By Jane Knoerle | Almanac Lifestyles Editor
With its vibrant purple sign and bright interior, Ceci Wong jewelers is a colorful addition to downtown Menlo Park. Opened quietly last December, the store is having its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, at 611 Santa Cruz Ave.
The Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony there Friday morning, June 19.
Located at the site of the former Lego store and next door to Coldstone Creamery, Ceci Wong is named for its co-owner, Cecilia Wong, who has been in the jewelry business for several years. She formerly owned Lustre Pearls & Gems at Valley Fair. Her daughter Chloe is her business partner in the new venture.
The grand opening will feature a trunk show by jade expert David Lin of T.S. Lin Company. Ceci Wong carries the largest collection of Mr. Lin's A-grade Burmese jadeite pieces in the Bay Area.
The new store also offers such high-end treasures as Tacori and Benchmark wedding rings, Swiss time pieces, and works by Armenian designers Alishan and Buccellatti. Cecilia Wong will also design custom jewelry for her clients.
A native of Hong Kong, Ms. Wong attended school in London and worked in New York at a law firm before moving to the Bay Area. She earned a degree from the Gemological Institute of America and worked at Tiffany & Co and Neiman Marcus at Stanford Shopping Center before opening Lustre Pearls & Gems jewelry store at Valley Fair six years ago.
Her daughter, Chloe Lee, is also a Gemological Institute grad. She, too, works the sales floor and travels the world on behalf of her mom's business.
In the ever-changing downtown business scene, Menlo Park has lost one prestige jewelry store with the retirement of Tom Wing & Sons. Ceci Wong, its partnership of mother and daughter, offers a vibrant replacement.