Our story starts with Christopher and includes the team of expert craftsmen and women that Christopher has assembled at his studio in Evanston. The team is drawn from around the country and around the world. They are all outstanding professionals and specialists in their field who share a love of beautiful gemstones and jewelry design. Their expertise and passion is what fuels this creative enterprise and keeps this studio at the top of their craft.

 

Christopher Duquet Found his love of jewelry making at an early age. By 17 he was sneaking into the high school art studio at night to work extra hours on his first creations. After undergraduate work at Bowling Green State University, Christopher completed both a tour in the US Navy and a design degree in metal arts (Summa Cum Laude) from San Diego State University. Christopher continued graduate studies in jewelry at the University of Madison and also earned his Graduate Gemologist degree from the G.I.A. in 1989. Christopher worked for several master jewelers early in his career and eventually went solo in San Francisco before moving to Chicago to start Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry in 1993, and the rest as they say is history.

 

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Sergey Bondarenko joined Christopher over 17 years ago and they have been working together ever since. Sergey is a master jeweler trained in Ukraine. He’s an amazing “miniature engineer” and often invents creative solutions to technical challenges the studio encounters on a regular basis. He is one of the best pure goldsmiths anywhere in the world.

 

Villi Djikova has been with Christopher for over 12 years. Villi is an amazing personality who has the ability to read minds when designing jewelry for our clients. Her thoughtful and gentle manner combined with excellent design knowledge has earned her rave reviews and loyal customers.

 

Terran Sapp joined Christopher almost 5 years ago, directly from SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design) where she specialized in Computer Aided Design, earning in B.A. in Jewelry Design and Fabrication. Terran is an outstanding CAD/CAM technical expert and all around jewelry designer. She brings her own personality and wit to the studio and is on the cutting edge to new technology and processes.

 

Kendal Jones has been with our team for just over 2 years. She graduated from SCAD (The Savannah College of Art and Design) in 2010 with a B.A. in Jewelry Design and Fabrication and spent three years working on the bench under a master jeweler before joining our store. She’s both meticulous on the bench and off in everything she does, and she charms everyone she meets with her kindness and soft spoken confidence.