With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to drop a hint to your significant other, surprise them, or treat yourself to a unique piece of Up North jewelry. We asked you for your favorite shops to buy jewelry in Northern Michigan—here are your Top 7 winners!
A record-breaking 16,000 people voted in MyNorth’s 2021 Red Hot Best Awards, recognizing winners from across seven regions and 46 different categories in Northern Michigan. The categories include everything from healthcare and frontline workers to takeout and hiking trails. This is how we celebrate Northern Michigan!
Searching for the full winner’s list? Here are the Red Hot Best Winners 2021: The Best of Northern Michigan.
Above the Bridge
Little Luxuries, Mackinac Island
Inspired by a love of Mackinac Island and the simple delights that make it home, Nicole Doud took a leap of faith and opened Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island in May 2009. Since then, the store has blossomed into a charming gift shop filled to the brim with home accents, body products, stationery, handmade goods, accessories and jewelry from more than 200 vendors.
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Benzie & Leelanau Winner
Becky Thatcher Designs, Glen Arbor & Leland
Becky Thatcher has been designing handmade jewelry for over three decades. Her pieces feature locally acquired stones as well as rarer gemstones—Boulder opal, sapphire, quartz and beryl from across the seas are set beside Petoskey, beach stones and fossils of northern Lake Michigan’s pristine shoreline.
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Cadillac, Manistee & Ludington Winner
After owning a successful jewelry store/repair shop in Indiana for 25 years, Mike and Vicki Drzik were thrilled to open a new location in their favorite vacation spot. The couple now lives in Ludington full-time and offers an array of services year-round including ring sizing, stone replacement, remounts, solder repairs, band adjustments and appraisals.
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Charlevoix & The Chain of Lakes
A family-owned business, Uniquely North is designed to help people enjoy the many moods and styles that reflect Up North living. Clothing, jewelry, home décor and gifts are integrated throughout the store, all incorporating the colors and images that surround us.
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Kalkaska, Gaylord & Grayling
One of the most respected full-service jewelers in Northern Michigan, Hogan’s has been “The Jeweler with Service” for more than 50 years. They pride themselves in carrying the finest lines of diamond and colored gemstone jewelry, as well as watches and clocks. Hogan’s also provides appraisal services as well as custom jewelry design and creation.
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Petoskey, Harbor Springs & The Straits
Ward & Eis specializes in Native American designed and inspired jewelry, as well as leather bags, belts and clothing. For more than 30 years in one location, this charming gallery, in the heart of the Gaslight District, has delighted visitors with its collection of contemporary Native American art, Zuni and Navajo turquoise and opal jewelry, animal carvings and locally-made quill boxes.
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Traverse City Winner
Miner’s North Jewelers, Traverse City
Wayne and Beth’s enthusiasm for the jewelry business is embraced by the next generation of Guntzvillers: their son Jeff is the general manager and runs day-to-day operations, and their daughter Julie is the inventory manager. Both join their parents in the store, where they and the rest of the staff strive daily to provide a top-notch, professional jewelry experience for every Miner’s North customer.
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