I love discovering stores that make me want to jump on the next plane headed that way! Filigree Jewelers has me seriously tracking down flights to Minneapolis, with their unique array of antique and estate jewelry. Best known for their selection of antique engagement rings which range in price points for every budget, Filigree Jewelers has many highly coveted Art Deco engagement rings. With over 30 years of combined experience, owners Brent and Catherine have brought the decadence of antique jewelry to Minneapolis–a niche that was missing prior to their store opening in 2010.
Catherine’s love for jewelry grew at a very early age when she got to see her mother come home from a long day’s work at her and her husband’s antique jewelry store and she was covered in jewels! Catherine’s parents owned the oldest antique jewelry firm in San Francisco–Gus Farber and D Tenenbaum Inc; established in 1923. Legends within this business, she learned from the best and began her own career at the age of 23 managing her father’s business, located at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. A few years and a marriage later, she and her husband got the opportunity to open their very own luxury jewelry store in La Jolla, CA along with Catherine’s uncle. The store carried only high-end pieces by the most world-renowned designers Buccellati, Cartier, Mauboussin and Tiffany just to name a few!
A desire to start a family and their own business led the couple to Minneapolis, where Filigree Jewelers was established! Catherine says, “We have such a passion for antique jewelry and wanted to offer Minneapolis something that no one else was doing. We have tailored our inventory with a main focus on fine quality antique and vintage engagement rings. We pride ourselves in painstakingly restoring every piece before it hit our website and showroom floor. Brent is meticulous in reviewing each piece for quality and design. From milgrain to repoussé; we bring every piece back to its original condition.”
Their showroom is by appointment only, but they do welcome walk-ins! The location is quite unique–situated in the Warehouse district of Minneapolis, in an incredible historic building–the Colonial Warehouse building. Perfectly suited for historic pieces with lots of character! As you can see from the interior photos, the building’s original architecture is still present and complements Filigree Jewelers’ overall vibe.
Don’t live in Minneapolis? Not a problem! Their inventory is beautifully showcased on their website, which gets updated frequently, as well as their social media channels. Both Catherine and Brent encourage online shoppers to give them a call if you have any questions about any of the pieces featured. They strive to give impeccable customer service, whether you stop in and visit or shop from your computer!