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Alternatives are Good, and sometimes better than the "original"

Our Alternative Engagement Rings Collection explores the many design elements of classic, vintage and modern engagement ring designs. We design and create one of a kind engagement rings that begin with a conversation. Our talented jewelry designers take you through the process from concept to finished design using your individual style as a starting point. With two gemologists on staff, we can recommend the perfect gemstone for your engagement ring. You can choose from traditional diamonds, colored diamonds, sapphire engagement rings or a combination (just to name a few options)! Our years of expertise in engagement ring design, diamonds, and gemstones means that your ring will be one of a kind and endure the test of time.

 

Organic Shapes and Elegant Lines

Meet our latest diamond curvilinear engagement ring collection, Flowing Lines. Originating from our roots in traditional hand-crafted jewelry making, this collection represents organic shapes that are inspired by nature and the human form. It’s elegant in its simplicity and characterized by predominant flowing lines with beautiful diamond studded engagement rings and classic diamond solitaires.

This collection goes back to the beginning of my career as a jewelry designer. It’s a combination of classic designs and vintage styles with attention to natural flowing forms. For me, it’s a work in progress, serving as an inspiration to other bespoke pieces. Please enjoy it evolves. 

 

–Christopher Duquet

 

ENGAGEMENT RINGS & BRIDAL JEWELRY

Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry has been making Engagement rings and Wedding bands for over 3 decades. From Vintage to Classic to Modern styles, we specialize in customization and communication. We create rings using techniques that are centuries old as well as cutting edge technologies to create the perfect ring for each individual client. Our engagement rings are all made in house in a variety of styles and materials. Each piece is impeccably handmade with the utmost attention to every detail. From our unique designs to our outstanding service we will make your ring the most important piece of jewelry you will ever own. 

VINTAGE ELEGANCE

Inspired by the timeless elegance of days gone by, this collection of vintage inspired engagement rings features both turn-of-the-century original designs and newly created estate-style originals.

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MODERN FLAIR

The most original and challenging design group that Christopher has created, this collection of contemporary engagement rings involved decades of development and fine tuning.

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CLASSIC LINES

Christopher Duquet's devotion to honoring Classic design has resulted in a collection of classic engagement rings that exemplifies the term "traditional elegance."

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ALTERNATIVE ENGAGEMENT

These trending designs that have been around for a long time now. Some of the most iconic rings in history, including Princess Diana's sapphire ring, have inspired this unique collection.

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Browse from our Designer Jewelry Collections

When you visit our studio, you can find handmade jewelry (all made in-house) from one of our signature collections. Each piece begins with a concept with each collection encompassing everything you can expect from Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry: high-quality craftsmanship, attention to detail, impeccable structural integrity and an aesthetic that is delicate and elegant. You will influences from the Art Deco Movement, the ancient and historical cultures of Asia, whimsical take on diamond earrings. We've included just a few examples of each on our website:

Little Diamond Earrings

Art Deco Redux

Fabrique

Facing East

Petite Fleur

Stacking Rings

 

Being this close to Chicago, we can't help but be influenced by its' people and architecture. Chicago has made it into our earrings, necklaces and pendants (not to mention our engagement rings). Here's a bit of insight from Christopher on what it's been like being a jewelry designer in Chicago... read more

Quality Diamonds and Expert Advice

There are many factors to consider when you are selecting a diamond for your engagement ring or custom jewelry design. Each element needs careful consideration and we take into account your budget and personal style to advise you on your investment. We have two graduate gemologists on staff, Christopher and Villie, to guide you through the diamond selection process. Whether you are looking for a diamond engagement ring, considering a custom diamond jewelry design, or looking to add diamonds for restyling an unused piece of jewelry, we help you select the best diamond for your price range and personal style.

Diamond Broker Services

Diamond Search Guidance

Custom Design for Diamond Rings

GIA Diamond Certificates & Appraisals

Conflict Free Diamonds

 

Being this close to Chicago, we can't help but be influenced by its' people and architecture. Chicago has made it into our earrings, necklaces and pendants (not to mention our engagement rings). Here's a bit of insight from Christopher on what it's been like being a jewelry designer in Chicago... read more

One of a Kind Custom Jewelry, Recent Work

When it comes to custom jewelry, we set the standard. We truly love making jewelry and thanks to our customers we are able to do what we love. If you stop by the studio you'll see all of us in action. Sergey might be setting a diamond, Christopher casting from a wax mold, Villi inspecting something from our Gemstone Collection, Terran fine-tuning a CAD rendering. We couldn't ask for more and are proud to be one of the only working jewelry stores of our kind in Chicago.

We specialize in creating one of a kind jewelry designs for engagement rings, wedding bands, and couture jewelry. We also included a few new engagement rings that use diamonds and alternative gemstones as well as a few bespoke pieces featuring unique gemstones in our Recent Work Gallery.

Designer Jewelry to last a lifetime

Bespoke jewelry in every sense of the word, our designs begin with a conversation. We get to know who you are and what you need in order to provide you with expert diamond advice and a truly personalized experience in a one of a kind jewelry store. We bring craftsmanship and gemstone expertise to every single piece of jewelry that we make (and did we mention that we make everything in our studio?). We love designing custom jewelry and take pride in our work because we are true craftsmen. Our attention to detail, craftsmanship, and insistence on using only the best materials means that your jewelry will stand the test of time. 

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