Krystyna’s Jewelry is a family owned and operated business that is truly that….a family. Our mission is to make you a customer for life and make you part of our extended family! We have helped generations of customers celebrate engagements, weddings, anniversaries, birth of a child, and so many other special occasions.
We know shopping for jewelry, especially engagement rings, can be overwhelming, but we make it an enjoyable experience from start to finish. We want to educate you and help you make an informed decision on one of your most important and memorable purchases. We will guide you in selecting or designing your perfect setting, our GIA Graduate Gemologist will help you select the best diamond and we will have everything completed on time and at a great value. We provide unparalleled personal service in a fun and comfortable atmosphere creating a relationship lasting long after the purchase.
So how did we get started? Krystyna’s Jewelry first opened its doors on March 22, 1985 on Archer Ave. in Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood. The opening of that 400 square foot storefront was the dream and vision of my mom, Krystyna. She had a passion for jewelry and wanted to share it with others. Her success at that location was due to her hard work, dedication to customer service, honesty, and integrity. The very foundation and business model still followed today.
I became apprenticed as a jeweler at age 13, working after school and on weekends, partially because my mom needed some help and partially to keep me out of trouble! My intentions were to pursue a career in medicine, but that changed after graduating from college and becoming more involved with the business. I found myself looking forward to meeting with designers, finding new jewelry lines, and mostly to working with customers and designing jewelry to celebrate life’s greatest moments! So instead of medical school, I went to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and became a Graduate Gemologist and appraiser..…much easier and MUCH more fun than medicine! Being a Graduate Gemologist, I personally pick every diamond for our store, work closely with each of our designers, and ensure the highest quality in our unique designs that can’t be found anywhere else.
In 2014 we had our second expansion, moving from Chicago’s Garfield Ridge neighborhood to our current location in Lemont. With the expansion in space, we are able to showcase both well-known and independent designers from all over the world. My mom, sister, and I select each and every piece of jewelry we carry. We have earned a reputation for having a large selection of diamonds, engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry at an excellent value. We stand behind our designers and all of our jewelry products. With over 31 years of experience we are dedicated to exceeding your expectations through quality service, personalized attention, and stunning, unique jewelry. We hope to share our expertise with you with and make you an extended part of our jewelry family!
Dorothy Retzke GIA Graduate Gemologist & 2nd Generation Jeweler