BEST OF CANADIAN STATEMENT NECKLACES

Christmas season is my favourite time of the year and when it’s over, unlike many others, I refuse to forget about the glitz and the glamour. To avoid winter blues, I suggest continuing wearing your extravagant and precious jewels!

Over the years, I’ve written about a number of glamorous Canadian precious, semi-precious and costume jewellery designers and here are my Top 5 picks along with my favourite statement necklaces.

1. ANNE SPORTUN FINE JEWELLERY

Who says a statement necklace needs to be big? A tasteful and unique pendant makes a BIG statement when worn with a classic outfit. ANNE SPORTUN knows how to make a dainty piece of a precious stone make a large impact.

Anne Sportun

The PARAIBLA NEBULA necklace is a one-of-its-kind and would look fabulous with a black tee, blazer and fitted jeans; as well as a clean-cut suit and a white blouse.

2. MARYAM KEYHANI

Another designer pushing boundaries in statement necklaces is MARYAM KEYHANI with her namesake label established in 2011. There isn’t one necklace I’m not in love with but I’ve never seen anyone use fabric within a necklace like her. Absolutely to die for!

This beautifully crafted fabric and leather necklace with a unique & versatile choice of colour will make any fitted dress or a blouse with trousers stand out.  AW 11 'Foliage'

This beautifully crafted fabric and leather necklace with a unique & versatile choice of colour will make any fitted dress or a blouse with trousers stand out. AW 11 ‘Foliage’

3. CHARLOTTE HOSTEN

The Montreal based designer calls her unique and admirable pieces of neck art Colliers. By combining everything from brooches, beads, leather, feathers, fabrics and metals, I’d say CHARLOTTE HOSTEN is the ‘it’ designer of affordable and fabulously gorgeous statement necklaces.

This vintage pink collier makes me smile from ear to ear. It's a perfect statement piece for a bride, to wear to a gala or to walk around the house and feel like a princess

This vintage pink collier makes me smile from ear to ear. It’s a perfect statement piece for a bride, to wear to a gala or to walk around the house and feel like a princess

4. REBEKAH PRICE DESIGNS

When you hear Rebecca’s story behind her jewellery line you won’t only fall in love with the designer but with the grit, passion and modernity of the label. The most up-and-coming name in costume jewellery, it’s not a surprise REBEKAH PRICE is one of my absolute favourites.

Bring some edge to your look with this Achilles collar necklace that will transform you into an instant fashionista

Bring some edge to your look with this Achilles collar necklace by Rebekah Price and you will be instantly transformed into a fashionista

5. REDSOFA JEWELLERY

A necklace speaks a thousand words, that’s what I say. And I like to wear jewellery that represent me. A statement necklace doesn’t have to be big or sparkly or made of the most expensive metals and stones, as its name states, it is a statement. REDSOFA JEWELLERY creates necklaces that I instantly connect with and that make me smile!

This understated statement necklace is ideal to wear everyday, all day. 'La storia di un viaggio' from the 'on the move' collection by RedSofa

This understated statement necklace is ideal to wear everyday, all day. ‘La storia di un viaggio’ from the ‘on the move’ collection by RedSofa

* All images from the appropriate labels web-sites.

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DUSHKA jewellery

DUSHKA jewellery design was established in Toronto in 1994 with deep roots in eastern Europe, specifically Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

Dushka

DUSHKA jewellery, especially up close, will make you wonder how delicate ones hands must be to design and create such intimate pieces of nature-inspired art with gold and silver.  Personally, I was amazed at how intricate and real each ring, necklace and earring is.

Duska

There is also a fabulous contemporary feel that doesn’t overwhelm the natural beauty of each piece. I’ve always been a fan of oxides silver and gold, however, too often the jewellery begins to look dark and depressing rather than refined and polished. DUSHKA tastefully combines oxidized metals, precious stones and polished metals.

Images from Dushka web-site.

EFRAT DEUTSCH JEWELRY

EFRAT DEUTSCH is beautifully hand-crafted namesake jewellery line  produced in a  Toronto-based studio by a very personable, creative and passionate goldsmith.
EFRAT who single-handedly produces two collections per year that have been inspired by  nature with  feminine and whimsical designs, was always drawn to a creative career.  “When the time came to decide [what creative career I wanted to pursue], I was torn between studying fashion design or art until I saw a goldsmith working on his bench through the window of a jewelry shop. I was mesmerized by what it takes to actually make a jewelry piece. It made me curious and I wanted to know more about the process. The best part was when I realized that making jewelry combined all the things I love; art, design, and the freedom to experiment.”
EFRAT DEUTSCH moved to Toronto after graduating with a BFA degree from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. After a short stint working on her first collection in a shared jewellery studio, the young designer set up a personal studio where she creates collections as well as custom pieces. You can order custom work by contacting Efrat through her web-site or check out the Etsy store. Also, a few select stores in Canada and United States carry her pieces.
What do you envision for Efrat in the next 5 years?

