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Gilt - 49 Reviews - 720 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR - Thrift Stores Reviews - Phone (503) 226-0629


720 NW 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 226-0629
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Gilt - Portland, OR
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I was first exposed to Gilt by a friend who knew the owner and worked there part time. I thought the pieces were beautiful and amazing and talked about the shop to my then-boyfri...


My fiance and I were really interested in an artisan wedding ring for him and after much looking, found a beautiful piece at Gilt. We were bummed to hear the artist only works in ...

Employees were friendly and helped us 8/19/2013

Employees were friendly and helped us pick out just the right ring. Surprisingly affordable, they even sized the ring and shipped it to KS! more

that's your customer service? 4/2/2010

My fiance and I were really interested in an artisan wedding ring for him and after much looking, found a beautiful piece at Gilt. We were bummed to hear the artist only works in silver, which is not a durable metal. My fiance asked a few questions about options for contacting the artist or taking a photo of the ring to another jeweler in town who said they could replicate the piece in another metal, etc. We were shocked to be treated so disrespectfully - the salesperson (maybe manager?) was defensive and loud and seemed incapable of gracefully educating us on the store's policy or protocol without broadcasting her voice throughout the store and making us feel talked down to and put off. She was incredibly unhelpful and lost a sale, as needless to say, I took the two rings I was seriously considering off my finger and we left the store very clear we would not purchase our wedding rings there. Pros: beautiful selection Cons: rude salesperson more

Still loving my rings! 8/29/2009

I was first exposed to Gilt by a friend who knew the owner and worked there part time. I thought the pieces were beautiful and amazing and talked about the shop to my then-boyfriend (now husband!). He surprised me by going in to the shop and talking to the owner and my friend. They both had been there when I was admiring rings so they were able to give him hints/tips about what I had liked. He picked out the most beautiful ring and I love it more every day. I get compliments about it all the time and I love telling people it is a piece of estate jewelry from the 30's. I really like having a ring that is not a cookie-cutter engagement and wedding band set. Thank you, Gilt for helping my husband way back when... I plan on sending him your way soon... we just moved back to Oregon and just celebrated our 4th anniversary. :) Pros: Beautiful unique jewelry and expert staff! more

awesome 8/8/2009

oh my gosh..... i love this store. Pros: So many pretty things Cons: n.w. 23rd. more

good stuff 8/8/2009

I purchased my wife a gift here and she loved it ... they helped me a lot. We did have to get our ring repaired, but Gilt took care of it for us with no problem. We also had other jewelry items from family that needed repair so they sent us to their jeweler at , the girl there was great and real inexpensive. $60 to repair a ring... wow. Pros: alot of inventory... great service. Cons: parking more

My wife is going to stay married to me because of Gilt 8/6/2009

My wife is obsessed with antique/vintage jewelry and so we bought her a wedding ring from Gilt (last year, the ring is still looking great!). Our anniversary was a few weeks ago and I decided to head back to Gilt to see what I could find. With some help from the staff I ended up buying a pair of Victorian bracelets. Needless to say (but I will anyways) my wife loves them! Also needless to say (but again, I will anyways) I will be going back to Gilt whenever I need to buy a romantic-ish gift. Thank you to the people who work at Gilt for being so friendly (and patient) with me! Pros: excellent selection, even better staff Cons: can't think of any... more

Poor Settings 8/6/2009

My fiance and I were really excited about finding jewelry for our engagement rings - and although we didn't find one for him... i found a perfect ring. I had walked in not wanting gold or diamonds - and left with a white gold ring with five small diamonds - but I love it! It's amazing. Unfortunately, a week and a half after buying the ring, one of the diamonds fell out. When we brought it into a local jeweler to find out how much it would be to replace - they found all of the diamond settings to be severely worn, and also found a fissure in the gold that needed repair. We paid the same price to repair the ring as we did to buy it. I only wish the sales person at gilt had told us there might be repairs needed - we would've taken that into account in our purchase decision. I'm really happy I got a vintage ring, and I love it, but I just want other people that might also be new to jewelry shopping to know that repair may be a hidden cost in your purchase. Pros: beautiful jewelry, nice local art Cons: vintage jewelry in questionable shape more

