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Jeweler's three-day fete opens new store in style

Published May 13, 2007


The music and foot traffic that turned heads late last week on Beach Drive heralded the grand opening of Ronay Jewelers, a fifth-generation family business.

Jorge and Masha Ronay also have a store at the Don CeSar resort.

Their store at 300 Beach Drive held a low-key opening in December. Last week's three-day event was intended as a higher-profile introduction. An auction benefited CASA, the American Cancer Society and the Holocaust Museum.

The Ronays opened the Beach Drive shop because of the emerging lively ambience there and because they wanted more room.

"We were looking for room for all the art. One of the biggest attractions was to have more space to sell my items, " Jorge Ronay said.

The shop is 3, 000 square feet, with 2, 000 showing off jewelry, home decor items, silver, brass and glass sculptures, and enamels on canvas by their son Alan Ronay.

Among lines the store carries are Breitling time instruments; Charriol jewelry, watches and accessories; Chimento and Leo Pizzo from Italy; Divino from Israel; and D'Argenta silver sculptures from Mexico.

Prices range from $40 into the thousands of dollars.

The family began its jewelry business in 1875 in Hungary, Ronay said. He has a picture of his grandfather at a bench in Budapest.

In 1976, he opened Ronay stores in Cancun, Mexico, which the family had until 2003. The family moved to the United States in 1991, opening the Don CeSar shop in 1996.

[Last modified May 12, 2007, 19:13:33]

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