Jeweler back in fam­ily busi­ness on Worth Av­enue

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By ELEANOR ROY

On a par­tic­u­larly warm day last week, three women strolling down Worth Av­enue were drawn into Kauf­mann de Suisse by sparkling gems in the win­dow and cool air waft­ing out the front door.

They were greeted in­side by a slen­der mid­dle-aged man who flashed a smile at one of the women hunched over the glass case ad­mir­ing a lemon quartz necklace.

“Hello,” said Christo­pher Kauf­mann with a smooth, charis­matic voice. “Would you like to see that necklace?”

The women likely didn’t know the fi­nan­cial trou­ble in which Kauf­mann has found him­self in re­cent years, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions that he failed to pay clients hun­dreds of thou- sands of dol­lars he promised them. And the women cer­tainly didn’t re­al­ize how strange it was that he was there.

But af­ter fend­ing off more than a dozen civil law­suits and keep­ing at bay a Florida at­tor­ney gen­eral com­plaint that sought to “for­ever” prevent him from con­sign­ing jew­elry

Allen Eye­stone / Daily News

Christo­pher Kauf­mann is now work­ing at his sis­ter Mon­ica Kauf­mann’s store, Kauf­mann de Suisse, at 230 Sun­rise Ave.

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