As sources of such special pieces as engagement rings and keepsakes that commemorate key milestones, fine jewelers can be an integral part of one’s most memorable moments. Curious to learn more about these purveyors of exquisite items, we asked our editors around the country to discuss their top picks for jewelers who can add sparkle and shine to any occasion. Whether you’re shopping for a diamond to accompany the big question, the perfect push present, or a one-of-a-kind heirloom, these independently owned shops promise inspired showstoppers and thoughtful customer service.
SHOP: Carreras Jewelers
LOCATION: Richmond, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: Specializing in one-of-a-kind estate pieces, diamonds, fine gold, sterling silver, color gemstones, and pearls, Carreras is the perfect place to shop for a celebratory gift. Carreras also provides detailed appraisals for insurance purposes, jewelry redesign, repair services, and jewelry buying.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Carreras Jewelers is a mainstay in Richmond, serving clients for over 50 years. Their jewelry is top-notch gorgeous, their staff is beyond amazing, and their personal touch has made clients extremely happy over the years,” shares Cheney Edmunds, editor of The Scout Guide Richmond.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Christophe Danhier Rose Gold Pink Sapphire Ruby Hoop Earrings (featured above).
SHOP: OC Tanner
LOCATION: Park City, Utah
WHAT THEY STOCK: OC Tanner is Utah’s original jewelry store, offering exquisite fine jewelry, timepieces, and custom designs.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “OC Tanner’s historic Main Street location has a beautiful and extensive inventory, and the staff is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and offers concierge shopping services,” says Suzanne Dildy, editor of The Scout Guide Park City.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Arman Sarkisyan Starburst Locket
SHOP: JB Hudson Jewelers
LOCATION: Minneapolis, Minnesota
WHAT THEY STOCK: JB Hudson Jewelers offers the finest luxury jewelry and watches at attainable values, with specialists in diamonds, watches, and all things gold.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Anyone who has a history of a life well-lived in Minneapolis has special memories of a joyous and meaningful gift or purchase from JB Hudson Jeweler and now The LOUPE Jewelry store at Martin Patrick 3,” says Kerry Ciardelli, editor of The Scout Guide Minneapolis, of the store and its new outpost.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Vintage Hand-Engraved Sterling Silver Buckle Bracelet
SHOP: Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry
LOCATION: Rogers, Arkansas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Blakeman’s carries elegant and extensive jewelry selections, including their own custom designs plus national designers such as David Yurman, Rolex, Roberto Coin, Forevermark, Shinola, and Jade Trau.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry offers one of the most comprehensive selections of fine jewelry in Northwest Arkansas. Family-owned since 1987, they have decades-long business relationships with the best diamond cutters, designers, and manufacturers worldwide,” says Rebekah Lawerence, editor of The Scout Guide Northwest Arkansas. “You can browse through the elegant and extensive selection of jewelry at your leisure, and the Blakeman family, along with shop dog Mulligan, is on the premises to answer your questions.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Gumuchian Maze 18k Yellow Gold Amethyst Ring
SHOP: DePriest Robbins
LOCATION: Huntsville, Alabama
WHAT THEY STOCK: DePriest Robbins is more than just a fine jewelry retailer—it’s a custom creation experience. Stephanie DePriest is a private jeweler and diamond broker who loves working with clients, local and remote, to design pieces that have special meaning for them, from bespoke engagement rings or meaningful anniversary gifts, to redesigning heirloom jewelry for a modern wearer or creating one-of-a-kind pieces that can be passed down for generations to come.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Stephanie and Patton are such kind and welcoming people that provide a special private shopping experience. They work with each client to help them find the special piece that they’re looking for,” shared Dawn Pumpelly, editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville. “Last year, they helped my husband and son pick out a special stacked band to complement my wedding and engagement rings. It’s the band that I always wanted.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Jordan Alexander Pearl Drop Earrings
SHOP: Roberson’s Fine Jewelry
LOCATION: Little Rock, Arkansas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Roberson’s is a boutique jewelry store in Little Rock specializing in curated designer pieces and personal jewelry experiences.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Roberson’s has been like family to me since receiving my engagement ring, including celebrating births and special anniversaries. The experience they create for customers to meet and learn from the designers is like no other,” says Valerie Shively, editor of The Scout Guide Little Rock. “I have begun to collect jewelry knowing the fine metal process, the special features of the jewels, and the inspiration behind the piece, making each one a conversation piece in addition to feeling like I’m wearing a piece of art.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Temple St. Clair Iconic Amulet
SHOP: Elizabeth Bruns
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: Long recognized as one of the Southeast’s leading jewelers, Elizabeth Bruns is a true gem located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. The jewelry store has become a favorite destination for fine jewelry, beautiful gifts, and bridal registries.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Elizabeth Bruns is a trusted source for classic fine jewelry and luxury gifts with the highest caliber of customer service,” says Scottie Akins, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlotte.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: 18 Karat White Gold and Diamond Ring
SHOP: Friend & Company
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
WHAT THEY STOCK: This New Orleans-based jewelry designer and manufacturer is sought out by people in-the-know for custom designs that strike the perfect balance between personal touch, distinctive look, and expert design and craftsmanship. Friend & Company is known for high-quality antique and estate jewelry, and they offer in-house manufacturing.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Making a visit to this jewelry shop on Maple Street should be on your to-do list for many reasons: to design a custom piece with their new behind-the-scenes manufacturing experience and to explore the cabinets housing antique, estate, and private collection with your own two eyes—the best stuff almost never hits the website or Instagram,” says Taylor Morgan, editor of The Scout Guide New Orleans. “That being said, owner Ken Friend is a magician, and can work the same magic via phone, text, and email, so if you can’t make it in person, send him a note describing exactly what you’re looking for.”
MUST-HAVE ITEM: Victorian Era Pearl and Enamel Pendant
SHOP: Marthaler Jewelers
LOCATION: Asheville, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: Marthaler Jewelers focuses on designing custom, fine jewelry that helps to bring your vision to life. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the tenth, they are happy to help you craft and curate the perfect piece of jewelry.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The minute you walk through the doors at Marthaler Jewelers you feel like you’ve known them forever. Everyone has a way of making you feel more precious than anything in the store,” says Meagan Harris, editor of The Scout Guide Asheville.
MUST-HAVE ITEM: 14-Karat Yellow Gold Matte and Hammer-Finished Cuff Bracelet