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Razny Jewelers — Behind the Design

A photo of Stanley and Jane Razny, the founders of Razny Jewelers, official Rolex dealers in the Chicago area.

The 1940s

The story of Razny Jewelers begins in the late 1940s, when a gifted bench jeweler named Stanley Razny immigrates to America from Poland, eventually working at Leed’s Jewelers in Highland Park, IL. In 1951, Stanley and his wife Jane open their first small jewelry store in Oak Park, IL before a partnership soon takes them to the nearby suburb of Elmhurst. 30 years later, Stanley and Jane, now a graduate gemologist, move their family store to Addison, IL and proudly place the Razny name on the front door.

Passing the Torch

In 1986, their third son, Stan, leaves the corporate accounting world to work alongside his parents. His entrepreneurial spirit becomes the catalyst to the Razny’s first steps toward expansion. The decision is quickly made to improve on the original Addison location, doubling the store’s size.

In 1996, Ingrid Razny also leaves the corporate accounting world to join the family business. Not long after, the family designs and builds a 12,000 sq. ft., free-standing jewelry store in Addison, which later becomes the flagship location of Razny Jewelers.

In 2002, after establishing a well-earned reputation for exquisite designs and impeccable artisanship, the founders pass the torch to their son, Stan, and his wife, Ingrid.

From the beginning, Stan and Ingrid made it their mission to establish Razny Jewelers as the friendliest, most progressive and trustworthy jewelry experience in the Chicagoland area. Wasting no time, in 2003, the couple builds from the ground up a new location in Highland Park. A beautiful boutique store in Hinsdale, IL follows in 2008.

From our Family to YoursA photo showing the Razny family, owners of Razny Jewelers in Chicago, official Rolex dealers in the Chicago area.

In 2013, Christine Razny took her place alongside her parents. Christine is an accomplished graduate gemologist who brings with her a fresh, artistic eye and a passion for custom jewelry creation.

We are also excited to welcome the family’s youngest son, Michael, to the team this fall. Having too earned his degree as a graduate gemologist, Michael’s skills and experience will be an ideal addition as we continue to grow.

The Razny family and staff are committed to helping our clientele celebrate life’s most precious moments. “When it’s your name on the door, it’s more than a business. It’s your legacy,” acknowledges Ingrid Razny. “Customers from all over the Chicago area and beyond come to shop at Razny Jewelers. Clients who relocate still count on us to handle their jewelry and timepiece needs . . . They trust us to help them commemorate milestones and celebrate precious moments.”

A Name to Watch

It has been 20 years since Razny Jewelers became an official jeweler for Rolex, a name synonymous with innovative timepieces. Today, repair services are offered in store by our team of certified WOSTEP technicians who adhere to traditional techniques and who understand that each piece is a customer’s treasured possession.

In 2002, we were honored to become one of the select few to showcase Patek Philippe. Razny Jewelers is the only independent jeweler with three locations carrying the brand and one of ten in the United States to employ a certified Patek Philippe watchmaker.

Clearly, we are committed to principled watch brands that reflect our inherent respect for excellence and trustworthiness. To that end, we are proud to announce that the Razny footprint in Chicago has grown even larger! In the fall of 2016, we proudly unveiled a new Patek Philippe and Rolex boutique in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, becoming the only authorized Patek Philippe dealer in all of Chicago.  The 7500 sq. ft., three-story location is the first exclusively dedicated to showcasing our breathtaking collection of fine Patek Philippe and Rolex timepieces, and one of only two concepts like it in the country. This is truly a milestone in our story —one of family, passion, and perseverance. We are extremely proud to continue our tradition of professional ethics partnered with exceptional service.

For over 60 years, and now three generations, Razny Jewelers remains family owned and operated, providing superior guest services, quality and value. From our family to yours, we look forward to helping your dreams come true by providing jewelry and timepieces that will be enjoyed for generations to come.