As consumers and designers alike continue to prioritize the ethical mining of metals and gemstones, I have encountered more and more individuals interested in adding stones with Canadian origin to their collections.
Your ability to offer custom design to your clients is based largely on your communication skills. Can you extract the proper information from your customer and convey it simply to your computer-aided design (CAD) operator?
When Michelle Bankowski opened Diamonds of Detroit in Humboldt, Sask., in the mid-1980s, she was facing an uphill battle, as her shop would be competing with three existing jewellery stores in the rural town.
In the wake of recent break-in activity in Canada, jewellers are carefully assessing their unique vulnerability to attacks and asking themselves what needs to be done to properly protect their business.
I'm curious about how jewellery merchants of long ago could buy diamonds and know for certain they were purchasing the ‘real thing’ and not another variety of cut, colourless gemstone. How often did they worry about that?
Using the 4Cs (colour, clarity, cut, and carat weight) to explain diamond pricing was developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in the 1950s. At that time, cloudy diamonds were considered ‘industrial-grade’ stones and were not set in jewellery.
Fall is a time for transitions and experimenting with new trends. For many, the season brings out a need for change; breezy cotton shirts and flip-flop sandals are tucked away and replaced with denim jackets, infinity scarves, and cropped boots.
Many industry professionals regard Montréal as a vibrant fashion and design mecca. The city is host to several famed international events, including the Montréal Fashion & Design Festival, which offers a multitude of opportunities to experience luxury.