Former Miss Florida’s trail leads to Worth Avenue

Karina Brez, Miss Florida USA 2012, opened a jewelry store featuring her designs inspired by her love of horses. The store is off Worth Avenue.

Karina Brez is known for winning Miss Florida USA in 2012; but the 33-year-old, who grew up in Palm Beach County, has just achieved another long-awaited goal.

The certified gemologist and jewelry designer recently opened her own store, Karina Brez Jewelry on Worth Avenue. Her equestrian-themed 18-karat gold jewelry with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and other gemstones is displayed in glass cases. The store with garnet green décor is on Via Amore behind Lilly Pulitzer and next to Café Flora.

Brez lives in Palm Beach with her husband, Dr. Curtis Emmer — an ear, nose and throat surgeon who is chief of ENT at St. Mary’s Medical Center — and their daughter Chloe, 4.

Karina Brez shows off one of her bracelet designs.

“It has always been my dream to open a store on Worth Avenue. The timing felt right. I found the perfect spot here,” Brez said. “My first and earliest memories are of my parents taking me to walk the streets here, and I admired the windows in amazement.”

The 200-square-foot space fills her need for a space to meet with clients away from her home. A large part of her business is creating custom engagement rings and wedding bands. The 18-foot ceilings, a 10-foot geometric crystal chandelier, mirrors and large windows overlooking a courtyard garden give it a bigger feel.