The Origin of Gem

The origin of Gem Jewelry + Lifestyle in Oak Park, IL

Gem is an upscale jewelry boutique that began over 11 years ago as a small boutique/atelier where owner Laura Kitsos set up shop in a tiny but quaint storefront in Oak Park to make and sell her own jewelry designs.  Within a year, this "hidden" Gem had become recognized by publications such as DailyCandy, Crain's Business, Vogue and more!

Through the years, Gem has always been pursuing and collecting small, independent jewelers that have a style and eye all their own.  We have introduced brands to Chicago that have become major players in the jewelry world such as Arik Kastan, Ruth Tomlinson, Satomi Kawakita, Brooke Gregson, Megan Thorne, Scosha, Marie-Laure Chamorel, Ten Thousand Things among many others.  

Our newest location on Oak Park Ave is the creation of Michael Mariottini, Laura's husband and also General Contractor.  The new space is both sophisticated yet laid back; custom created cases, shelving and lighting that have been carefully designed to fit the needs of the space and the aesthetic of Gem evolved..

Laura still has a bench and studio in the shop and creates and oversees in house designs.

Our goal is to always be inspired and to pass that inspiration on to our customers. Whether in our shop or online,  we strive to offer you a personalized experience when shopping at Gem.