Tom found his passion for selling jewelry when he purchased his first piece at Cowell & Hubbard in 1973.
He ended up working here for 7 years before going on to work for JB Robinson Jewelers for another 7 years and then venturing off to start Thomas Markle Jewelers, where it all started with a faux crocodile briefcase…
In 1983, Tom decided to pursue his lifelong dream of creating Thomas Markle Jewelers.
Without the finances backing him, he made do with his faux crocodile briefcase selling anywhere that would allow: post offices, hair salons, banks, etc.
The alligator theme is still carried on today in our wrapping and gift bags.
In 1988, Thomas Markle Jewelers opens its first location in Kingwood, Texas!
Tom with his first customer.
Thomas Markle Jewelers redesign in 1990.
TMJ Partners with Rolex in 1995! Paving the way for Thomas Markle Jewelers’ pursuit of excellence.
TMJ opens its second location, in Willowbrook during what was one of the hardest years the Houston economy had ever seen.
TMJ Wins Hearts on Fire Southern Retailer of the Year. An accomplishment won just three years after partnering with the iconic brand.
After 5 years in the making, TMJ opens its third location in The Woodlands on Market Street; rounding out all three major locations in North Houston.
A short five years after winning Southern Retailer of the Year, Thomas Markle Jewelers takes home the crown for RETAILER of the YEAR, not once but TWO years in a row!
An accomplishment known around the country and our first major win!
A lifelong dream, Tom finally launches TMJ Couture, a collection near and dear to his heart.
For those most passionate about fine jewelry, TMJ Couture combines the rarity and heart stopping beauty in a manner anyone with discriminating taste will certainly appreciate.
Thomas Markle Jewelers moves their Champions location to Memorial City.
TMJ builds its first Rolex Corner, designed exclusively for TMJ in Switzerland with their latest design.
After 37 years of providing the world’s finest diamonds and jewelry to the people of Houston, Tom sells TMJ to Sarah and Philip. As second generation owners, Sarah and Philip dedicated to bringing a modern twist to the brand and leading Thomas Markle Jewelers into the future. Sarah and Phil’s presence can already be felt throughout the store and in the company’s many marketing channels.