewelry shop in the early 1900’s in what at the time was Russia.  After the Bolshevik Revolution and because of the unrest that was caused with the formation of the former Soviet Union, the family fled to Athens, Greece, to avoid persecution from the communist regime.  In the midst of World War II,  the family opened up a jewelry shop in Athens. Later, George and his wife Elena and their two young children Peter and Dorothy made a decision to immigrate to the United States. As an accomplished watchmaker, George worked for a few years for Piaget, Concord and Zenith, until he opened up his first store in Queens, NY, in 1972.  The present day store was opened in 1979 in Somerset, NJ, where it still stands after having gone through three expansions and renovations.

Upon George’s passing several years ago, his children and current principals of Venus Jewelers, Peter and Dorothy, carry on his legacy with pride, commitment and responsibility.  

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Dr. Peter Stavrianidis lives in Somerset with his wife Maggie and their three sons George, Jason and Constantine.  Peter, Dorothy, and the veteran Venus Jewelers team of associates and jewelers have established themselves as leaders and educators in jewelry and gemology. With over $20,000 of donated yearly to Franklin Townships charities, houses of worship and civic groups, Venus is committed to growing alongside its community. The 38th Anniversary Celebration takes place at Venus Jewelers, 1024 Easton Avenue, Somerset, NJ 08873 from 11-4pm. No purchase is necessary to participate, winner of drawing must be present at 3 p.m. drawing. For more information visit,

Venus Jewelers is a fourth generation family owned business that has been in operation for thirty-eight years at its present location in Somerset, New Jersey. Venus is known for its vast designer bridal selection, custom-design work, repair services and as direct diamond importers and was voted Courier News "One of the Best" jewelers by the Readers Choice Contest 3 years running. Please visit for more information.