About Us

About Us

The story of Lester Lampert began when David Lampert made the brave journey from Russia to the United States in 1904. Since that time our jewelry business has spanned four generations, it’s served Chicago from multiple locations, and our products have evolved with the introduction of new technology.
  
While change is inevitable, there are a few things that have remained constant at Lester Lampert – our exceptional design standards, our creative spirit, and our dedication to our customers.

The Lester Lampert Timeline

1904
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1904

David Lampert, the grandfather of Lester Lampert, arrived in the United States from Russia.
1920
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1920

David Lampert opened D.Lampert, a jewelry manufacturing business in Chicago.
1944
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1944

Seymour Lampert, David Lampert’s son, joined the business and began designing jewelry with his personal artisitic flair.
1955
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1955

Seymour Lampert separated from D.Lampert and opened Styline Jewelers in the Chicago Jewelry District. This company operated as both a manufacturer and wholesale design shop.
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1958


Lester Lampert joined his father Seymour at Styline Jewelers.

1968
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1968

Seymour and Lester opened Lampert Jewelers in DesPlaines, IL.
1970
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1970

Dennis Lampert, Lester’s brother, joined his father and brother at Lampert Jewelers.
1976
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1976

Seymour and Dennis retained ownership of Lampert Jewelers in Des Plaines and Lester became the sole owner of Styline Jewelers in Chicago.
1978
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1978

Lester moved Styline Jewelers to a prestigous location on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and the name changed to Lester Lampert, Inc.
1979
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1979

The City of Chicago commissions Lester Lampert to design the city’s official gift to Pope John Paul II for his historic visit to Chicago.
1981
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1981

Lester Lampert obtained the patent on the sliding diamond. 

Patent # US 4,294,084
1983
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1983

Lester Lampert, Inc. launched an upscale division, “Les Magnifiques,” which enabled high-end retailers around the world to carry Lester Lampert’s exquisite designs.
1985
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1985

Lester Lampert, Inc. launched it’s Corporate Division, which specializes in service awards, sales incentives and commemorative gifts targeted toward corporate buyers.
1986
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1986

David Lampert, Graduate Gemologist, joined his father Lester in the business becoming the 4th generation of Lampert Jewelers.
1987
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1987

Lester Lampert, Inc. was awarded the Morris B. Zale Award for Excellence in Jewelry Retailing.
1988
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1988

Lester Lampert, Inc. obtained the North American rights from Andrew Lloyd Weber to create a jewelry collection for “The Phantom of the Opera”.
1993
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1993

Lester Lampert, Inc. relocated to a four-story building on Chicago’s chic Oak Street where you can visit them today.
1995
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1995

The Lampert family celebrated 75 years of fine jewelry design and creation. The Field Museum of Chicago honored the Lampert’s 75th Anniversary with a nine day show featuring 100 of the Lampert’s most exquisite creations.
1996
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1996

Lester Lampert was commissioned by the funeral industry to create and manufacture the Heirloom Pendant™ Collection in which a portion of the cremated remains of a deceased love one are held.
1997
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1997

Billie Jean King commissioned Lester Lampert to design the official “TEAM TENNIS” trophy.
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1997

Lester Lampert unveiled The Absolelutely™ Precious Collection of baby shoes and diaper pin necklaces and bracelets.
1998
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1998

The World’s Largest Uncut Diamond, the 620-carat Sefadu Diamond, was displayed in the Lester Lampert showroom.
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1998

The L’Eclipse™ Collection was launched featuring a line of jewelry containing alternating diamond cuts on different levels in the same channel.
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1998

Lester Lampert designed the CumuLLus® Collection which features the “Ideal Cut” diamond in a precisely engraved pattern of levels and overlaying plains.
1999
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1999

The RainDrop Series of pendants was introduced by David Lampert as a complement to the CumuLLus® Collection.
2000
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2000