Praise for Gilt! 3/13/2009

There are not many bad reviews but even seeing some makes me sad. Gilt is wonderful! We need more small businesses like Gilt! That store is what makes Portland unique and beautiful. Every time I go in there the owner is always engaging and nice to talk to! They always offer to steam my ring and check it for wear. I love Gilt! Hip hip, hooray! Pros: Great location! Cons: Not the best parking but whatever! more

Definitely worth a look 1/21/2009

Stopped in three times as I visited multiple states searching for the perfect antique engagement ring and other family gifts. First the positives: friendly, knowledgable and well-staffed; cozy shop atmosphere; good selection and pricing on low to mid-level items. Now the drawbacks: few parking opportunities (but who cares when you are looking for a special gift!?!); for high-end vintage look elsewhere (I recommend Margulis); didn't get the impression that they would come down in price; they rarely stock aesthetically risky items--in other words, they choose vintage items that are close enough to contemporary tastes that they should easily sell but this means that their collection is sometimes less interesting. Finally, I was fascinated by a religious piece, but I could tell the clerk was holding her nose a bit over my religious affiliation. This was odd and unfortunate. Otherwise the service was excellent. Pros: warm staff and atmosphere, many items Cons: selection is too ""safe"" on the whole--take some risks! more

Absolutely Devine.. Stunning array of Estate Jewelry & Local Artisan Jewelry 11/12/2008

There is no mistaking the knowlegable owner of this store, Paula.. she along with her extremely educated staff will assist you in finding a Jewel that will not only make you sparkle, but leave you wanting to come back for more. There is a certain level of comfort and satisfaction in shopping with highly educated and trained proffessionals in this locally owned and operated business. Shop till your hearts content, there is no pressure to buy, rather enjoy and take in all that is offered... untill you can be assisted in finding just the right item that pleasures your heart or that of your significant other. Do not overlook how well the staff is dressed, their proffesional attire and attitude will leave you with an absolutely enjoyable shopping experience! Pros: Men's & Women's Jewelry more

Amazing Antique Jewelry 9/17/2008

Gilt has the best antique pieces I've seen around. I stopped by the other day just to look around, but as always looking around turned into much more than that, anyway the staff was amazing. They were extremely attentive and very helpful when it came to helping me decide on a ring. One of the ladies was even nice enough to take time and measure my index finger to make sure I'd be getting a comfortably fitted ring. The staff was amazing beyond belief and the selection for antique jewelry is just to die for. Absolutely fabulous!! Pros: Great Staff and Amazing selection more

A great place to find a wedding ring 9/11/2008

My wife and I have been to Gilt about a half dozen times in the past year (we were shopping for a wedding ring) and each time we were warmly received. During our first visit, we let the salesperson know that we were in the market for a wedding ring. She was eager to help and quick to offer neat little details about each of the rings we were interested in. It took us a few visits to find a ring (after our 2nd visit, we noticed a vast change in the selection, so we thought that it might be a good idea to show up often). The salespeople at Gilt began to recognize us as regular customers but they never showed any sign of frustration with our relentless browsing. After 4 or 5 visits we found the one ring that my wife couldn't live without, a gold 1940's sapphire and diamond engagement ring (she uses it as her wedding band). Pros: friendly/knowledgeable staff, great prices more

Best place for engagement rings! 8/16/2008

While my fiance and I were searching for the perfect engagement ring a friend recommended we stop by Gilt. One Saturday we decided to go in and check it out- and I am so happy we did! I wanted something non-traditional and guilt free, and gilt had exactly what I was looking for. I found my perfect ring for the perfect price. The sales girl was very helpful and worked with my fiance on a payment plan. In a matter of weeks the ring was on my finger, and we even went back and found the perfect wedding band to compliment it. I'm so glad I took the time to stop in and check it out- because now I'm hooked! Pros: great prices, great quality, great staff! Cons: none so far more

specially selected pieces-helpful and non pushy staff 8/4/2008

Had a great time in this beautiful shop. Very fun and beautiful jewelry. I will be back here often, prices seem appropriate. more

