The History of Reiner’s Fine Jewelry
Reiner’s Fine Jewelry got its start in New Orleans, Louisiana in the early 1900’s. The Reiner’s was started and operated by three brothers: Morris, Jacob and Nathan Reiner. While the oldest brother, Morris, kept the original store, the other two would eventually branch out on their own. Jacob decided to stay in New Orleans and founded his own store. Nathan, the adventurous one of the trio, decided to move with his wife and family of three (Dorothy, Irvin, and Jack) to start his own jewelry store in Houston, TX. On February 28, 1945, Reiner’s Fine Jewelry was born in downtown Houston!
Nathan and his wife Bessie and his oldest son Irvin laid the foundation for the Reiner’s excellence of today. They would later be joined by their daughter, Dorothy, and their other son, Jack. Nathan’s love for delivering exceptional customer service and the finest value in jewelry stayed firm. Nathan continued working at the shop and growing the business with his family well into his late eighties. The business was eventually handed down to Irvin, Jack, and Dorothy, they would work together for many years growing a loyal customer base and strong reputation.
They were later joined by the third generation, Irvin’s oldest son, Steven, and Jack’s son, Lenny. In 1980, Steven showing his continued interest in the industry, traveled to California to attend the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). It was there that he became the store’s first Graduate Gemologist in Residence. Though Jack passed away at a young age in 1988, Dorothy and Irvin continued to work together for many years.
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In 1992, Reiner’s Fine Jewelry sought a new direction. After many years of being in downtown Houston, the family decided to take up new roots in the in the Upper Kirby/River Oaks District. The store relocated to its current location, at 2210 Westheimer. Dorothy has since passed away and Steven retired from the business in Spring 2019, but in the store today you will still find the knowledgeable and friendly Reiner family of master jewelers in Houston: Irvin, his nephew, Lenny and Irvin’s youngest son, Bert.