Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry

★★★★★
  • 1224 Chicago Ave Ste 102

    Evanston, IL 60202

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  • 847-733-0656

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Christopher designed and his staff created, the most beautiful ring we have ever seen! My wife is quite blissed out with this ring created around her grandmother's diamond, cut in 1920's. We couldn't be happier with the ring, and the whole experience. What a treat to work with Christopher - so talented and so skilled. He is the type of person worthy of supporting in this age of chain stores, and mass produced, disposable consumer goods. Thanks Chris - Pam and Josh Markeviche

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★★★★★

Christopher designed and his staff created, the most beautiful ring we have ever seen! My wife is quite blissed out with this ring created around her grandmother's diamond, cut in 1920's. We couldn't be happier with the ring, and the whole experience. What a treat to work with Christopher - so talented and so skilled. He is the type of person worthy of supporting in this age of chain stores, and mass produced, disposable consumer goods. Thanks Chris - Pam and Josh Markeviche

Pros: fine artists/craftspeople, professional,knowledgeable, cool

Cons: not here

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A coworker of mine referred me to Christopher Duquet. She spoke so highly of this small jewelry shop that I was 100% convinced this was the first place I would go to for an engagement ring to propose to my girlfriend.

The first time I entered Christopher Duquet, I was very nervous, but everyone there was extremely nice and supportive, which really helped put me at ease. They understood the importance of the occasion and took their time explaining everything about diamonds and settings to me. In addition, they took the time to get to know a little about my girlfriend and I, which helped with the process of selecting and customizing a beautiful ring that my girlfriend loved.

Once I explained how I was planning on proposing, the people at Christopher Duquet became very excited and involved, and they guaranteed that they would do whatever it took to make sure the ring was completed to perfection in time for my surprise proposal. They worked very closely with me and gave such great support throughout the entire process.

When my wife and I eventually came back to Christopher Duquet for our wedding bands, she quickly fell in love with their great friendliness and service as well; and every time we go back to get our rings cleaned, they always remember us and treat us with the same hospitality as they always have.

The people at Christopher Duquet played an important part in helping us build our precious memories, which have become precious memories to them as well. Thank you Christopher Duquet!

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★★★★★

A coworker of mine referred me to Christopher Duquet. She spoke so highly of this small jewelry shop that I was 100% convinced this was the first place I would go to for an engagement ring to propose to my girlfriend.

The first time I entered Christopher Duquet, I was very nervous, but everyone there was extremely nice and supportive, which really helped put me at ease. They understood the importance of the occasion and took their time explaining everything about diamonds and settings to me. In addition, they took the time to get to know a little about my girlfriend and I, which helped with the process of selecting and customizing a beautiful ring that my girlfriend loved.

Once I explained how I was planning on proposing, the people at Christopher Duquet became very excited and involved, and they guaranteed that they would do whatever it took to make sure the ring was completed to perfection in time for my surprise proposal. They worked very closely with me and gave such great support throughout the entire process.

When my wife and I eventually came back to Christopher Duquet for our wedding bands, she quickly fell in love with their great friendliness and service as well; and every time we go back to get our rings cleaned, they always remember us and treat us with the same hospitality as they always have.

The people at Christopher Duquet played an important part in helping us build our precious memories, which have become precious memories to them as well. Thank you Christopher Duquet!

Pros: Truly knows how to take care of new and existing customers.

Cons: None

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My fiancee and I are both very selective and specific about what we want in our jewelry. Vili (Jewelry Consultant) first worked extensively with my fiancee and I to create her engagement ring. She worked with us until her sketches matched my fiancee's vision for her ring. Just today - she did the same with me - we spent 1.5 hours looking at rings in cases, and we spent another hour working on sketches for my (groom's) wedding band...again, not stopping until her sketches matched my vision. Christopher Duquet has been there everytime we have visited. He is very friendly, and he happily discusses the details with us - and there really is no concept that he and his staff are not open to!!! Top class. Top rate. Top notch. 100 stars - - I would give them if I could!!!

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★★★★★

My fiancee and I are both very selective and specific about what we want in our jewelry. Vili (Jewelry Consultant) first worked extensively with my fiancee and I to create her engagement ring. She worked with us until her sketches matched my fiancee's vision for her ring. Just today - she did the same with me - we spent 1.5 hours looking at rings in cases, and we spent another hour working on sketches for my (groom's) wedding band...again, not stopping until her sketches matched my vision. Christopher Duquet has been there everytime we have visited. He is very friendly, and he happily discusses the details with us - and there really is no concept that he and his staff are not open to!!! Top class. Top rate. Top notch. 100 stars - - I would give them if I could!!!

Pros: Patient, personable, and individually focused

Cons: none

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We were referred to Christopher by friends about 5 years ago. They raved about him and his staff.
Since going to him, we have purchased a total of 5 rings that were all specially designed.
Our experience dealing with Christopher and Villi was fabulous! I get so many compliments on my rings and that is all thanks to Christopher.
You must stop by and see for yourself!

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★★★★★

We were referred to Christopher by friends about 5 years ago. They raved about him and his staff.
Since going to him, we have purchased a total of 5 rings that were all specially designed.
Our experience dealing with Christopher and Villi was fabulous! I get so many compliments on my rings and that is all thanks to Christopher.
You must stop by and see for yourself!

Pros: Beautiful designed jewelry

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Well, first off I decided to surprise my fiance to be with an engagement ring that I picked out on my own with scant details of what she wanted gathered covertly by me over time. She said yes on the day of reckoning, loved the diamonds, a 3 stone emerald cut, but wasn't exactly ecstatic with the setting, not to mention the size of the ring was off by quite a bit. So we headed off to Christopher's at the recommendation of one of the sales persons at the jeweler I purchased the ring from. Interesting huh?
So my fiance and I went for an initial consultation and right from the start we knew we were at the right place. Christopher was warm, welcoming, and a great listener. He spent a great deal of time listening to what my fiance wanted and worked with her to sketch a design of the new setting. Measurements were taken and the design process began. Christopher immediately went to work on a computer animated design that we received via email a week later. Shortly thereafter a wax rendition was made and we went for an initial fitting. My fiance loved the computer animated design and loved the wax rendition even more. Within a week the setting was cast in platinum and we went for a final fitting. The setting was stunning in person and made the original diamonds stand out quite a bit better than before. A week later the ring was completed and another presentation was undertaken. I couldn't predict how big her smile was to be when I presented it to her. She loved it and hasn't stopped talking about how beautiful it is now. Christopher delivered her dream engagement ring. She now has a unique, one of a kind, beautiful ring.
Throughout the design process we were kept well informed. The communication was top notch. His staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful when Christopher was not available. The craftsmanship and artistic design are second to none. You will not be disappointed. We are so pleased that our wedding bands will be made here. Thanks Christopher!

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★★★★★

Well, first off I decided to surprise my fiance to be with an engagement ring that I picked out on my own with scant details of what she wanted gathered covertly by me over time. She said yes on the day of reckoning, loved the diamonds, a 3 stone emerald cut, but wasn't exactly ecstatic with the setting, not to mention the size of the ring was off by quite a bit. So we headed off to Christopher's at the recommendation of one of the sales persons at the jeweler I purchased the ring from. Interesting huh?
So my fiance and I went for an initial consultation and right from the start we knew we were at the right place. Christopher was warm, welcoming, and a great listener. He spent a great deal of time listening to what my fiance wanted and worked with her to sketch a design of the new setting. Measurements were taken and the design process began. Christopher immediately went to work on a computer animated design that we received via email a week later. Shortly thereafter a wax rendition was made and we went for an initial fitting. My fiance loved the computer animated design and loved the wax rendition even more. Within a week the setting was cast in platinum and we went for a final fitting. The setting was stunning in person and made the original diamonds stand out quite a bit better than before. A week later the ring was completed and another presentation was undertaken. I couldn't predict how big her smile was to be when I presented it to her. She loved it and hasn't stopped talking about how beautiful it is now. Christopher delivered her dream engagement ring. She now has a unique, one of a kind, beautiful ring.
Throughout the design process we were kept well informed. The communication was top notch. His staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful when Christopher was not available. The craftsmanship and artistic design are second to none. You will not be disappointed. We are so pleased that our wedding bands will be made here. Thanks Christopher!

Pros: Design, Quality, Professionalism

Cons: None

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Christopher provides a great experience for those of you intimidated by jewelry stores. You can tell by his easy-mannered approach and focus on quality that he wants to develop a long-term relationship.

His prices are reasonable and he designs absolutely beautiful pieces of jewelry that will be in your family for generations.

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★★★★★

Christopher provides a great experience for those of you intimidated by jewelry stores. You can tell by his easy-mannered approach and focus on quality that he wants to develop a long-term relationship.

His prices are reasonable and he designs absolutely beautiful pieces of jewelry that will be in your family for generations.

Pros: Service, workmanship, focus on long-term relationship

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Once we walked into Christopher's shop, we knew this was the place to buy our rings. When we got engaged over 6 years ago, if a jewelry store had a bezel setting, there was just one. In contrast, Christopher had so many bezel settings to choose from! And he was more than willing to create a new design just for us. He made a gorgeous bezel set engagement ring for my wife. Our wedding bands are beautiful, and we have returned to his shop for numerous other occasions - everyone is always incredibly kind and personable. I can't recommend Christopher Duquet highly enough!

