NEW YORK — David and Rafaela Amini are used to finding the world’s most exquisite gems, so when it came to selecting a new home for their jewelry collection, Gioia, the father-and-daughter team made no compromises.

Last Wednesday, the jeweler relocated from a jewel box-like boutique at 485 Park Avenue here to an airy and more visible space at 110 East 57th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues.

“I think the whole area is developing with the new Bloomberg building and Le Cirque moving in, and it’s wonderful traffic,” Rafaela Amini said.

The 1,100-square-foot unit has 425 square feet dedicated to selling. Its feel is intimate yet contemporary: While the original store was heavily upholstered and draped in curtains, the new boutique makes much use of natural daylight. The overall effect is friendlier and more accessible than traditional jewelry salons that are often intimidating.

Designed by Michael J. Valente, the boutique features recessed macassar ebony and black lacquer display cases that line the walls. Each display is outfitted with chocolate brown boiled wool, and the boutique is filled with silk cushions, adding a rich texture to the space. A Neptune bust covered in semiprecious stones and shells is a prominent design element.

Launched in 1997, Gioia, which means joy in Italian, was a result of the duo’s shared fascination for all things beautiful and aesthetic. David Amini also owns Beauvais Carpets, a top destination for antique rugs on the Upper East Side.

“I have always loved jewelry, I have been around it all my life,” Rafaela Amini said. “When I was younger, my father would take me down to Chinatown and buy fake jewelry and I would sell it to my friends.”

David Amini added: “In the last few decades, I had not seen much creativity in jewelry, not since Bulgari in the Eighties. But then I came across the work of Michel Wassilief [Gioia’s designer] at an exhibition in Europe. I was very much taken by it.”

Gioia quickly established a following with socialites and fashion editors who flocked to the Park Avenue boutique to find diamonds of varying hues like gray and green, moonstones, lavender sapphires and orange mandarin garnets. The beauty of each stone is often used to maximum effect in designs inspired by nature, including butterflies, seashells, dragons and coral branches.“The basis of my designs are a mixing between forms of nature and the incredible variations of color you can find in stones,” Wassilief said.

This year, Gioia is projected to rake in as much as $3 million — including sales at wholesale accounts such as Bergdorf Goodman.

In the new boutique, customers will find curved 18-karat gold and multicolored diamond, ruby or sapphire stacking bands, from $800 to $4,000; an emerald, ruby and sapphire butterfly brooch, for $68,000; a South Sea pearl and diamond necklace, for $155,000; 18-carat rubellite drop earrings with dangling briolette diamonds, for $68,000, and a coral branch-inspired diamond ring, for $28,000.

“There is something for everyone,” said Rafaela Amini, adding with a laugh: “Nobody should leave here without a piece.”

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