“There is nothing more rewarding than watching our clients’ joyful response when picking up a piece we hand-created for them or hearing romantic tales of their heirloom pieces we’ve restored or recreated.”
Back in 1980, Dennis and Sandy Burdeen broke ground in the jewelry industry with meager resources but held fast to a rich dream. They foresaw grand visions of success in jewelry design and sales. They started by creating ornate pins and necklaces, operating from their suburban home while their two sons played in the next room. Dennis worked at night to refine his skills, apprenticing under the finest European artisans in Chicago. He and Sandy hit the art show circuit where in 1982 their designs and custom pieces were picked up by Neiman Marcus.
Origin of Burdeen's
A second generation of Burdeen's begin their journey. Dennis Burdeen immediately realized working directly with his clients truly rewarded him more than the uncongenial wholesale side of the industry and in 1983, Burdeen’s Jewelry founded their first location in the North Shore suburb of Buffalo Grove. By the time they retired in 2009, the store had grown from 600 square feet to 3,000. Matthew Burdeen shares similar auspicious goals that only further validate the transformation path he began charting in 1994 while earning his Graduate Gemologist degree and working under his father. It was a path that had little to do with inheritance and everything to do with innovation, talent, and hard work. Two years later, his brother Jason also joined the family business after receiving his Graduate Jewelers Degree from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America. Jason brought with him knowledge of manufacturing and design that catapulted Burdeen's Jewelry into the world of haute custom jewelry - a world it hasn't left since.
Looking forward, Matthew and Jason felt that in order to provide a level of quality that would meet or exceed international designers, they had to bring manufacturing in house, 2003 would include the acquisition of their own custom design and manufacturing facility. The Burdeen’s studio employs designers and craftsmen with graduate jeweler, gem and diamond degrees. World renowned skill and expertise have set an unsurpassed standard of quality at Burdeen’s. In 2009, partner in life and also in business, Rada Burdeen, Matt’s wife, soon confidently left behind her career in human resources and business administration within corporate America to support and foster the growth of the new Burdeen’s Jewelry.
New Addition, New Plans
Local Family Jeweler
In 2013 Burdeen’s opened a luxurious, custom-built 6,000 square foot free standing building and in 2017 an additional 4000 sq ft was added to accommodate a new watch-making department, a lavish bridal boutique, and an estate jewelry show room. Burdeen’s is always looking for creative ways to service their clients’ needs. Currently, with close to 1,000 pieces in stock at any one time, Burdeen’s is one of the industry’s leaders in pre-owned timepieces. Burdeen’s has emerged as Chicagoland's exclusive jewelry and timepiece destination. With an exhilarating and dynamic gallery for clients to visit, and a professional, highly trained staff that truly understands the privilege to share in the clients’ celebrations of love and success.
Combining decades of experience and true passion for design, Matthew and Rada travel the world to find the most sought-after, exquisite designs to proudly present one of the most enticing and memorable jewelry collections available. The “Always Custom” mantra solidified the Burdeen’s mission; ‘to provide the most discriminating client the luxury of a high-quality jewelry selection with fair pricing and unparalleled service’, and with such, has further established their foothold as a leader in the industry. Burdeen’s presents both the beautiful, timeless pieces filled with tradition and the modern, unique selections for the truly sophisticated.
NEW ERA NEW TIMEPIECE BOUTIQUES
“Since my advent, I have made it my priority to refine and build upon the elements my parents set forth for our success. Customer service is and always will be paramount, and with that first, all other things follow. We take immense pride in our selection and service; there is not a single piece in our collection that we don’t love! These concepts make for an honest and uncomplicated exchange. Our goal is to build long-lasting relationships. We accomplish this by providing the best experience, offering the most remarkable jewelry and timepieces imaginable”, states Matthew. Each boutique will be exclusive to their particular brands and feature the finest watches in the world.
Burdeen’s Jewelry Opens a New Location and Enhances Chicago’s Luxury Scene!
This boutique will feature an exquisite selection of fine jewelry, estate jewelry, a Grand Seiko Salon, and Chicago’s largest selection of pre-owned timepieces.
This speakeasy-style boutique will be the premier destination for fine jewelry, new timepieces, and preowned watches in Chicago. The boutique will feature an exquisite selection from Swiss timepiece Maison, Vacheron Constantin. One of the oldest Swiss Maisons in the world, having 260 years of watch-making experience.
A Special Project: Giving Back to the Community
In 2019 Team Burdeen was founded as a way to give back in a grassroots-based campaign. This campaign involved using 100% of the proceeds from a custom collection to back local organizations with applications for grants to support their causes. For more information about this charity please reference the Team Burdeen page.
To apply for a grant please reference our Grant Request Page.
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