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★★★★★

Once we walked into Christopher's shop, we knew this was the place to buy our rings. When we got engaged over 6 years ago, if a jewelry store had a bezel setting, there was just one. In contrast, Christopher had so many bezel settings to choose from! And he was more than willing to create a new design just for us. He made a gorgeous bezel set engagement ring for my wife. Our wedding bands are beautiful, and we have returned to his shop for numerous other occasions - everyone is always incredibly kind and personable. I can't recommend Christopher Duquet highly enough!

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Christopher Duquet has exceeded all of my expectations! I began my search for the perfect engagement ring a long, long time ago. I conducted a lot of research and searched through Tiffany rings, Verragio, Cartier, Scott Kay, Ritani, Diana, Scholdt, Tacori, Simon G, and many more. I also conducted a lot of research on diamonds, and in the process, I educated myself on the ??perfect? cut(s), visited pricescope and diamond doctor pages, learned about the Holloway Cut Advisor and learned about the pros/cons of buying diamonds on-line. I stumbled upon Christopher Duquet??s website and his glowing reviews and decided that perhaps his custom design process was the way to go. It was the best decision I could have made! The engagement ring he designed for my fiance was truly magnificent, utterly remarkable, elegant, classy, unique?and very reasonably priced compared to other jewelers or even Blue Nile.

The Ring: The custom designed ring was exactly what I was hoping for. I provided some ideas and a sketch to Christopher and he came up with a ring design that encompassed all of the elements I was looking for ?? something I could not find in any ??pre-fabricated? designs I had been searching through. My fiance and I both were very, very happy with the ring design. The price of the ring and accent diamonds was lower than what I had expected to pay from other ring designers.

The Diamonds: Very simply, Christopher presented me with gorgeous diamonds and their GIA certificates to select from. He found a beautiful diamond that met all of my criteria and sparkles wonderfully. I researched diamonds on Blue Nile and found that diamonds of similar cut, carat weight, color, and clarity were not cheaper.

The Service: Christopher Duquet and his team provide EXCEPTIONAL service. I was thoroughly pleased with the entire process. I had a slight emergency when the laser engraver Christopher was going to seek services from for an intricate engraving suddenly became unavailable. Christopher persisted and was able to have his hand-engraver perform the intricate work. His persistence insured that my deadline was met, and I was able to propose to my fiance exactly as planned.

The Process: My fiance has a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, well-priced ring I helped design for her that I think surpasses all of those name-brand designs I searched through before. She LOVES IT and has already gotten tons of compliments. What more can I say?

We??ll definitely be returning to have our wedding bands made here.

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★★★★★

Christopher Duquet has exceeded all of my expectations! I began my search for the perfect engagement ring a long, long time ago. I conducted a lot of research and searched through Tiffany rings, Verragio, Cartier, Scott Kay, Ritani, Diana, Scholdt, Tacori, Simon G, and many more. I also conducted a lot of research on diamonds, and in the process, I educated myself on the ??perfect? cut(s), visited pricescope and diamond doctor pages, learned about the Holloway Cut Advisor and learned about the pros/cons of buying diamonds on-line. I stumbled upon Christopher Duquet??s website and his glowing reviews and decided that perhaps his custom design process was the way to go. It was the best decision I could have made! The engagement ring he designed for my fiance was truly magnificent, utterly remarkable, elegant, classy, unique?and very reasonably priced compared to other jewelers or even Blue Nile.

The Ring: The custom designed ring was exactly what I was hoping for. I provided some ideas and a sketch to Christopher and he came up with a ring design that encompassed all of the elements I was looking for ?? something I could not find in any ??pre-fabricated? designs I had been searching through. My fiance and I both were very, very happy with the ring design. The price of the ring and accent diamonds was lower than what I had expected to pay from other ring designers.

The Diamonds: Very simply, Christopher presented me with gorgeous diamonds and their GIA certificates to select from. He found a beautiful diamond that met all of my criteria and sparkles wonderfully. I researched diamonds on Blue Nile and found that diamonds of similar cut, carat weight, color, and clarity were not cheaper.

The Service: Christopher Duquet and his team provide EXCEPTIONAL service. I was thoroughly pleased with the entire process. I had a slight emergency when the laser engraver Christopher was going to seek services from for an intricate engraving suddenly became unavailable. Christopher persisted and was able to have his hand-engraver perform the intricate work. His persistence insured that my deadline was met, and I was able to propose to my fiance exactly as planned.

The Process: My fiance has a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, well-priced ring I helped design for her that I think surpasses all of those name-brand designs I searched through before. She LOVES IT and has already gotten tons of compliments. What more can I say?

We??ll definitely be returning to have our wedding bands made here.

Pros: Price, Quality, Custom Design, Service

Cons: None

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I love Christopher Duquet and his team. My experience started with reworking several pieces of jewelry that I already owned. Chris transformed them into wearable art. He went on to design several new, custom pieces that are creative, unique and beautifully crafted.

Most recently Chris created an "inspirational" bracelet for my husband. He wore the bracelet everyday as he battled cancer, saying that it gave him strength. After my husband lost his battle, I asked Chris to re-size the bracelet so I could wear it. Chris and his team meticulously refitted the piece without compromising the design. I now wear it as a source of strength and healing and it not only holds a special place on my wrist, but in my heart as well. What else could anyone ask for.....

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★★★★★

I love Christopher Duquet and his team. My experience started with reworking several pieces of jewelry that I already owned. Chris transformed them into wearable art. He went on to design several new, custom pieces that are creative, unique and beautifully crafted.

Most recently Chris created an "inspirational" bracelet for my husband. He wore the bracelet everyday as he battled cancer, saying that it gave him strength. After my husband lost his battle, I asked Chris to re-size the bracelet so I could wear it. Chris and his team meticulously refitted the piece without compromising the design. I now wear it as a source of strength and healing and it not only holds a special place on my wrist, but in my heart as well. What else could anyone ask for.....

Pros: beautiful, unique jewelry; superb customer service

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I worked with Stanley on designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. The design was completed within a few days, I was shown 4 gorgeous stones from which to choose, and the finished product was perfect, completed within a couple of weeks, and for less money than we originally thought it would cost. WE LOVE THE RING!!!!!

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★★★★★

I worked with Stanley on designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. The design was completed within a few days, I was shown 4 gorgeous stones from which to choose, and the finished product was perfect, completed within a couple of weeks, and for less money than we originally thought it would cost. WE LOVE THE RING!!!!!

Pros: The designer new exactly what I wanted

Cons: None

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The entire staff's professionalism, friendliness, creativity and above all, honesty made my jewelry purchase most rewarding. I would highly recommend Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry for a thoroughly enjoyable fine jewelry shopping experience.

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★★★★★

The entire staff's professionalism, friendliness, creativity and above all, honesty made my jewelry purchase most rewarding. I would highly recommend Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry for a thoroughly enjoyable fine jewelry shopping experience.

Pros: Fantastic jeweler

Cons: none

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We were, and continue to be, extremely impressed by Christopher Duquet. We visited Duquet??s store early on in our search for an engagement ring, and consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Christopher, himself. We didn??t have a definite idea of what we wanted, and Christopher was a very helpful, no-pressure guide through figuring that out. The store and the staff are well organized, and we got to look at, and try on a broad variety of rings. The jewelry in the cases was beautiful and unique, and covered a wide range of styles from vintage to classic to modern. While we were taking in the variety, Christopher made it clear that if we had other ideas, or wanted to incorporate other elements into an existing ring, he assured us that just about anything we wanted could be created.
For my fiance??s ring, we wanted to incorporate some stones that had belonged to both of our grandmothers. Christopher totally welcomed that, and did a beautiful job of balancing and matching our existing stones with a few additional accent diamonds, for a breath-taking finished product.
We were immediately comfortable working with Christopher, but after our initial visit to his store, we felt like we should still get an idea of what else was out there. We visited three other jewelry stores, but to us, none of them compared with Christopher??s selection and prices. Since delivery of the final product, my fiance has required a few additional visits in order to perfect the fit of the ring. Christopher has continued to work with her personally, and is obviously dedicated to making sure that she is completely satisfied. He continues to exceed our expectations.

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★★★★★

We were, and continue to be, extremely impressed by Christopher Duquet. We visited Duquet??s store early on in our search for an engagement ring, and consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Christopher, himself. We didn??t have a definite idea of what we wanted, and Christopher was a very helpful, no-pressure guide through figuring that out. The store and the staff are well organized, and we got to look at, and try on a broad variety of rings. The jewelry in the cases was beautiful and unique, and covered a wide range of styles from vintage to classic to modern. While we were taking in the variety, Christopher made it clear that if we had other ideas, or wanted to incorporate other elements into an existing ring, he assured us that just about anything we wanted could be created.
For my fiance??s ring, we wanted to incorporate some stones that had belonged to both of our grandmothers. Christopher totally welcomed that, and did a beautiful job of balancing and matching our existing stones with a few additional accent diamonds, for a breath-taking finished product.
We were immediately comfortable working with Christopher, but after our initial visit to his store, we felt like we should still get an idea of what else was out there. We visited three other jewelry stores, but to us, none of them compared with Christopher??s selection and prices. Since delivery of the final product, my fiance has required a few additional visits in order to perfect the fit of the ring. Christopher has continued to work with her personally, and is obviously dedicated to making sure that she is completely satisfied. He continues to exceed our expectations.

