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Staff Picks: 10 Classy Custom Jewellers

Two examples of Toronto jewellers' fine work—in tourmaline by Anne Sportun, and onyx by Mark Lash

Whether for yourself or that special someone, the best jewellery is unique in both design and sentiment. Our January/February issue showed off some of the city’s most desirable baubles; the bespoke jewellers listed below are glad to apply their skills to help achieve your own vision of the perfect, sparkling piece.

Anne Sportun Experimetal Jewellery
This jeweller’s charmed hands have were depicted on a Canadian postage stamp in 2003, but the true scene-stealers are her appropriately-dubbed “experimetal” works, which combine high-quality materials with an aesthetic inspired by nature and symbology. 742 Queen St. W., 416-363-4114.

AST Jewellery
Whether you’re buying a jewel-dappled keychain or an engagement ring, sales pressure can rapidly put the damper on your experience. