House of Hsueh Clutches: Great Accessories, Great Gifts

Cynthia Cheng One thing that many brides are thinking about is what to get their bridesmaids as a thank you gift.  For me, the choice was pretty easy.  The first thing I thought of were House of Hsueh bags.  Hand-made by Toronto-based designer, Benita Hsueh, they are very versatile and can be used as small purses […]

Burhemian Chic, California Cool

Cynthia Cheng California-based Ettika, a line of jewellery started by Ettie Rafeili and Joey Rafeili is an all-American brand inspired by their surroundings in Los Angeles.  Every colour of the rainbow can be found in this collection, which includes not only bracelets, but anklets, earrings and keychains as well.  The pieces which have both a bohemian […]

Green, Environmentally-Friendly Jewellery by Georgie Designs

Former teacher and mother, Robyn Klauer’s first memorable experience with art was when she painted faces on stones and selling them to neighbours.  When she was in sixth grade, she painted t-shirts with “puffy paint,” and sold it to her sister’s boyfriend for a $20.  

Gorgeous Silver Jewellery Make Things Pop

Chrissy Cook, a graduate of Millersville University in Pennsylvania (where she majored in Fine Art Metals) and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design (United Kingdom), studying Contemporary Jewellery Design, launched Chrissy Cook Designs, a line of sterling silver jewellery just this year.  Prior to launching her line, she had been working professionally as a goldsmith […]

Glamming Up With glamjulz

Founded in 2000, Monica Graves’ glamjulz, a line of necklaces, bracelets and earrings has since expanded to over 100 retail locations across Canada  It has also been seen in swags at numerous award shows, including the Much Music Video Awards and on celebrities like Elisha Cuthbert and Nelly Futardo.   glamjulz also has a bridal collection, all hand-made with semi-prescious stone, glass or crystal.  […]

Photo Tiles bring out Elemental Memories

Elemental Memories is a line of photo tile jewellery created by Lisa Laverty, who has always had an interest in art.  Whether it’s recreating something new from an old outfit, painting walls or anything else, there’s always something to create or recreate.  In addition, Lisa has a BFA in Art Education. The idea to start Elemental […]

Bottled Up Designs: One Person's Trash is Another's Treasure

Bottled Up Designs, a line of jewellery created from broken glass was founded in 2008 by Laura Bergman.  An avid bottle and glass collector, she has spent a great deal of time going through glass and bottle dumps in various habitats and farmlands in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, where she has lived her entire life.  One thing which has always bothered her […]

The Fuss of Floral Jewellery

Created by Wendy Stauffer, Fuss Jewelry is a line of necklaces, earrings, braclets, rings and bridal pieces.  Using her background in graphic design and biology, Wendy creates her pieces with wire and semi-prescious stones or pearls building each piece into a unique colourful, botanical shapes.  In addition to her website, Wendy also maintains a blog, where she comments about her […]

Lawyer Moonlights as Accessories Designer with Pretty Afrika

Sandra Aya Emil, the founder behind Pretty Afrika launched was not always an accessories designer. Educated at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (undergraduate), the University of Ghana (master’s) and the University of Illinois (law school), she first entered the jewellery market when she partnered with her mother to launch Nubian Creations  (the purses in […]

Loella Medina Jewellery: Sensual, Romantic and Globally Inspired

Loella Medina, a jewellery designer based in New York, became interested in the process of hand-made jewellery when she was ten years old.  Her father, a civil engineer, had started to create earrings, after finding pliers and beads at a construction site.  For a while in the 1980s, Mr. Medina’s earrings were a hit with women […]