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Why D. Cole Jewelers

At award-winning D. Cole Jewelers, we specialize in beautifully handcrafted platinum, gold, and sterling silver pieces. Our 3 on staff jewelers create custom one of a kind pieces as designed by our customers. Our competitive pricing is due to the fact that we design and manufacture our own pieces. All of the repair work and custom designing that we do is all done in house at our visible jeweler’s shop that you can see when visiting the store. The jewelers are able to design with wax carving, casting, polishing, stone setting, and much more. We guarantee all of our work and will stand by our pieces whether it is repair or cleaning that you need. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is eager to help you find just the right piece.

Come in and see why D. Cole has been voted Portland’s Best Jeweler for 12 years!

Our Story

D. Cole Jewelers is a small, family owned and operated jewelry store in the Old Port of Portland, Maine since 1981. It was started by Dean and Denise Cole after they had been selling jewelry at craft shows in college and over their summers starting in 1977. They opened their first seasonal store in 1980 in Saco and moved to the Old Port in 1981. They have remained there and expanded twice within the same space. Their family has grown to include their son Ryan, daughter Emily, daughter-in-law Lindsey, and Denise’s brother Jeff.

A Fine Jewelry Mecca

The Cole Family has created a mecca for lovers of fine jewelry. Inspiration abounds in every case in their spacious store on Exchange Street, sparkling with a variety of jewelry in all price ranges. The cases are filled with platinum, gold, sterling silver and glittering gemstones… beautiful items of jewelry for all of life’s events, large and small.

Custom Jewelry Design

Three talented jewelers create many of the pieces you see: dazzling engagement rings and custom designed wedding bands…breathtaking, wearable works of art created just for you. We also work with many different artists from around the country.

Our Family


“D. Cole Jewelers has been a wonderful mainstay in the Old Port since I was a young girl growing up in Southern Maine. Even though I live in Washington DC, I chose D. Cole to design a combination setting for the tanzanite & diamonds my husband gave me as engagement and wedding stones. Their distinctive collection of uniquely designed jewelry, wholesome reputation and personable customer service are just a few of the reasons I selected D. Cole. Lindsey kept me well informed of designer Jim’s progress and ideas. I knew I would receive a lovely piece, but I was totally unprepared for the fabulously, stunning finished product! D. Cole Jewelers provided me not only with an impressive piece of wearable artwork, but my family with a meaningful heirloom for years to come. Thank you, D. Cole Jewelers!”

-Gwynne K.

"D. Cole is a great place for everyone. There is such a wide variety of style, colors, and prices. There is something in this jewelry store that can fit everyone's budget. The store itself is very clean and well lit. The staff is incredible. They are always willing to help you out and they will give you an honest opinion. I have never been disappointed."

Rachel L.

"What makes D. Cole Jewelers distinctive? Beyond the incredible design and exceptional materials is a passion for helping the customer to find the perfect piece. My purchases range from simple silver charms to a diamond necklace and bracelet set. My signature piece of jewelry, a gold bangle with a tourmaline stone, was custom made at d. cole over ten years ago. I knew who to reach to when i wanted to celebrate a special birthday by sharing tourmaline earrings with friends. Once again the professionals at d. cole jewelers made others feel speical with the perfect piece. It is always a pleasure."

- Carol H.

"I fell in love with D. Cole Jewelers when I was in high school. I loved that I could get beautiful silver and stone earrings for $10-$30. This was fifteen years ago and amazingly those prices still hold true today. I brought my husband into the shop to show him how beautiful everything was and told him never to buy me anything from one of those chain jewelry stores. He liked the service so much he had a ring made for me. He really enjoyed working with Ryan (the jeweler) and having his input in the design process. We worked with Ryan again to have a diamond reset and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. Our most recent purchase was an amethyst ring for me for Mother's Day. It is so nice to know that excellent customer service still exists. I recommend this shop to everyone. I never fail to mention where all of my beautiful pieces come from when I get compliments, and I get a lot of compliments!"

-Jamie & Tom C.

"I've never felt compelled to write an online review before, but after shopping for an engagement ring for my fiance at D. Cole I felt I had to share what a good experience we had. When you walk into the store you immediately notice the quality of their work. I would describe my fiance's taste as simple elegance (I may be biased there) and she immediately saw several pieces she loved. Prior to this, we shopped at several other jewelers and we had trouble finding anything she liked. The next thing you notice is the helpful, relaxed atmosphere created by the owners and their staff. Each time I came into the store, I spoke with the jeweler who was goign to make the ring I would buy. He was showing me wax moldings of new designs he was considering and spent a lot of time educating me to look around at other jewelers in the area! Afterwards, I realized why. His work is equal to the quality of other high end jewelers in the area, at half the price! I can't say enough about this jewelry store and will absolutely return in the future."

-by AtimboT at Citysearch

Portland offers a number of quality jewelry stores, but I have to highlight D. Cole Jewelers, located on Exchange Street in the Old Port.  I’ve known the owners, Dean and Denise Cole, for most of my life, and I have incredible respect for them and their family.  My brother and I are close in age to their son and daughter, Ryan and Emily, who also work in the store now, and we used to carpool to school together.  Dean and Denise were fun and easy to talk to – no small feat when dealing with teenagers – and their entire family reflects the best of Maine: generosity, kindness, and a willingness to lend a hand whenever it’s needed. For purposes of this post, I can tell you this jewelry store is well worth the visit for its quality – their designs are beautiful and unique - and they also provide excellent customer service. My husband worked with Ryan to design my engagement ring (check out their bridal gallery), knowing how much it would matter to me that it came from their store. Please stop by and experience what a special place this is!

-Eliza, 12/9/2012 on Maine Roots Blog

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