Charleston Gems was opened in 1978 by a young man named Dennis Wolfe. The store opened strictly for diamond and colored stone appraising, but as Dennis's reputation grew, so did the demand for his store to carry quality merchandise. He then decided that the only merchandise that he would offer his customers would be designed and handmade by none other than himself. "In making my own merchandise I can whole heartily assure that my customers are getting the best quality for their money". -Dennis Wolfe So Charleston Gems as we know it today was born. Over thirty years later Dennis will still come out and personally thank you for your business and make sure your visit in his store and his web site was to your satisfaction. The store itself offers an extensive line of loose diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands, diamond earrings and pendants and our own line of Charleston and Nautical themed jewelry. The staff at Charleston Gems hand makes every piece of our collection and with Dennis's 34 plus years of experience, you can be assured that you will get the quality and craftsmanship that you are looking for.
Meet the staff of Charleston Gems: Dennis Wolfe started in the jewelry business over 34 years ago, working in a local retail store. After receiving a certification in Gemology from the Gemological Institute of America, he decided it was time to open his own store. Shortly after, he began apprenticing with Master Goldsmiths. Now a Master Goldsmith himself, he looks forward to bringing his imagination to life every day.
Gary Dixon has been a custom Jeweler and designer for over 30 years. He is skilled in all aspects of manufacturing, setting and jewelry repair. Gary has a Master of Arts degree and is a certified Master Bench Jeweler. He lives with his wife on Folly Beach and his youngest son attends USC. The Charleston Gems staff also includes: Office Manager Martha Cash, who has been with Charleston Gems for over 19 years; and Dennis's step-son, Josh Baily, who has been with Charleston Gems for 2 years. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to call us or stop in and see us at our West Ashley location.
We love to create jewelry for our customers to enjoy. We do this with a great deal of passion for what we do. I was told many years ago, if you want to be a good jeweler, it takes skill and repetition. If you want patience, dedication courage and a special love for your trade, then at Charleston Gems we have all of the above.