We are a family of athletic artists. Literally: we row, run, lift, jump, swim, dodge, clean & jerk, and draw, sketch, build, solder, carve & create. If you have a proposition, we have a plan of procedure! The truth about us: we have extremely eclectic taste in jewelry...our store has $10 trinkets to $10,000 eye popping baubles. Jewelry is the seasoning on the perfectly delicious dish that is life. Come in, soak us up, poke around, explore our store- we'd be so happy to see you...
Jaime Rubini, our owner and loving leader, came to the United States in the 1960s from Lima, Peru to pursue his international rowing (the water-based athletic activity) career with more serious coaching. He wound up training out of Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia PA, where he met his first wife Susan. The introduction of family into the picture shifted their attention away from rowing towards financial sustainability and they began Rubini of South America in 1975. At first Rubini Inc. was essentially a handicrafts import business, including some jewelry from Peru. As the good people of Old Town Alexandria brought more and more repairs to the shop, Jaime decided he'd had enough of farming out his repair work and took it upon himself to learn the craft himself. Schooling ensued. Thus Rubini of South America became the Rubini Jewelers of today, gone are the alpaca rugs replaced by a twinkle in your eye.
In 1990, Jaime created his first rowing jewelry items as an excuse to escape to regattas to race-wily man!
We continue to create new designs of all shapes and sizes-using either our materials or yours. Our store is run by a capable skilled and caring cast, we are bilingual in English and Spanish: Jaime Rubini- owner, jeweler, custom design, fixer of things impossible, customer service. Joanna Rubini- manager, customer service, custom designer, social media, website. Virgilio Rubini- engraver, watch batteries & adjustments, office manager, miscellaneous doer. German Morales- jeweler, polisher, caster. Ted Curtis- jeweler, CAD creator, professor. Robert Graham- rowing team jewelry creator, website, polisher, customer service. Raquel Rubini- matriarch, bead stringer, display and organization. Susana Moreno- display and maintenance, display design, customer service, resident Argentine.
By the way, we guarantee our precious metal rowing, dragonboat, ice & field hockey & running jewelry (except chains), so if it breaks we'll fix it free of charge. All you have to do is pay shipping to and from us. If your chain breaks, there is a small fee or you can choose to replace the chain instead- we'll work with you to decide.
Have fun browsing through our site. We're sure you'll find something that pleases you. If you don't, call us with an idea -- 703-548-5509 -- and we'll produce it for you!