Part 3 of Apt613’s holiday gift guide brings the bling.
When buying holiday gifts, you’ll find something shiny or sparkly often hits the spot! Whether they’re for your sweetheart, your sibling, or even (shh, we won’t tell) yourself, the pieces produced by these local artisans are sure to make a splash. If none of these are to your particular taste, check out one or more of the many online holiday craft markets for more local and regional jewellery makers.
The Wakefield-born, Ottawa-based silversmith was also Apt613’s first artist-in-residence this year. In addition to her gorgeous line of Baskk jewellery and adorable tree ornaments (dog lovers will adore the custom silhouette cutouts of your canine friend), Kathleen created the Together Apart necklace collection, which features cutouts each of Ottawa’s wards made into pendants. All 23 pendants were cut from a single sheet of silver. Several of the ward necklaces remain available (as of this writing, Barrhaven, Bay, College, Cumberland, Gloucester South-Nepean, Kanata, Rideau-Goulbourn, Stittsville-Kanata West, and West Carleton-March) at a cost of $61.30 each — we think that’s a steal for a one-of-a-kind piece with serious meaning for someone who’s all about their local ‘hood.
This company has long been a favourite of local minimalists with its delicate rings, earrings, and necklaces all handcrafted in Ottawa from silver, gold-fill, and gemstones. We love their clean-lined stacking rings featuring a single round stone, like this glittering opal. Their lucky horseshoe necklace would also make a thoughtful gift for someone who you think needs a little luck (and couldn’t we all, these days?). Oh, and they’ve also got some fun Lucite designs, like these super on-trend Monstera leaf earrings (the plant of Instagrammers everywhere) that I’m totally putting on my wish list.
This is a small venture by a Labrador-born, Ottawa-based Indigenous beader who makes earrings, moccasin slippers, and other items from sealskin, colourful glass beads, and other materials. She doesn’t take orders but posts current items for sale on her Instagram and Facebook pages, so you can check back and see what she has available at any time and message her to purchase. I loved these stunning sealskin and Czech glass bead earrings.
I can pick out one of Dianne Rodger’s pieces from way more than two metres away (sigh) — she has a unique style with her wire-wrapped pieces and clean-lined gemstone pendants in gold, rose gold, or silver. But the Braeside-based maker has added something new this year: a line of delicate minimalist chain necklaces and bracelets dubbed the Hinchley collection that are perfect for anyone, and can be worn alone or layered. In addition to the ubiquitous curb chain, there are shapes called peanut, dapped bar, and fine paperclip. Some even include tiny gemstones. Check out the whole collection and you might even be able to knock a few recipients off your shopping list at once!
Hand-forged in Ottawa using traditional metalsmithing techniques, Worn by Warriors’ pieces are inspired by the natural world, including its darker facets: whimsical necklaces in the shape of butterfly wings and wishbones but also bat and hummingbird skulls (cast from real, ethically-sourced skulls!). If there’s a February baby on your list, this chunky amethyst pendant is a stunner. Something lighter in mind? These delicate succulent earrings are just the ticket for the plant lover in your life.
Most of Heist’s pieces are designed by owner Ania Geerts and head designer Alexandra Jay. Geerts even mines some of the metal and gemstones herself while on expeditions around the world, and her shop offers many traceable pieces so you can actually know who mined the metals used in your necklace or ring. Their “Blooming” collection offers unique pieces made from silver, gold, and various gems and pearls, formed into flowing, liquid designs inspired by nature. The price points make many of these investment pieces, but if you’re on a budget, the more affordable Camelia earrings would make a lovely gift for the holidays. If you’ve got a little more to spend, the stunning Vinca pendant, made from a slice of Brazilian agate, is a showstopper.
Ottawa jewellery designer Jasmine Virani runs this Wellington West boutique and online shop. Many of the pieces on sale are her own designs, but she also stocks pieces by other Canadian designers. Pricing ranges from super-affordable to splurge-y, and most pieces are delicate and light. I love the fun Hex hoop earrings with their dangling hexagons surrounding a sparkly stone. The vibrant Mawe necklaces with their row of roughly faceted stones are also stunners.
What have we missed? Leave comments below with #Support613 suggestions for all the jewellery hounds on your holiday shopping list.