This article was originally published in "CBS Chicago," on August 7, 2012.
By Jessica Cage
You’re in Chicago and you are out on the prowl for a great piece of jewelry. What are your criteria? Of course you want something eye catching, something beautiful that will last the test of time, and you want something unique. With so many choices, there is no reason to walk around wearing the same trinkets as everyone else. So where do you look to find these awesome and unique pieces? Well, as always, Chicago has a ton of options for you to choose from.
Leber Jeweler Inc.
303 W. Erie St.
For hand crafted pieces with a conscious, visit Leber Jeweler where Brian Leber makes it his mission to ensure all of the precious metals sold in his store are from recycled materials. Leber Jewelers is the first “socially-conscious and eco-friendly” producer of fine jewelry. Leber’s aim is to find the best of the best in high quality materials, but to also go the extra mile to ensure that those materials were produced in a respectable manner. Shop at Leber Jeweler and leave not only with a great piece of jewelry, but with a clear conscious as well.
Gregg Helfer Ltd.
5 South Wabash, Suite #1706
Chicago, IL 60603
This private jeweler has been in the game for more than 75 years. David Helfer, Gregg’s grandfather, opened up shop in downtown Chicago back in the early 30s, and then went on to open 15 stores in Illinois and three other states. Now Gregg runs the business with his brother Michael, who oversees the company’s operations. For the Helfers, jewelry is a family tradition, and they work hard to keep the family name in good standings. Find simple, classic pieces for a timeless look or something completely new and one-of-a-kind. Helfer will work with you to design a unique product that you can call your own. Call or go online to schedule a one-on-one consultation to start creating your very own masterpiece.
Dana Rebecca Designs
Dana Levy is the founder, designer and director of Dana Rebecca Designs. This Chicago-based designer has been rocking the jewelry scene with her one-of-a-kind, hand crafted designs. For Dana, the talent came natural, she released her first collection at age 16. She creates everything from earrings and bracelets, to bridal pieces. Her talents are a great expression of what Chicago has to offer. Visit her website to order online or find locations throughout the Chicago area where her creations can be purchased.
Ellie Thompson + Co.
8 S. Michigan Ave. Ste 2203
Chicago, IL 60603
Ellie Thompson is all about the details. She pays extreme detail to design concepts, the metal and gemstone selection process and the craftsmanship that goes into each piece of jewelry she creates. Thomson was awarded the honor of editor’s choice in World Gold Council Gold Panel 2012, and will custom design everything from engagement rings and wedding bands to diamond necklaces and birthstone bracelets. Be sure to check out her distinctive collections for a look at what she can do.
Drapes by Ashley Scott
Ashley Scott got her start in art education, but truly flourished here in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Art where she studied fashion design. Her pieces are fun, flirty and while all inspired by modern art, can conform to fit anyone’s style, from traditionalist to ostentatious. Shop her online store to check out her unique pieces of jewelry, ranging from flowing earrings (possibly where she got the name Drapes?) to chunky necklaces and funky headbands.
Jessica Cage is a freelance writer from Chicago. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.