Tom was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but was raised in the
St. Louis area since he was 3 years old. A graduate from Troy Senior
High in 2003, Tom has worked in several retail and customer service
positions since he was sixteen. He started in the jewelry industry in
January of 2005 thinking it might be a fun and interesting industry to
learn with lots of directions available for his future. Since then he
continued to work toward his associate's degree at Saint Charles
Community College. Tom has also achieved certificates in Basic Bench
Repairs and Basic Stone Setting through the New Approach School of
In January of 2008, Tom went to Los Angeles, California
to attend school at the Gemological Institute of America to earn his
Graduate Gemologist degree. His G.G. certification has given him the
training to identify all of the various gemstones using different pieces
of laboratory equipment and the microscope. This is one of the most
respected degrees that can be earned in the jewelry industry. While in
LA, he also stayed on at the GIA campus to take a 10 week design and
rendering course and after finishing decided to stay on for another 6
months to work in a jewelry store in Malibu, California. Working near
the beach and serving stars like Cindy Crawford, Victoria Principal, and
Martin Sheen, to name a few, was definitely an experience of a
In May of 2009, Tom returned home and re-joined our team
at Roemer's with all of his newly acquired experience and education.
His vast array of skills enable him to help the customers in identifying
stones, evaluating pieces, repairing, and designing jewelry. With all
of Tom's training, creativity, and wonderful people skills, he will
continue to be very successful in the jewelry industry and we are very
proud to have him back.
I like the friendly, helpful and educated people that I
work with. I also like the patented features and unique style of
Roemer's pieces and being a part of the design and repair process."
Tom wants people to know that we have "something for
everyone". "We also have a very warm and friendly atmosphere with NO
pressure, because we don't work on commission."
That means, if you need some time to think about it,
we're just as friendly then as we are when you walk in. We are just
there to help, not to "sell" you.