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Oh Canada: News and views from the Canadian summer shows

By Jacquie De Almeida

The 85-carat citrine Bonnie Trudel is wearing around her neck is in its natural state—rough, although wrapped with handcrafted silver, allowing the stone’s energy to emanate.

Its powers, as she explains it, are protection, success, and luck.

Ruby, says Abraham Konialian, the jewellery’s designer, brings love, growth, and healing, while amethyst embodies not only healing, but enlightenment and protection.

As folklore would have it, gemstones are thought to hold mystical powers, but if your beliefs are rooted in less supernatural sentiments, Trudel says, consider them simply birthstones.

“Every piece is different,” Konialian tells Jewellery Business from his booth at CJ Expos”“Toronto. “All the powers are represented by coins that drop from the chain down the wearer’s back. We try to get our point across by contrasting the different powers each stone is said to represent and in addition to that, we brand the stone as the energy it carries. Our generation is also moving toward that natural and environmental scene.”

In an industry where innovation and one-of-a-kinds are top of mind with buyers, response to the line has been positive, he says of the jewellery he makes himself in Newmarket, Ont.

It’s the first time Cadoryn, Konialian’s company, has exhibited at a trade show. This also happens to be the second Canadian trade show of the year. The Canadian Jewellery Group (CJG) kicked things off a day earlier, while CJ Expos”“Edmonton and Expo Prestige in Montreal were held in the weeks that followed. The events offer Canadian retailers their last chance to stock up before the holiday rush.

The Christmas shopping season is traditionally the time of year where jewellers see the bulk of their sales, but they may be in for a bit of a challenge. The Conference Board of Canada’s July index of consumer confidence found Canadians were less optimistic about jobs. Although the numbers were up compared to July 2013, it was the third consecutive month they had fallen this year.

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