Pros: Wide Variety, Great Value, Exceptional Service

Cons: Can't think of any

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We were, and continue to be, extremely impressed by Christopher Duquet. We visited Duquet??s store early on in our search for an engagement ring, and consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Christopher, himself. We didn??t have a definite idea of what we wanted, and Christopher was a very helpful, no-pressure guide through figuring that out. The store and the staff are well organized, and we got to look at, and try on a broad variety of rings. The jewelry in the cases was beautiful and unique, and covered a wide range of styles from vintage to classic to modern. While we were taking in the variety, Christopher made it clear that if we had other ideas, or wanted to incorporate other elements into an existing ring, he assured us that just about anything we wanted could be created.
For my fiance??s ring, we wanted to incorporate some stones that had belonged to both of our grandmothers. Christopher totally welcomed that, and did a beautiful job of balancing and matching our existing stones with a few additional accent diamonds, for a breath-taking finished product.
We were immediately comfortable working with Christopher, but after our initial visit to his store, we felt like we should still get an idea of what else was out there. We visited three other jewelry stores, but to us, none of them compared with Christopher??s selection and prices. Since delivery of the final product, my fiance has required a few additional visits in order to perfect the fit of the ring. Christopher has continued to work with her personally, and is obviously dedicated to making sure that she is completely satisfied. He continues to exceed our expectations.

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★★★★★

We were, and continue to be, extremely impressed by Christopher Duquet. We visited Duquet??s store early on in our search for an engagement ring, and consider ourselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Christopher, himself. We didn??t have a definite idea of what we wanted, and Christopher was a very helpful, no-pressure guide through figuring that out. The store and the staff are well organized, and we got to look at, and try on a broad variety of rings. The jewelry in the cases was beautiful and unique, and covered a wide range of styles from vintage to classic to modern. While we were taking in the variety, Christopher made it clear that if we had other ideas, or wanted to incorporate other elements into an existing ring, he assured us that just about anything we wanted could be created.
For my fiance??s ring, we wanted to incorporate some stones that had belonged to both of our grandmothers. Christopher totally welcomed that, and did a beautiful job of balancing and matching our existing stones with a few additional accent diamonds, for a breath-taking finished product.
We were immediately comfortable working with Christopher, but after our initial visit to his store, we felt like we should still get an idea of what else was out there. We visited three other jewelry stores, but to us, none of them compared with Christopher??s selection and prices. Since delivery of the final product, my fiance has required a few additional visits in order to perfect the fit of the ring. Christopher has continued to work with her personally, and is obviously dedicated to making sure that she is completely satisfied. He continues to exceed our expectations.

Pros: Wide Variety, Great Value, Exceptional Service

Cons: Can't think of any

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I stopped in and had no idea what I wanted for an engagement ring. Christopher was great in educating me on what I needed to research. Christopher made me feel like I was his only customer and he made sure I was satisfied throughout every step of the process. The ring was more beautifu than what I imagined it could be. I highly recommend Christopher Duquet for any of your jewelry needs.

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★★★★★

I stopped in and had no idea what I wanted for an engagement ring. Christopher was great in educating me on what I needed to research. Christopher made me feel like I was his only customer and he made sure I was satisfied throughout every step of the process. The ring was more beautifu than what I imagined it could be. I highly recommend Christopher Duquet for any of your jewelry needs.

Pros: The entire process was smooth and quality work

Cons: None

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I had used Christopher Duquet Jewelers once before, years ago, with great success, but for my engagement ring I visited ten other jewelers just to make sure that the exact ring I wanted was not out there waiting for me. When we went to Christopher Duquet we explained that we liked one of their designs but it was not exactly what we wanted. Villi listened carefully as we tried to put our concept in words and even looked at pictures of various near misses we had found. She then sketched just what we had described and said that they could make it for us. At Christopher Duquet they give you a computer generated picture of your ring before they make it. When we received the emailed picture from Villi, we were thrilled. She had really ??nailed? it. The ring came out exactly as we imagined it. When the actual ring was made, it was perfect. Getting an important piece of jewelry from Christopher Duquet is a totally different experience than just buying something at a retail story or another jeweler. They partner with you to create something wonderful. The process is as delightful as the piece of jewelry itself.

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★★★★★


I had used Christopher Duquet Jewelers once before, years ago, with great success, but for my engagement ring I visited ten other jewelers just to make sure that the exact ring I wanted was not out there waiting for me. When we went to Christopher Duquet we explained that we liked one of their designs but it was not exactly what we wanted. Villi listened carefully as we tried to put our concept in words and even looked at pictures of various near misses we had found. She then sketched just what we had described and said that they could make it for us. At Christopher Duquet they give you a computer generated picture of your ring before they make it. When we received the emailed picture from Villi, we were thrilled. She had really ??nailed? it. The ring came out exactly as we imagined it. When the actual ring was made, it was perfect. Getting an important piece of jewelry from Christopher Duquet is a totally different experience than just buying something at a retail story or another jeweler. They partner with you to create something wonderful. The process is as delightful as the piece of jewelry itself.

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I had no idea engagement ring buying would be this easy.

It seems as if everyone has 'a guy' or 'knows someone' when it comes to ring buying. Being new in town, I don't. All the hook ups I might have had are in the South and I wasn't going to buy a ring over the phone.

A coworker suggested that I go see Christopher Duquet, if only to learn a little more about the diamond buying process. Six weeks later I gave my (now) fiancee a ring that is unlike anything I've ever seen. Christopher exceeded any expectations I could have had for the perfect engagement ring.

Christopher walked me through the process and explained how custom designed and produced jewelry will make for a long-lasting and beautiful piece of art. The added expense of custom jewelry is worth every penny. I didn't have to hope to find a setting or a stone that my fiancee would like, I simply told Christopher what I (she) wanted and that was that. A few days later I had proofs and a few weeks after that I had the ring. It was perfect.

I'll definitely go back for my wedding bands.

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★★★★★

I had no idea engagement ring buying would be this easy.

It seems as if everyone has 'a guy' or 'knows someone' when it comes to ring buying. Being new in town, I don't. All the hook ups I might have had are in the South and I wasn't going to buy a ring over the phone.

A coworker suggested that I go see Christopher Duquet, if only to learn a little more about the diamond buying process. Six weeks later I gave my (now) fiancee a ring that is unlike anything I've ever seen. Christopher exceeded any expectations I could have had for the perfect engagement ring.

Christopher walked me through the process and explained how custom designed and produced jewelry will make for a long-lasting and beautiful piece of art. The added expense of custom jewelry is worth every penny. I didn't have to hope to find a setting or a stone that my fiancee would like, I simply told Christopher what I (she) wanted and that was that. A few days later I had proofs and a few weeks after that I had the ring. It was perfect.

I'll definitely go back for my wedding bands.

Pros: Product, Design, Location, Staff

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My wife and I have been loyal customers for over 10 years, since he designed her engagement ring and our wedding rings. Chris designs one-of-a-kind jewelry that truly comes from his heart and soul - and it shows in his jewelry! His jewelry is at once classic, retro and modern. It can be worn with the fanciest black tie attire, business, and everyday casual. The quality is top of the line. Chris, his wife, and everyone who works at the store are so friendly that we feel like old friends every time we go the store, which we do sometimes just to visit with our friends. In addition to making beautiful and timeless jewelry, Chris and everyone are of the utmost integrity and completely trustworthy! Whether you are looking for wedding rings, anniversary or birthday presents, or just want some new jewelry (or a nice antique watch), I highly recommend Christopher Duquet!

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★★★★★

My wife and I have been loyal customers for over 10 years, since he designed her engagement ring and our wedding rings. Chris designs one-of-a-kind jewelry that truly comes from his heart and soul - and it shows in his jewelry! His jewelry is at once classic, retro and modern. It can be worn with the fanciest black tie attire, business, and everyday casual. The quality is top of the line. Chris, his wife, and everyone who works at the store are so friendly that we feel like old friends every time we go the store, which we do sometimes just to visit with our friends. In addition to making beautiful and timeless jewelry, Chris and everyone are of the utmost integrity and completely trustworthy! Whether you are looking for wedding rings, anniversary or birthday presents, or just want some new jewelry (or a nice antique watch), I highly recommend Christopher Duquet!

Pros: Beautiful, well built jewelry, honest and friendly

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Christopher Duquet recently designed my engagement ring. The whole process was fabulous. After my boyfriend and I had gone to numerous other jewelers, none which had exactly what we were looking for, we went to Christopher Duquet. Within a 5 minute consultation, he had designed exactly what I wanted. Within weeks, the ring was completed. Throughout the process, he was patient and really listened to what we were looking for in the design and in the quality of diamond and he captured it perfectly. Christopher Duquet is not only extremely talented, but a genuine and kind person and he helped us to get the most for our budget. The result is one of the most beautiful rings we've ever seen. We definitely recommend himand will also be going back again in the future.

