When searching for a beautiful, handmade piece of jewelry or special occasion gift, these boutiques are certainly well worth exploring.
Stella Blue Design
3714 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
A talented artist who expressed an early childhood interest in jewelry design, Angela Gianfrancesco has developed a gift for creating beautiful and vintage jewelry from gemstones inspired by natural elements. Launching the Stella Blue flagship store in 2008, Angela has found her niche in the industry. The timeless elegance of her exquisite designs are truly captivating to view as her jewelry exudes a special personal touch that seems to tell a story about any given piece under consideration. The exclusive Stella Blue Design has graced the pages of Chicago Social and Michigan Avenue magazines.
651 Central Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
Located on Chicago’s north shore, Citywoods is a quaint, wonderful store that specializes in beautiful handmade jewelry designs that are flattering, easy to wear and unique to individual taste and preference. To complement the jewelry on display, the shop also carries a distinctive line of handcrafted jewelry boxes made of natural woods that are designed to last, encouraging proper care and storage of a cherished jewelry collection. In business since 1988, Citywoods also stocks a versatile selection of popular gift items as well as high-quality, made-to-order handcrafted furniture by award-winning designers.
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Erin Gallagher Jewelry
1013 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Established in 2005, Erin Gallagher Jewelry in Lincoln Park is a great place to find a lovely gemstone or piece of jewelry for any special occasion. The store is owned and operated by Erin who creates her own designs and was inspired by her beloved late mother Mary Catherine, also an interior designer who encouraged her daughter to think independently. The shop specializes in handmade jewelry and is run by a warm and knowledgeable staff, readily available to show clients how to make their own unique creations. The Gallagher design has developed a national media presence and can be found at select stores.
55 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Located at the North Bridge Shops near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Pistachios is a modern, contemporary boutique that carries a distinctive selection of chic and limited-edition handmade jewelry, exclusively designed by internationally renowned artists. Now celebrating its 20th year in business, the shop also collects interior hand-blown art pieces and vogue wearable fibers. The Pistachios’ recipe for success is a relatively straightforward philosophy, embracing the idea that jewelry should be made to create a sense of harmonious well being and balance, while at the same time conveying a feeling of extravagance.
934 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
A unique and trendy general store atmosphere, Art Effect carries a neat selection of eclectic handmade jewelry by well-known, recognized designers. The reasonably priced and updated variety of pretty necklaces, rings, bracelets and watches are individually chosen and carefully displayed to reflect a one-of-a-kind artistic originality. Founded by Esther Fishman in 1984, the shop also carries an array of fashionable hats and accessories, stylish clothing and a plenitude of decorative gifts for the home. Additional featured items include humorous gift ideas and interesting tourist-related merchandise.
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