Lester Lampert was inducted into the National Jeweler Retailer Hall of Fame.
2001
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2001

General Electric chose Lester Lampert to introduce the Bellataire Fine Diamond Collection. Lester did so by hosting a jewelry show for his clients called “They Dance Like Nothing Else.”
2002
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2002

David Lampert, representing Lester Lampert, Inc., was accepted as a member of The American Gem Society. This association of the jewelry retailers and manufacturers is dedicated to setting and maintaining the highest possible standards of business ethics and professionalism in the jewelry industry.
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2002

Lester Lampert, Inc hosted “The Wonderful Wizards of Ooohhs and Ahhhs” event featuring the world’s most exciting collection of fancy yellow diamond jewelry.
2003
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2003

David Lampert obtained the patent on the counter balance roller ring. 

Patent # US 6,574,989
2004
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2004

Lester Lampert created the Individjewel™ Collection.
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2004

David Lampert created the Prisma™ Collection.
2005
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2005

Lester Lampert designed a new concept of earrings and necklaces called the VoiLLa™ Collection.
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2005

A complete renovation of the showroom and facade was done which increased the retail space by 50%.
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2005

Lester Lampert, Inc. hosted a jewelry show for approximately 1,500 guests. This show called Cirque Du So Leopard, featured an incredible collection of jewelry from around the world as well as Cirque Du Soleil type acts from Las Vegas to entertain the guests.
2007
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2007

Lester Lampert introduced the PasteLLe™ Collection. This collection of jewelry is based on the CumuLLus® design and is made with cognac, brown, white , pink and champagne colored diamonds.
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2007

Lester Lampert was commissioned by the LUMA (Loyola University Museum of Art) to design a stained glass window for their permanent exhibit on faith. 

Visit to view: 820 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL.
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2007

David Lampert created “The Eye of the Leopard” Hamsa collection featuring hand carved, natural stone eyes.
2008
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2008

Carl F. Bucherer Watch Company sponsored “The Lester Lampert Invitational” at Twin Orchard Country Club featuring legendary golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez.
2009
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2009

Lester Lampert was chosen as the featured designer for The Field Museum’s newly renovated Grainger Hall of Gems. Lester, along with his design team, created 27 of the 36 custom pieces made exclusively for the exhibit. The Field Museum’s gem exhibition has been a favorite destination since it opened in..Read More
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2009

The PasteLLe Collection, the newest innovation of Lester Lampert, incorporates the CumuLLus® concept with multi-color diamonds and rose gold. Cognac, Champagne and pink diamonds of various sizes are set in partial bezels in a multi-level “cloud like” pattern, accented with extraordinary brilliant “Ideal cut” white diamonds.
2010
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2010

David Lampert developed the DBead™ Diamond setting technique. This is a unique system where each diamond is set above the surface of the metal and is held in place by a shared bead between the diamonds.
2011
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2011

VoiLLa!!! This is one of the hottest earring collections created in years. Each earring consists of six perfectly matched trilliant diamonds that are joined by one single prong where they all meet. The earring is made in five different sizes to accommodate any size lobe and price range.
2012
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2012

To complement our 3D computer aided designing systems, we added 3D printing capabilities in-house.
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2012

David Lampert launched his trademarked Chardonnay Diamond® branded Jewelry Collection. This collection features some of the finest all natural light yellow diamonds available anywhere. All Chardonnay Diamonds® come in a David Lampert original design.
2013
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2013

The SiLLhouette Collection answered the needs of the ladies who requested a more casual, yet stylish fashion look of “diamonds and jeans”. Lester created a collection featuring necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with diamond accents in an open “Old World” effect with antique beaded trims in a black gold finish.
2014
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2014

The highly acclaimed SKaLLop Collection is another breakthrough separating Lester Lampert from ordinary. The development of creating a new setting style for center diamonds, accent diamonds and eternity rings, achieved a new level of brilliance that cannot be emulated by others.