Beautful selection, wonderful staff 6/21/2008

My fiance and visited Guilt during our search for our wedding bands. I had heard such positive reviews here and I love vintage jewelry so we decided to visit. The staff was immediately accommodating and showed us their selection of gorgeous engagement & wedding rings. You could tell they really are selective, nearly everything in the case was beautiful. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable, they took our time with us and we never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision. We purchased a completely unique and gorgeous 1940's ruby and diamond wedding ring and a couple of weeks later, I went back to purchase my fiance's ring. I was surprised at how reasonable their prices are, you can certainly find something beautiful weather you are on a tight budget or an extravagant one. We love our rings and will definitely be going back! Pros: Personalized service, beautiful selections Cons: Located on NW 23rd, parking can sometimes be difficult if your going on a weekend more

My dream engagement ring from a lovely local gem! 4/19/2008

I've been a fan of Gilt for nearly 10 years...even back in high school. Everyone there has always been so welcoming and down to earth, over the years they have become my favorite place for unique treasures. Pros: Unique, variety, affordable to all budgets, kind, helpful Cons: None! more

It's ""gilt"" free shopping in every imaginable way. 4/19/2008

The owner Paula and the girls Jesse and Carley are incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and are never pushy. They have a large selection but will help you find the piece that's perfect for you, with a quality unrivaled in Portland. Though I do not have a large collection of jewelry, I do take pride in the pieces I have, all of which have been purchased from Gilt. Being a college student I appreciate the variety in their collection which always includes something in my budget. I give all of my closest friends gifts from Gilt and they never fail to impress. Not only do I recommend Gilt for gifts and personal pleasure, but I wouldn't be surprised if you became a lifelong fan as I have. Pros: friendly, knowledgeable, unique, location, atmosphere. Cons: none. more

Ripped Off 4/5/2008

I bought some vintage hair clips at Gilt and was so thrilled, although they were about thirty dollars a pair! My initial happiness was ruined when I bought several lots of the same EXACT vintage hair clips in sets of 10 for about 15.00 total on ebay. I feel completely ripped off. I do expect a mark up at stores in NW, but thirty dollars for set of clips that can be bought for literally a fraction of the price online feels wrong. These are cute clips, however, they are plastic and do not warrant the high price. more

If you like unusual jewelry, go here. 3/29/2008

Cute selection, and I bought a ring at half its appraised price. They also gave me a free resizing, which not everyone will do. more

Best antique jewelry shop in theWest 2/14/2008

It seems someone has written an unfavorable review about my favorite shop. They must have gone to another Gilt than the one I know and love. I have been shopping with these girls since the late nineties. I would not shop anywhere else. I can trust them and their diamonds. What I really love is that they can tell me when the diamond is from and all sorts of other neat things about the jewelry. They turned me onto Mings jewelry which is now a major part of my collection. Dont listen to the sour grapes...go there and experience the store for yourself...Nobody does it like the women of Gilt! I say Bah Humbug to the other reviewer..... more
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Owner Message

  • Gilt has one of the largest selections of vintage and antique jewelry in Portland, Oregon. We focus on affordable estate, antique and vintage engagement rings and wedding bands, allowing our customers recycled and conflict-free options. Gilt also features small studio, local-designer jewelry on the 2nd floor. With both groups we aim to provide unique adornment within the means of our customers.
    We stand behind our jewelry and offer affordable and often, no charge repairs to pieces from Gilt. Ask about repair and sizing policies for details! Customers shouldn't hesitate to call with any questions about their purchases. We are here to help. We also guarantee that any diamond ring purchased from us will appraise at a GIA graduate Gem Lab for more than paid for it (within 30 days of the sale) or we will happily refund the full purchase price. Customer happiness is most important to us.


  • In Short
    Because it deals solely in vintage jewelry, Gilt has established itself as the place to go for couples who want to represent their love with something a little less mainstream....

  • 8/7/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Tues - Sat 11:30am - 6pm Sunday 12pm-5pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Cash, Master Card, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Northwest District, Neighbors West - Northwest