Burdeen’s Estate Jewelry Sale 2018



Burdeen’s Jewelry is proud to announce our first-ever sale in over three decades as one of Chicago North Shore’s premier luxury jewelry destinations. For two days only, on Nov. 2 & 3, we will be selling our Vintage inventory at massive discounts – from 20% to 50% off, depending on the item. We are extremely excited about this one of a kind sale.

This new Estate Jewelry sale is on over 150 items in all metals and stones. If you love jewelry and fashion, you will love this sale. We have everything from sumptuous pendants and necklaces to rings at huge discounts.

Vintage Jewelry Cases

Complete your outfit with one of Burdeen’s Jewelry’s expert gemologists. What we have in our Etsy store and this website is just a small fraction of what will be on sale, so you will need to come in to see what we have ready for you to buy.

For more information, check out our special page on our website, or call us at 847-459-8980 and talk to one of our gemologists.

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Traci’s Fashion Tips – Oscars 2018 Jewelry

Traci's Fashion Tips - Oscars 2018

Hello again, my friends, and welcome to yet another edition of Traci’s Fashion Tips. Well, another Awards Season is coming to an end and 2018′s fashion/jewelry was as stunning as ever. This year’s Oscars have come and gone and while the show itself became a time for forward-looking social commentary, the fashion proved itself to be a throwback to more simple and elegant times in Hollywood.

This year featured a lot of classic looks, with many of the Hollywood women wearing jewelry that would’ve been seen on the red carpet years ago. It is truly an interesting time of great change in Hollywood, but sometimes, in jewelry, the classics are just as good as ever.

Just as before, we will deconstruct the looks of our favorite Big Screen stars, take a peek at their jewelry and compare them to pieces in the Burdeen’s Jewelry showroom so that you can find the exact same pieces, as the Hollywood stars, right here in North Shore Chicagoland.

Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd Oscars 2018

Ashley Judd paired this breathtaking Plum-colored dress with a diamond ring, gorgeous double-strand diamond tennis necklace and large diamond hanging earrings.

In order to live up to such an ensemble, we’ve layered two diamond necklaces and a set of diamond earrings to give you look that Ashley pulled off on the Red Carpet. This spendid set would go perfectly at a black tie event or a night on the town. Absolutely beautiful, these looks are not for the faint of heart.

Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner Oscars 2018

Jennifer Garner was ravishing in her blue-on-blue ensemble and it was absolutely perfect. Blue has been on-point for both men’s and women’s fashion, for the better part of two years, so her dress & diamond and sapphire earring ensemble was no exception.

In order to pair up our Burdeen’s Jewelry with Garner’s, we went with our own diamond and blue sapphire long hanging earrings. You too can look like a star.

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong'o Oscars 2018

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o was breathtaking in her black and gold dress last night and practically stole the show. As elegant and intricate as her dress and hair were on the red carpet, her choice of earrings was perfect and simple.

We found a set of white gold and diamond earrings very similar in swirly design that can be worn dressy, or even with your jeans on a Saturday night.

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

One word to describe Mary J. Blige in her burgundy gown with middle finger diamond cocktail ring and huge diamond earrings… HOT!!!

I picked out a long, hanging diamond earring and diamond cocktail ring that will make YOU the talk of any room you walk into.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman was ravishing last night in her blue dress on the Red Carpet. It was complete perfection.

I have found a few diamond chandelier-style earrings similar to the ones she wore for the show. They will be perfect on anyone for any big occasion. There are so many different styles to see at Burdeen’s Jewelry.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Can you say Pretty in Pink?! Viola Davis was breathtaking in her long pink gown, huge diamond hoop earrings, wide band diamond ring and perfect diamond bracelet.

In order to pair with Viola’s look, I pulled together some pieces of diamond jewelry to make you look like a shining star.



Zendaya looked extraordinary in her chocolate brown gown on the carpet last night. Her gown was accompanied by stackable diamond bracelets and long tubular diamond hanging earrings.

