I recently stumbled upon ten fabulous Canadian jewelry brands, all led by women, that you need to know about! Each woman incorporates her unique perspective and personality into her designs. From everyday pieces to special occasion jewelry, there is something for everyone.
Fellow Torontonian and designer, Corrine Anestopoulos uses her artistry to create modern, nostalgic jewelry. After experimenting with making her own jewelry for a while in university she realized that she had a passion for creating jewelry. Her designs are inspired by fashion, industrial design and photography. All of her jewelry is made in Canada and you can shop her designs at Nordstrom.
Whether you want something fun and colourful or something simplistic and effortless, Oremme’s got it all. Oremme’s consciously crafted jewelry is handmade in Canada and Italy from the highest quality gold, diamonds and precious gemstones. Founder Emilie Nolan, always struggled with finding good quality fine jewelry and from that struggle, Oremme was born.
Founded by third-generation jeweller Noura Sakkijha, Mejuri prides itself on offering minimal, stylish, fine jewelry pieces for the discerning women. For the quality on offer, Mejuri’s jewelry is sold at very reasonable prices. Whether you’re interested in solid gold, white gold, diamonds, gemstones, or pearls Mejuri has many gorgeous options to spoil yourself with.
4) Jenny Bird
Designer Jennifer Bird founded her brand Jenny Bird twelve years ago. Her designs are inspired by the fashion scene in New York, street style and nature. She is a self-taught designer that aims to make modern statement pieces that are still delicate and dainty. Her pieces are made from gold and sterling silver and can easily be dressed up or down. Jenny Bird also partners with charities Dress for Success Canada and the Far + Wide Collective to help raise funds for their causes.
5) Lisa Gozlan
Lisa Gozlan was a stylist before she started her jewellery company. While styling herself and her clients, she realized that jewelry is the key accessory in enhancing any outfit. With the help of her husband who is a fifth-generation jeweller, she created Lisa Gozlan jewelry. They make a variety of feminine pieces that are made of gold, brass, silver and diamonds. Gozlan hopes her jewelry will help women channel the confidence they need to thrive.
6) Patricia Wong
Patricia Wong’s geometric and structured jewelry pieces are inspired by her love of architecture, sculptural arts and fashion. Choose from a variety of pieces made of sterling silver, gold, pearls and beautiful gemstones to elevate your jewelry game. Wong also uses Japanese paper and acrylic to make something strikingly unique. All pieces are made in Canada.
7) Leah Alexandra
Vancouver-born Leah Alexandra started her jewelry line in 2005 and since then it has grown immensely. Nowadays her jewels are worn by celebrities like Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba. Her passion for designing jewelry started when she became a buyer for a Toronto boutique. Her pieces are made with sterling silver, gold, gemstones, and pearls. Leah believes that each gemstone has its own personality. You can shop for her elegant feminine designs at Nordstrom.
8) Wolf Circus
Fiona Morrison is another Vancouverite whose pieces are designed by a team of women. She started her company while studying business at university. She takes pride in making affordable pieces made out of recycled bronze and sterling silver. Her inspiration comes from artists, sculptors, architects, her grandma’s jewelry and other designers on YouTube.
9) J.Y. Gao
Fellow Torontonian Emily Gao took the plunge and quit her job to start J.Y. Gao jewelry. She graduated from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management with a business degree but ultimately couldn’t ignore her passion for creativity. She designs her jewelry with the intention of, “leveraging the anatomy and kinetics of the body to create a design which transforms with it.” Emily won second place for designing four earrings in a Chinese design competition called Creative Tianfu. Her designs are very quirky and geometric looking for those who love a little edge in their style.
10) Wasted Effort
Marie Foxall is a self-taught jeweller and all her designs are made locally in her Montreal studio. Her designs are weirdly fun and very different from your typical minimalistic jewelry. Her pieces are handmade and incorporate materials such as sterling silver and pearls. For any stylists out there, Foxall’s jewelry would make a great statement piece for any shoot.
I’m a writer, photographer, and the (occasional) model. I’m a shopaholic and an avid makeup addict. My past time hobbies include: Binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, spending money I don’t have, and contemplating whether or not to UberEats Mcdonalds.