Before The "I Do"
Jeweler delivers big on life's special moments with distinctive engagement rings and wedding bands
When the mail is delivered to Thomas Markle Jewelers, it’s often laden with envelopes containing beautiful invitations to weddings or adorable birth announcements. From anniversaries to graduations, the Thomas Markle team is included in many of life’s most important moments by customers who become family.
“The relationships have always been more important than the sale,” Thomas Markle Jewelers marketing director Sarah Markle says. “We pride ourselves on knowing our clients on a first-name basis. We truly roll out the red carpet for them and we ensure that every designer we work with cares deeply about their product, just as we do our clients.”
That relationship-building philosophy has led to growth across Houston, with locations in The Woodlands, Kingwood and in Gateway Memorial City and a cache of luxury lines including Lagos, Hearts on Fire, Konstantino, Rolex and Tudor. Thomas Markle also employs an on-site Parisian-trained master jeweler who creates stunning custom pieces for every style and budget.
Investment in your future
Thomas Markle Jewelers has come a long way since the store’s namesake started the business in 1983, using the back of his car as a showroom, setting up shop at local banks and hair salons. He eventually opened his first store in Kingwood thanks to the support of the community. Markle treasures the support he received during those early days, and is committed to making a difference in the community now, raising funds for multiple non-profit organizations.
It’s little wonder then, that Thomas Markle Jewelers is the ultimate destination for engagement rings and wedding bands. Although prospective brides may not know when their boyfriend is going to propose, Sarah Markle says most couples start the engagement ring shopping process together, exploring ring styles at the store. The soon-to-be groom then makes an appointment for a second meeting to discuss details like budget and timing.
Sarah Markle confessed that while she enjoys when couples come in together, it’s even more fun when only the prospective groom comes shopping.
“He already has an idea of her style and he excited and nervous. He just wants to please her,” Sarah Markle said. “We tell him to just think about her. It’s an investment in your future, so what you feel comfortable with, she will love.”
And, Markle said, forget about any rules you may have heard about what one should do or spend on a ring.
“It doesn’t have to be huge. It just has to be beautiful for her,” Markle said. She also said the cut is the most important element to consider.
Most women have tipped their sweethearts off to what they like by sending Pinterest links or referencing their friend’s rings. Emerald and oval cut are popular shapes, but the overwhelming choice for the modern bride is the round halo cut ring.
Custom ring experience
For those seeking a custom ring experience, Thomas Markle Jewelers blends technology and beauty through the design process. Once a ring or any other piece of jewelry is sketched, it’s then transferred to CAD, or a computer-aided design, where the jewelry is seen through 3D imaging. The master jeweler will then cast the ring in a wax mold for the client to try on and make additional changes.All jewelry is made from 18-karat white, rose or yellow gold or platinum. In most cases, the process take three to four weeks to complete.
Of course, for those who want to give a beautiful and meaningful gift, but aren’t quite ready to make the step towards marriage, Markle still suggests pieces with plenty of sparkle.
“If you are in an newer relationship, stacked silver bangles are more fashion forward, but a great choice. If you’ve been dating longer, go for the classics like diamond studs or a diamond pendant. It lets her know you care, but it’s not a ring,” Markle said.
For those who are married, Markle encourages men to pay attention to what she wears and what she talks about. Many husbands add a wedding band to their wives existing rings, creating a stacked look that is modern and romantic.
It’s those thoughtful touches that keep customers returning to Thomas Markle Jewelers and why customers consider them part of the family.
“We care. We strive for every experience to be perfect from start to finish. We cater the experience to you,” Sarah Markle said.