Patrick Pugh’s family business will celebrate its diamond jubilee this year

ZANESVILLE – He’s doing what he always wanted to do.

“From probably 12 or 13 years old,” Patrick Pugh recalls, “I would walk to my father’s jewelry store every day after school, go for walks, and do odd jobs. . I always wanted to do what my father did. I wasn’t sure which way to go at the time, but eventually I found myself heading in that direction.

“When I was a teenager, I watched my father and brothers work in the family business,” he continued. “They let me play with old watches and I eventually learned how to repair jewelry. Precious stones also fascinated me at the time.

Patrick Pugh is the owner and gemologist of his longtime family business, Pugh’s Diamond Jewelers.

Today, Pugh is the owner and gemologist of his longtime family business, Pugh’s Diamond Jewelers.

“My father,” he said, “founded Pugh Jewelers in 1949 with my mother and $500 in his pocket, plus a little help from his former employer. Eventually, my two brothers and sister-in-law came into the business, and we expanded and moved twice and renamed the jewelry store Pugh’s Diamond Jewelers to highlight our specialty: diamonds.

“Pugh’s Diamond Jewelers is one of the largest family-owned jewelry stores in Ohio,” he added. “Our 75th anniversary will be in October. Our success is attributed to our commitment to education, our values, our excellent staff and treating everyone with fairness and respect – and at fair prices.

Pugh, 60, grew up in Zanesville, graduated from Bishop Rosecrans High School in 1981, attended Ashland University, then in 1985 earned the designation of graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America, and in 1990, as a certified gemologist appraiser with the American Gem Society. He started working in the family business in 1988.

Angie Jordan has been a customer and business associate since 2009.

“Patrick’s love and commitment to what his father birthed 75 years ago is commendable,” Jordan said.

“I am one of those lucky ones who succeed…

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