I chose these pieces to give you the same flowy, romantic, phenomenal look.


I want to thank you so much for reading my current Traci’s Fashion Tips blog and I look forward to sharing more looks with you soon. Please feel free to call me at 847-459-8980 or email me at traci@burdeens.com to set up an appointment.

There’s always an occasion to make you sparkle!

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All that Glitters is Rose Gold


If there’s ever a popular color for the decade, it’s rose gold.

Rose Gold is actually a copper and gold alloy. The copper content in the alloy actually gives the alloy its reddish/pinkish color. Over the years, the alloy has earned itself several names. In the 1800s, it was known as Russian gold thanks to its roots in Russia, although that term is now obsolete.

Although it is now extremely popular, during the 20th Century, the alloy actually dropped out of favor for white and yellow gold alloys. It wasn’t until the last decade that rose gold began to come back into popular culture in both jewelry and watches.

In general, the higher the copper content, the darker red the alloy in jewelry. Now, in watches, that formula starts to get thrown out of the window. Traditionally soft and malleable, rose gold can be highly prone to scratching in the right conditions. In order to combat this issue, companies like Omega and Hublot have created ceramic/rose gold alloys.

Omega's Ceragold has a deeper, darker color as opposed to Breitling's more traditional yellow gold color. This is due both to the Ceragold creation process and the  difference between Breitilng & Omega's metallurgy processes.

Omega’s Ceragold has a deeper, darker color as opposed to Breitling’s more traditional yellow gold color. This is due both to the Ceragold creation process and the difference between Breitilng & Omega’s metallurgy processes.

Similar in philosophy to Omega’s Liquidmetal alloy, Ceragold and other ceramic and gold alloys take out the worry of scratching rose gold watches and jewelry. What happens with a ceramic/rose gold alloy creation process is the formation of a ceramic blank that is then electroformed with the rose gold.

What the heck is electroforming?

Electroforming is a process of coating metal through the electrodeposition process where positive charge is sent through nickel and negative charge is sent through the form or “Mandrel.” All of this is done in a highly-conductive Electrolytic Solution. The difference in polarity of metals sends the metal plating to the mandrel, in the case of an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean’s bezel covering a ceramic blank with rose gold.

As a result of this process, you get a bezel or a case that is extremely scratch resistant and, in many cases, different in color from its purer rose gold counterparts. That’s just for ceramic gold.

The JLC Duometre is again, lighter in color than the reddish Omega.

The JLC Duometre is again, lighter in color than the reddish Omega.

Rose gold vs. Rose gold

Ceramics aren’t the only game in town when it comes to rose gold. There is a rainbow of colors underneath the rose gold banner. Just in the four walls of Burdeen’s Jewelry, we have several different variations of Red Gold/Rose Gold/Honey Gold.

Every watch company has their own proprietary color. We’ve set up a nice assortment of some of the most well-known watches to show the differences in color between the rose golds. So when non-jewelry people think of the words “rose gold,” they may think of the pink on their iPhone; jewelry people may think of the honey-ish color on their jewelry; but watch people have a myriad of colors to choose from as each and every watch company has their own color to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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Maybe the new Navitimer 8 isn’t so IWC Pilot-y

Untitled design

Since the full release of the new Breitling Navitimer 8, the redesigned watch has come under a bit of fire due to its more retro design. One watch in particular, the Navitimer 8 Automatic was under particular scrutiny because some Breitling enthusiasts, ourselves included, thought that it resembled the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII, just with a larger bezel.

Well, upon further inspection, we were wrong.

Everything’s different

Comparing the two watches’ looks, the first complication is the date wheel. On the Pilot, the location is a 3 o’clock. That’s just the first of many differences between the two watches. On the Navitimer 8, the railroad track minute scale takes the place of the Pilot’s indices plus, the biggest thing is the difference between the bezels.


