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Fine Hand-crafted Jewellery available at Artfest Toronto!

Artfest Toronto recognizes everyone loves jewellery and we proudly feature some of Canada's top experts in jewellery making at all of our Artfest Ontario shows.   

Art and craft shows have become known as a hub for jewellery shopping.  With the recent resurgence of the craft industry in general, the number of jewellers has burgeoned - making jury selection for art and craft shows a difficult task. Craft categories go in and out of popularity in waves.  Currently, pottery and woodcraft and weaving, are experiencing an upward swing, while glass is heading down after a long stretch of being on top.  Jewellery artisans pretty much always sell well at shows.

The criteria for Artfest jewellery are based upon our rating of uniqueness of materials and design and the craftsmanship and presentation of the art pieces.  You will find a wide variety at our shows and in most cases, different artisans at each of Artfest Ontario's four yearly events, Generally, we like to give as many artists as possible the opportunity to exhibit at our shows.  To apply for any of Artfest Ontario's 2018 shows and to view our application guidelines, visit - Artfest Ontario Exhibitor Guidelines

Jewellery can be made from just about anything you can imagine and many new materials are being added to the mix.  We've noticed a movement away from gold and silver, making room for brass, copper, clay and recycled materials.  Today, jewellery designers are also exploring ways to have a lower impact on the environment and are re-purposing materials in their work.  For instance, antique buttons, charms and beads, stripped electrical wire and natural seeds are all candidates.  

View our Artfest Toronto Jewellery exhibitors here and see you at the final show of the 2017 season.  

 

Posted on August 31, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Devine Jewellery- New Collection for Fall 2017- available at Artfest Toronto

Labour Day Weekend at the Distillery Historic District in Booth D1. Devine has been exhibiting at the Artfest Toronto shows for 10 years. Always a favorite with a huge following of loyal customers. Carol and Ted Devine also do a lot of custom designs for special occasions and are renowned for having outstanding customer service. Classic fine crafted jewellery in gold and silver.

Posted on August 25, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Mineral Inspirations from Luce Gilbert Jewellery

Trained as a landscape architect and now a jeweller, Luce Gilbert has created jewellery for more than 20 years. Nature and, particularly, the wonderful mineral world inspire her designs.

She studied the art of jewellery-making (silversmith and lapidary work) with renowned Navajo silversmiths from New-Mexico and Arizona at the Idyllwild School of Arts and Music in California, Luce's collections harmonize semi-precious stones; local, but rare, natural stones from Quebec and the rest of Canada; natural freshwater and culture pearls; sterling silver and metal filigree. This year, Luce is incorporating Pearl and Canadian Stone into her fineJewellery collection.

Whether they are of traditional or contemporary inspiration, her jewellery distinguishes itself by its elegant simplicity and classical style. The natural elegance of her jewellery allows for countless combinations and juxtapositions in order to affirm a personalized style for any occasion. Handmade in Quebec and proud Canadian product, Luce Gilbert jewellery is exhibited in Montreal, throughout Quebec and Canada, as well as France.

Posted on June 5, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Fine Art Painter & Jewellery Artist - exhibiting at Artfest Kingston!

Vicki Sharp combines many artistic talents to create her works of art which include both paintings and wearable bead art.  Most recently, she has been working with metals to create her own unique designs.  This Canada Day long weekend, Vicki will be exhibiting her jewellery collection at Artfest Kingston. She carefully crafts her jewellery using the following techniques: Off-Loom Bead Weaving, Forged and Etched & Patina Metals

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Off-loom bead weaving uses beading needles & thread to weave beads together.  Very different from simple stringing, bead weaving uses a vocabulary of stitches to ‘sew’ the beads together.  Often more than one stitch is used in Vicki's jewellery pieces.  

Vicki expanded her fine jewellery collection to include her own hand made sterling silver clasps and she has introduced new pieces made up of combining different metals such as brass, copper & sterling silver.  Vicki etches the metals and then adds different colour patinas. She then adds the small components which are often forged (hammered) and textured.  She uses ‘cold-joins’ to combine and layer the different metals together.

Artist Biography:

Vicki completed her Honours Fine Arts Degree from York University (1980) and completed 3 scholarship sessions at The Banff School of Fine Arts. She also holds a Bachelor of Education degree from The University of Toronto.  Growing up in Toronto, she moved to Muskoka in 1991 and then in 2014 she moved to Prince Edward County where she works from her home-based studio near Picton which overlooks lush rolling farmland.

Price Points (Jewellery): $45 - $350

Visit her website - Vicki Sharp

Posted on May 29, 2017 and filed under Jewellery.

Wearable art at Artfest at the Distillery!


Devine is synonymous with distinctive, 'One Of A Kind' pieces of jewellery. Ted, Carol and their son, Jake, work in sterling silver, and various karats and colours of gold, usually incorporating precious and semi-precious stones.

Ted is well known for his clean, uncluttered and functional designs … as well as his perfectly fashioned bezel settings. Unusual for their trade Ted, Carol and Jake do all their own work - designing, making by hand, stone setting, polishing and marketing. Carol's background is in interior design combined with her talent for drawing creates the perfect atmosphere to marry an artist's talent with customer's wishes for the numerous custom orders they create each year.

Ted and Carol, along with their irreplaceable manager Tracey enjoy meeting and introducing all to the unique and wonderful Jewellery on display at Devine Fine Jewellery at the charming and historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa. Other venues to view their work include The One of a Kind Christmas and Spring Shows in Toronto, and The Originals Christmas Craft Show in Ottawa.

Devine Fine Jewellery welcomes the opportunity to create that special something for that special someone, whatever the occasion!

 

Posted on August 27, 2016 and filed under Jewellery.

RAW eco-jewellery Features Statement Jewellery for the Wild & Vivacious!

RAW eco jewellery produces contemporary and imaginative jewellery by transforming an abundant supply of antique and reclaimed mareials, antique buttons and other unique vintage treasures in distinctive and innovative designs. See her Look Book here.

RAW is a traveling curio shop of handmade bohemian style jewellery.

A blend of elemental metals and dedicated craftsmanship form the backbone of the RAW aesthetic. Artisan made fashion jewellery, RAW creates using traditional, metal-smith and fine jewellery techniques.

Often drawn from reclaimed sources, otherwise overlooked materials are stripped, prepped and transformed by dedication and love of a hammer, anvil & files.

Hand cut, pierced, twisted, cold forged and soldered metal coaxed into incredible details, seamlessly marrying together relics from our industrial heritage with artifacts of our natural world.

Hand collected organic seeds, brass & copper curiosities, antique time pieces, rich silks & vintage textiles pair with crystals, bone, antler & exotic seeds to tell stories of the past, present and future.

Inspired by ethnic cultures, nomadic lifestyles and intrinsic values, everything RAW is created with quality and intention.
— Devaki ~ RAW eco jewellery artisan

 

 

Posted on August 16, 2016 and filed under Jewellery.

Whitney Haynes supports & proudly creates sustainable jewellery art!

Artist, Whitney Haynes, crafts modern Canadiana sterling jewelry for those who love simple organic design.

Whitney's nature inspired Fallen Birch Line includes Leather & Birch Wrist Wraps, Resin & Birch Earrings, Pendants, Rings, Belt Buckles and Cuff Links. All fallen birch used in this collection is gathered by Whitney unless a client has requested she use pieces from their own property to make it more sentimental.

Whitney's Art Inspired Line includes images of Canadian Fine Artist Heather Haynes' Tree Series which is the same category selection as the Birch Line. Inspirational Leather & Sterling Wraps are one of a kind funky everyday wrist wear.  Pick from a variety of nature inspired quotes that have been hand stamped onto recycled sterling metal or custom order with your favourite quote or make it super personal with your family names, dates, and so on. The leather for these wraps is hand cut and dyed. Each leather strip is unique in colour, artfully dyed to look like, in many cases, strips of wood, making this leather an integral part of the design.

Whitney has been designing and crafting sterling silver jewelry for the past six years. She has taken a few introductory silversmith courses; however, she is mainly self taught.  All of her collections have something to do with nature, whether it be images of trees, incorporating real fallen birch bark into her pieces, or hand stamping quotes about the outdoors incorporated into her recycled sterling plates.

I think of my line as “Modern Canadiana” and want to continue to build on that platform.
— Whitney Haynes

Whitney's wish list of things to accomplish in 2016 consists of the following: to develop her skills working with fine silver art clay and to create a line in this medium, and to continue to build a business that is as environmentally solid and sustainable as it can be. To date, all of Whitney's sheet metal material is collected from recycled silver as are many components, 95% of her packaging is from recycled materials, her suppliers are mainly manufacturers in North America and her leather is hand stained with an eco friendly dye product.

Although Whitney has had the luxury of selling her pieces in her sister's fine art gallery for the last four years, Whitney is now changing directions in order to expand her market by building an on line store and heading to different cities selling at shows such as Artfest.

Find Whitney this Sept from the 2nd to 5th at the Distillery at Artfest Toronto! 

Posted on August 5, 2016 and filed under Jewellery.

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature!

Artfest Ontario Artists Embrace Nature as their Inspiration at our Artfest shows!  So, come on out to our upcoming Artfest Port Credit show, from May 27 - 29 and see for yourself!  

Have you ever noticed that artists tend to have a deep connection with our natural world? Perhaps it stems from noticing the minuscule details of our environment or possessing incredible curiosity about everything. Seeing through creative eyes and appreciating beauty truly inspires a plethora of artwork in all sorts of mediums. It makes sense really, considering how beautiful our planet truly is.

Artfest also appreciates beautiful scenery, hence the wonderful event locations we choose, like Port Credit’s Memorial Park.  Painters, photographers, sculptors, textile artists, jewellers, candle makers, potters, gourmet food makers, and home décor creators are some of the Artfest Port Credit exhibitors that embrace nature in their work, then transform it into something unique and memorable.  And all for you!

As a kid, Garry Revesz was attracted to the outdoors, nature, drawing and photography. You know, the right-brained stuff. For over 35 years he owned a software design and application company for small business clients in Toronto. However, an urge to follow his passion for nature and wildlife photography was welling up inside. As an animal lover, he was becoming more anxious about the plight of wildlife. The poaching and the senseless killing of animals were weighing heavily on his mind. “Something had to be done.”

He felt that his photography skills could contribute to the growing need for education and awareness. An award-winning photographer, Garry has been studying and photographing species at risk. His images are a haunting reminder of the fragility of our planet’s creatures. Garry is a new exhibitor at Artfest this year in the Port Credit and the September Toronto Distillery Shows.  Welcome Garry!! View more of his photography here:  Garry Revesz Photography.

 ~ Garry Revesz Photography

~ Garry Revesz Photography

Blake Richardson’s Earthen Sculptures and Prints are derived directly from things he discovers in nature. Using a fine brush and oil paints to augment the features of the stones he collects, Blake enhances what he sees in the rock. He intentionally leaves out details so others can engage their own imagination. Adding a driftwood cradle enables him to display the pieces flatteringly. For Earth prints, he uses his camera to capture what he sees and does not disturb those environments. He then paints enhancements onto the surface of his photo prints, creating new works of art. Blake finds imagery in the bark of trees, the lichen growing on rocks and the swirling of the clouds. It has led him on an amazing journey over the years. He says, “I follow what I love and let nature be my guide because I know the signs that reveal themselves along the way will show me where I am meant to go in life.” What a lovely metaphor for following our dreams.

