- Organically Ranked in the TOP TEN most highest rated Jewelers in Chicago on Google Search and Yelp
- Named one of The Best Chicago Jewelry Shops for Finding Your Wedding Band by BRIDES.com
- Featured on Huffington Post Weddings: Custom Design Work of Beautiful Sapphire Ring surrounded by a Double Halo of Fancy Cut Pears
The Classic Gem is AMAZING!! To say the least!
My now fiance and I got engaged about a month ago and I am just now finding time to make a yelp page to write this well deserved review. (I initially found them on yelp, so it’s only fitting)!! The whole team is just amazing! All sisters, all very knowledgeable, and fun! My then boyfriend and I decided to do the process together so that I get my perfect dream ring (lucky me) and we both get to share the sentimental memories! I remember stopping in on a Saturday they were so swamped with clients, however, Kara and Lalin accommodated us right away! We showed them photos of my dream ring which was was a very very dainty elongated cushion halo and they had the exact ring made in Platinum (easy enough) I was sold at that moment. My fiance wanted me to try on other items to get a better feel for if that was THE ring and they happily pulled out all different styles for me to try. I must admit it was fun, but I stuck to the original. We went on for about an hour going through diamonds and the 4C’s. We did at home research, but learned so much more in person and never once felt pressured or like we were taking up their time like other shops. They are a family business and also a fabulous team all very skilled and detail oriented! They know their stuff!! I get sooo many compliments on my ring and here I thought it was a fairly common ring but it is absolutely breathtaking! My fiance didn’t even go anywhere else after we stopped into TCG he chose the perfect diamond and surprised me about 2 weeks after our first visit! Oh yeah, those girls work fast! I would 100% recommend to anyone experienced or newbie they will make you feel comfortable and at home! I am already thinking about bands and I’m only 1 month in for wedding planning!
Go to The Classic Gem for any and ALL of your jewelry needs. You will totally adore them!! They will make your life much easier. Thank me later.
Sara and Mike
To say that we received phenomenal service and craftsmanship from the Classic Gem would be a massive understatement.
After pursuing various independent jewelers on Etsy and being deeply unsatisfied with the quality of the design, materials, and service, I approached Lollie at the Classic Gem while wandering Jeweler’s Row with a friend. I’m a special snowflake and needed the kind of ring that no one else had, and she was willing to research and source a center stone that apparently no one else can find. My idea of what the perfect ring looks like was the unicorn of rings- fabled to be perfection but is nowhere to be found in any store. It took about two months to find the perfect stone. Within those two months, every time a new stone arrived in the store, Lollie would send and email so I could come look at the selection she had. We needed a 2ct round morganite, which is very difficult to find since this stone usually comes in a cushion or oval cut to preserve table size. Finally, Lollie reached out and said that she found a round brilliant morganite but it was a little over 3 ct. She asked if that was OK since it was so much larger than we had initially to intended to go with a center stone. I like bling. Why on earth would I turn down a larger stone? If my man was OK with that, then I was 100% OK with that. I was impressed with quality of the stone she found. If there is anything I can say about Lollie, it is that she truly values quality. That is the one element she does not compromise, and she will do everything in her power to make a design work without ever sacrificing quality. Definitely a huge step up from Etsy jewelers sourcing morganite, who will sacrifice quality (severely included diamond chips as melees, crooked settings, cloudy center stones, etc) for a quick buck.
My fiance had me work directly with Lollie to create a concept design- he figured that if I have to wear this ring until I’m dead in the ground, it’d better be perfect. We teamed up with Lollie’s amazing brother, Dara to perfect the design. Lollie and Dara were incredibly patient as we went through a couple rounds of revisions to the original CAD to get it right. My setting is based off of various elements of different rings I liked, and once I approved the final CAD, everything went back under wraps until the proposal.
I have no idea when the ring was made, and I didn’t even know when it was in our house for a week before the proposal. Even given my involvement in finding the perfect ring, I was still completely surprised when he proposed. After the dust settled, I looked down at my ring and was blown away at how gorgeous the finished product was. That thing is CRAZY. The dream ring from my dream man. I think I died and went to heaven. Picking out the stone and seeing a concept drawing as separate elements did not even come close to how perfectly constructed the ring was in person. My fiance picked the ring up a week before he proposed, and even he was so awestruck by the quality and craftsmanship that he said he would take it out of its box everyday when I wasn’t home and take a ton of pictures of it. Haha! The yellow-gold setting was perfect and even the melees in my ring were of excellent color, cut, and clarity.
We definitely feel like we fell into the right hands in working with Lollie, Kris, Dara, Lalin, and Jenny. They not only run an honorable business that completely caters to the needs of the client, but they are all wonderful people! At the Classic Gem, you will be treated like family. You get so much more than you pay for with custom work at the Classic Gem. It is not just about the product, but the experience. You do not get that with any chain jeweler, or even any independent jeweler. They are a truly incredible team who absolutely made my dream ring into a stunning reality. I have received compliments on my ring every single day since we got engaged and it is all thanks to the Classic Gem! We are blessed to have worked with them and will be returning again for our wedding rings (yellow gold and diamond bands for me, black tungsten for him- holler back)!
P.S. You can see Lollie’s final design under photos on their Yelp page.