Oak Park’s Gem Jewelry Boutique, located at 108 N. Marion St., has been recognized by Instyle Magazine as one of the “2014 Small Cool” shops. The shop, which opened in 2013, is owned by Laura Kitos. According to Instyle Mazagine:
Laura Kitsos was born in Germany and spent a lot of time exploring the studio-shops of goldsmiths in that part of Europe. When she decided to open her own shop 10 years ago in Oak Park, a suburb outside Chicago, she used those European artisan shops as a model.
The first Gem Jewelry Boutique was an intimate, sky-blue jewel box where you could find Kitsos hammering away at her bench in the back. She made 90 percent of her merchandise in those days — and there wasn’t much on display.
Instyle Magazine also released this interview with the owner: