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Robin Rotenier, Men’s Jewelry Designer, Dies at 51

The cause of death is said to be suicide.

Services have not yet been set for Robin Rotenier, a Manhattan-based, Paris-born men’s jewelry designer, who died Tuesday at the age of 51.

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The cause of death is said to be suicide.

According to police reports, Rotenier used a hammer to break a window in his Upper West Side apartment and jumped out.

His former father-in-law, Lewis Boxenbaum, said that police later informed him that they found the apartment door locked and chained from the inside when they arrived on the scene.

“We know very little at this point,” Boxenbaum said. “There is no reason whatsoever [for his suicide] that anyone is aware of. Everything was very ordinary.”

Boxenbaum — who was reached at Rotenier’s studio on Wednesday — said the business, Robin Rotenier New York, was doing well.

“Someone just called and said she had a call set up with him on Monday and then he moved it to Wednesday as if he was going to take it,” he said. “His staff spoke to him an hour before [his death] about an upcoming project. We are all stunned.”

Boxenbaum said that it was too early for funeral arrangements and that the family would have to wait until the coroner’s office releases the body in another day or two.

Rotenier sold his signature handcrafted cuff links at Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. He started his business in 2003 and was awarded the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Mortimer C. Ritter Award in 2006. In December of 2008, Silver Promotion Service asked him to join its inaugural group of 10 “Designers of Distinction.”

He is survived by his former wife, Nancy, and two children: a son, 17, and a daughter, 14.