Los Angeles has some of the best jewelry boutiques in the world! Take a quick stroll down Montana Ave. in Santa Monica, La Cienega in West Hollywood, or delve into the downtown jewelry district, and it is immediately apparent Los Angeles has no lack of boutiques filled with colorful baubles to brighten your ears or hands. The problem with a city so fully stuffed with possibilities is not where to find jewelry, but how to avoid the places filled with pieces made with all the finesse of a fifth grader's arts and crafts project. The best boutiques in the city are the ones with stylish, well-crafted product, knowledgeable owners and staff, and good customer service.
Over the past six years, Platt Boutique Jewelry has become known as the place to go in West Hollywood to find unique pieces from all time periods - back to the 1800's. Owned by siblings Larry Platt and Natasha Tsimmermann, the store carries antique and estate jewelry, many of which are one of a kind pieces that the owners have found in their frequent travels. Third generation jewelers, these two were raised around quality stones. Larry is a certified gemologist, allowing him to know the quality of every piece they bring in to their store. This is a place to visit often! The white gold spider web motif drop earrings you fall in love with one day might be bought up and replaced with 1940's custom diamond pendants the next. 8763 Rosewood Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 550-0728
Navigating the downtown jewelry district can be overwhelming. With the sheer volume of jewelers all in one place, you need to be sure of who is trustworthy and knows their jewels. The family run Eli's Jewels satisfies all of these criteria. Eli, his wife Raffi, and son Eli, Jr. staff the store. While they are known for their amazing combination of price and quality on engagement rings, they do so much more. Eli's does custom work in all metals and with all jewels, allowing you to create your own necklace, cocktail ring, or tennis bracelet for far less than retail. In addition, they will talk you through the process so you know exactly what you are getting. 607 S Hill St, Ste 200, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (213) 623-1611
Buying local is a hot topic on everyone's minds and Moondance Jewelry has a great group of local designers like Chan Luu, Beth Orduna, and Marcia Moran mixed in with designers from all over the world. They get new shipments almost every day, so it's not unusual for local residents to stop in two or three times a week to make sure they don't miss out on the latest pieces. They have a dozen "standing artists" who always have their most recent work for sale in the shop, and the rest of the store displays rotate through countless other smaller designers. Being the kind of store that has a piece for every customer's style has made Moondance a favorite among celebrities such as Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, and Tyra Banks. 1530 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.395.5516