The Origin of Gem
Gem is the original jewelry boutique that began in 2004 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, People StyleWatch, 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.
Our newest location on Oak Park Ave is the creation of both Laura + her husband Michael, who helped build the space with her. It 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. We are also excited to announce that we are the first to set up permanent jewelry in Chicago which we are affectionately calling "BondedByGem"
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.