Tom found his passion for selling jewelry when he purchased his first piece at Cowell & Hubbard in 1973.
He ended up working there for 7 years before going on to work for JB Robinson Jewelers for another 7 years. After realizing that jewelry was his true passion, Tom moved to Texas to start Thomas Markle Jewelers, where it all started with a faux crocodile briefcase…
Tom made a name for himself by selling fine jewelry at banks, hair salons and other local establishments from his faux crocodile briefcase.
The crocodile theme is still carried on today in our wrapping and gift bags.
After building a dedicated following, Tom opened the first Thomas Markle Jewelers in 1987. Shortly after, he had two children, Sarah and Philip, who fully embrace the jewelry industry today.
Rolex joined TMJ’s prized family of luxury designers, a partnership that continues to flourish today. In fact, you can find the country’s largest Rolex sign at our Memorial location.
TMJ opened its second location in Willowbrook during what was one of the hardest years the Houston economy had ever seen.
In 2008, TMJ won Hearts on Fire’s Southern Retailer of the year. A short 5 years later, TMJ 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!
In 2010, TMJ opened its flagship store in The Woodlands on Market Street.
In 2014, TMJ opened yet another beautiful location in Gateway Memorial City, the energy capital of the country.
In the same year, TMJ built its first Rolex Corner, designed exclusively for TMJ in Switzerland.
After 30 years in business, TMJ’s Kingwood location was flooded along with thousands of others in Houston. Although we miss being in that area, we continue to welcome our Kingwood customers and residents at both Thomas Markle Jewelers locations.
Like the rest of the world, TMJ rolled with the punches and persevered through 2020. In an effort to bring a modern twist to the brand, Sarah and Philip take on leadership roles within the company. Sarah and Phil’s presence can already be felt throughout the store and in the company’s many marketing channels as they lead TMJ into the future.