Thomas Whisnant, the principal owner and exclusive buyer for Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry, brings more than 15 years of jewelry and sales knowledge to the business and is the product of a long line of French Quarter merchants with a passion for antiques and jewelry. Tom is the third generation of the Whisnant family to own his own store on historic Royal Street in the heart of the Vieux Carre. While the Whisnant name has been synonymous with quality antiques and jewelry in New Orleans for decades, Tom grew up in Baton Rouge where he graduated from Louisiana State University. An entrepreneur from the start, Tom started his first small business while he was still in college and began buying and selling antiques and antique jewelry on a small scale. It was the first substantial piece of antique furniture that Tom ever sold—a fabulous old English Wellington chest-- which became the inspiration for the name of the now successful “Wellington & Company Fine Jewelry” which we know today. Beyond college, Tom spent 5 years gaining valuable experience in sales, management and jewelry buying as a member of the management team of a major modern jeweler with a chain of stores throughout the Gulf South. Tom is a graduate gemologist with certification from the Gemological Institute of America—the trade’s foremost credentialing body when it comes to the education of gemologists and the grading and certification of stones in the jewelry industry. After working for a couple of years for his family’s antique store Whisnant Galleries, Tom decided to venture out on his own. Wellington & Company opened the doors of its first retail location at 505 Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter in October of 2003 and the rest is history.