Blending Muskoka warmth with Toronto cool
One of the greatest joys in being a jewellery designer is getting to know my customers and sharing your excitement about selecting the right piece of fine jewellery for yourself or a gift. I truly love seeing photos of you wearing my work and hearing how your mother, sister, wife, daughter, or friend reacted to the jewellery you chose for her.
Thanks to the Internet, your neighbourhood jeweller is always as close as your computer. Count on me for small-town service and big-city style.
After high school, I moved to Toronto and earned a Jewellery Arts Diploma from George Brown College. There I mastered all the technical skills required in order to create fine jewellery: carving designs in wax, casting in gold and sterling silver, choosing and setting stones, and bringing all the elements together.
Upon graduating I worked for a large jewellery manufacturer as well as a few different independent designers. I learned many aspects about running business before I took the leap to start my own in 2010. With each year I have enjoyed growing and learning more in this rewarding line of work.
I grew up in Bala, Ontario where Lake Muskoka empties into the Moon River. While my Moon River is not the one Audrey Hepburn sang about in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” I like to imagine a link between my childhood and a future filled with precious metals and gemstones.
The vast natural beauty of the Muskoka cottage country made a deep and lasting impression on me as a child. The energy and diversity of Toronto influences my work as well. My sister and I love visiting antique fairs and flea markets both in Toronto and while traveling. I often get ideas from estate jewelry that lends a vintage feel to my own work.
I fabricate each piece with materials and processes that will stand the test of time. My goal is to create heirloom-quality jewellery that will be handed down, and perhaps inspire another designer someday.
I love collaborating with others. Both with other creatives and custom work clients.
I have enjoyed working with the band Lovelocks on a capsule collection of affordable pieces with a lock and key motif.
For Valentine’s Day, I teamed up with another designer to create the Bijoux d’Amour collection of hearts.
The Bianco collection was a very special collaboration as it balances my love of textures and nature with my sister’s affinity for rich colors and modern lines.
Thanks to my customers, I have created many “collections of one.” These custom designs are made with just one special person in mind. I have worked with customers on one-of-a-kind engagement rings as well as jewellry to commemorate birthdays, graduations, and other major milestones. Other custom projects have involved redesigning vintage jewellry to make work with the client’s personal taste.
If you can describe the jewellry of your dreams, I would love to make it a reality for you—or a special person in your life.
My next collaborator might be...you.
Browse my most recent custom projects here.