Browning & Sons Jewelers has been in the Hinsdale Community for 30 years this month, opening Mother’s Day weekend in 1987. It started out in a small, 500-square-foot space, but quickly grew from there.
“The community was so supportive and excited with our selection and service-oriented operation, we were able to expand within a few short years to our present location,” says Rachel Browning, owner and president. “Although the world is ever changing, this community maintains loyalty to the heart of the shopping village, and we are happy to be a part of that family for 30 years—and more to come.”
One feature that sets Browning & Sons Jewelers apart is its ability to stay on top of trends.
“We have always stayed current with fashion and have had our top designers for over 20 years, long before ‘brand’ names became household names,” Browning says. “It’s a niche that we secured through our own appreciation and love for fine things coupled with excellent long-term value.”
Browning and her team do their annual buys at select invitation-only shows, which feature some of the best craftsmen from all over the world.
“It is also where we find our finest diamonds and color stones,” she adds, explaining that Browning & Sons Jewelers features items from Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, A. Link, Jade Trau, DeBeers Forevermark Diamonds, and more. “We sell pieces that will last and the client will be able to wear with whatever the latest trends may be in the fashion world.”
In addition to new product offerings, Browning & Sons Jewelers also help clients with styling—repurposing jewels of any size, shape or color, or providing options for integrating an existing stone into a new piece of jewelry from the store. Browning says the custom jewelry creation process can be stressful sometimes, but she and her team try to make it a fun, creative experience.
“We are also creating more pieces by Browning & Sons Jewelers for our clients to purchase with carefully selected designs and stones for individuality,” she adds.
Last year, just prior to the 30th anniversary, Browning & Sons Jewelers went through a large renovation project.
“The remodel of the store came with the new generation of Browning,” she says, explaining that her son, John, joined her in the business. “Who knows, with a new generation comes a new energy— there are different business models and ideas, so don’t be surprised where another Browning & Sons Jewelers may show up.”
She and her team have been delivering items and working with clients in the city of Chicago more, because that’s where John lives.
“It has been a fun expansion of the business, and we look forward to making Browning & Sons Jewelers an even more personal experience,” she says. “The absolute best part of opening here 30 years ago is the people. We love them! They watched John and his brother Carmen as they began pre-school all the way through—and those same people became our clients, our friends and family today. We owe the community for who we are today and will continue to serve the generations.”
Browning & Sons Jewelers is located at 46 S. Washington Street in Hinsdale. Learn more at browningandsons.com, or call 630-986-0880.