 ~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

~ Blake Richardson Earthen Sculptures

Jewellery is a powerful conduit for nature lovers. Artfest patrons can’t help but pick up a new piece of jewellery when they come to the shows. We have a lovely selection of outdoor inspired jewels to choose from. Whitney Haynes crafts her work from all things natural and her designs most certainly accentuate any wardrobe piece. Her nature inspired Fallen Birch Line includes leather and birch wrist wraps, resin and birch earrings, pendants, rings, belt buckles, and cuff links. All fallen birch used in this collection is gathered by Whitney, unless a client has requested to use pieces from their own property to make a sentimental statement. The Art Inspired Line includes images of Canadian fine artist Heather Haynes’ Tree Series. Truly works of art. The Inspirational leather and sterling wraps are one of a kind, funky everyday wrist wear; one of these may end up being your favourite piece. The leather for these wraps is hand cut and artfully dyed with each leather strip unique in colour. In many cases the wraps looks like strips of wood. Stunning!

 ~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

~ Whitney Haynes Jewellery Art

Candles are a basic necessity in our homes. Handy when the power goes out, but they also positively transform our living spaces into romantic, relaxing, entertaining and delightful worlds. Mindi and Marco Ferkul from Kul Werks Candle Art have spent the past 21 years perfecting their mixed media candle lanterns. Using a combination of their own blend of waxes and select architectural stained glass, they handcraft magical lights for everlasting use. Honouring the “slow movement” of heritage artisanal techniques is key to the making of their timeless craft. The stained glass compositions are inspired by nature’s designs and elegant patterns. They are available in colours and themes for every décor and are cleverly designed to be refillable using a simple tealight so your candle will last forever.

 ~ Kul Werks Candle Art

~ Kul Werks Candle Art

Walk around Artfest Port Credit and take in the artist’s inspirations from our natural world, perhaps your own imagination will start racing!  

Whitney Haynes re-uses fallen birch to create unique jewellery art!

Whitney Haynes Designs works carefully using simple lines to frame fallen birch in sterling silver. The addition of custom hand stamping adds a unique touch to her stunning artwork and we are thrilled to have her exhibiting at our Artfest shows!  This year, you'll find Whitney exhibiting at our upcoming May Port Credit Show and then again at Artfest Kingston and our closing Artfest show in Sept at the Distillery. 

Whitney explains her creative and natural instinct to create one-of-a-kind jewellery art made with selected pieces of fallen birch:

Making my way in the creative world, by: Whitney Haynes  

"I have been splitting  my time for the last 3 1/2 years between working at my sister's gallery (Heather Haynes Gallery) where we have shared retail hours selling my designs and her Fine Art and my home studio creating and designing.  Chip and winnie keep me company during the day while my husband is at work and my kids are at school.   I balance work with yoga, outdoor adventures and I even went on a learn to surf week last spring.  

What's Next?

2016 brings changes for my sister and myself.  Heather is moving the Gallery to Gananoque, Ontario, where it will open in Late spring.  I will be spending the remaining winter months developing an on line presence and e commerce store.

Local, Local, local!!!!

I love the local aspect of my business, I love my downtown, Kingston, Ontario and I support and beleive strongly in shopping local, so part of my new direction will include finding a new way to have presence in the Downtown core, whether that be pop up shows or some listings at other local shops.   I will also have lines available in the relocated Heather Haynes gallery which I consider a local venture as well."

Contact Info for Whitney Haynes Designs:
Phone: (613) 540-2645
Kingston, ON
Website: www.whitneyhaynes.ca
E-mail: whitney@whitneyhayne
 

Posted on May 16, 2016 and filed under Jewellery.

Forks & Fashion & the Artisan's Life

Kathy Anderson, Forks & Fashion (www.facebook.com/ForksandFashionbykathy):

"I love recycling and up-cycling antique silverware into jewellery and fashion accessories for so many reasons. I'm glad I can play a little part in helping our environment. I love the idea of taking someone's personal silverware and making memory pieces from it so they can wear and use it instead of stuffing a chest of silver in a cupboard and forgetting about it.