On the Breitling, the rotating bezel is masculine and chunky. After looking at the Navitimer, now the Pilot looks a bit like the Breitling with its bezel taken off. Finally, the bracelet is completely different. On Pilots, IWC chose to use a throwback look with its jubilee-style bracelet. Meanwhile, Breitling looks toward the future with a Professional-style bracelet.

At 41 mm, the Navitimer 8 is also slightly larger than the Pilot at 40 mm. They are within six one thousands of a millimeter of each other in thickness with the Pilot Mark XVIII. So in general, if you like one, in general, you’re going to like the other.


For more information about the Breitling Navitimer 8 or the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII, call Burdeen’s Jewelry at 847-459-8980.

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Breitling reinvents icon with Navitimer 8



Over the weekend, something big happened. Breitling CEO Georges Kern after about two weeks of merciless teasing on his personal Instagram and on the Breitling social feeds has released a brand new Navitimer. This watch is a big deal for two reasons: 1. It carries the legendary name Navitimer 2. It is the first all-new watch to come out of the Breitling brand under the tutelage of Mr. Kern.

After working with the Breitling brand for the better part of two decades here at Burdeen’s (and watch fans ourselves) we knew that Mr. Kern had to make a name for himself in his first shot – and recreating the Breitling icon is certainly one way to do it. So how did he, and his design team do it?

Well, they didn’t just create one Navitimer 8, they created a line within a line. No, we’re not talking about the Navitimer 01/Navitimer World lines as we know them now. Instead, we’re talking about an entirely separate wing of the Navitimer family and will stand right alongside the existing Navitimer lines.


New Looks, New Price, Same Attitude

This new wing eschews the traditional look of the calculator sliding bezel, for a (still sliding) but calculator-less bezel that’s chunkier and more traditional looking than today’s Navitimer 01 & Navitimer World. In fact, its looks are reminiscent of the old Breitling Top Time, again, with a chunkier bezel.

Like the Top Time, and frankly, the Navitimer 01, the new Navitimer 8 has a Panda dial. However, unlike the familiar 01 and World, the calculator slide rule is nowhere to be found. It does have two things in common with its older Navitimer forebears – its movement. The Navitimer 8 has the tried and true B01 movement while the Navitimer 8 Chronograph has a movement based on the Valjoux 7750 – just like the Navitimer World. Unlike the World, the 8 Chrono eschews the GMT function for a Day-Date complication.

These watches weigh in at a traditional (but small for Breitling) 43 mm. We believe this new size will do a good job of attracting new potential wearers to the brand who have been turned off by the brand’s penchant for large sizes. Essentially, it will be a nice counterbalance to the Super Avenger or even the 47 mm Navitimer 01 GMT.

Remember how we said that the 8 was going to be its whole wing of the Navitimer family? That’s what we meant. Plus, we’re not even done. There are two other variants to go through as well – not even counting case materials (rose gold) and finishes (DLC-Coated Black Steel) as well as Breitling’s prerequisite bracelet and strap choices.


Navitimer 8 Automatic, Day-Date & Unitime

Now that we’ve covered the chronos, it’s time for the meat and potatoes. The simplest model in the new line is the Navitimer 8 Automatic. Let’s call a spade a spade here and say that it’s somewhat reminiscent to the IWC Pilot Mark XVIII – especially the Le Petit Prince variant with its incredibly popular blue hue. That said, the Navitimer 8 Automatic does have one feature to separate it – the new Navitimer’s soon-to-be iconic chunky bezel. We’re big fans of the Mark XVIII, but if there’s one thing we’ve heard, the 40.0 mm IWC just doesn’t fit in that Goldilocks size zone.  At 41 mm, this Breitling just might for some buyers.


Now, the Navitimer 8 Day-Date is unlike anything else. With the Day window at 12 o’clock, the Date at 6 o’clock, and of course, that chunky metal sliding bezel. With so many watches carrying it, we told you that it will be iconic on its own right. This watch is powered by the Breitling Calibre 45, based on an ETA architecture, and, as with every Breitling watch, COSC-Certified.

