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Owners of Bechdel Jewelers are Retiring October 16, 2023 (0 comments)


Inwood, WV--After 48 years of business, Bechdel Jewelers is closing its doors. Husband and wife ownership team of David and Lori Ettinger are retiring. The Ettingers will host a going-out-of-business sale with up to 70% off the entire inventory. This includes gemstone jewels, watches, engagement rings, pearls and estate jewelry.

Lori’s father, Charles Bechdel, learned how to cut gems at a lapidary shop in Thailand where he was stationed as an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War. He grew to love the work, and when he was stationed in West Virginia, his interest turned to working with gold. He began doing jewelry repair work out of his basement and went on to open Bechdel Jewelers in 1975. Charles was known in the community as a generous person.

The store would eventually be passed down to David and Lori, who would continue the tradition of fairness and honesty. Some of their fondest memories include trips to Antwerp to find rare, requested diamonds for customers, and then create jewelry from these gems.

“We are so fortunate to have been able to do what we’ve done for all of these years and to be part of engagements, birthdays, anniversaries and graduations,” David said. “Our customers have supported this business for generations, and it’s been very special.”

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