Our father, Rodolfo Santayana, started selling jewelry on his own when he was in his early 20’s in Miami, FL. Many of his first customers recall seeing my dad arrive at their homes, dressed in a smart suit, with a large briefcase full of jewelry to sell.
Some time in the 80’s, I’m not exactly sure when but I do remember, right off the top of my head, I was 5 years old. I watched as, brick by brick, the building in Tamiami was built where the Original Santayana location stands today. There was almost nothing all the way over there, “en la ciento-ventidos y la ocho del Southwest”, as dad would say. It was a risk that turned out to be a triumph.
Growing up we were encouraged and sometimes forced to work at the store. I began stringing necklaces at age 6 or so. My mom would hand me the longest, teeny-tiniest pearl necklace she could find to entertain me for about 3 hours. I made my first-ever sale when I was 8 years old- a $500 sapphire bracelet.
A whole mess of years later, we are still here. The city has changed and even the name of the street has a new name- “Rodolfo Santayana Jr. Ave.” But a few things remain the same, Santayana Jewelry is a family owned and operated business, dedicated to making unique jewelry designs.
Above all, we want our future and current customers to feel absolutely welcomed to call or email us if you see something on our website you like or if you have a question about design or just want to learn a little more about us. We are working on making our jewelry more available via our santayana.com website but for now, we have some charms available though our Storenvy site. Contact us if something you want is not available on Storenvy, we’ll make it happen.
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And, our phone number is 305-559-8565