History

Seven Generations in Service to the Exclusive Tastes and Finer Habit of the Miami Gentleman and Ladies

Morays Jewelers have long been a fixture in downtown Miami, but our roots stretch even further back to Austria, where the great grandfather of the shop's current owner, Sandy Hequin, was born. In the early 1900s he emigrated to New York City and made a life for himself and his family by selling pocket watches from a pushcart along the legendary Orchard Street. Determined to pass his success on to his children, he gave each of his two sons $10,000 so they could open their own businesses. One of those sons, Hequin's grandfather, took his small fortune and moved to Florida; and the rest is Miami history. Hequin's grandfather opened Morays Jewelers in 1944; his son, Hequin's father, took it over in 1958. Now, Mrs. Hequin, the great grandaughter of the original owner, is passing it on to her son, Beau, who will be generation number seven.

"We all grew up working in and listening to talk about the business, all the time," Sandy says. "It's in our DNA. My son knew that he wanted to be in the business when he was 12 years old." Hequin says that even now the sense of legacy is with her every day. "I have the great, great grandchildren of my great grandfather's clients buying from me," she says, in awe at the connections. "It's special to us, because we have become part of each other's family history."

For Six Generations, Morays Jewelers of downtown Miami has been South Florida's preferred fine jeweler and purveyor of collection-worthy timepieces. Today, with the ascendance of Beau Hequin as Morays' new owner and President, the Seventh Generation of Hequin's family is bringing a new chapter to one of Miami's most successful luxury product and service establishments.