Golden Crown Jewelers began as a tiny store in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood around the mid 70's. Just steps from the Argyle street El station, the humble store consisted of just two showcases and a repair workshop run by Connie & Henry. A dilligent work ethic resulted in a growing customer base which in turn called for more space.
As the 70's came to a close, Golden Crown Jewelers moved to Chicago's Rogers Park area where it stayed for the remainder of the millenium as the neighborhood transformed from one rich culture to another many times over. The additional space allowed the store to include additional finery like cloissonnes, porcelain vases, jade sculptures, goldleaf screens, and ivory netsukes. Main focus never wavered from fine jewelery though as customers who no longer lived in the neighborhood would insist on making the extra effort to return for the first-rate service and selection. By now, Henry's formidable experience in handcrafting and repairing jewelery drew not only customers, but apprentices who have gone on to launch successful careers of their own.
In the eighties, GCJ expanded with a branch store in Downtown Chicago's Apparel Center next to the historic Merchandise Mart. This was a logical step as fine jewelery has always been an intrinsic ingredient to making fashion complete. Connie's brother Rick joined as manager to the main store followed by her daughter Karen as a graduate gemologist of the GIA.
Today, some 30 plus years later as Henry eases into retirement, their son Carter has taken the reins to ensure the family business continues to serve its loyal customers at it's consolidated location in Downtown Chicago's bustling Jeweler's Row district... merely a few buildings away from where Henry used to moonlight at the very beginning of this journey. In addition to the skills passed down from the previous generation and an apprenticeship from Hong Kong's renowned master bench jewelers, Carter has advanced Golden Crown Jewelers steps ahead through high-tech repairs via micro-welding and precision jewelery making via computer aided design.