Lucky for us, A. Marek Fine Jewelry chose the western suburbs to put down roots three years ago. At A. Marek, you won’t find the same designers and jewelry lines found in most A-list department stores or jewelry chains. The store carries designers and private collections from all over the world that simply cannot be bought anywhere else in Illinois. And, here’s the best and perhaps most surprising part—the elegant European style boutique offers jewelry starting in moderate price ranges.
Philosophy & Uniqueness
The store is named after Anna Marek, the owner’s grandmother. She envisioned a jewelry boutique that offered the finest, most unique jewelry to discerning customers with exemplary service in a highly personalized environment.
“We know that purchasing jewelry is an emotional experience,” says Romana Malinowski, Store Director. “There is a story behind every piece and every purchase.”
A veteran of the jewelry industry for more than two decades, Romana spent 10 years with Neiman Marcus in precious jewels before she opened and established the Van Cleef & Arpels store on Michigan Avenue in 2001. When she met A. Marek’s owner at a charity event several years ago, Romana was captivated by her vision to bring something truly different to Chicago-area customers.
“All the jewelry stores started looking alike,” Romana remembers. “And we were ready to take on a new challenge and to build a foundation from scratch right here at home.” A resident of Hinsdale, the opportunity was the perfect fit for Romana, and three years later, she hasn’t looked back.
“I love jewelry,” says Romana. “I love finding a ‘home’ for it. Not everyone understands that, but I do.”
From the moment you walk into the elegant showroom, your eyes are drawn from one display to another of the most unique and captivating jewelry from national and international jewelry icons. Each designer brings a distinctive style and an unusual artistry to the showroom.
“We are very fortunate to have the collections we do,” says Romana. “Customers aren’t disappointed when they come into the store.” She’s not exaggerating.
A. Marek carries exclusive lines such as Buccellati’s classical jewelry design inspired by historic cities of Italy, Belgium, and France; the Italian couture jewelry of Antonini Milano for women who love sophisticated elegance; Carrera & Carrera for their sculptural designs inspired by art and nature.
The store also features private collections and one-of-a-kind items that promise to be as unique as the woman who wears them. These range from golden south sea pearls; pieces made with the finest rare Burma rubies; and Rhonda Faber Green’s fun, easy–to-wear pieces for younger generations.
For those who prefer classic designs, A. Marek has a wide selection of styles that have stood the test of time, such as simple diamond encrusted hoops and Lady Di oval sapphire engagement rings. They offer a bridal collection that includes Furrer-Jacot and JB Star, and a selection of the finest timepieces from designers such as Girard-Perregaux and Korloff.
Most pieces sold at A. Marek are accompanied by paperwork certifying their authenticity, the history of the piece, and, in some cases, a serial number. Many of their pieces offer versatility as well. They have necklaces that can be worn in four different ways and earrings that convert from a dropped gemstone to the simple diamond hoop from which they hung. “We understand how clients want jewelry that fits their lifestyle,” explains Romana.
The service at A. Marek is second to none. They offer appraisal services and act as a liaison to industry contacts for jewelry repair, restyling, custom design work, and the buying and selling of significant estate pieces.
“Restyling is really important these days,” explains Romana. “Consumers are re-evaluating what they have. If it’s something they’ve inherited that they’re not wearing, and it has potential, we can help restyle it to fit their taste and lifestyle. Or, we rework and refurbish the metal of many older, sentimental pieces.”
For the woman who likes to come in and fantasize about pieces to add to her collection, the store keeps individual wish lists that they’ll share with significant others on special dates throughout the year.
“Because we are a destination,” says Romana, “we’ll even send a car service to pick clients up, or take a selection of jewelry to someone’s private home or business office.”
Most important, the staff is truly friendly and welcoming and invites you to stop in to meet them and just browse. The store carries jewelry at a wide range of price points to cater to its diverse client tastes. Come find out why A. Marek is the most talked about jewelry store in Chicagoland.
A. Marek Fine Jewelry is located in Oak Brook Promenade at 3021 Butterfield Road in Oak Brook. For more information, visit amarekfinejewelry.com, or call 630-954-2662.
—Words by Anna Hutton