Our Story

Award winning Designers, Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design in Evanston Illinois... 

We Love Making Custom Jewelry

Our story starts with Christopher Duquet. We are a team of expert craftsmen and women that Christopher has personally assembled (requirement: must love jewelry making, must be awesome).

The truth is that we truly are a unique group of outstanding professionals and specialists in our fields who share a love of beautiful gemstones and jewelry design. Our expertise and passion is what fuels our work and keeps this jewelry store at the top of its craft.

Christopher Duquet and his award-winning, custom jewelry design team in Evanston Illinois

Christopher Duquet, Gemologist & Jewelry Designer 

Christopher Duquet sketching a custom jewelry design in his studio Evanston Illinois

A legacy...

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. The rest as they say is history...

 

Sergey Bondarenko, Master Jeweler

Sergey Bondarenko, master jeweler and goldsmith working at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry in Evanston

Goldsmith, Inventor...

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, Designer, Gemologist

Villi Djikova designing jewelry at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry in Evanston, Illinois

Thoughtful design...

Villi Djikova is a Graduate Gemologist and and expert gemstone broker that 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, Jewelry Designer, CAD/CAM Expert

Terran Sapp working on a CAD Design for Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry in Evanston Illinois

Tech meets design...

Terran Sapp joined Christopher almost 6 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 of technology and processes in jewelry making.

Kendal Jones, Jewelry Designer

Kendal Jones picking gemstones at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry in Evanston, Illinois

Meticulous, intuitive Designer...

Kendal Jones has been with our team for just over 3 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.