About Us

We specialize in authentic antique and custom designed jewelry.

Gloria’s boasts the best in selection size, expertise and service for our customers. We have thousands of antique and vintage rings in stock. Gloria’s has a custom jewelry designer on staff to create one of a kind pieces.  When it comes to that once in a lifetime moment, Gloria’s has an amazing selection of engagement rings and wedding bands.  Diamonds, both certified and uncertified, are offered at the best prices.

We are a one-stop-shop at Gloria’s, offering repairs, appraisals, and purchasing. Multiple times a year we host buying events, inviting people to our store to sell their gold, jewelry, and coins. You will know you are in good hands with your appraisals since Gloria’s employs a full time Graduate Gemologist. Gloria’s is not just full service, it is great service.

For over 30 years Gloria’s has done business in St. Paul. We are a local, small business with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. We are proud to be a long-standing partner of the community.  Gloria’s knowledgeable and experienced staff offer our customers nothing but the best.

 

Carrie Plott - President

How did you come to be an owner of Gloria's Jewelry?

I first started in the jewelry industry as a teenager, helping my mother with bead stringing and silversmithing.  As years passed, I worked in almost every position in the jewelry trade. I have done everything from simple goldsmithing, to retail sales, design, buying, and so on.  

I first met Sandy Severt in 1990.  She was the owner of Gloria's Jewelry, a small 800 square foot store, located across the street from our current location.  I was working at a different jewelry store at the time.  We did business together for many years, and developed not only a good business relationship, but a friendship.  She offered me part ownership in 1997.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is design.  My mother was an artist, so I was exposed to art and design at a young age. Design has been a big part of my life, and jewelry has always been my biggest inspiration.  I love getting inspired by certain stones, and seeing my vision come to life.  What is the most rewarding for me, is making a customer’s dreams a reality.  

What is your favorite customer story?

One story seems to come to mind first.  A man who worked for the city sewer company stopped into the store one afternoon.  He casually tossed a ring across the counter to me and said, "I found this while I was working in the sewer.  I doubt it is anything."  It was a ring that was completely black, dirty, and looked like nothing special.  First things first, I cleaned it.  I was not about to handle something that had obviously spent a significant amount of time in a sewer without a proper cleaning! Then I examined the ring, and sure enough, it was a platinum antique ring with a beautiful 1 carat diamond in it. It dated back to 1915.  The man was stunned.  We made a deal that day, and everyone was happy.

What is your favorite type of jewelry to sell/wear?

My favorite type of jewelry to sell would be my custom designs.  I love seeing my vision from start to finish.  When a customer comes in and appreciates one of my designs it is a great feeling.  

Antique and vintage jewelry is also a love of mine.  With my art background, I can really appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship in every piece.  It is not something I can just order over and over again.  It is one of a kind.  They have a charm that can never be reproduced.  

What types of activities do you enjoy outside of the store?

I love travel, especially anywhere with great snorkeling.  I could spend all day in the water.  The sea life fascinates me.  

I collect art glass, hand-blown modern, cameo glass, antique designer pieces, anything that strikes me.  I like going out and finding new piece to treasure.  

I love Minnesota sports, especially hockey and football. I attend games often.

And of course, I love spending time with friends and family. Whether it be going out for a night on the town, or staying in watching movies, I just enjoy the quality time.

 

Michelle Plott-Miller - GIA Graduate Gemologist

How did you come to work at Gloria's?

I started working at Gloria's, part time, after high school.  After about a year of employment, I was offered a full time position. I was given the opportunity to attend the Gemological Institute of America. I graduated in 2008 and since then I have worked at Gloria’s.

What is your favorite thing about working at Gloria’s?

There are several things I love about my job.  The number one thing I love about my job is the customers.  I get to be a small part of their best life experiences from engagements to weddings and anniversaries. I have seen customers welcome new family additions and celebrate birthdays.  It is so rewarding to be a part of those moments.  The second thing I love about my job is that I get to look at pretty things all day!

What is your favorite customer story?

I had the privilege to work with a soldier overseas in Iraq to create a custom engagement ring. He wanted to present it to his girlfriend the day he came back from deployment.  We worked over email for months to get it absolutely perfect.  Then we arranged to meet first before he joined his family and his girlfriend. He proposed the second he saw her. It was such a rewarding experience.  I was honored to be a part of something so special.  

What is your favorite type of jewelry to wear/sell?

My answer is the same piece for both! My favorite type of jewelry to sell is engagement rings.  It is such a special time in a customer’s life.  Most often it is our customer’s first big jewelry purchase.  It means the world to me to be a part of such a grand milestone in people’s lives.  

My engagement ring is my favorite piece to wear, as well. It was custom made and designed by my mother, Carrie Plott.  My ring has special meaning to me because the two people I love the most, my husband and my mother, created it together.

What types of activities do you enjoy outside of the store?

When I am not at the store, my favorite place to be is at the cabin.  I enjoy getting away from the cities and being on the lake. When the weather is nice, you’ll find me boating, four wheeling, relaxing, fishing, and swimming.

If I am not at the cabin, I am more than likely cheering on our Minnesota Wild or Vikings!

 

Iona Flynn - Sales Associate

What is your favorite thing about working at Gloria’s?

My favorite thing about my work is meeting the customers. I love helping them find just what they are looking for. Helping customers shop for engagement rings is so rewarding because I feel like I am with a couple at the beginning of their love story. Another favorite thing would be seeing the interesting pieces customers bring in to sell. I love hearing all the stories attached to their treasures.

What is your favorite customer story?

A lady walked into the store looking for an engagement ring. She voiced that she liked the idea of a unique vintage ring. We went through and tried on several ring styles. She then put one on, and her face lit up. She said her heart was beating faster, and had a smile on her face that wouldn't quit. She knew it was the one. We held the ring until her and her fiance were able to come in together. They decided to take the ring that day, and we later had a custom made wedding band to match. I felt honored to be a part of it.

What is your favorite type of jewelry to wear/sell?

My favorite thing I wear I purchased here at Gloria's before I worked here. It is a 1940's vintage diamond pinky ring that my mother and sister purchased for me for my birthday. I absolutely love everything about it, especially that it reminds me of my family. My favorite thing to sell is vintage jewelry. Every piece is unique and one of a kind. The charm and craftsmanship that goes into the older pieces fascinates me.

What types of activities do you enjoy outside of the store?

I enjoy being out in my garden in the summer. When the weather is nice, you will find me out by the water, in my pool, but always outside. I love thrift store shopping, and the hunt to find that super special piece. I love to travel, and see and experience new things.