In 1923, Dominick Pampillonia Sr. created his first piece of jewelry in Washington D.C., marking the beginning of a legacy that would span a century. Today, on the 100th anniversary of this historic occasion, we commemorate the life and work of Dominick Pampillonia Sr. and the lasting impact his craftsmanship has had on the jewelry industry.
Dominick Pampillonia Sr. was born in Italy in 1889, as the son master jeweler. He began his career in the jewelry business at the age of 14, working as an apprentice to his father and grandfather. It was during this time that he honed his skills and developed his passion for the art of jewelry making.
In 1923, Dominick moved to Washington D.C. and opened his own jewelry store, Pampillonia Jewelers, on Connecticut Avenue. It was there that he created his first piece of jewelry, a stunning diamond engagement ring that would set the standard for the quality and craftsmanship that would come to define the Pampillonia name.
Over the next few decades, Pampillonia Jewelers became a fixture in the D.C. jewelry scene, known for its exquisite custom designs and impeccable attention to detail. Dominick’s sons Harry and Dominick Jr., joined the family business in the 1940s and helped to expand the company’s reach, opening new stores in, Virginia and Chevy Chase.
Today, Pampillonia Jewelers remains a family-owned and operated business, with six-generation family members continuing to carry on the tradition of excellence established by Dominick Pampillonia Sr. 100 years ago. The company’s commitment to quality and customer service has earned it a reputation as one of the most respected and trusted names in the jewelry industry.
The Pampillonia legacy is not just a story of business success, but also a story of family and community. Throughout the years, the Pampillonia family has been deeply involved in philanthropic efforts, supporting a variety of causes and organizations in the D.C. area and beyond. Their commitment to giving back is a testament to the values that have guided the family for generations.
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Dominick Pampillonia Sr.’s first jewelry creation in Washington D.C., we honor the legacy of this remarkable family and the enduring impact they have had on the jewelry industry and the communities they serve. We look forward to the next century of Pampillonia Jewelers, and the continued excellence and innovation that will undoubtedly mark their journey ahead.