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BEST Jewelry

2017 BEST Jewelry, Costume

Twentieth Century Limited


What becomes immediately clear upon entering the small shop are the hours needed to fully appreciate it. Cases chock-full of vintage jewelry line the perimeter of the room and reach almost to the ceiling. And there’s even more than meets… read more»

2017 BEST Jewelry, Fine


Chestnut Hill

Displayed in glass cases and backlit boxes like museum treasures, the handcrafted baubles at Quadrum are proof positive that fine jewelry needn’t be boring. Here, raw diamonds, black tourmaline crystals, and ocean-blue opal star in bold pieces that work as… read more»

2017 BEST Jewelry, Estate

Long’s Jewelers


For high-end bling you won’t find anywhere—or on anyone—else, look to Long’s treasure trove of vintage and estate baubles. The venerable jeweler has been collecting unique necklaces, earrings, pins, and more for 135-plus years, with new pieces continually added to… read more»

2016 BEST Jewelry, Everyday

Alexis Bittar


Finding that perfect piece of jewelry is kind of like finding a soul mate: You want it to be the ideal everyday companion, but also give you a boost when needed. Thankfully, we’ve fallen head over heels for Alexis Bittar’s… read more»

2016 BEST Jewelry, Fine


Chestnut Hill

Farewell, diamond studs and plain strands of pearls: At Quadrum, each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art, sourced from the world’s most talented jewelry makers. That means you’ll find dramatic earrings encrusted with moonstones and white diamonds, rose-cut sapphire… read more»

2015 BEST Jewelry, Everyday

NYX Studio at Observatory


In a world where simply stringing beads qualifies as jewelry-making, Nicole Rueda-Watts stands in a class by herself. Trained in metalworking in the storied Mexican town of San Miguel de Allende, Cambridge-based Rueda-Watts mixes fine silver, bronze, and brass work… read more»

2015 BEST Jewelry, Fine

Cynthia Britt Custom Jewelry


If you’re investing in a three-months’-income heirloom, you want to work with someone who understands your vision—and your budget. Cynthia Pischdotchian ditched an engineering career to pursue her bejeweled dreams and bring precision to a timeless art form. Today she… read more»

2014 BEST Jewelry, Everyday



Sophie Hughes’s charming South End store and workshop is stocked with her own designs (handforged sterling silver hoops, oxidized-silver-and-18-karat-gold cuffs), as well as with covetable pieces from emerging jewelers near and far (Hannah Blount, Todd Pownell, Emilie Shapiro). Leather handbags… read more»

2014 BEST Jewelry, Fine

Dorfman Jewelers


Sparklers and serious gems from Umane and Fred Leighton won’t be the only shiny surprises greeting Dorfman Jewelers’ well-heeled clientele this fall: The boutique, in the same location on the tony first block of Newbury for more than 40 years,… read more»

2013 BEST Jewelry, Everyday

M. Flynn


Time and time again, we reach for the pieces in our jewelry box linked to this darling South End boutique. The sisters Flynn—Moria and Megan—have impeccable taste, amassing chunky woven bracelets from Maine’s the Ropes; delicate handpainted enamel necklaces from… read more»