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History

A Rich History

We've had a lot of highlights over the years:

From humble beginnings to celebrity customers, and everything in between.

1930

Roz Rosenheim begins jewelry career in the National Press Building.

1933

FDR comes shopping, one of many Presidents, First Ladies, ambassadors, members of congress, and foreign dignitaries who have frequented Tiny Jewel Box over the decades.

1944

Roz and husband Monte move the store to an alley breezeway so narrow you could extend your arms and touch both walls.

1948

Jim, the couple’s 6-year-old son, makes his first sale— a $15.00 ring.

1956

Tiny Jewel Box moves to Connecticut Avenue and L Street NW.

1959

Sammy Davis Jr. visits the store and Roz Rosenheim locks the door and won’t let him leave without a song and dance.

1972

Tiny Jewel Box moves to a 1,500 square foot space on Connecticut Avenue under Jim Rosenheim’s leadership.

1977

Jim meets two fledgling designers under tents at a craft fair and launches a long-standing relationship with David Yurman and Paul Morelli, two of the most iconic American jewelry designers of their time.

1996

Jim’s son Matthew joins Tiny Jewel Box full-time as the store enters the newly exploding global designer jewelry business. The store expands and restores an iconic 12,500 square foot Elizabeth Arden Building, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. New designer collections, diamonds, bridal, accessories, and a corporate gift division are introduced.

2001

The store opens its first watch salon showcasing Rolex and other fine Swiss lines.

2008

On the White House steps, on Inauguration Day, Michelle Obama presents Laura Bush with a gift designed by Tiny Jewel Box.

2009

The store hosts a book signing event for U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. Madam Secretary famously wore many pins she purchased from Tiny Jewel Box to convey diplomatic messages.

2011

When the Obamas went to England to pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth, they gave her a vintage American-made brooch from 1950 — with 14-karat yellow gold, diamonds and moss agate.

2014

Owner and chairman of Tiny Jewel Box, Jim was recognized at the 2014 Couture Design Awards with the prestigious Human Spirit Award. This honor recognizes individuals in the couture community who demonstrate an exceptional generosity of mind and spirit; the award signifies a commitment to philanthropy, integrity, and a consistent standard of excellence.

2015

Tiny Jewel Box debuts a lavish new space spanning the entire historic corner of Connecticut Avenue and M Street NW, dramatically expanding their designer jewelry and watch collections, as well as being able to incorporate new artists into the fold.

2015

The store introduces a Cartier salon.

2016

Legendary watch maker, Patek Phillippe, joins the store’s collections- exclusively available in Washington, D.C. at Tiny Jewel Box.

2017

Jim Rosenheim receives the GEM Award for Lifetime Achievement. This honor is granted to an individual who has accumulated a career’s worth of contributions to the fine jewelry and watch industry. Honorees set a standard of excellence that serves as an inspiration to industry colleagues.