Chicago Jewelry Store Insights from a local designer

Christopher Duquet Engagement Rings Custom Jewelry Inspired by Chicago

There are a lot of great neighborhoods in and around Chicago. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but as a long-time Chicagoan (yes, we’re in Evanston but I consider myself a Chicagoan as well and a Chicago jeweler). So many of them have interesting shopping areas and there is a plethora of independent retail stores. I think each has its own character. As a jewelry designer, I draw on the city for inspiration. Some of my recent collections more directly, such as Art Deco Redux, which takes some of the Art Deco movement’s geometric modern approach to architecture and reimagines it in the form of necklaces, pendants and earrings. A cosmopolitan city, many of our Chicago customers are as diverse as its neighborhoods.

Jewelry Stores in Chicago

Downtown has a slew of top name retailers in Fashion and Fine Jewelry. National chains such as Tiffany’s, Cartier, and even Graff are well established landmarks. Jewelers Row in Chicago is located around Madison and Wabash and has dozens of Jewelry trade shops. In fact, trade shops usually make work for retailers and produce specialty services like casting, stone setting, or polishing. They generally don’t offer extensive design services but rather full a niche in the industry that works in tandem with other businesses. Areas like Lincoln Park are known for high end independent shops and restaurants. Wicker Park is thought of as more edgy and hip by lots of folks in Chicago. Downtown Chicago has the magnificent mile. Logan Square is more urban and still has that outsider feel, even though it is developing fast. Evanston and Oak Park have great little shopping districts with lots of “gems.”

Why are we the best jewelry store in Chicago?

(We’re not bragging, we have been honored year after year thanks to our amazing customers)

As part of this diverse community, we have a bit of a niche. Our full working jewelry studio is located just north of Chicago in Evanston. We actually create each piece here, giving us the combination of skills and artistry that Chicago has to offer in its jewelry stores. We can take a sketch and turn it into one of a kind engagement ring right in our studio. Goldsmith, gemologists and jewelry designers under one roof with Chicago at our doorstep. Our clients come here because they appreciate custom pieces and the fact that we don’t take ourselves too seriously (much like Chicagoans). We do good work, we love what we do and it’s that simple. I like to think that it directly relates to the spirit of Chicago – innovative, curious, artistic and down to earth.

– Christopher Duquet

A Bit More...

We wanted to share with you some of the pieces we have that are in the studio. These are either inspired by Chicagoans (our amazing clients) or Chicago itself. There are alternative engagement rings, wedding bands, gemstone pendants and earrings. We hope you enjoy browsing our Chicago Jewelry, we certainly enjoyed making them!

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We specialize in making custom jewelry. Whether it's a birthday or anniversary gift our designers take you through the process step by step and create one of a kind pieces that last a lifetime.  

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Simple words can't express how extremely grateful I am for finding Christopher Duquet. Christopher and his staff made creating the most beautiful engagement ring so magical. The finished ring brings a sparkle to everyone's eye. So many compliments. Looking forward to future creations. I thank you for your excellence. – Matt B.

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