What a great way to bring family memories to life every day! I enjoy supporting small business and handmade throughout our communities, province and worldwide. You have to be so very disciplined to run your own small business. You have to get out of bed each morning and do your production work, do your bookkeeping, do your social media work, research, design, create, order and package and label. The days are long! Preparing for a show can be grueling but it can also bring a rush of adrenalin. Even though it's hard work, I adore what I do!"
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Kathy Anderson will be exhibiting her unique, vintage flatware jewellery this weekend at Artfest Toronto.  

Posted on September 5, 2015 and filed under Jewellery, Green Art.

Up-cycling with Pepi Designs

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Talented glass artist, Pepita Arden, designs one of a kind jewellery pieces from her collection of unique, up-cycled glass.  Pepita's mosaics of stained glass and Swarovski crystals on recycled bases are masterpieces sure to last a life time.

Eco-friendly jewellery at its finest!  Only at Artfest Toronto, from Sept 4 - 7th.  Crafted with care and love by Pepi Design, Pepita has taken jewellery to another level, giving a second life to old glass.  

Posted on August 24, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Japanese Metalworking Techniques by Y. Stern

Since 1995, owner and founder of Y. Stern carefully handcrafts a fine selection of silver and gold jewellery and silver and niobium watches. Yair Stern is a self-taught artisan who moved to Canada just seven years ago. Since then, has been experimenting with new materials and techniques.

Yair work's involves Mokume Gane, a Japanese metalworking procedure that produces a mixed-metal laminate containing distinctive layered patterns in the work.  Niobium is a type of soft metal that is often found in a mineral. It's name was found in Greek Mythology.

Among Yair's work, you’ll find various styles and materials that form a large eclectic collection with prices ranging from $35 to $ 1500. All of Yair's jewellery is created in his studio where he personally controls each stage of production from design, preparation of Mokume Gane, assembly, stone setting and casting.

Y. Stern's fine jewellery can be found during the Artfest Toronto event this Labour Day long weekend at the Distillery Historic District from Sept 4th - 7th!  

 

Posted on August 20, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Marie Eve Bordeleau traces impressions left by shells in her work!

Artist Statement:

In my creations, the texture and patterns are ubiquitous. The shell of the sea urchin inspires emotions, feelings and memories. The unique impressions left by the shells symbolize a true story, a trip or an unforgettable moment. By tracing an object into precious materials such as gold or silver, it becomes a reminder of a story that you never want to forget. 

At the start of production, I never know which shape or function the piece will have. The raw forms that result from the impressions are what inspire me to make this kind of jewellery. Rectangular forms allow for rich, expanding textures while circular shapes take us to new places. Every step of imprinting, molding, melting, cutting, welding, sanding, and polishing brings you pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets—complete with the stamp of nature. 

Sterling silver provides brilliance, reminiscent of the reflections of water. At times, I prematurely blacken the jewels to create depth as well as highlight the textures of the lace or marine elements. I choose to add sculpted wood from Québec and other regions to give colour and vivacity to the creations. Soft Mother of Pearl is also sometimes added to the sterling silver, giving a touch of femininity and sophistication while fine nuggets of gold symbolize the wealth of forms in marine life. 

Posted on August 18, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Forks & Fashion - the new Green trend of vintage wearable art!

Forks and Fashion crafts a selection of up-cycled vintage silverware, handmade into unique fashion accessories and jewellery for all occasions!

Artisan Kathy Anderson's collection consists of radiant spoon money clips, tie clips, barrettes, pie server cuff bracelets, key chains, spoon and fork bracelets, earrings rings, fork rings and demitasse spoon rings.

**All hand made by Forks & Fashion using green energy in their quaint shop.

A little bit about Kathy Anderson:

Kathy lives in a small village outside of Chatham Kent on a hobby farm where they do all they can for the environment by recycling, composting, up-cycling and using green energy with a wind turbine attached to their barn. 