Finally, we have the Breitling Navitimer 8 Unitime. This World Time watch is powered by the same Calibre B35 movement that has found its way into the Bentley B05 as well as Breitling Galactic and Transocean lines. Despite the advanced movement, it has a 70 hour power reserve and a sapphire caseback.

For the chronograph range, prices are rumored to start at CHF 7,100 or about $7,600 for both a stainless steel bracelet and leather strap variants at launch. Like all in-house B01 movement models, there is a five-year warranty on these watches.


The culling…To the Elite 8 Model Lines?

Now while these changes to the Navitimer family did bring new watches to the Breitling world, it was not without ‘bloodshed.’ Breitling is rumored to lose the Transocean, Galactic and the Chronomat to make room in the case for the expansion of the Navitimer lineup. We shall see, but that rumor suddenly popped up around the virtual water cooler on Breitling watch collector forums and Facebook groups. As to how close to the truth those rumors are, are anyone’s guess.

If you are a big fan of any of those watches, you should either pick a new one up while you still can, or watch our selection for a preowned one. Or, like a lot of things, the Breitling Culling could all could be internet nonsense.

Whatever’s happening with the existing lines, we’re highly intrigued by Mr. Kern’s first big watch release as CEO because it is major. This one watch release really should count as about four. Matt Burdeen will get his hands on them at Baselworld in March and we should see them in our cases starting in June.

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Lange, IWC add some heat to SIHH this winter


IWC made a big splash at the 2018 SIHH with a splash of lacquer, a dash of digital time & a rein-visioning of old favorites.

One of the best parts of working at an Authorized Dealer for so many renowned luxury watch brands is getting to see the best the watchmaking world has to offer every year. This year’s SIHH was no different. For 2018, owner Matt Burdeen & General Manager Josh Nigut personally flew out to Switzerland to check out the newest wares for our brands.

The first two brands that we got to interact with were IWC and A. Lange & Söhne. Both brands came out with a relatively aggressive stance for this year’s show, either revamping tried and true volume models or, in the case of Lange, coming out with a completely new technology.

IWC bathes itself in lacquer & digital numbers 

While digital dates have become somewhat ubiquitous in haute horology, digital time is still reserved only for best of the best brands. Now IWC has rolled out its own take with the Pallweber. With a decidedly simplistic dial, the Pallweber completely eschews hands for digital hour window on top; a digital minute window in the middle; and a second hand at 6 o’clock.

The Pallweber isn’t the only watch to make a splash. IWC also rolled out some small twists on the Portugieser. The standard Potugieser chronograph is powered by an off-the-shelf movement, but the new one for SIHH has an in-house Calibre 69355, lacquer dial and a display back. Cool watch and an excellent take on one of the most popular models in the IWC lineup. 


Lange SIHH Watches

Not to be outdone, Lange rolled out several new models including a triple split chronograph, 1815 Tribute to Walter Lange, Saxonia Moonphases, a gorgeous new Saxonia Copper blue & more.

Lange did IWC one better by introducing a whole new complication – a Triple Split Chronograph. We weren’t able to even get our hands on one to take a picture of it, but we were able to take some pics of amazing images of some incredible Langes. Our favorite may be the least expensive – the Saxonia Copper Blue. The above image barely does the little flakes of copper justice. Juxtaposed against the rich blue, it looks like a starry night and instantly catapults this Saxonia – no date, no second hand & all to Lange Grail status.

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2017 Emmy Awards: Traci’s Fashion Takeaways

Traci's Fashion Tips

This year’s Emmy Awards, as always, treated us to a fashion bonanza. This year was no different. With stunning dresses and jewelry on the runway, as always, the more I watched, the more I recognized the pieces from our own cases.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda Emeralds

As an Octagenarian, Jane Fonda is still a fashion icon. How many people get to say that? She stunned in an emerald and diamond waterfall necklace with matching earrings. At Burdeen’s, we actually have several emerald and diamond pieces from waterfall necklaces like Jane’s to chandellier earrings.

