Clemson Jewelers

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Clemson Jewelers was a business that operated on College Avenue in Clemson, South Carolina, from at least the mid-1950s into at least the late 1980s. It occupied the northern-most business space on the east side of College Avenue. Mr. Knickerbocker now has assimilated this space as part of their operation.

During the 1970s and 1980s, when Add-a-Bead necklaces were popular, Clemson Jewelers did a thriving business selling the beads.

On May 30, 1988, two fires were set in the Clemson area, one at the Forest Hills apartment building, and one at the Calhoun Mansion, to divert attention from a burglary at Clemson Jewelers, during which three boxes of rings were taken. A Clemson graduate student, Joyce Austin, died in the apartment building fire. On June 14, 1988, two Bishopville brothers were arrested by Clemson city police and charged with murder and arson in connection with fires. Alaric Wayne Hunt, 18, and Jason Hugh Dinalt Hunt, 19, each were charged with one count of murder and one count of first-degree arson. The brothers were also charged with first-degree arson in connection with a nearly simultaneous blaze at Calhoun Mansion. Damage to the mansion was limited to the building's parlor and two exterior walls by automatic sprinklers. City Police Chief Johnson Link said the arrests came as a result of a tip received by authorities from an undisclosed source. The Tiger, Friday, August 26, 1988, Volume 82, Number 1, page 1, by Andrew Cauthen, news editor. Both are sentenced to life in prison for murder on October 11, 1988.

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