Kathy and her family are firm believers of supporting the local movement and the Earth.  So, Kathy focuses on shopping ethically from the local farmers and artisans. She first created Forks & Fashion 4 years ago and continues to expand her eco-friendly line of jewellery and follow her passion. 

We have pieces of antique silverware that have been in barns for years..or even in a fire. Using a buffing wheel in our shop we bring back their shine.
— Kathy Anderson ~ Creator of Forks & Fashion

You'll find her line of vintage up-cycled jewellery in a GTA  gallery, in a boutique in the Niagara region and within her home community.  And of course, at Artfest Toronto, this Labour Day long weekend from Sept 4th-7th at the Distillery.
 

 

Posted on August 15, 2015 and filed under Green Art, Jewellery.

Steampunk Pet Jewellery makes its way to Artfest at the Distillery!

At Artfest Toronto we include EVERYONE when considering our market and what our Artfest goers want to take home.  For instance, Jewellery artist Kathryn B. and founder of Chibi Seimei Inc. has designed an entire product line just for your family pets!

I debuted my pet tags last year at the Artfest Summer show and I expanded my design from tags to pet jewellery which ranges from 10, 12, 14 and 16 inches in length to fit a variety to pet sizes.
— Kathryn B.

Artist/Designer, Kathryn Belzunce, began her jewellery journey with japanese origami before creating her own distinct jewellery line. She continues to use japanese washi which is nature-themed and gives an endless array of design possibilities in the exclusive jewellery that she creates.

Kathryn is inspired by modern art masters such as Chagall, Kandinsk and most of all, by PIcasso and Braque for their style in fragmentation which influences her industrial Steampunk and whimsical pieces.

Kathryn's varied mixed-media Steampunk jewellery line typically contains a colourful background in each piece of japanese washi or artisan marble paper.  She further sets each piece carefully with a charm, vintage watch part or an accent of a cubic zirconia. Once finalized, Kathryn seals her creation with quality resin so your one of a kind piece of wearable art will last a life time!

Find Chibi Seimei Inc. at Artfest Toronto this Labour Day long weekend, from Sept 4- 7!  See you there!


Posted on August 14, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Handmade Jewellery by: Beke Design

Beke Design uses traditional jewellery skills and techniques such as forging, soldering, piercing, fret working and chain-making. Combine this with a fresh modern look, artisan, Monika Gennaro, makes each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Artisan Biography of Monica Gennaro:

From a very early age Monica Gennaro was fascinated with jewellery. However, it was only in 2007 that she turned to jewellery making using beads and wire. Soon realizing that this limited her, Monica enrolled in the three year George Brown College Jewellery Arts Program, one of North America’s largest and best equipped jewellery programs, where she earned the Certificate of Jeweller. 

The inspiration for Monica’s jewellery comes from the natural beauty that has surrounded her for the past 12 years: the patterns on tree bark, the shapes of flower petals and leaves. These elements are incorporated in a number of her original handcrafted art-jewellery creations.

All of her beautiful and diverse pieces are handmade solely by her in her Stouffville, Ontario studio. Monica works mainly in sterling silver and gold using traditional methods of jewellery making: sawing, annealing, forging, soldering, and piercing. In most of her exquisitely made pieces, she incorporates precious and semi-precious stones in a bezel setting.

Monica’s unique collections include an eclectic and broad selection of styles from stylized geometric shapes to nature inspired lines and forms. True pride and workmanship is evident in the high quality of each Beke creation. Every finished piece is a true work of art.

Posted on August 13, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Alice Beads Beautiful Things

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Jeweller Alice Chik takes beading to another level. She carefully crafts beautiful pieces of wearable art using semi-precious stones, crystals and fine sterling silver. She is exhibiting at Artfest Toronto so stop over to her booth and pick out that perfect, special gift.

Additionally, Alice creates stunning and unique ceramic sculptures. Each piece is completely usable and practical. Her collection includes serving dishes, trays, teapots and more. Alice's imagination truly shines through in her ceramic work....as you can see from this Tea Service Set.

