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What Being Recognized as America’s Coolest Jewelry Store Means to Chicago’s Lester Lampert

It signals an ongoing determination to improve and evolve with today’s changes.




As a third generation jeweler, I consider myself fortunate to be included in the elite group of family businesses that are operating at the fourth generation level. Standing alongside my son, David, and daughter, Fradine, who represent the fourth generation of this entity, I have great pride as we strive together to preserve and enhance the proprietary creativity of my grandfather, David Lampert, an artist who set standards of design and originality that many attempt to emulate even today.

Our focus continues to be one of originality, not only in design, but also in marketing, customer relationships, specialty out-of-the-box services, and dedicated community involvement. We’re honored to have been commissioned to create special pieces for three museums: an 18K gold paperweight for Pope John Paul II; a special stained glass window representing Judaism, titled L’dor V’dor (from generation to generation) in the Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA); and 27 original designs, eight of which David and Fradine created, commissioned for the Grainger Hall of Gems in the Field Museum of Chicago.

Additionally, we have crafted unique creations for A-list celebrities and athletes such as Oprah, Billy Jean King, Kanye West, Michael Jordan, Mike Ditka, Angelina Jolie, Ann Landers and Brad Pitt, as well as President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump. 

Furthermore, we have won several national jewelry awards, and most recently were humbled by being recognized by our peers and selected as America’s Coolest Store 2017 in the Big Store category.

The reason we entered the America’s Coolest Stores contest was to prove that our ongoing commitment to the standard of excellence that was originally created by my grandfather has not lessened and has been acknowledged by our peers today.

Our America’s Coolest Stores win signifies our fourth generation’s ongoing determination to improve, adjust and evolve with today’s changes, and they have taken the baton to remain in the forefront of individual fine jewelry stores.


To me, the award means that the newest generation being led by my son, David, who is also humbled by this honor, ensures it will provide the Lampert family with an additional impetus and further strengthen the values that my grandfather instilled in us over 98 years ago. I’m proud to say that the Lampert legacy lives on.


Lester Lampert is CEO of Lester Lampert of Chicago, 2017 winner of the America’s Coolest Stores Contest in the Big Cool division.



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When Peter Reines, owner of Reines Jewelers in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to turn over the “reins” of his 45-year-old business to Jessica and Kevin Rogers, he chose Wilkerson to run his liquidation sale. It was, he says, the best way to maximize the return on his decades-long investment in fine jewelry. Now, with new owners at the helm, Reines can relax knowing that the sale was a success, and his new life is financially secure. And he’s glad he partnered with Wilkerson for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “There’s just no way one person or company could run a sale the way we did,” he says.

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