We are a full-service bead store offering beads from around the world, locally made artisan glass beads, and quality findings. We have classes in bead jewelry making, silversmithing, and flamework glass. Our boutique includes locally made and fairtrade jewelry and accessories, clothing, and original art.
Shockey Jewelers encompasses much more than the decades that have passed since its founding in 1933. It encompasses three generations, contemporary custom designs, and antique treasures from Elgin and beyond. Indeed, owner and GIA Graduate Gemologist Peter Shockey not only stocks pocket watches from Elgin Watch Co.?which crafted timepieces from 1867 to 1953?but he travels the world finding gems and heirlooms to feature in his store, making it a go-to spot for adding sparkle to an evening ensemble or a really fancy pair of overalls.
Yet Shockey's shop goes well beyond even earrings and necklaces. Its service center is where jewelry goes to get repaired, and its aficionados are who people see to learn about the four C's of diamond selection?carat weight, clarity, color, and cut?as well as pearls, rubies, and emeralds.
Your Gold Sold buys precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum direct from the public. The business directly supports the Howard Academy for the Metal Arts, to which it is affiliated. We pay some of the highest prices for metals in the US, and pride ourselves on our fair and scrupulous business practices.
Claudia's Closet swathes men, women, and teens in upscale, name-brand resale apparel with an emphasis on accouterments for special occasions. Shoes, suits, dresses, and purses wink enticingly from their racks, flaunting labels such as Marc Jacobs, Ann Taylor, and Dooney & Bourke. Pull on a pair of pants ($6–$26) and a T-shirt ($5–$25) or replace woolen long johns with a Betsy Johnson summer dress and gales of sunny laughter ($22). A purse from Coach ($35) awaits the perfect formal dress to sweep it away through chic boardwalks and avenues ($30–$75). Meanwhile, men look dapper in a Ralph Lauren shirt ($9), dapperer in a Nautica suit with pants and a coat ($35), and dapperest in Batman's breastplate.
Akira swaddles customers from clavicle to toe with a collection of trendy apparel from more than 200 designer brands crafted by foreign, domestic, and Chicago fabricsmiths. Women, men, and mannequins can browse a selection of clothing and accessories that includes the signature looks of Jeffrey Campbell and Boy London. Akira has cooperated with such endeavors as Generation Y, which fosters artistic expression in Chicago public schools.
My Pacific Pearls gathers pearls from the Pacific region that go on to live above-sea-level lives as opulent necklaces, earrings, and other classic and contemporary pieces. The Maria-Theresa Reef Collection—whose pearls measure 9–10 millimetres each—is made up of 18-inch pearl princess-style necklaces in eight tasteful colours, including classic white, Tahitian black aubergine, Tahitian black peacock, peach, gray, pink, golden, and multicolour. A 14-carat white-gold clasp unites the land's precious fabric to the sea's, and after a long day of neck draping, a complimentary satin or velour pouch securely tucks necklaces in with a kiss and a bedtime story. The pearls, which hail from oyster villages that stretch from the South Pacific to the Celebes Sea, link to form a bauble whose versatile length is intended to complement necklines. Each necklace comes with high ratings for luster, nacre, surface, shape, and pearl matching.