4161 N. Lincoln, (773)525-4400, embellishchicago.com [ratings]
Goods: Women’s jewelry and accessories. Designers: Rebecca Zemans, Anne-Marie Chagnon, Ubuntu, David Aubrey, Bellissima. Owner: Barb Skupien. Vibe: Mystical. The shop transports you to an ancient culture with its ethereal tree branches, smooth stones and flowing aesthetics. Price Range: Moderate. The Look: Cultured–the Miracle Icon meditation beads are very Kabbalah-esque, while other designers like Ubuntu invoke Celtic charm. Shopper’s Perks: Green power–for every dollar spent on an Ubuntu design, ten percent is given to either Religions for Peace or 1% For the Planet. Others are recycled, reclaimed or refurbished materials, and many are local Chicago artists.
UPDATED OCTOBER 2009