Gables Fancy Corner Isn’t Your Traditional Jewelry Store

Gables Fancy Corner Offers Designer, Yet Affordable Jewelry 

From the name Gables Fancy Corner, you wouldn’t automatically think jewelry store. Owner Ricardo Aldama’s wife, who came up with the name, intentionally left the word “jewelry” out. “My idea behind it is to have a jewelry store that is not the concept of a jewelry store,” said Aldama. Instead, his vision is a “natural ambiance” for people to appreciate the beauty of precious and semi-precious metals and stones. 

Aldama owns the store with childhood friend Lourdes Perez-Florida, who shares his passion for jewelry. After putting everything on hold when the pandemic struck, they opened on the corner of Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Mendoza Avenue about four months ago. Both Aldama and Lourdes-Perez are Cuban (though Aldama’s father is Italian). They honor their heritage with Gables Fancy Corner through the brands they carry. “I think it was about time to pay tribute to where we come from,” Aldama says. 

One of the many lines found at the shop is Cuervo y Sobrinos, a Cuban watch brand. Founded in Havana in 1882, all Cuervo y Sobrinos watches are made in Switzerland, giving them the motto: Swiss manufacturing, Latin heritage. “Today, they have over 1,000 stores all around the globe and we’re the sole distributors of it in the southeastern United States,” Aldama says. The watch’s trademark is that it comes in a humidor. “You take [the watch] out of the box and you can use it to put your cigars.”

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Cuervo y Sobrinos is a Cuban watch brand Founded in Havana in 1882. They come in a humidor which can be used for holding your cigars.

Following Aldama’s paternal lineage, Gables Fancy Corner also sells Italian designers like Locman and Rebecca. Rebecca is the only “100 percent made in Italy” jewelry company; a certificate from the Italian government states that their pieces are manufactured in Italy from materials of Italian origin. The store also carries lines from France, the Middle East and Japan. “We know that everything we carry, it’s great,” says Perez-Florida. 

Prices range from affordable to high end, although most items are around the $200 to $400 price point. Aldama describes their pieces as “very trendy, very accessible.” If, however, you are looking for that luxury price level, Cuervo y Sobrinos and Swiss brand Charriol watches run anywhere from $1,750 to $112,000. 

All around Gables Fancy Corner, you’ll find orchids and plants from Flower Fanatic, with whom they have partnered. Every Wednesday, they have a plant happy hour at the Gables store where customers can purchase discounted plants, as well as browse the jewelry collections. 

While the shop is a tribute to the owners’ heritage, it’s also an homage to Aldama’s mother who recently passed. “We want to leave her legacy in Cuban elegance,” he says, “at an affordable price.” 

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Gables Fancy Corner owner Ricardo Aldama, with co-owner Lourdes Perez-Florida

Gables Fancy Corner
1607 Ponce de Leon blvd.