Meet the Staff
Jaime Rubini opened Rubini Inc. in 1975 with his then wife and soon thereafter began his love and passion for original jewelry design. In 1988 his natural creativity and his love for the sport to which he has devoted his life merged and the signature rowing jewelry of Rubini Jewelers was born. When he is not creating new works of art at Rubini's, he is either rowing, coaching rowing, or making rowing themed paintings. He is a crew guru who has helped to bring the joy of rowing to countless lives.
Virgilio Rubini, Jaime's Brother, began as our bookkeeper in 2001 and has since mastered the arts of engraving, and watch repair. He is also a jack of all trades and is our Mr. Fix-It for all problems that arise. He has 8 grandchildren and loves the sport of fronton.
Joanna Rubini, daughter of Jaime, joined our staff in 1998. She first spent a few years coaching crew but ultimately realized that the cut throat world of D-1 women's rowing was not for her. So she decided to put her artistic ability and natural creativity to good use in jewelry design. She is the main liaison between customer and jeweler and she is the glue that holds the store together. She can be seen strolling around town or rowing in her single shell "Pinkie". However, she is most known as the kind woman who spreads love and inspiration to the customers at Rubini Jewelers.
Raquel Rubini, mother of Jaime & Virgilio, began working for Rubini Jewelers in 1990. She emigrated from Peru in 1988, where she had been a business woman of many manifestations. She is our master of restringing and she along with Susana Morena, does all of our displays. They keep our store looking beautiful. Outside of work, she spends her time practicing her faith, giving gifts to every single human being she has ever encountered and doing the town with friends.
Ted Curtis is our jewelry repair/design guru. He joined our staff in 2005 and has been in the business since 1972. He is a jeweler both by trade and education and works both with his hands and by digital aided design. We have lovingly dubbed him "The Professor" because of his vast knowledge and many talents. He lives by the teachings of Taoism and he can often be spotted in DC parks practicing Tai Chi.
German Morales, affectionately known as Trucha, began working with us in 1989 as an apprentice. He is our master polisher and is the man responsible for the beautiful shine given to all of our jewelry. He also casts and manufactures much of our famous sports jewelry. German is originally from Peru where he earned a geology degree. Nowadays, he enjoys traveling and spending time with family.
Susanna Moreno Rojas joined our team in May of 2016. She is originally from Argentina and now in lives in Maryland. She helps to keep our store looking beautiful by organizing jewelry displays and by keeping everything clean and tidy. She also assist with customers and helps us prepare for regattas. She has 1 sweet husband, 2 children, 2 grandchildren, 2 energetic dogs. She enjoys cooking and spending time with family.
Robert Graham began working with us in October 2014. He is the nephew of Jaime & Yolonde Rubini and is from Maryland. He was originally in the teaching profession and earned a masters degree from St. Mary's College in education but found a better fit with the family business. He is lovingly referred to as Cousin Roberto. He makes all of our team blade jewelry, jewelry polishing and finishing, assists customers, helps with website management, social media outreach, and jewelry photography. He enjoys humor, music, hiking, walking, sleeping. The running joke is: eventually he'll just run the store without the rest of us...that's how encompassing his knowledge and patience is :o)