Pace Jewelers was established as a watch repair business in 1948 by Edgar Pace at 1265 Pendleton Street in West Greenville, SC. Mr. Pace had graduated from the Bulova School of Watchmaking which had a branch in Greenville for the GIs returning home from World War II. As the watch repair business grew, Mr. Pace began to add inventory of popular priced watches like Bulova, Hamilton and Elgin. The business was very successful and Mr. Pace began adding diamond engagement rings and other diamond and colored stone jewelry to his growing business. Mr. Pace's wife, Polly, began working at the store in the mid-fifties and expanded the inventory to include china, crystal and silverware with a bridal registry for wedding gifts. In 1959, Mr. Pace purchased Welborn Jewelers in Pickens, SC. The Pickens location continue a successful span until 2012 when Riley Garrick, the store's manager, retired. In 1960, the Greenville store moved to 1250 Pendleton St., which increased the size of the business substantially. Gift items were added to the growing list of inventory, and the business continued to grow and prosper.
Mr. and Mrs. Pace's son, Steve, entered the family business in 1972 and learned jewelry and watch repair under the tutelage of his father and other watch makers and jewelers employed at the store. Steve's wife, Teresa, began working at the store in 1976 as a bookkeeper, store decorator and sales associate, until retiring in 2018. Steve and Teresa's son-in-law, Jason Durham, began working in 2001, and now is the manager of the store, while being the main jewelry repairman and is a certified laser welder, using the latest technology in jewelry repair. Jason also does most of the stone setting and custom remounting of our customers' diamonds and colored stones.
Other employees include Mene Hinn, employed since 2016 whose duties include sales, watch repair, jewelry repair, engraving, and pearl/bead restringing along with custom jewelry wiring. Mene has also graduated from the Gemological Institute of America's Diamond grading and Color Stone grading courses. Employed since 2006, Carol Edens works in sales, store decorating and silver maintenance. We have been blessed with great employees throughout the years.
Pace Jewelers is a full service jewelry store with expert watch and jewelry repair. We carry a full line of diamond engagement rings in a wide array of pieces, diamond necklaces, earrings and bracelets in white and yellow gold. We also custom design your engagement ring or special anniversary ring to your exact specifications. In timepieces we carry popular priced watches such as Seiko, Pulsar, Belair and Caravelle. Other services we offer include engraving, pearl and bead restringing, silver polishing and repair, appraisals and ear piercing. Come in and let the staff at Pace Jewelers help you find the perfect piece of jewelry, watch or gift to celebrate the special moments of your life.