I envision moving forward. I would like to attend more retail and wholesale shows, keep designing new collections and learn new things on the way. It is important to have a vision for the future, but I also love surprises, which often turn out much better.

One thing that you would like Efrat to be known for and remembered by:

The most important principle in my business is catering to the customer’s individual needs. My clients buy directly from the studio without an intermediary. It makes the purchase much more personal. All the jewelry pieces are handmade and I enjoy all aspects in the creative process of making jewelry. From sketching the design and carving the wax, to setting the stones and polishing the final piece.

Fair trade and craft is key and I would like Efrat Deutsch Jewelry to be known for that.

Images were provided by Efrat Deutsch. Thank you for such a detailed interview!

CHARLOTTE HOSTEN: breaking rules, maintaining tradition

I truly can’t imagine anyone not appreciating, enjoying and loving CHARLOTTE HOSTEN jewellery. The Montreal-based designer captures imagination with original, boundless, luxurious and distinctive pieces.

When I saw CHARLOTTE HOSTEN colliers, I was reminded of a few quotes by Alexander McQueen, a man I admire because of his humble, brilliant, honest and self-proclaimed blemished nature. He’s been quoted stating: “I spent a long time learning how to construct clothes, which is important to do before you can deconstruct them”*and “You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”**

CHARLOTTE HOSTEN pieces, to some, may seem overwhelming but they are perfectly balanced with unique beads, chains, ribbons, charms, fabrics, leather, pearls, jewels, and feathers. Each piece has a lot going on but it’s exceptionally designed and balanced because of the designer’s intimate knowledge of the basics, and innate desire to push boundaries as well as emphasis on imagination and creativity. To create prominent pieces that will be cherished for generations on end, one first has to know the basics, and then work within those basics but with progression to achieve new greatness and evolution.

To note, CHARLOTTE HOSTEN colliers are the perfect gift you can gift yourself or a friend. They will make any and every simple dress or outfit stand out. You can find certain pieces on Etsy.

* Bolton, Andrew, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, pg.30, Yale University Press, New Haven

All Images from Charlotte Hosten web-site.

CODOGNATO and FABERGÉ masterpiece come back

CODOGNATO and FABERGE are European luxurious jewellery houses known to and accessible by the wealthiest aristocrats for the past century.

The famous Faberge Imperial Eggs

The famous Faberge Imperial Eggs

Most fascinating thing about CODOGNATO and FABERGE are their rich histories filled with mysteries, scandals, financial hardship, and, of course, the rich and the famous. Both houses date from late 1800’s. FABERGE closed its production in 1917 when the head designer, Peter Carl Fabergé, fled to Germany during the Russian Revolution. The house has re-established its name after opening a boutique in Geneva in December 2009. CODOGNATO opened it’s doors in 1866 by Simeone Codognato and to this day serves its prestige customers in the same, hidden boutique in Venice, Italy.

Some may run, some may stay, some can't stop staring. By Codognato

Some may run, some may stay, some can’t stop staring. By Codognato

Both houses are extremely exclusive, which plays a huge part in our fascination with them. CODOGNATO launched a web-site for the first time in 2012, doesn’t have a Twitter or a Facebook account, and is unreachable unless you visit Italy.  FABERGE is more ‘socially friendly’ but to be able to see their latest collections online in full, one has to create an account. In addition, purchasing an exclusive FABERGE also requires a trip to Geneva or you can choose for them to fly to see you!

Faberge fabulously incorporates sketching and their luxurious pieces throughout the site.

Faberge fabulously incorporates sketching and their luxurious pieces throughout the site.

FABERGE has become one of the to-go-to luxurious jewellery houses for those who can at least borrow it for editorials, red-carpets and fabulous galas. CODOGNATO, on the other hand, being very mysterious and dark when it comes to its one-of-a-kind, vintage luxury jewellery pieces, I see being appreciated by avant-garde collectors. The house has never been interested in flaunting its history and fame by advertising. Even without it, they attract names including Nicole Kidman, Liz Taylor, and the late Jackie Kennedy and Coco Chanel, without much difficulty.

*Images from Codognato and Faberge web-sites.