11 Metro Detroit Jewelry Shops with Show-Stopping Pieces

Gerard Ortiz
Elaine B Jewelry is known for its minimalist pieces. // Photograph courtesy of Elaine B Jewelry

From delicate, dainty pieces with massive attention to detail, to intricate, bold statement pieces that are sure to turn heads, these metro Detroit jewelry shops have the perfect pick for your next gift (or addition to your own collection).

Elaine B Jewelry

Inspired by architecture, Elaine B Jewelry achieves a minimalistic look while still paying close attention to detail. The Ferndale-based studio and shop creates unique engagement and wedding rings that are great options for the bride who wants something a bit alternative. For everyday wear, the shop carries plenty of dainty pieces featuring stones like amethyst, sapphire, and aquamarine. Elaine B. also offers a Forever Linked in-store experience, which allows customers to choose a bracelet or anklet chain and charms to have permanently linked onto their body — that is, until they decide to cut it off. Elaine B Jewelry, 22961 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-565-8758; elainebjewelry.com

Tapper’s  

Howard Tapper began working in jewelry in 1964 and opened his own shop — Tapper’s — in 1977. Since then, Tapper’s has gone on to become a Best of Detroit-winning shop, earning both the Best Jewelry Store and Best Engagement/Wedding Ring Design in Hour Detroit’s last reader’s poll. Operating four locations in metro Detroit, Tapper’s carries brands like Gucci, David Yurman, Cartier, and Pomellato, as well as its own line. Customers can shop for engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry and take advantage of services like custom design, restoration and repair, appraisals, and gold and estate buying. Tapper’s; various locations; tappers.com

Abracadabra Jewelry and Gem Gallery

Utilizing recycled and sustainable eco-metals, Abracadabra supplies its customers with stunning, truly unique pieces. The family-owned business’ bold and beautiful rings, bracelets, necklaces, and other creations feature ethically sourced gems. Shop for turquoise rings, blue topaz pendants, 14K gold diamond bangles, emerald slide necklaces, and more. Abracadabra Jewelry and Gem Gallery, 205 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-994-4848; abragem.com

Ella Designs Jewelry

Founded by a mother-daughter duo seeking to raise awareness and funds for Bipolar Disorder awareness, Ella Designs Jewelry has raised and donated over $300,000 since opening in 2013. With a diamond collection, zen collection, and crystal collection, this shop has a wide range of stunning jewelry in many styles. It’s a jewelry shopping experience you can feel good about. Ella Designs Jewelry; elladesignsjewelry.com

Simmons & Clark Jewelers  

Operating since 1925, this family-owned Detroit jewelry shop sells wedding and engagement rings, cuff links, charms, chains, fashion sets, necklaces, and more. The shop has its own Simmons & Clark Two Hearts Collection and also carries pieces from designers such as Benchmark, Le Vian, Carizza, and Doves by Doron Paloma. Simmons & Clark Jewelers, 1535 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-963-2284; simmonsandclark.com

rebel nell
This Motown Museum collection is just one of Rebel Nell’s many collaborations. // Photograph courtesy of Rebel Nell

Rebel Nell

Hoping to remind customers of the beauty of individuality, Rebel Nell creates jewelry using sustainable materials. The company works to support women struggling to find and retain employment, and its sales contribute to that mission. Some of Rebel Nell’s notable jewelry collaborations include lines with the Motown Museum, Comerica Park, The Parade Co., and Ouizi. Rebel Nell – Detroit, 1314 Holden St. Detroit; 313-288-8825; and Rebel Nell – Novi, 27500 Novi Road, Novi; 248-221-2779; rebelnell.com

Ms. Chakra Jewels

For jewelry shoppers looking to find a spiritual attachment to their pieces, or simply looking to add some colorful gemstones into the mix, look no further than Ms. Chakra Jewels. The most popular items from this shop are handmade waist beads, a chain of colorful beads meant to be worn just above the hips. All of Ms. Chakra’s jewelry is lead-free, and she even makes some special styles for children. Ms. Chakra’s Jewelry, 2528 Sheridan St., Detroit; ms-chakras-jewels-llc.com

Miner’s Den Jewelers

Another Best of Detroit winner, Miner’s Den was founded in 1971 at its current location in Royal Oak, but its experience with diamonds goes back even further — the family who founded the shop has a history that dates back to the California Gold Rush of the 19th century. The 4,000-square-foot Miner’s Den showroom is a go-to spot for engagement rings and wedding bands, but you can also shop gemstone rings, pearl bracelets, necklaces and pendants, gold earrings, and more. The store also offers services such as jewelry appraisal, jewelry refinishing, and stone cutting. Miner’s Den Jewelers, 3417 Rochester Road, Royal Oak; 248-585-6950; minersden.com

Ahee

This shop was founded in 1947 by entrepreneur Edmund T. Ahee. With a storied history — that includes Ahee buying the collection of The Estate of Matilda Dodge in 1968 and the store designing pieces for Pope John Paul II in 1987 — Ahee’s is a metro Detroit staple for fine jewelry. Customers can shop in-house designs as well as pieces from designers such as David Yurman, Bez Ambar, and Roberton Coin. The store also offers services like free delivery and gift wrapping and gives back to community organizations like Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Ahee, 20139 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-886-4600; ahee.com

Third & Co. Studio

Despite creating jewelry using semi-precious stones, owner Dana Pearson incorporates at least one vintage, recycled, or repurposed component into each Third & Co. piece. Her pieces are earthy and unique, with a bit of sparkle and flair added. Featuring geometric shapes and colorful gemstones, these pieces can add something different to your jewelry collection. Third & Co. Studio; thirdandcostudio.com

Kristine Bolhuis Jewelry

Independent jewelry maker Kristine Bolhuis creates from her studio in Ann Arbor. She specializes in wearable sculptures that are made to move and flex without breaking. Playing with ideas like mixed metals and bold designs, her geometric pieces add an edge to even the simplest of outfits. Kristine Bolhuis Jewelry; kristinebolhuis.com

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