The House of Gems was robbed during the first year and every piece of jewelry was taken, including customers’ repairs. Ann Marie and Jim went from door to door informing clients and reassuring them that their prized possessions would be replaced.

James Robert Dunn began his career in 1967 as a sales representative for IBM. There, he had the good fortune to meet Ann Marie Pelliccia, who was working as the senior secretary. The couple was married in 1969. That same year, with a savings of $10,000.00, they purchased a small house in Hanover, Massachusetts, and converted it into their first jewelry store, The House of Gems. The House of Gems was robbed during the first year and every piece of jewelry was taken, including customers’ repairs. Ann Marie and Jim went from door to door informing clients and reassuring them that their prized possessions would be replaced. The Dunns paid for the stolen jewelry out of their own pockets to preserve their reputation for integrity and trust. Business began to grow by leaps and bounds, and The House of Gems soon outgrew its tiny location. Jim and Ann Marie relocated the store to a mall in South Weymouth, changing the name to J. R. Dunn Jewelers to emphasize the importance of a family-owned and operated business. In 1977, they moved to South Florida with intentions of semi-retirement. Jim and Ann Marie opened a small jewelry boutique, which served a select clientele by appointment only. But word spread and J. R. Dunn Jewelers outgrew its’ location once again. Their next decision was a big one: to purchase a 6000-square-foot freestanding building on Federal Highway in Lighthouse Point. Read more about J.R.Dunn

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