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Miami Jewelry District Incorporates Jewelry Designers from Around the World

Time Century Jewelry Center developer Yair Levy reimagines Miami’s jewelry district.




Time Century Jewelry Center Rendering Designed by Kobi Karp Architects
Time Century Jewelry Center Rendering Designed by Kobi Karp Architects

(PRESS RELEASE) MIAMI — For New York real estate developer Yair Levy, a visit to the Miami Jewelry District a few years ago made him focus on Downtown Miami. Levy has a long history of knowing excellent retail locations, having started his career in the clothing business several decades ago in one of the most competitive markets in New York City. Looking for an opportunity to buy and develop in locations like Miami Beach, Aventura, and Wynwood did not inspire Levy to take the risk that most developers face when cultivating new markets. Levy always relied on his instinct for up-and-coming locations to guide him on his quest to invest in the hot market of South Florida. He explored all his options and saw opportunity in Downtown Miami
What was needed was an influx of not only capital but creativity and vitality. Capitalizing on the interest of businesses to relocate to Miami after Covid 19 and the rush of buyers to a red hot Miami luxury real estate market, he locked into a truly unique development opportunity, Levy bought the land that housed the Richard’s Metro Mall at 1 NE 1st Street. There he knew he could meld an influx of affluent consumers moving into all the new luxury condos and apartments currently under construction close to his recreation of Miami’s Jewelry District, bringing all the glitz and glamour of the 50s and 60s into a modern luxury setting. That was the genesis of the idea for an area that generates close to $1 billion in sales annually.

Miami’s Jewelry Sector Melds with One of the U.S.’s Hottest Luxury Real Estate Markets.
“With my background in retail, having owned over 21 stores in the New York area, I was very familiar with the jewelry industry,” Yair Levy said in an interview with Regarding Luxury. “So, when I decided to develop in Miami, I analyzed all the obvious areas before I came to Downtown Miami. When I saw this location, I thought it was a prime opportunity. “Levy states. “A big part of what I have done in the past is marketing. I looked at the area and focused on what was missing and the potential market it could attract.”

“When I saw that jewelry retail was thriving and growing here, I felt the area was missing a nice new building and needed a bold new jewelry center. My broker said; you don’t see anything like this in New York, which made it exciting for me.”

A New Start for Creative Talent in Jewelry Making
And here we are, in 2022, where the Time Century Jewelry Center is set to open its doors after a $50 million investment. Levy sees his project and a more vibrant jewelry and watches center as a magnet for cutting-edge young modern jewelry designers to join the bedrock retailers already on site, and many are looking to make their mark in one of the country’s top luxury real estate markets. This melding of the new generation with established companies is meant to spur a call to action in jewelry making, diamond cutting, and retail concepts. That is why Time Century Jewelry Center will be marketed as a destination.

Levy likes to travel the world searching for inspiration, and the materials are not only eco-friendly but reflect a modern sensibility for materials, design, and furnishings he found on his adventures in Italy, Turkey, Israel, and Europe.

The Return of the Fabled Glitz and Glamour to a Historic Miami Location
Time Century Jewelry Center will dominate an entire city block. At 225,000 square feet and ten floors, it will house over 300 jewelry retailers, wholesalers, and offices. An outstanding feature will be the three-story atrium, with custom-designed escalators and glass-enclosed showrooms.


Modern, open, and airy, this soaring glass-enclosed atrium will feature international jewelry showrooms, manufacturers, and wholesalers with unobstructed signage and interior design viewable from the main floor. Shoppers will see through to the elegant salons throughout those first three levels. With the constant influx of tourists, Yair Levy sees Time Century Jewelry Center as a must-see jewelry mecca for visitors and residents alike.

Miami Jewelry District Comes to Life: Modern Fresh New Collections from Around the World
“There will be an exclusive floor just for diamond dealers, cutters, and designers,” Levy says. “That was also missing from the area.” Valet parking and two new upscale restaurants will also mark this new anchor tower at 1 NE First Street in one of the fast-growing downtown areas in the country. Time Century Jewelry Center is on a prominent street corner and designed with a beautiful façade by Kobi Karp Architects in one of the most walkable cities in North America.

DGA Security Systems, one of the industry’s top consultants in security, will be part of the offerings to tenants at Time Century. DGA specializes in protecting diamond and jewelry businesses with multiple security protocols for tenants and visitors alike.

“We plan to make Time Century Jewelry building a secure environment that will both promote business and protect inventory,” says Levy. “We know how important security is for our tenants.”

New Affluent Consumers Move to Downtown Miami
With an influx of affluent consumers moving into Downtown Miami, there’s an opportunity to turn this area into a world-class jewelry destination.

“Make it a worldwide hotspot for jewelry and watch purchases, is the way I see it,” Levy says.


More about Time Century Jewelry Center: Plans to open are targeted in 2022, offering over 225,000 square feet within their beautifully appointed luxury location. The entire project is designed with the latest state-of-the-art conveniences necessary to service the growing influx of jewelers, watch companies, and jewelry trade services now establishing themselves in the heart of downtown Miami. With a sizeable three-story atrium and custom-designed escalators, shoppers can see through to the elegant salons throughout the first three levels. Most of the retail spaces will have unobstructed signage viewable from the main floor. Visiting customers will also benefit from Time Century’s very own valet parking service or select from several newly-built public parking garages steps away from the building. Downtown Miami is slated to be one of the fastest-growing downtown areas in the nation. The unique design of this anchor tower located at 1 NE First Street, will soon make it one of the most vibrant jewelry districts in the country. The Time Century Jewelry Center will house over 300 jewelry stores and jewelry-related offices. The district currently generates close to $1 billion in sales annually and is slated for dramatic growth. The Time Century Jewelry Center has easy access to Miami International Airport, Metro Rail People Mover, and the Brightline train, connecting Miami to Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. They are minutes away from the Port of Miami, known worldwide as the “Cruise Capital of the World.” Millions of tourists visit Downtown Miami each year, and many more are expected to arrive as soon as the Brightline commuter train opens a station in Orlando, connecting Miami tourists to Orlando’s theme parks. All of this will service and entertain the dramatic increase in residential living areas now being developed surrounding the Time Century Jewelry Center.
The City of Miami has been ranked as the fourth “Most Walkable City” in the U.S. because of its Downtown historic buildings, restaurants, and now a modern secure exclusive jewelry and gem tower through the vision of Yair Levy and Time Century Holdings.
(Famed NYC Jewelry District*)

For more information about Time Century Jewelry Center leasing options, call Isis Pellegrino + 786.534.8550 or visit our website here.



Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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