Alice's Words:

"Despite having an idea and plan of execution in mind, the natural beauty of the beads always take life of their own. The end result is often an unexpected, yet striking piece of jewelry. 
This constantly evolving journey of spontaneous creativity gives life to my pieces, and meaning to my life."

Visit Alice's website to learn more about her stunning beadwork. 



 

Posted on August 9, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Bijoux Beads Jewellery at Artfest Toronto!

Bijoux Beads creates a fine selection of elegant jewellery using semi-precious stones exclusively from Quebec and Canada, natural freshwater and culture pearls, sterling silver pieces, Swarovski crystal and metal filigree. + "Navajo" influence jewellery with natural turquoise, a variety of stunning stones, and natural shells.
 

Artist Statement:

Trained as a landscape architect and now a jeweller, I have created jewellery for more than 20 years. Nature and particularly the wonderful mineral world inspire my designs. I studied the art of jewellery-making ( silversmith and lapidary work) with renowned Navajo silversmiths from New-Mexico and Arizona at the Idyllwild School of Arts and Music in California.

My collections harmonize semi-precious stones, local but rare natural stones (fron Quebec and the rest of Canada), natural freshwater and culture pearls, sterling silver and metal filigree. Wether they are of traditional or contemporary inspiration, my jewellery distinguishes itself by its elegant simplicity and classical style.

The natural elegance of my jewellery allows for countless combinations and juxtapositions in order to affirm a personalized style for any occasion.Handmade in Quebec and proud Canadian product. My jewellery is exhibited in Montreal, throughout Quebec and Canada as well as France.

Find Bijoux at Artfest Toronto and check our their selection of fine hand crafted wearable art!


Posted on August 7, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Devine Fine Jewellery: 'Synonymous with Distinctive'!

The Story of Devine Fine Jewellery......

Ted Devine was born in Ottawa, Ontario. His formative years were spent in the National Capital and upon completion of high school, continued his post-secondary education at Ottawa University, Carleton University, Queen's University and MacArthur College of Education.

He graduated these noble institutions with Bachelor's Degrees in English and Physical Education, and Honours Degree in English and Physical Education and a Type A Teaching Certificate. He pursued a High School teaching career for five years before deciding to take a sabbatical. During this time he, quite by chance, discovered the worlds of silver and gold, and the rest is history.

Ted has continued on this fascinating path for thirty odd years. Carol Devine was raised in Toronto and Ottawa. She attended Carleton University and Algonquin College from which she graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design.

In her senior year at Algonquin she met Ted and, they have worked together ever since! They have two sons – Jake and Sullivan. Tracey Cavanagh grew up in Ashton, Ontario and attended Algonquin College where she earned her Degree in Recreation-Leadership. While employed as Assistant Administrator for Ottawa's Jazz Festival in 1987, Devine was in need of a manager, and Tracey was able to bridge her loyalty to the Festival that year with her new position of Manager of Devine Fine Jewellery.

Tracey has continued in her role as Manager since then, much to the delight of Carol, Ted and countless clients. Ted is, for the most part, self-taught (books, research, trial and error) but did have some formal training in Ottawa, Toronto and Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He began his professional career at craft shows on the Terraces of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and graduated to a variety of shop fronts in Ottawa's Byward Market. These experiences evolved into our Shop at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier (Ottawa) where we have welcomed our clientele since 1982.Devine is synonymous with distinctive, 'One Of A Kind' pieces of jewellery. Ted, Carol and their son, Jake, work in sterling silver, and various karats and colours of gold, usually incorporating precious and semi-precious stones.

Ted is well known for his clean, uncluttered and functional designs … as well as his perfectly fashioned bezel settings. Unusual for their trade Ted, Carol and Jake do all their own work - designing, making by hand, stone setting, polishing and marketing. Carol's background is in interior design combined with her talent for drawing creates the perfect atmosphere to marry an artist's talent with customer's wishes for the numerous custom orders they create each year.

