Empowering Women with Pearls in Chicago Since 1998...

Audrey Hepburn, our Goddess of Inspiration

From professional to bridal, anniversary to birthday, Bourdage Pearls is a family-owned business that has been helping clients look their best since 1998 with high quality freshwater-cultured & saltwater pearls.

Our Mission is to provide the best quality pearls and personal service through a variety of designs for all women: career women, brides, graduates, and more.  We believe in the power of the classic strand to support your formal & informal jewelry needs, and think pink to bring out our subtle, sophisticated side.  We believe that men want to make their ladies feel smart, sensual, and special, and help them do so with pearl power.  We also believe in the importance of clean water & supporting the environment through eco-chic jewelry.  

The pearl is a classic, timeless gem associated with purity, wisdom, and nurturing.  Our pearl jewelry empowers women to create their own pure image, to express their personal truths, and nurture their networks & connections.  We believe our customers are the nicest people in the world, who actively support each other & the earth by promoting clean water, such as the beautiful Great Lakes that Chicago calls home. 

Bourdage Pearls was founded by Sherri Bourdage soon after she returned from Hong Kong on a business trip in 1998.  This was the first time the "new generation" of high quality freshwater cultured pearls became available on the market.  She brought them back to the office, much to the delight of her colleagues, and soon realized that pearls were the "Woman's Tie."

As an international tax professional, Sherri understood the importance of dressing and accessorizing well at the office.  She knew that career-driven women want to look powerful, yet elegant & feminine, and wanted to help them invest in their corporate wardrobes with nature's purest gem: the Pearl.
She opened her first retail jewelry store location at "Vintage Pine" in Chicago in 1999, before moving to the fashionable Southport location in Lakeview, Chicago IL to grow the business further.

In 2012, Bourdage Pearls outgrew the Southport location and found a larger showroom at 4039A N. Ravenswood, Chicago IL, at the beautifully renovated Billboard Factory.  The move allowed more space to create custom-made jewelry, easier parking on weekends, and the ability to host larger events for customers.





Meet Our Team


Founder & Chief Designer, Sherri Bourdage founded Bourdage Pearls in 1998 and has been empowering women with pearls ever since!  She designs all of her pieces in house & creates them with help of the Bourdage Pearls Team.  





The newest addition to the Bourdage Pearls Team & assistant to Sherri, Helen does a variety of secretarial and retail work around store, ranging from assisting customers with a smile to photographing jewelry, from updating social media to posting new products online, and more!  




Sherri's husband and chief wire-wrapper, Cris hand-makes many of our jewelry pieces in store with dexterity & precision.  He also drills holes in pearls with our in-house diamond-bit drill.  




Sherri's son and apprentice pearl stringer, Blake has natural pearl stringing talent.  He strings new creations and re-string repairs (with a little guidance from Mom, of course!), and excels at making clean, tight knots.  




Wire-wrapper and assistant designer, Kyle helps create the gorgeous & unique jewelry available only at Bourdage Pearls.  


Assistant designer & merchandiser, Randy knows how to make "the girls" (our mannequins) look fabulous with costumes & custom-designed pearl jewelry.

"The Girls," looking classy!  And so can you: give us a call or come in for a free consultation today!

4039A N. Ravenswood Ave ~ (773) 244-1126

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