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BEST Jewelry

2016 BEST Jewelry, Everyday

Alexis Bittar

Boston

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

Quadrum

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

Cambridge

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

Boston

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

Ore

Boston

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

Boston

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

Boston

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»

2013 BEST Jewelry, Fine

Dorfman Jewelers

Boston

Led by executive director Gerard Riveron—an industry veteran who polished his appraisal skills at Cartier—this precious-gemstone-lovers’ paradise markets exclusive stunners from Van Cleef & Arpels, Alexandra Mor, Picchiotti, and more (European designers Antonini and Tamara Comolli may soon join the… read more»

2012 BEST Jewelry, Costume

High Gear

Boston

When we want affordable, knock-’em-out baubles to complement a party getup or snazzy work ensemble, we hit High Gear, a welcoming space loaded with exciting costume and semiprecious jewelry. And if you’re currently on a stacking-bracelet binge (like us), this… read more»

2012 BEST Jewelry, Estate

Brodney Antiques & Jewelry

Boston

Don’t let the buzzer-rigged vestibule deter you from exploring the wonders inside this 73-year-old trove. Brodney offers an array of glittering engagement rings and wedding bands, of course, but we’re also big fans of the small men’s section, which showcases… read more»