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In 1941, Ben Fox opened Bay Street Jewelers, the first full-line jewelry store in Beaufort, SC. After his retirement in 1978, his daughter and son-in law, Phyllis and Paul Isaac, purchased the business. Mark Stokes, an AGS Certified Gemologist and a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica, CA was hired as a manager in 1982. Mark had previously worked for two other family guild stores, Galloway & Moseley Jewelers in his hometown of Sumter, SC and Sylvan Jewelers in Columbia, SC.

In 1991, Mark and his wife, Terri, a graduate of USC with a degree in Business Administration – Management, purchased the historic downtown jewelry store and renamed it Fox-Bay Street Jewelers, d.b.a. Bay Street Jewelers.

Bay Street Jewelers is a member of several elite industry groups, including: the American Gem Society (AGS) - the highest rating a jewelry store can achieve based on ethics, knowledge and consumer protection; the Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC); the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO); and the Retail Jewelers Organization (RJO). We are also a member of Jewelers of America (JA) and very involved in the South Carolina Jewelers Association (SCJA), where Mark and Terri are both past Presidents.
 

Bay Street’s motto is “Doing Business with Southern Hospitality” because we want everyone to feel at home when shopping here. We believe in building client relationships with honesty, integrity and a distinctive collection of fine jewelry. Our staff is knowledgeable and participates in continuing education courses through the American Gem Society, Jewelers of America and the Gemological Institute of America. Whatever your jewelry needs, Bay Street Jewelers is here to assist you in making a quality choice that you will be happy with for years to come.

Mark Stokes, Owner

  • Graduate Gemologist, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) August 1983

  • Certified Gemologist, AGS (American Gem Society) August 2001

  • JVC (Jewelers Vigilance Committee) J-BAR (Jewelers Board of Appraisal Review) June 2007

  • SCJA (South Carolina Jewelers Association) Past President 1996-1997

  • IJO (Independent Jewelers Organization) Board of Directors 2002 and accredited Master IJO Jeweler

  • National Horological Institute – accredited quartz watch technician, May 2003

  • Executive Board of the Beaufort Charities, Inc.  501 C 3 2019-2020 Chairman Beaufort Charities Oyster Roast

  • Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors (7 years)

Terri Stokes, Owner

  • Bachelor of Science Business Administration – Management – University of South Carolina

  • Certified Management Professional – Jewelers of America

  • Accredited Jewelry Professional – Gemological Institute of America

  • Past President of the S.C. Jewelers Association

  • Member of the Rotary Club of the Lowcountry (past Foundation & Membership Director) since 2004 with Perfect Attendance

  • Rotarian of the Year (twice)

  • Leadership Beaufort Graduate – 2002

  • Baptist Church of Beaufort/Agape Sunday School Class

  • Beaufort Shag Club Member (Past Secretary)

  • Pat Conroy Literary Center volunteer/docent

  • Friends of the Library Member/Volunteer

Kayla Waitt, Manager

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of South Carolina Aiken 2010

  • Certified Sales Associate, AGS (American Gem Society) June 2019

Melinda Cato, Sales Associate

  • Associate Degree in Business and Marketing

  • Certification in Accounting I, II, and III

  • Certified Sales Associate, AGS (American Gem Society)

  • Certified Pearl Specialist, Cultured Pearl Association of America

  • Certification in Colored Stones, International School of Gemology

  • Applied Jewelry Professional, GIA (Gemological Institute of America)

Jeanie Walker, Sales Associate

  • Accredited Jewelry Professional, GIA (Gemological Institute of America)

  • Certified Senior Sales Professional, JA (Jewelers of America)

  • ArtCarved Sales Training Program

Ashley Hensley , Sales Associate

  • Currently a Biology major at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Honors College

Evans Simons, Staff Emeritus

Evans is a lowcountry native. Born in nearby Walterboro, SC, he has lived in Beaufort for over thirty years. Most of those years were spent in the automotive business -- he managed a few local Honda dealerships for twenty-four years, and has luxury car experience with BMW and Jaguar. Evans enjoys anything with a motor: cars, boats, motorcycles, etc.!

Mark and Terri Stokes

“Smiles come easy when you are celebrating others”

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What people say about us

Excellent service and a wide variety of merchandise. Have used their services many, many times for designing, cleaning, resizing, replacing lost gems, etc. Always a pleasant experience shopping at Bay Street Jewelers--highly recommended!

Samantha Pettigrew

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Bay St. Jewelers

902 Bay St, Beaufort, SC 29902