Yes, it’s almost holiday shopping season already – time flies! Thankfully, these five Toronto-based jewelry designers have you covered if you’re in the market for new pieces for yourself or your loved ones.
The perfect piece of jewelry can be the finishing touch your outfit needs in any given situation. Having a solid selection of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings is a process that takes time and energy. Never mind the trial and error!
Led by founder Corrine Anestopoulos, Biko aims to produce modern jewelry which is designed and handcrafted by a small team in Toronto. Biko launched in 2005, slowly making waves in the fashion world. They’ve had the pleasure of styling celebrities like M.I.A. and Toronto’s Bianca Andreescu as well as collaborating with Nordstrom and the Hudson’s Bay on jewelry collections. Recently, Biko released their Paradiso collection which celebrates the playful patterns that are found in nature. The Sydney Collar in silver is a terrific option and fits the streetwear style that is so ingrained in Toronto culture. And with Biko’s recent CAFA Awards nomination accessory designer of the year, know that you’re supporting a brand that’s getting some major recognition from Canada’s fashion scene!
Broken up into fine jewelry and silver, Toronto’s Boyd Court makes jewelry for men who appreciate high quality materials applied to timeless designs. Their brick-and-mortar is appointment only and contains the all of their jewelry. Boyd Court sells handmade pieces which are made to order out of gold, silver, onyx and carnelian. Not to mention, all of the stones are ethically sourced! The Teter Band ring is a must-buy for those looking for a unique, attention-grabbing band to pair with signet rings or rings with a set stone.
As seen on Kardashians and Jenners, Steff Eleoff is making quite the name for herself with her drip inspired jewelry in Toronto – including a nomination nod for emerging talent in accessories from the CAFA Awards this year. If you’re patient enough to wait the three to five weeks for production, you’ll come to find out that Eleoff does more than over deliver with her pieces. Everything is made of high quality sterling silver and is made to order. The Terra and Sedona 2.0 rings are terrific examples of Eleoff’s design style and a solid next purchase. If you’re located in Toronto, Steff will even polish or clean your jewellery personally free of charge!
Hania Kuzbari pays homage to the ancient Levant, where jewelry making began, with her selection of bespoke jewelry. Kuzbari has lived in both the Middle East and North America, receiving a degree in Jewellery Studies and Gemology at George Brown College before immersing herself in jewelry design at Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School in Florence. Now, she uses her experience offer customers fine jewelry for all situations. Hania Kuzbari releases her designs in collection that have specific meanings behind them. Her swirl earrings are made out of 14k yellow gold, white diamonds and yellow sapphire, hugging the love perfectly.
Founded by friends and collaborators Edi Cañedo and Chloé Li-Chapman, CUCHARA designs jewellery for those looking to go beyond the basic. The pair are looking to push the envelope with their designs containing precious metals and stones. Their designs rely upon the influence from Toronto’s creative communtiy, alongside places Cañedo and Li-Chapman have visited. The CUCHARA website is broken up into standard releases and fine jewellery. All of their pieces are budget friendly and accessible to all. Their jewelry can be found at their College Street location, along with their online store. The Benz Bracelet gives off the styling of a cuban chain without its inherent thickness, thus making it a great option for adding depth to your style.