Photo: Larissa Cleveland
You have your engagement ring, sitting pretty on your ring finger for forever. But what about that other piece of jewelry you'll be wearing happily ever after? National jewelry chains have plenty to offer, but there's something extra special about enlisting a local artisan to help you and your fiancé on your wedding band search. Here are a few of Chicago's best jewelry boutiques.
Walking into this cozy Lakeview shop feels like walking into your chic grandmother's antique velvet jewelry box. In addition to custom jewels, executive designer Angela Gianfrancesco stocks a collection of estate and vintage pieces and specializes in making over heirlooms into modern one-of-kind creations. Read real brides' reviews here!
With three neighborhood locations throughout the city, the knowledgeable jewelers at Steve Quick have been helping customers find or repair the perfect piece since the 1980s. Plus, the more eclectic Wicker Park location of the jeweler known for its engagement and wedding rings nabbed the title of one of America's Coolest Stores by Instore Magazine. Read real brides' reviews here!
Brides and grooms with an artistic eye will appreciate the sculptural custom styles Rebecca Zemans does best. Whether it's a simple but special hammered band or an intricate textured or inlaid design, Zemans — who has a background working on larger scale metal installations as well — prides herself on working with clients until it's just right. Read real brides' reviews here!
The custom design process at this highly-regarded Jewelers Row shop includes a private consultation, a CAD (computer-aided design) rendering, the creation of a 3D wax prototype and final casting. A wide selection of premade men's and women's bands — including the popular scratch-proof Tungsten men's styles — are also available. Read real brides' reviews here!
The Classic Gem
As its name suggests, this shop is a solid pick if the multitude of options on The Loop's Jewelers Row feels overwhelming. The family-owned and operated business is known for its customer service and quality (all gems are conflict-free), and it specializes in 3D computer-aided custom designs.