Ryan Michelle Bathe

Ryan Michelle Bathe

Sterling Brown and his wife Ryan Michelle Bathe made quite the power couple as she stunned in a classic yellow gown with diamonds. She sparkled from head to toe with a diamond ring, diamond earrings and necklace. We’ve put together a similar ensemble with some of our diamond pieces. As you can see, all it takes is a little imagination and some time in our store.

Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel

Similar to Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jessica Biel reminded us that diamonds are forever when it comes to sumptuous fashion. Jessica didn’t need a necklace, instead focusing all attention on her gorgeous fleshtone dress, gorgeous earrings, tennis bracelet and rings.

Tracey Ross

Tracey Ross

Tracey Ross’s outfit could have stunned on the red carpet in 2017 or 1957. Her metallic silver gown along with her Diamond and Pearl Chandelier Earrings were spectacular. These earrings are absolutely timeless. While bright colors are undoubtedly in this year, this ensemble will work as Emmy Awards Fashion for years or even decades to come. Bravo, Tracey, Bravo!

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne proved yet again that a girl can never go wrong with a red dress. All we saw here at Burdeen’s Jewelry was that this Hollywood Goddess could kill with her gold choker and big, glorious diamond stud earrings.

Here on the North Shore, these items are readily available. We’ve got diamond studs in all sizes and a gold choker to boot – all you have to do is supply the red dress and you’re ready for the red carpet just like Yvonne Strahovski.


Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Orange truly is the new black for Viola Davis as her gown as the talk of Hollywood at the Emmy’s. Viola didn’t go with a necklace as she dazzled with just bracelets and diamond earrings. Her Diamond Bracelets and Long Diamond Earrings shined brighter than the Hollywood Walk of Fame and we’re all better off for seeing them.

What a Night and What an Emmy Awards! We’ll see you next year with even more fashion takeaways.

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Breaking New Ground – Burdeen’s Kicks off Construction on Store Addition

Day One Video

Change is in the air at Burdeen’s Jewelry. As you may have read in our blog, we’ve not only revamped our website, we’ve launched an eCommerce site for preowned luxury watches, and we’ve added A. Lange & Söhne to our roster of timepieces as well. Well, that’s not all.

If you live in the Chicago suburbs or drive by our store on Lake-Cook road, you may have noticed a big ol’ hole in the ground followed by a bunch of cement blocks. Well, we’re expanding. Our store is expanding our footprint by a whopping 50%. Our beautiful 6,000 square foot flagship store will now be over 9,000 square feet.

The expansion is set to be completed in November, barring any construction delays. We broke ground last month and construction has been fast and furious. Already, the foundation has been poured, three walls of bricks have already been laid, so, you can already see much of the shape of the addition being built.

If you visit the store, you may already see some changes as well. Inside, rather than our decorative wrought iron door in the Preowned Watch Room, there is now a rather, well, utilitarian door in its place. Soon, that entire wall will come down as well. As we said in the opening of this blog, big changes are afoot.

Stay tuned, though. Once it’s all over, we will have an excellent time lapse video chronicling the entire construction process from the first bricks being laid to the paint going on the walls. It will be truly amazing.

In the meantime, here’s a taste of Day One of Store Construction. Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLpOU34OotQ


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The Case for Quartz

The Case for Quartz

In select situations, quartz shines through as the choice for watch wearers. Find out when you need to put the automatic away and break the trusty quartz out.

High end quartz watches can make a fine substitute for your automatic watch in select situations – so we’re going to lay out when to leave your automatic watch at home

Unless fine watch collecting is in your blood and passed down to you from a relative, many times, we have to learn the ropes on our own – often moving up the ranks from lesser known or less prestigious brands to the heavy hitters that Authorized Dealers like Burdeen’s Jewelry carries.

