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In Memoriam: Texas Jeweler Jimmy Green October 11, 2021 (2 comments)


San Antonio, TX—James Franklin "Jimmy" Green, founder and owner of J Green Jewelers, died suddenly at home on September 18. He was 65. Image: Green during his year as El Rey Feo LXVI of the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation.

Born in Cherry Point, NC, Green grew up in a military family, moving frequently before settling in San Antonio. TX. He was a graduate of MacArthur High School, and became immersed in the jewelry industry shortly after discovering his talent for sales. He began his jewelry career in 1975 when he became a buyer and salon manager for the former Frost Brothers Precious Jewels. In 1985, Green became the general manager of the Dennis Jewelry Co., an upscale store in San Antonio.

Green loved the jewelry industry and the close-knit relationships of the store staff, vendors, customers, and even competitors. After 30 years in the industry with both Frost and Dennis, Green opened his eponymous J Green Jewelers on November 30, 2005. It was a true family affair, with Green’s wife, Pamela, son James, and daughter Rebekah all working in the store, a 5,000 square-foot salon featuring fine designer jewelry, estate jewelry, fine timepieces, and diamonds.

J Green Jewelers has won awards both locally and nationally (including the Wall Street Journal's naming the store in 2008 as the Couture Jeweler of the Year and Best Jewelry Store in the United States), and enjoyed a sterling reputation throughout the industry. Cap Beesley, one of the industry’s leading authorities on colored gemstones, often referred to Green as another of the leading authorities on colored stones in the United States.

Philanthropy, faith, and public service were very important to Green, a devout Christian who donated his time, talents, merchandise, and money to charities in San Antonio and the surrounding communities. More than 100 local and national charitable organizations benefited from his commitment, such as raising $203,000 for The Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation, or his year of serving as a goodwill ambassador for the city of San Antonio where he visited nursing homes, hospitals, orphanages, and more than 120 elementary schools, encouraging thousands of young people to stay in school. 

Next to his faith, family was at the center of Green’s life. He is survived by his wife Pamela, son James Preston Green, daughter Rebekah Annaliese Green Anderson, son-in-law Burton Hill Anderson, granddaughter Payton Michelle Green, his mother, three siblings, and various nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws.

In lieu of flowers the Green Family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation. Details about visitation and memorial service, scheduled for November, can be found here.

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Jimmy was a competitor of mine in San Antonio. He always made an effort to say hello and talk to me if we ran into each other socially or at a jewelry show. He was a kind and generous person. Jimmy will be deeply missed in the San Antonio community.

By Kelly Wade Fry on Oct 13th, 2021 at 12:01pm

King Jimmy will always be remembered as a “True Treasure”...It was an Honor to be his “Education Minister” in his 2014 Fiesta Royal Court.

By Teresa G Robertson (Terri) on Oct 15th, 2021 at 6:53pm

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