Jake has been assisting in the workshop since he was old enough to hold the tools, and apprenticing and perfecting his own skills full time since 2009.Ted and Carol, along with their irreplaceable manager Tracey enjoy meeting and introducing all to the unique and wonderful Jewellery on display at Devine Fine Jewellery at the charming and historic Chateau Laurier Hotel in downtown Ottawa. Other venues to view their work include The One of a Kind Christmas and Spring Shows in Toronto, and The Originals Christmas Craft Show in Ottawa.

Devine will be exhibiting their stunning one-of-a-kind jewellery at Artfest Toronto.  Check them out!

Posted on August 7, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.

Ready-to-wear Sculptures by: Marie-Eve Bordeleau!

Showcasing her stunning work this Labour Day long weekend at Artfest Toronto, artisan, Marie-Eve, hand-crafts beautiful pieces of wearable art for her collection of silver and wood jewellery that you will surely want to check out.    

Marie-Eve's Words:

"In my creations, the texture and patterns are ubiquitous. The shell of the sea urchin inspires emotions, feelings and memories. The unique impressions left by the shells symbolize a true story, a trip or an unforgettable moment. By tracing an object into precious materials such as gold or silver, it becomes a reminder of a story that you never want to forget.

At the start of production, I never know which shape or function the piece will have. The raw forms that result from the impressions are what inspire me to make this kind of jewellery. Rectangular forms allow for rich, expanding textures while circular shapes take us to new places. Every step of imprinting, molding, melting, cutting, welding, sanding, and polishing brings you pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets—complete with the stamp of nature. ¬ Sterling silver provides brilliance, reminiscent of the reflections of water.

At times, I prematurely blacken the jewels to create depth as well as highlight the textures of the lace or marine elements. I choose to add sculpted wood from Québec and other regions to give color and vivacity to the creations. Soft Mother of Pearl is also sometimes added to the sterling silver, giving a touch of femininity and sophistication while fine nuggets of gold symbolize the wealth of forms in marine life." 

Biography of Marie-Eve Bordeleau:

"From a young age, I had an interest in art and handicrafts. I started by making jewellery with embroidery thread, hemp thread as well as wood and glass beads. As time passed, I needed a challenge thus, I decided to continue my studies in the arts field. In 2006, I graduated from the l’École de Joaillerie de Québec (Quebec School of Jewellery).

I am the proud winner of the "Prize for Technical Evolution," and was awarded in all three years of my study. After a few 2010 business-training courses in Trois-Rivières, "Ready-to-wear Sculptures by Marie-Eve Bordeleau" was born. On a 2004 work/study adventure to British Columbia, Canada, I fell for the charm of the west coast nature. While in Tofino, on the upper west coast of Vancouver Island, I spotted it – the biggest sea urchin I had ever seen. I was so taken by this shell that it became the symbol of my trip. For me, this sea urchin represented pure moments of happiness, liberty and being in the present moment. I felt as though I had discovered a great treasure in such a simple object.

On the three-day bus ride home, the seashell broke. I was so sad that I decided to remake the sea urchin in precious metal. I was so impressed by the textured results that I made an entire collection. "For me, this collection represents a dream of travel, ambition, health, liberty, a fondness for simple things as well as a passion for nature and life."

Today, I love making limited edition, contemporary jewellery in varying series. The collection ranges from rings for men and women, brooches, and pendants to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I choose top sterling silver, gold, as well as exotic wood from woodworking workshops. The gentle textures and visuals left by the imprint of sea urchin shells make each piece 100% unique and nature surprises us with beauty every time. I design and draw my models, cut, sculpt, sand the wood, melt, and even weld the metal. I maintain the machinery; manage the advertising; do the graphic design; complete the accounting; and last but not least, I represent my own jewellery."

Posted on August 3, 2015 and filed under Jewellery.