Along that journey, for many of us, typically, the transition from quartz to automatic and mechanical watches is an early metamorphosis for fledgling watch collections. However, there are some cases when a quartz, believe it or not, is actually called for.

Golf, Sport Shooting and other high-impact sports

To the layman and new collector, higher class sporting activities such as golf and clay shooting go together with high end automatic watches like peas and carrots. Or, well, mimosas and frittatas. However, these activities can wreak havoc on your watch’s movement. How? Well, your automatic watch is powered by the movement of your arm. Shooting a gun or swinging a golf club involves both the sudden acceleration and sudden deceleration of your arms.

Regardless of how robust your watch’s movement is, it’s not mean to work under the conditions of having its counterweight spun at high speeds. While it’s highly unlikely to break an automatic watch’s movement after one round of clay shooting, target practice, 18 holes, or trip to the driving range. They are likely to wear your watch out faster than simply wearing it during a normal day at the office. Think of these activities as the straws on top of the camel’s back.

Accuracy is the best policy

Whether we automatic diehards like to admit it, nothing is truly more accurate than a quartz timepiece. Yes, it’s more lifeless and not as much ‘love’ and ‘care’ went into its construction, but you won’t find even the least expensive quartz watch deviating two to five seconds each and every day. It’s an open secret that watchmakers and enthusiasts alike have learned to accept because there’s so much romance around the high end watch industry.

It’s very much like sports cars – sure, you have to squeeze yourself into them; yes, they may be slightly dangerous; they may be loud and bad at the gas pump – but when you’re behind the wheel the sensations you feel make it all worthwhile.

Breitling Emergency II

What can you do to make your automatic watches last longer?

Here’s where high end quartz watches come in. Breitling with their Colt Skyracer, Professional and Emergency lines have offered spectacular quartz watches for years as have the likes of Omega, Tag Heuer and other Swiss brands. Breitling features some of the most sophisticated quartz watches on the market as the Breitling Emergency has a Personal Locator Beacon contained within it.

This titanium watch is built to save you in an emergency situation (hence its name) via its emergency beacon, but it’s also built to take a beating. With a titanium case, Breitling’s COSC Chronometer certified multifunction quartz movement, this watch is accurate to plus or minus 10 seconds per year. Plus, it’s water resistant to 50 meters – certainly tough enough for the driving or gun range and it has a battery life of 70 days – much better than your average Apple Watch. Much like the Apple Watch, it is also capable of alerting you to phone calls, texts and more.

Omega Z33 App

If you’re looking for more smart features and funky styling, the Omega Speedmaster Z-33 is here for you. The Z-33 has an iPad integration, two time zones, a perpetual calendar, chronograph function, countdown timer and more – essentially everything you need in space. Plus, much like the Breitling Emergency, it’s good for a day on the links.

As you can see, don’t golf with your automatic watch on. If you must wear a watch, get yourself a nice Breitling or Omega and feel normal while you tee off this summer.

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Burdeen’s GM profiled in The Watch Index blog

Stylin & Profilin

With 30-plus years under since Dennis and Sandy Burdeen first opened our doors, it’s always nice to get recognition now and then. Over the years, Burdeen’s Jewelry has received profiles from well-known watch blogs such as ABlogtoWatch, as well as countless Chicagoland newspapers. Recently, our own General Manager Josh Nigut was interviewed for a profile from a site named The Watch Index.

The site originally reached out to us when they got wind of our impending store expansion as well as the addition of A. Lange & Söhne. So, blogger B.A. Morley came out to Burdeen’s and picked Josh’s brain on what sets our store apart from other Chicagoland jewelry stores, what got Josh into the industry, and more.

If you’re reading our blog, you are undoubtedly aware of the Burdeen’s Jewelry brand, our seven first-run brands and our massive preowned selection, but you may not know our giant General Manager. This profile is a fascinating look into what makes him tick and why he’s worked in the industry for more than a decade.

Check out the profile here.

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