By Angela Hazen
Beautiful jewelry is costly to come by these days, but many of us have that special piece or two that’s close to our hearts. Whether it’s been sitting in your dresser for years, you’ve been saving it for a special occasion, or you’ve recently acquired it as a gift or family heirloom, eventually, you’ll want to don it for a night out on the town in the Windy City. That said, it may not be ready to make it’s big debut quite yet. Even if you don’t have a lot to spend on new jewelry, it doesn’t cost too much to get what you have cleaned. Nothing makes that unique piece of jewelry stand out quite like a good cleaning. Here are some of the best places to get your jewelry sparkling like new.
Gregg Helfer Ltd, Private Jeweler
5 S Wabash Ave. 17th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Quality is the mainstay at Gregg Helfer. This store has excellent service and a fantastic array of rings, necklaces and pendants. Gregg Helfer’s real specialty, however, is high quality diamonds of every size and shape. This is the best place to go to get your favorite diamond pieces and engagement rings polished and cleaned. Remember the broken chain to your favorite necklace you’ve been meaning to fix? The expert jewelers can repair that, too. While there, shoppers can browse the store for a beautiful piece to add to their collection, or get their jewelry appraised. The store personnel are ready to help you find what you are looking for.
Wedding Bands and Company
2 N Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60602
Hours: Mon to Fri – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wedding Bands and Company may specialize in wedding jewelry, but it is an excellent shop to make sure your favorite jewelry stands the test of time. The experts here offer cleanings for your most precious jewelry using both ultrasonic and steam cleanings. They will first see what type of jewelry you have and consider the shape it’s in before determining the type of cleaning you need. Wedding Bands and Company carries loose diamonds and settings, so getting stone replacements is a breeze. Here they can even help you design a dream engagement ring. The shop’s on-site jewelers will make sure everything, from cleanings to purchase, is perfect for you.
820 S Oak Park Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Hours: Thurs to Fri – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kuba is a cute little shop in Oak Park, Illinois that seems to be from a simpler time when people knew their local jeweler by name. The experts here are known for keeping jewelry sparkly and shiny. The shop mainly carries vintage pieces, so there are plenty of adorable finds at Kuba to browse while waiting for your jewelry to be cleaned. Oak Park locals insist on getting their repair work done here, and refer this store to friends and neighbors. Kuba will make sure your favorite jewelry turns heads.
Related: Chicago Wedding Guide
A. M. Feldman Jewelers
980 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Hours: Mon to Fri – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Around since 1999, Tony Feldman and Scott Cabot’s store, A. M. Feldman, is definitely one of the more high end jewelry shops around the city. Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, the experts at A. M. Feldman give clients personalized jewelry services, including repairs, appraisals and cleanings, and the expert staff here can even show you how to better care for your jewelry. If you’re looking for something new to complement your favorite pieces, they also sell ready to wear and custom jewelry. A. M. Feldman is top of the line when it comes to customer service.
501 East St. Charles Road
Villa Park, IL 60181
Hours: Mon to Weds, Fri to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6.p.m, Thurs – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
You may have seen commercials for The Jewelry Exchange many times, and you may have noticed that it touts having a friendly, helpful staff. The truth is, it really does. The Jewelry Exchange has on-site expert jewelers that will inspect your jewelry and adjust their cleaning method to ensure the best and safest procedure for your favorite pieces. This store also carries a beautiful selection of new jewelry. The Jewelry Exchange has tons of great deals on new earrings and bracelets, and is a great place to shop in addition to getting pieces cleaned.