Fine and demi-fine jewellery that can be layered and worn everyday is one of the best business booms of the last 10 years (in my humble opinion).
Accessories instantly elevate an outfit and my mother used to tell me that handbags, shoes, and jewellery are the best pieces to invest in because they'll always fit. They also (for the most part) exist outside the perpetual revolving door of trends.
Silver was big in the late 90s early 2000s but I'm so pleased to see that yellow gold is back and doesn't show any signs of disappearing with the increase of super delicate chains, miniature pendants, and ornate but diminutive rings.
Here are six Vancouver jewellery brands that are creating beautiful super wearable necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings.
Wolf Circus was founded in Vancouver in 2010 and is made by a team of imaginative jewellery designers that strike a balance between elevated fine jewellery and expressive boho. With whimsical shapes and timeless designs, the jewellery mixes metals and pearls with beads and chords of satin.
Wolf Circus is a little bit of something different that is still super wearable. They can be found through their website or in boutiques all over the Lower Mainland.
True Curated Designs
Designed by Tori Dundas as everyday fine jewellery, True Curated Designs takes classic and vintage jewellery designs and contemporizes them for the modern person.
Dundas designs custom made engagement and right-hand rings but her ready-to-wear collections are minimal, understated, and highly coordinated. The stand-out pieces are True's chains, which are light and come in different weave patterns for both necklaces and bracelets.
True also just launched a gender-neutral collection that makes good use of the chains.
Lover's Tempo is girly in the best possible way. They have tapped into a dreamy aesthetic that makes every piece covetable.
The jewellery is entry-level in terms of price point but the ultra-delicate appearance of the feminine fairytale-esque designs makes them seem much more luxe. It also makes it difficult not to buy a whole new jewellery box in one go.
Think a lot of opals, cosmic vibes and starburst motifs. The demi-fine jewellery is made with sustainably sourced recycled sterling silver and plated in 14K gold.
Melanie Auld is the go-to dainty, layerable jewellery designer with a beautiful studio on West 6th in Vancouver (as well as a newly opened one in Toronto) that offers piercing, welding, and engraving.
She started out working with gold plating and has since expanded into more luxury materials like diamonds and 14K gold so there are accessible price points for different budgets. She also recently added enamel to her list of materials with colourful collections to keep up with the new jewellery trend.
Leah Alexandra pulls you into her pop-up at the Fairmont Pacific Rim with the permanent bracelet trend and holds you there with her dazzling range of fine jewellery rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
The spark studio welds a custom measured chain bracelet of your choice to your wrist with no closure. You can add a tiny pearl or sapphire too.
Her brand has been around since 2006 and her selection of other jewellery is sizable and ranges in price point and chunkiness. But at the moment her best sellers are the gold everyday pieces like the Roma Hoops worn by Riverdale's Cami Medes at Paris Fashion Week.
Foe and Dear
The small charms of Foe and Dear are sweet with a hint of edge, like gummy bears with a ruby heart, or teeny-tiny snakes. The chain huggy hoops which add a bit more heft in texture as opposed to size are a fun spin on a big jewellery trend right now.
Founded in 2009 the jewellery is eco-conscious and made sustainably from recycled metals, fair-trade gold, and conflict-free gemstones. Many of the earring, necklace, or bracelet charms also come in made-to-order rings for fully coordinated accessories.
Foe and Dear also offer ready-to-wear and custom made engagement rings.