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★★★★★

Christopher Duquet recently designed my engagement ring. The whole process was fabulous. After my boyfriend and I had gone to numerous other jewelers, none which had exactly what we were looking for, we went to Christopher Duquet. Within a 5 minute consultation, he had designed exactly what I wanted. Within weeks, the ring was completed. Throughout the process, he was patient and really listened to what we were looking for in the design and in the quality of diamond and he captured it perfectly. Christopher Duquet is not only extremely talented, but a genuine and kind person and he helped us to get the most for our budget. The result is one of the most beautiful rings we've ever seen. We definitely recommend himand will also be going back again in the future.

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We went to Christopher Duquet because we wanted a totally original wedding band made. We had ideas, and they worked with us to create a ring that was exactly what we wanted, and really looked better than we thought it would. Over the course of a few months, we went from concept to digital images to the final product. The whole time they were very responsive to the changes we wanted to make, and never tried to convince us that their ideas were better. We're really happy with the ring! The service, design, and price really couldn't have been better. Bring quarters for parking meters, Evanston's parking enforcement is strict.

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★★★★★

We went to Christopher Duquet because we wanted a totally original wedding band made. We had ideas, and they worked with us to create a ring that was exactly what we wanted, and really looked better than we thought it would. Over the course of a few months, we went from concept to digital images to the final product. The whole time they were very responsive to the changes we wanted to make, and never tried to convince us that their ideas were better. We're really happy with the ring! The service, design, and price really couldn't have been better. Bring quarters for parking meters, Evanston's parking enforcement is strict.

Pros: Great service, good prices, fantastic design services

Cons: No cons except street parking

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Christopher Duquet did a fantastic job on my engagement ring. They provided excellent service, competative pricing, and unique design/experience. I reccommend Christopher Duquet for anyone considering purchasing jewelry.

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★★★★★

Christopher Duquet did a fantastic job on my engagement ring. They provided excellent service, competative pricing, and unique design/experience. I reccommend Christopher Duquet for anyone considering purchasing jewelry.

Pros: Custom design, great service

Cons: They need a shop downtown

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Christopher presented options to us that responded to our desires. He was patient and understanding.

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★★★★★

Christopher presented options to us that responded to our desires. He was patient and understanding.

Pros: Listened well, to

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We had the best experience here. My fiance was able to pick out the perfect diamond for a ring that was made in Ireland. They helped him pick out the one that looked the best and sparkles like nothing I have seen before. It is obviously a big purchase for him and he felt comfortable and so happy that he went here.

I had to get my ring sized and they were able to do it quickly and give it back to me in under an hour. I can't stop looking at it.

When we choose our wedding bands, we are going back.

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★★★★★

We had the best experience here. My fiance was able to pick out the perfect diamond for a ring that was made in Ireland. They helped him pick out the one that looked the best and sparkles like nothing I have seen before. It is obviously a big purchase for him and he felt comfortable and so happy that he went here.

I had to get my ring sized and they were able to do it quickly and give it back to me in under an hour. I can't stop looking at it.

When we choose our wedding bands, we are going back.

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We had a truly wonderful experience personally working with Christopher Duquet to design our engagement ring. We were able to take a family diamond and have it reset in a ring of our own special design. Christopher worked with us to transform our vision into a stunning reality. The design process was fast (the whole process from start to finish took about 4 weeks), easy, and fun! From sitting down and sketching out the initial design idea, to creating a beautiful computer image of the design and wax model, each step of the process was set up to make sure the final piece matched all of our expectations perfectly. The staff were all friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Christopher always made time to talk to us when we were in the store, and was also easy to reach by phone. We would recommend Christopher Duquet to anyone thinking of buying or designing a beautiful engagement ring!

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★★★★★

We had a truly wonderful experience personally working with Christopher Duquet to design our engagement ring. We were able to take a family diamond and have it reset in a ring of our own special design. Christopher worked with us to transform our vision into a stunning reality. The design process was fast (the whole process from start to finish took about 4 weeks), easy, and fun! From sitting down and sketching out the initial design idea, to creating a beautiful computer image of the design and wax model, each step of the process was set up to make sure the final piece matched all of our expectations perfectly. The staff were all friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Christopher always made time to talk to us when we were in the store, and was also easy to reach by phone. We would recommend Christopher Duquet to anyone thinking of buying or designing a beautiful engagement ring!

Pros: Customer service, beautiful results

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My fiance and I used to live in Evanston, and when we were looking for her engagement ring we went to all the big chain stores, and also a lot of the little shops, both in Chicago and the northern suburbs. When we walked into some of the big chain stores and told them my fiance was looking for a sapphire rather than a diamond, we pretty much got brushed off. When we walked in to Christopher Duquet's store in Evanston though, it was a different story.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted with smiles from three different directions. We st down with Christopher on our first visit and he and my fiance talked through what she wanted and he brought it to life on paper and she knew he had the same vision for the engagement ring. A few weeks later, after making some minor tweaks to the design (which were taken positively by the staff) I picked up the final product, and it was absolutely stunning.

We returned to Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry for our wedding rings where creating completely custom rings for both of us was not a problem. We even had to ask for a short time window of about two weeks, and they were able to complete two entirely new rings in that short time window! We are again extremely pleased with the final products. We were so happy with the quality and customer service on the engagement ring that we didn't consider going anywhere else, and have since recommended some of our friends to Christopher Duquet.

Some people and reviews have mentioned Christopher Duquet's shop to be a bit pricey, but when you consider the brilliant level of customer service, care and detail that they provide along with a product that speaks for itself, there's no doubt in my mind it's worth it!

Thank you to the entire staff too, we have talked with everybody there and everybody is fantastic!

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★★★★★

My fiance and I used to live in Evanston, and when we were looking for her engagement ring we went to all the big chain stores, and also a lot of the little shops, both in Chicago and the northern suburbs. When we walked into some of the big chain stores and told them my fiance was looking for a sapphire rather than a diamond, we pretty much got brushed off. When we walked in to Christopher Duquet's store in Evanston though, it was a different story.

As soon as we walked in we were greeted with smiles from three different directions. We st down with Christopher on our first visit and he and my fiance talked through what she wanted and he brought it to life on paper and she knew he had the same vision for the engagement ring. A few weeks later, after making some minor tweaks to the design (which were taken positively by the staff) I picked up the final product, and it was absolutely stunning.

We returned to Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry for our wedding rings where creating completely custom rings for both of us was not a problem. We even had to ask for a short time window of about two weeks, and they were able to complete two entirely new rings in that short time window! We are again extremely pleased with the final products. We were so happy with the quality and customer service on the engagement ring that we didn't consider going anywhere else, and have since recommended some of our friends to Christopher Duquet.

Some people and reviews have mentioned Christopher Duquet's shop to be a bit pricey, but when you consider the brilliant level of customer service, care and detail that they provide along with a product that speaks for itself, there's no doubt in my mind it's worth it!

Thank you to the entire staff too, we have talked with everybody there and everybody is fantastic!

Pros: Customer Service, Ambience

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I went to Christopher's looking for some standard diamond replacements on my 60 year old vintage wide band wedding ring. After looking at the ring, I was told about the possiblity of restoration, which included engraving and stone replacement. I was hesitate to do anthing to a ring that had belong to my mother; I didn't want the ring's essence altered.
When I saw the ring after it was finished, I couldn't believe the beautifully crafted, intricate engraving. It was a true restoration and the piece was only enhanced, not altered.
It is a pleasure to report that the fine art of jewelry making and customer relations is alive and well at Christopher Duquet's.

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★★★★★

I went to Christopher's looking for some standard diamond replacements on my 60 year old vintage wide band wedding ring. After looking at the ring, I was told about the possiblity of restoration, which included engraving and stone replacement. I was hesitate to do anthing to a ring that had belong to my mother; I didn't want the ring's essence altered.
When I saw the ring after it was finished, I couldn't believe the beautifully crafted, intricate engraving. It was a true restoration and the piece was only enhanced, not altered.
It is a pleasure to report that the fine art of jewelry making and customer relations is alive and well at Christopher Duquet's.

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I wanted to propose with a ring that was based on something more than just a price tag. On my search for the right place to buy, I went to several stores prior, but looked no further after visiting Christopher Duquet. Christopher helped me find/create the perfect representation of my love and affection. During the design and the diamond selection processes I felt comfortable. Every question I asked was answered in a concise and easy to understand way. I feel that the overall value of the experience and that of the final product are worth much more than the sticker price. Christopher provides a perfect blend of the unique and the familiar, the modern and the classic. Two months have gone by since I proposed and I still get excited looking at my fiancee's ring.

