Best of Miami: Style

BY By Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual Main portraits by Nick Garcia & Richard Grassie | January 4, 2017 | Feature Features

The new year has finally arrived, and foremost on our agenda is enjoying the very best Miami has to offer. We're talking arts and culture worthy of praise and applause, style that's always on point, health and beauty to help us feel and look better than ever, design and realty for true bon vivants, and food and nightlife to cheer about. It's all right here. Happy 2017, indeed!
TREASURE TROVE Gemologist Daniella Kronfle surrounded by the many jewelry collections in her new boutique in the Design District

Carat Queen
It was not compromise that led fine-jewelry designer Daniella Kronfle to open her first flagship boutique high above street level in the Design District—it was the thrill of the hunt. “It’s a discovery for people who appreciate something uncommon,” she explains of the new second-floor shop and the treasures it holds inside.
Anyone with a penchant for dramatic design will likely agree that the environs, bedecked with aubergine textiles, chocolate and gray marble, sparkling chandeliers, polished nickel and warm teak, are stimulating, but it’s Kronfle’s rings, necklaces pendants and earrings ($1,200 to $25,000), which she describes as “an interesting combination of old and modern,” that steal the show. “It’s old-school craftsmanship and classic elements,” she explains. “We only work with gold and natural gems, but with a modern proposal. For example, combining black diamonds with white agate or South Sea pearls with pink sapphires, accompanied by designs that are unique, bold and have a lot of character.”
The same can be said about Kronfle herself, a woman with Lebanese, Syrian and Italian roots, born and raised in Ecuador, and educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Italy. Though she hails from a family of successful jewelers, Kronfle knew she would one day strike out on her own, and as she justifiably expected, Miami was the perfect launching pad. “I’ve always believed in this city,” she says, recalling her solo debut nearly 15 years ago. “And I’ve seen its evolution.” Kronfle’s business has similarly progressed from a booth in the Seybold Building and international trunk shows to, now, a permanent place that also signals her brand’s international expansion. Her clients, some of whom are the daughters of her mother’s clients, stay loyal. “Selling jewelry is very personal,” she explains. “It’s a matter of trust.” 4141 NE Second Ave., Ste. 203D, Miami, 305.374.7079

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