About Us50 Years in Jewelry
Integrity, Family, Community
Joanna and Brad Marks lives are built on service to the community and dedication to family. Married since 2013, the duo balances a full family life with their four children, Kennedy, Garrison, Bradley, Jr., and Hannah, while continuing the legacy of the exemplary customer service at I W Marks Jewelers.
Brad, a Texas A&M graduate, carries on I W Marks Jewelers’ long-standing tradition of supporting the community, garnering multiple honors including a five-time recipient of the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc., and FORBES Magazine’s national Business in the Arts Award, the Jefferson Award for community service.
Brad earned his certification by The Gemological Institute of America, (GIA), the world’s foremost authority in gemology, diamond grading, jewelry education and gemology research.
Joanna and Brad Marks are involved in multiple charities, supporting a wide range of organizations that truly make a difference. Most fulfilling on the events calendar are those benefiting others.
I W Marks Jewelers underwrites the annual Holiday Shopping Card, benefitting the American Cancer Society. This philanthropy-minded company has also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars through silent auctions to support the families of children battling cancer.
Joanna and Brad Marks hosted the Friends of Periwinkle, “Making A Mark,” Sneak Peek party at the Bellaire store, welcoming guests for a night of art in support of the Periwinkle Foundation. The organization works to positively change the lives of children, young adults and families challenged by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses while cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Other commitments include the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Educational Scholarships, The Snow Drop Foundation, The Mission of Yahweh, the Houston Humane Society and Rice University athletic scholarships. Read more about their philanthropic involvement at iwmagazine (READ MORE)
Houston Chronicle, November 2017
Joanna Hartland Marks: A few of my favorite things
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then Joanna Hartland Marks heads the most sought-after clique in town. As the unofficial – albeit highly visible – face of I W Marks, one of Houston’s oldest family-run jewelers, test-driving sparkly earrings, bracelets and cocktail rings is just part of her day job. READ MORE
Paper City Magazine, 2018
Rubies, Diamonds and a Champagne Girl Mark This Intimate 40th Anniversary: A second generation jewelry king remembers how it all got started
Brad Marks related that his father took a risk doing television ads with Houston wrestling legend Paul Boesch. But after the first ad aired, a women went to the store and purchased a pair of $1,700 earrings (no small price in the previous century). “After the customer left, my parents went in teh back and jumped up and down in excitement. And the rest is history,” Marks says. READ MORE
LCA Houston International Society News, 2019
The 3rd Annual St. Jude Gold Luncheon was a Star Studded Affair
More than 400 fashionable philanthropists gathered on a Thursday afternoon at the The Royal Sonesta to celebrate the sold-out 3rd Annual St. Jude Gold Luncheon. With energetic Emcee Deborah Duncan, the afternoon certainly stared off on the right note, elite guests celebrated the Research Hospital’s lifesaving work.
The St. Jude 2019 Women of Philanthropy honorees included Farida Abjani, Jacquie Aly, Susan Boggio, Alice Mao Brams, Ericka Eigen-Graham, Sippi Khurana, Joanna Hartland Marks, Hallie Vanderhider, and Beth Wolff. READ MORE
Maintaining the highest standards of customer service is our number one priority, and that begins with a knowledgeable team. ~Brad Marks
The BBB Awards for Excellence was created to recognize local businesses and non-profits that excel in quality, achievement, management, and customer service. READ MORE
Custom Designed In-House
With custom design, experience really does matter. With our in-house master craftsmen we can design and create just about anything. Bring in a picture, describe what you’d like…If you can dream it, we can create it.
Create something new or give an old piece new life. We can also take engagement ring diamonds and turn them into stunning pendant necklaces or help a prospective groom design the ring of a lifetime. There’s no limit to what we can create together!