2
★★★★★

I wanted to propose with a ring that was based on something more than just a price tag. On my search for the right place to buy, I went to several stores prior, but looked no further after visiting Christopher Duquet. Christopher helped me find/create the perfect representation of my love and affection. During the design and the diamond selection processes I felt comfortable. Every question I asked was answered in a concise and easy to understand way. I feel that the overall value of the experience and that of the final product are worth much more than the sticker price. Christopher provides a perfect blend of the unique and the familiar, the modern and the classic. Two months have gone by since I proposed and I still get excited looking at my fiancee's ring.

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Very helpful. Great with design and customer service. Competitive pricing. It's the kind of jewelry store you want to build a relationship with and go there for a long time. Everything in the store is stunning. Christopher and his staff helped my husband pick out and design my engagement ring. They are very accomodating. We also got my wedding band there.

We purchased new stones. They are also happy to set stones you already have, and sell stones you don't want anymore.

Christopher's designs are beautiful and classic. We will continue to go there for years to come.

2
★★★★★

Very helpful. Great with design and customer service. Competitive pricing. It's the kind of jewelry store you want to build a relationship with and go there for a long time. Everything in the store is stunning. Christopher and his staff helped my husband pick out and design my engagement ring. They are very accomodating. We also got my wedding band there.

We purchased new stones. They are also happy to set stones you already have, and sell stones you don't want anymore.

Christopher's designs are beautiful and classic. We will continue to go there for years to come.

Pros: Beautiful well designed jewelry. Local designer.

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The design of my engagement ring was challenging in that it had a rope motif and several challenges to hold the diamond I had from my mother's ring. I sat down with Christopher and we went over my sketches. He told me of the software and new modeling techniques that would allow my design to be possible and still hold the diamonds for a lifetime. In a matter of two weeks he was able to show me beautiful computer renderings. We made changes to the model, and when it was cast in platinum it looked even better than the renderings! Everyone one loves the ring and my (now) wife gets constant compliments on it. Even now sometimes I still catch her looking at it and smiling! With his personal demeanor and technical expertise, Christopher earned my business for many years and anniversaries to come. I have never been a jewelry guy but I really enjoyed the process and the end results are amazing.

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★★★★★

The design of my engagement ring was challenging in that it had a rope motif and several challenges to hold the diamond I had from my mother's ring. I sat down with Christopher and we went over my sketches. He told me of the software and new modeling techniques that would allow my design to be possible and still hold the diamonds for a lifetime. In a matter of two weeks he was able to show me beautiful computer renderings. We made changes to the model, and when it was cast in platinum it looked even better than the renderings! Everyone one loves the ring and my (now) wife gets constant compliments on it. Even now sometimes I still catch her looking at it and smiling! With his personal demeanor and technical expertise, Christopher earned my business for many years and anniversaries to come. I have never been a jewelry guy but I really enjoyed the process and the end results are amazing.

Pros: Friendly accomodating, tech savy

Cons: parking

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Christopher Duquet was highly recommended to us by my wife's uncle. We now always recommend him to our friends as well.

Christopher is not just another jeweler trying to move inventory. Instead, he provides you a customized experience by patiently presenting different metals and styles until he gets a feel for exactly what you like. Then he hand-sketches the design on paper so that you can confirm that it is exactly what you are looking for.

His ability to understand his customer's needs combined with his ability to complement the customer with his own artistic design is unparalleled. The end product well surpassed my wife and I's expectations. We now have the best designed engagement ring and wedding band that we could have asked for!

Go to Christopher Duquet if you are looking for impressive design, an exceptional product, and a delightful customer experience.

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★★★★★

Christopher Duquet was highly recommended to us by my wife's uncle. We now always recommend him to our friends as well.

Christopher is not just another jeweler trying to move inventory. Instead, he provides you a customized experience by patiently presenting different metals and styles until he gets a feel for exactly what you like. Then he hand-sketches the design on paper so that you can confirm that it is exactly what you are looking for.

His ability to understand his customer's needs combined with his ability to complement the customer with his own artistic design is unparalleled. The end product well surpassed my wife and I's expectations. We now have the best designed engagement ring and wedding band that we could have asked for!

Go to Christopher Duquet if you are looking for impressive design, an exceptional product, and a delightful customer experience.

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I have been working with Christopher Duquet for several years now. I would never even think about going anywhere else to conduct business and buy fine jewelry. A few things come to mind when I think of Christopher and his team: Creative, Brilliant, Respectful, Engaging, Honest and Patient. The atmosphere is lovely, light, welcoming and fun.

He will not only listen to what you have to say but he will also make sure he provides you with exactly what it is that you want. I all of my experiences with him, the end result has been far better than I could have ever expected!

Whether you intend to spend one dollar or whole lot more, you will leave feeling like a million bucks with dazzling jewelry in hand. Christopher Duquet is a true gem!

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★★★★★

I have been working with Christopher Duquet for several years now. I would never even think about going anywhere else to conduct business and buy fine jewelry. A few things come to mind when I think of Christopher and his team: Creative, Brilliant, Respectful, Engaging, Honest and Patient. The atmosphere is lovely, light, welcoming and fun.

He will not only listen to what you have to say but he will also make sure he provides you with exactly what it is that you want. I all of my experiences with him, the end result has been far better than I could have ever expected!

Whether you intend to spend one dollar or whole lot more, you will leave feeling like a million bucks with dazzling jewelry in hand. Christopher Duquet is a true gem!

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My husband and I first found Christopher Duquet when searching for wedding bands over a year ago. We worked with Villi who helped us pick out something in their store and then modify and redesign it to match what we wanted. We were so impressed with the quality of service, the fairness of their prices and most importantly, the finished products that we have had three other pieces made by them (earrings to compliment an antique drop necklace and earrings and a necklace with stones we purchased on our honeymoon).

All of our experiences working with both Villi and Christopher have been wonderful. Thank you!

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★★★★★

My husband and I first found Christopher Duquet when searching for wedding bands over a year ago. We worked with Villi who helped us pick out something in their store and then modify and redesign it to match what we wanted. We were so impressed with the quality of service, the fairness of their prices and most importantly, the finished products that we have had three other pieces made by them (earrings to compliment an antique drop necklace and earrings and a necklace with stones we purchased on our honeymoon).

All of our experiences working with both Villi and Christopher have been wonderful. Thank you!

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First, allow me to tell you that when it came time to purchase a ring I visited over a dozen other stores. al During this time all I met was pushy sales people, people who told me the same things I had already heard and tried to sell me on why I should purchase a ring from their store. Not one ever took the time to get to know me. Just sales person after sales person just rushing to make their next sale.

When I first talked to Christopher DuQuet on the phone he was very polite, nice and reassured me that he could help me. Walking into the store you can't help but notice how well taken care of it is. The store itself shows off like one of his pieces of jewelry. The thing I liked the most is how welcome I felt. He set aside the time to get to know me the first time I met him. When it came to picking out the ring he did everything he possibly could to help me. He did everything he could to build on my idea of a perfect ring while still staying within my budget. If you are reading this and shopping for jewelry allow me to tell you to skip the chain stores and head straight to Christopher Duquet because no matter what he will be your last stop. In regards to the ring FLAWLESS!!!

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★★★★★

First, allow me to tell you that when it came time to purchase a ring I visited over a dozen other stores. al During this time all I met was pushy sales people, people who told me the same things I had already heard and tried to sell me on why I should purchase a ring from their store. Not one ever took the time to get to know me. Just sales person after sales person just rushing to make their next sale.

When I first talked to Christopher DuQuet on the phone he was very polite, nice and reassured me that he could help me. Walking into the store you can't help but notice how well taken care of it is. The store itself shows off like one of his pieces of jewelry. The thing I liked the most is how welcome I felt. He set aside the time to get to know me the first time I met him. When it came to picking out the ring he did everything he possibly could to help me. He did everything he could to build on my idea of a perfect ring while still staying within my budget. If you are reading this and shopping for jewelry allow me to tell you to skip the chain stores and head straight to Christopher Duquet because no matter what he will be your last stop. In regards to the ring FLAWLESS!!!

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A "good store" can mean different things to different people. Christopher Duquet is great because Chris, and the entire staff, take the time to understand what you're looking for -- even if you don't know -- rather than selling you what they have most in stock.

Each time over the past 5 years that I've made a purchase, from rings to necklaces to earrings, everything has been perfect because they listen to you and they make sure that the product is right. From display pieces to custom settings for a loose stone, this understanding makes for the perfect gift.

Whether it's a little piece, a memorable occasion, this is where I go.

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★★★★★

A "good store" can mean different things to different people. Christopher Duquet is great because Chris, and the entire staff, take the time to understand what you're looking for -- even if you don't know -- rather than selling you what they have most in stock.

Each time over the past 5 years that I've made a purchase, from rings to necklaces to earrings, everything has been perfect because they listen to you and they make sure that the product is right. From display pieces to custom settings for a loose stone, this understanding makes for the perfect gift.

Whether it's a little piece, a memorable occasion, this is where I go.

