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.
Today J. R. Dunn Jewelers has grown to an 8000-square-foot showroom featuring the world’s most renowned Swiss watches and designer jewelry as well as custom designs by Ann Marie’s brother Robert Pelliccia. Robert is a three-time DeBeers Award Winning Designer (1993, 1995 and 2000), a Spectrum Award winner (1999, 2000 and 2001) and Modern Jewelers Buyers Choice Award winner. J. R. Dunn Jewelersâ€™ staff has more than 300 yearsâ€™ of combined experience in the jewelry industry, as well as three certified gemologists including their son, Sean. Sean earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Florida and has a graduate gemologist degree from The Gemological Institute of America in California (GIA). He now continues the legacy of excellence his parents, Jim and Ann Marie, built. Together, they are eager to give clients “The Ultimate Jewelry Experience” and will continue to treat their clientele with the same standards of excellence established all those years ago in a tiny house in Massachusetts.