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Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry is an Evanston icon. For those with distinguishing tastes or for first timers you'll want to check this place out. His staff is highly knowledgeable and if your lucky to work directly with Chris himself, he will make you feel most welcome and is more than happy to show you anything in the store. What's even better is that if you have an idea of what you want coming in the door, Chris will whip out his sketch pad and draw it to make sure he understands your thoughts. He is also very good at making you feel involved. When you buy jewelry, especially fine jewelry, you want to make sure you are getting the very best for the person it is for. You won't have to worry here. Quality, Craftsmanship, and Service. That is Christopher Duquet.

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★★★★★

Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry is an Evanston icon. For those with distinguishing tastes or for first timers you'll want to check this place out. His staff is highly knowledgeable and if your lucky to work directly with Chris himself, he will make you feel most welcome and is more than happy to show you anything in the store. What's even better is that if you have an idea of what you want coming in the door, Chris will whip out his sketch pad and draw it to make sure he understands your thoughts. He is also very good at making you feel involved. When you buy jewelry, especially fine jewelry, you want to make sure you are getting the very best for the person it is for. You won't have to worry here. Quality, Craftsmanship, and Service. That is Christopher Duquet.

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My husband and I first found Christopher Duquet about 12 years ago as we were ready to get engaged, (this is when he was at his old location, around the corner from his beautiful store on Chicago Ave. near Dempster). We knew we did not want to use one of those huge chain jewelers you find in the mall, as we are always fans of supporting the independent business-person, and we thought we would get more personalized service this way.

WOW! The service we received was unparalleled: Christopher is clearly an expert in his field, and yet he and his staff patiently took us through all our options for our budget; he allowed us much input in the design of our own rings so that they would reflect our style; he treated us and our pending marriage as if we were the most important customers to him; he is always warm, friendly, and quick with a joke and a smile; and he always welcomes us back for cleanings and adjustments, even if we are just browsing his continually growing and gorgeous collection.

If you're like most people (certainly like us!), buying high-quality, finely-crafted jewelry is not an everyday event; because of the money and the emotion involved in such a special purchase, you want to feel that you - and your jewelry - are exceptional, unique. Christopher Duquet treats you this way; you KNOW you are not just a number in an impersonal, mechanized, commercialized business (a-hem - MALL jewelers!), but that your purchase will be as distinctive as you feel YOU are. Besides, supporting the local "main street merchant" just feels so much better than shopping at a large corporate store, where they'll never remember you when you come in a year later to get your rings cleaned!

Christopher Duquet: Friendly, personalized service and exceptional craftsmanship, which make you feel unique when you are marking a momentous occasion with exceptional jewelry.

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★★★★★

My husband and I first found Christopher Duquet about 12 years ago as we were ready to get engaged, (this is when he was at his old location, around the corner from his beautiful store on Chicago Ave. near Dempster). We knew we did not want to use one of those huge chain jewelers you find in the mall, as we are always fans of supporting the independent business-person, and we thought we would get more personalized service this way.

WOW! The service we received was unparalleled: Christopher is clearly an expert in his field, and yet he and his staff patiently took us through all our options for our budget; he allowed us much input in the design of our own rings so that they would reflect our style; he treated us and our pending marriage as if we were the most important customers to him; he is always warm, friendly, and quick with a joke and a smile; and he always welcomes us back for cleanings and adjustments, even if we are just browsing his continually growing and gorgeous collection.

If you're like most people (certainly like us!), buying high-quality, finely-crafted jewelry is not an everyday event; because of the money and the emotion involved in such a special purchase, you want to feel that you - and your jewelry - are exceptional, unique. Christopher Duquet treats you this way; you KNOW you are not just a number in an impersonal, mechanized, commercialized business (a-hem - MALL jewelers!), but that your purchase will be as distinctive as you feel YOU are. Besides, supporting the local "main street merchant" just feels so much better than shopping at a large corporate store, where they'll never remember you when you come in a year later to get your rings cleaned!

Christopher Duquet: Friendly, personalized service and exceptional craftsmanship, which make you feel unique when you are marking a momentous occasion with exceptional jewelry.

Pros: personalized service, parking, in-store lighting, store security

Cons: none

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For my 60th birthday I wanted my wedding band "remodeled". I window shopped all the fine stores for ideas. Then I found Christopher Duquet. He and his wife were amazing. He understood what I wanted and more importantly what I didn't want. He understood my budget. He was creative, imaginative, and practical. He drew many designs and was so patient. After two months I decided on exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be happier. I love wearing my ring every day and have and will recommend him to anyone who wants quality from someone with integrity and knowledge.

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★★★★★

For my 60th birthday I wanted my wedding band "remodeled". I window shopped all the fine stores for ideas. Then I found Christopher Duquet. He and his wife were amazing. He understood what I wanted and more importantly what I didn't want. He understood my budget. He was creative, imaginative, and practical. He drew many designs and was so patient. After two months I decided on exactly what I wanted. I couldn't be happier. I love wearing my ring every day and have and will recommend him to anyone who wants quality from someone with integrity and knowledge.

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I went to Christopher Duquet to get an engagement ring about a year ago. I couldn?t have been happier the entire process. The staff was most helpful in selecting the setting and diamond.

All of the work they do is custom made to your specifications, not purchased off the shelf. You tell them what you?re interested in and they will sketch out the idea on paper. They have lots of ideas in their show room to help you decided if you don?t know exactly what you want from modern jewelry to the classics.

Next, they make a plastic model of your ring so you can see how it will look before they create the actual ring. My fiancee was extremely excited with the ring I choose. So much so we even went back there to get our wedding bands.

Definitely make the trip to Evanston and visit Christopher, you won?t be sorry you did.

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★★★★★

I went to Christopher Duquet to get an engagement ring about a year ago. I couldn?t have been happier the entire process. The staff was most helpful in selecting the setting and diamond.

All of the work they do is custom made to your specifications, not purchased off the shelf. You tell them what you?re interested in and they will sketch out the idea on paper. They have lots of ideas in their show room to help you decided if you don?t know exactly what you want from modern jewelry to the classics.

Next, they make a plastic model of your ring so you can see how it will look before they create the actual ring. My fiancee was extremely excited with the ring I choose. So much so we even went back there to get our wedding bands.

Definitely make the trip to Evanston and visit Christopher, you won?t be sorry you did.

Pros: Completely customizable, Great customer service

Cons: Takes a few weeks from start to end to get your ring.

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I live in Upstate New York. My best friend lives in Evanston. For my 50th birthday, my husband wanted to buy me the ring of my dreams that I had talked about for over 25 years. My best friend told Christopher Duquet the idea and he created the ring. It is better than I had dreamt it. Now, every birthday (I am 54), my husband asks Christopher to make me jewelry that matches the ring. I am now the proud owner of a magnificent necklace, bracelet and two pair of earrings. Every piece is a masterpiece and every piece is sturdy enough to wear everyday. I am a very happy woman. Christopher has eased my aging.

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I live in Upstate New York. My best friend lives in Evanston. For my 50th birthday, my husband wanted to buy me the ring of my dreams that I had talked about for over 25 years. My best friend told Christopher Duquet the idea and he created the ring. It is better than I had dreamt it. Now, every birthday (I am 54), my husband asks Christopher to make me jewelry that matches the ring. I am now the proud owner of a magnificent necklace, bracelet and two pair of earrings. Every piece is a masterpiece and every piece is sturdy enough to wear everyday. I am a very happy woman. Christopher has eased my aging.

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I went to Christopher Duquet completely bewildered about what I should do as far as getting an engagement ring for my girlfriend. One of my Mom's friends had sent me down to the Chicago Jewelers' Mall / Wabash Loop area and I had a number of unsettling experiences there, to say the least. After a referral from a trusted friend/happy customer of Christopher's, I felt a flood of relief when I entered his Evanston boutique. It was a warm and inviting environment, to be sure, but Christopher and his staff were by far the warmest aspect of the whole place, so clearly their priorities were in order. He possessed a very gentle demeanor and was an attentive listener. I found these skills to be critically important in the oft nerve-racking world of shopping for a diamond ring. On top of that, his book of designs and his boutique were filled with examples of his beautiful craftsmanship. It really was more like an art gallery, as Christopher has a distinct style that is entirely his own, while he clearly draws inspiration from both classical and modern design elements. A certain tastefulness and relaxed vibe ran through the entire atmosphere of his shop and his staff and I felt instantly comfortable. In a sometimes noisy and hectic world and especially amidst the stress of wedding planning, I found at Christopher Duquet's a haven where I could really focus on creating something meaningful for my relationship.

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★★★★★

I went to Christopher Duquet completely bewildered about what I should do as far as getting an engagement ring for my girlfriend. One of my Mom's friends had sent me down to the Chicago Jewelers' Mall / Wabash Loop area and I had a number of unsettling experiences there, to say the least. After a referral from a trusted friend/happy customer of Christopher's, I felt a flood of relief when I entered his Evanston boutique. It was a warm and inviting environment, to be sure, but Christopher and his staff were by far the warmest aspect of the whole place, so clearly their priorities were in order. He possessed a very gentle demeanor and was an attentive listener. I found these skills to be critically important in the oft nerve-racking world of shopping for a diamond ring. On top of that, his book of designs and his boutique were filled with examples of his beautiful craftsmanship. It really was more like an art gallery, as Christopher has a distinct style that is entirely his own, while he clearly draws inspiration from both classical and modern design elements. A certain tastefulness and relaxed vibe ran through the entire atmosphere of his shop and his staff and I felt instantly comfortable. In a sometimes noisy and hectic world and especially amidst the stress of wedding planning, I found at Christopher Duquet's a haven where I could really focus on creating something meaningful for my relationship.

Pros: Exceptional quality and service!

Cons: NONE

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My fiancee knew about Chris Duquet before I did so when we first started talking about marriage he said we had to go there. I was blown away when we walked into the store. Each piece of jewerly was more beautiful than the next. We sat down with Chris and told him what our ideas were. When the time came, Chris made the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. He really listened to what we wanted. Well 8 months later we were back to talk wedding bands. Not only did he remember us, but he was genuinely really excited for us. He again created very beautiful and very unique wedding bands. You cannot go wrong with Chris. He is very talented and everyone in the store are a pleasure to work with. We are his customers for life!! Patrick and Wendy

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★★★★★

My fiancee knew about Chris Duquet before I did so when we first started talking about marriage he said we had to go there. I was blown away when we walked into the store. Each piece of jewerly was more beautiful than the next. We sat down with Chris and told him what our ideas were. When the time came, Chris made the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. He really listened to what we wanted. Well 8 months later we were back to talk wedding bands. Not only did he remember us, but he was genuinely really excited for us. He again created very beautiful and very unique wedding bands. You cannot go wrong with Chris. He is very talented and everyone in the store are a pleasure to work with. We are his customers for life!! Patrick and Wendy

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My fiance purchased a loose diamond from a broker and was armed with hand-drawn sketches of the setting he wanted. Christopher Duquet worked with him and created the perfect (and I mean perfect!) ring. It's exactly what my fiance envisioned and the ring gets compliments on the originality and quality almost every day.

We are now in the process of choosing and customizing wedding bands from Christopher Duquet. The service has been amazing and I feel like Christopher really respects our ideas while adding his own suggestions. I would highly recommend Christopher Duquet to anybody needing fine jewelry or engagement/wedding rings.

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★★★★★

My fiance purchased a loose diamond from a broker and was armed with hand-drawn sketches of the setting he wanted. Christopher Duquet worked with him and created the perfect (and I mean perfect!) ring. It's exactly what my fiance envisioned and the ring gets compliments on the originality and quality almost every day.

We are now in the process of choosing and customizing wedding bands from Christopher Duquet. The service has been amazing and I feel like Christopher really respects our ideas while adding his own suggestions. I would highly recommend Christopher Duquet to anybody needing fine jewelry or engagement/wedding rings.

Pros: Unique, Custom-Made

Cons: A touch pricey, but they're very willing to work with a budget!

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Walking in Christopher Duquet's jewelry store is an eye candy.Several years ago I didn't know the store existed when I received my first pair of earings from my boyfriend . I love them, so I wear them a lot and I get compliments even from strangers. We got married last year and you guessed it, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were designed by Christopher. His jewelry is striking, bold, original and beautiful in its simplicity. He lets the metal and the stones do the talking. There is love behind the craftsmanshift! I especially adore his contemporary collection but he also has a great selection of traditional design.
If you think you deserve a unique jewelry go visit Christopher Duquet store in Evanston. And don't forget to breath!

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★★★★★

Walking in Christopher Duquet's jewelry store is an eye candy.Several years ago I didn't know the store existed when I received my first pair of earings from my boyfriend . I love them, so I wear them a lot and I get compliments even from strangers. We got married last year and you guessed it, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were designed by Christopher. His jewelry is striking, bold, original and beautiful in its simplicity. He lets the metal and the stones do the talking. There is love behind the craftsmanshift! I especially adore his contemporary collection but he also has a great selection of traditional design.
If you think you deserve a unique jewelry go visit Christopher Duquet store in Evanston. And don't forget to breath!

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I also posted this review on Yelp, but figured I'd put it here as well.

Christopher Duquet is a godsend. I walked in a few weeks ago looking for an engagement ring. I might as well have had an enormous neon "clueless" sign above my head. I was unshaven and unkempt, I didn't have the faintest clue what she wanted and I didn't know where to start.

Politely and patiently, the wife/husband team walked me through a variety of options. They took digital photos of the different styles so I could email them to friends and ask their advice. At no time did I feel pressured in any direction.

Later on, I discovered that the ring my girlfriend wanted was a particular Tiffany style. Personally I think Tiffany is both overpriced and unoriginal. Why buy a ring that tens of thousands of other women have as well? Well I communicated this to the Duquets and they took the best elements and created an even more beautiful ring. They specialize in one of a kind custom jewelry, so this was easy for them to do. The final ring, which they rushed out for me in a week, actually came in BELOW the price range I provided them! Talk about a trustworthy shop.

Couldn't recommend them more highly.

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★★★★★

I also posted this review on Yelp, but figured I'd put it here as well.

Christopher Duquet is a godsend. I walked in a few weeks ago looking for an engagement ring. I might as well have had an enormous neon "clueless" sign above my head. I was unshaven and unkempt, I didn't have the faintest clue what she wanted and I didn't know where to start.

Politely and patiently, the wife/husband team walked me through a variety of options. They took digital photos of the different styles so I could email them to friends and ask their advice. At no time did I feel pressured in any direction.

Later on, I discovered that the ring my girlfriend wanted was a particular Tiffany style. Personally I think Tiffany is both overpriced and unoriginal. Why buy a ring that tens of thousands of other women have as well? Well I communicated this to the Duquets and they took the best elements and created an even more beautiful ring. They specialize in one of a kind custom jewelry, so this was easy for them to do. The final ring, which they rushed out for me in a week, actually came in BELOW the price range I provided them! Talk about a trustworthy shop.

Couldn't recommend them more highly.

Pros: Trustworthy, honest, good value, great craftmanship, great customer service

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Using Christopher Duquet's Fine Jewelery for our engagement ring and wedding bands was a wonderful experience. Useful suggestions were given at appropriate times and at the same time we were listened to carefully in what we wanted. A wonderful combination of Christopher's amazing artistry meeting our, at first, vague descriptions of what we wanted in a ring resulted in a ring that is so gorgeous. The rings are totally custom, combining two diamonds we already had with a new oval diamond for the center. You will have a wonderful experience with Christopher.

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★★★★★

Using Christopher Duquet's Fine Jewelery for our engagement ring and wedding bands was a wonderful experience. Useful suggestions were given at appropriate times and at the same time we were listened to carefully in what we wanted. A wonderful combination of Christopher's amazing artistry meeting our, at first, vague descriptions of what we wanted in a ring resulted in a ring that is so gorgeous. The rings are totally custom, combining two diamonds we already had with a new oval diamond for the center. You will have a wonderful experience with Christopher.

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i have recently had my wedding bands and engagement ring designed and made by Christopher Duquet and i am really thrilled with the process and outcome. he is a gifted and intuitive designer and did an amazing job of blending my unique taste with sound design. the result are rings that are very personal and beautiful - my future mother-in-law (who is more than discerning..) said, "This is exactly you. It's not overstated and it's not understated." i'm really happy with the rings and i enjoyed working with the staff there. i think their pricing is straightforward and fair, they take time to make sure they understand you and they deliver reliably and in a timely manner.

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★★★★★

i have recently had my wedding bands and engagement ring designed and made by Christopher Duquet and i am really thrilled with the process and outcome. he is a gifted and intuitive designer and did an amazing job of blending my unique taste with sound design. the result are rings that are very personal and beautiful - my future mother-in-law (who is more than discerning..) said, "This is exactly you. It's not overstated and it's not understated." i'm really happy with the rings and i enjoyed working with the staff there. i think their pricing is straightforward and fair, they take time to make sure they understand you and they deliver reliably and in a timely manner.

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My experience at Christopher Duquet is always excellent. If you are looking for great service, they provide it. Their designs are fresh and contemporary. If you are looking to redesign they work patiently with you to create what you want. I've been there many times and continue to return.

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★★★★★

My experience at Christopher Duquet is always excellent. If you are looking for great service, they provide it. Their designs are fresh and contemporary. If you are looking to redesign they work patiently with you to create what you want. I've been there many times and continue to return.

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We've been working with Christopher Duquet and his outstanding associates for nearly a decade. Our first purchase was a set of simple white gold bands with three almost microscopic diamonds. He treated us as though this was the most important transaction of his career. Many years later we have a rather significant collection of his beautiful pieces, each one a complete original, created with outstanding care and remarkable craftsmanship. From the moment you enter the comfortable and beautifully appointed store, you'll experience what makes Christopher special--impeccable customer service and attention to detail. For Christopher Duquet, it isn't about making a sale, but building a relationship. He has always taken great care to understand our needs and expectations and consistently delivered an exceptional product. Christopher gets design, he grasps the science of gemology like no one I've ever met, and understands the importance of a long term relationship. Not only does he deliver the product, but he and his staff take care of it...forever...offering cleanings and maintenance at no cost. In a world filled with jewelry stores offering copy cat unoriginal designs and poor service, Christopher offers a tremendous alternative. In recent years we have recommended him to friends and family from out of state. They have all become fans of the exceptional quality and the great value that he delivers. From traditional to contemporary designs at just about every price point he delivers a home run each and every time. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

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★★★★★

We've been working with Christopher Duquet and his outstanding associates for nearly a decade. Our first purchase was a set of simple white gold bands with three almost microscopic diamonds. He treated us as though this was the most important transaction of his career. Many years later we have a rather significant collection of his beautiful pieces, each one a complete original, created with outstanding care and remarkable craftsmanship. From the moment you enter the comfortable and beautifully appointed store, you'll experience what makes Christopher special--impeccable customer service and attention to detail. For Christopher Duquet, it isn't about making a sale, but building a relationship. He has always taken great care to understand our needs and expectations and consistently delivered an exceptional product. Christopher gets design, he grasps the science of gemology like no one I've ever met, and understands the importance of a long term relationship. Not only does he deliver the product, but he and his staff take care of it...forever...offering cleanings and maintenance at no cost. In a world filled with jewelry stores offering copy cat unoriginal designs and poor service, Christopher offers a tremendous alternative. In recent years we have recommended him to friends and family from out of state. They have all become fans of the exceptional quality and the great value that he delivers. From traditional to contemporary designs at just about every price point he delivers a home run each and every time. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

Pros: customer service, original designs, outstanding value, quality stones

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In researching jewelry designers for a unique engagement ring, I quickly became frustrated with the process, feeling overwhelmed and oversold at many Chicagoland jewelry stores. After a few months of searching, I was advised by a close friend to go to Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design in Evanston. From the moment I walked into Christopher Duquet's shop, I was greeted warmly and attended to quickly. There was none of the pretentiousness and sales tactics I had begun to associate with jewelry stores. Christopher provided me with an extensive education in buying fine jewelry, particularly all of the minutiae associated with purchasing a diamond. To have the busy owner of the shop spend this kind of time with a customer is incredible. Christopher and his staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Despite the attentiveness, I never felt pressured to buy and was encouraged to act at my own pace. Needless to say, I was so impressed by Christopher and quality of the jewelry at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry that my wife's engagement ring and our wedding bands were designed by Christopher - we could not have been more pleased. Since our marriage 8 years ago, we have continued to use Christopher Duquet for all of our jewelry purchases and have recommended him to ALL of our friends and acquaintances with 100% positive results. Christopher Duquet and his staff truly set the standard for fine jewelry and we are proud to be lifelong customers.

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★★★★★

In researching jewelry designers for a unique engagement ring, I quickly became frustrated with the process, feeling overwhelmed and oversold at many Chicagoland jewelry stores. After a few months of searching, I was advised by a close friend to go to Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design in Evanston. From the moment I walked into Christopher Duquet's shop, I was greeted warmly and attended to quickly. There was none of the pretentiousness and sales tactics I had begun to associate with jewelry stores. Christopher provided me with an extensive education in buying fine jewelry, particularly all of the minutiae associated with purchasing a diamond. To have the busy owner of the shop spend this kind of time with a customer is incredible. Christopher and his staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. Despite the attentiveness, I never felt pressured to buy and was encouraged to act at my own pace. Needless to say, I was so impressed by Christopher and quality of the jewelry at Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry that my wife's engagement ring and our wedding bands were designed by Christopher - we could not have been more pleased. Since our marriage 8 years ago, we have continued to use Christopher Duquet for all of our jewelry purchases and have recommended him to ALL of our friends and acquaintances with 100% positive results. Christopher Duquet and his staff truly set the standard for fine jewelry and we are proud to be lifelong customers.

Pros: Beautiful store, impeccable customer service

Cons: None

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I have been a customer of Christopher Duquet's since 1993. I was exploring my then-hometown of Evanston with my infant son and I walked into his shop during what I would later find out was his first week in business. It was cold, we were an unlikely potential customer, me and my 6 mo. old, and yet we got the most warm and friendly welcome. I told my husband about this great new shop that had opened and suggested he go check it out (Christmas was coming soon!). We ended up having Christopher create a ring for me using the diamond chips from my parents' wedding rings. I had been given the rings when my parents divorced eons ago and hadn't found a use for them. His was a perfect solution. And while it would have probably been less work and less trouble to just use any small diamond, Christopher understood the sentimental aspect and never even made the suggestion otherwise.

Since then he has created custom pieces for us, we have purchased some amazing items from the ever-growing and GORGEOUS selection in the store and have referred him to virtually everyone we know or meet. The quality is impeccable, the style is current, but not trendy and while everything he makes is created by hand with fine stones and metals, you can wear it every day without looking like you're trying too hard or over-bling'd. He's the best, never trying to sell you something you don't need or want and always willing to help with lots of information. His staff is top-notch and always very friendly. It's a wonderful experience every time you go in there. My only regret?...that we didn't know Christopher when we were engaged and selecting our wedding rings. Maybe for our 20th anniversary?!

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★★★★★

I have been a customer of Christopher Duquet's since 1993. I was exploring my then-hometown of Evanston with my infant son and I walked into his shop during what I would later find out was his first week in business. It was cold, we were an unlikely potential customer, me and my 6 mo. old, and yet we got the most warm and friendly welcome. I told my husband about this great new shop that had opened and suggested he go check it out (Christmas was coming soon!). We ended up having Christopher create a ring for me using the diamond chips from my parents' wedding rings. I had been given the rings when my parents divorced eons ago and hadn't found a use for them. His was a perfect solution. And while it would have probably been less work and less trouble to just use any small diamond, Christopher understood the sentimental aspect and never even made the suggestion otherwise.

Since then he has created custom pieces for us, we have purchased some amazing items from the ever-growing and GORGEOUS selection in the store and have referred him to virtually everyone we know or meet. The quality is impeccable, the style is current, but not trendy and while everything he makes is created by hand with fine stones and metals, you can wear it every day without looking like you're trying too hard or over-bling'd. He's the best, never trying to sell you something you don't need or want and always willing to help with lots of information. His staff is top-notch and always very friendly. It's a wonderful experience every time you go in there. My only regret?...that we didn't know Christopher when we were engaged and selecting our wedding rings. Maybe for our 20th anniversary?!

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I am a small town Southern girl who moved to Chicago less than two years ago. I came from a place where I knew and trusted everyone so didn?t think twice when my fiance proposed to me with my great grandmother?s ring and I took it to a random jeweler in Lake Forest, I mean after all it was Lake Forest. Big mistake! Not only did the person do a bad job, but a few months later my ring actually broke where she had sized it. When I took it back she begrudgingly fixed it and actually told me I should take the diamond out of the setting and put it in another ring because this ring (my engagement ring) was too old to wear.

I wanted a second opinion and wanted to find someone who could make a wedding band to go with my engagement ring. I asked around and almost everyone I talked to recommended Christopher Duquet. My fiance and I set up an appointment the following weekend. Christopher was wonderful! Not only did he fix my ?unwearable? ring, but he had ideas to increase the value and aesthetic look of the ring. It is a vintage engagement ring so I wanted to keep that look with the wedding band. We went over a few ideas and he made some drawings. I was amazed how much he listened to what I wanted and played off that instead of giving me suggestions from way out in left field. My fiance found a ring that he loved in the store so there wasn?t a lot fuss with his ring. Two weeks after we sat down with Christopher he had fixed my engagement ring, made the metal part of my wedding band for me to try on, and completed my fiance?s ring. The prices were very reasonable and the craftsmanship was amazing. I would recommend Christopher to anyone with full confidence. In this huge city with so much choice, Christopher Duquet is the one and only gemologist I trust with all my jewelry (both new and old).

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★★★★★

I am a small town Southern girl who moved to Chicago less than two years ago. I came from a place where I knew and trusted everyone so didn?t think twice when my fiance proposed to me with my great grandmother?s ring and I took it to a random jeweler in Lake Forest, I mean after all it was Lake Forest. Big mistake! Not only did the person do a bad job, but a few months later my ring actually broke where she had sized it. When I took it back she begrudgingly fixed it and actually told me I should take the diamond out of the setting and put it in another ring because this ring (my engagement ring) was too old to wear.

I wanted a second opinion and wanted to find someone who could make a wedding band to go with my engagement ring. I asked around and almost everyone I talked to recommended Christopher Duquet. My fiance and I set up an appointment the following weekend. Christopher was wonderful! Not only did he fix my ?unwearable? ring, but he had ideas to increase the value and aesthetic look of the ring. It is a vintage engagement ring so I wanted to keep that look with the wedding band. We went over a few ideas and he made some drawings. I was amazed how much he listened to what I wanted and played off that instead of giving me suggestions from way out in left field. My fiance found a ring that he loved in the store so there wasn?t a lot fuss with his ring. Two weeks after we sat down with Christopher he had fixed my engagement ring, made the metal part of my wedding band for me to try on, and completed my fiance?s ring. The prices were very reasonable and the craftsmanship was amazing. I would recommend Christopher to anyone with full confidence. In this huge city with so much choice, Christopher Duquet is the one and only gemologist I trust with all my jewelry (both new and old).

 

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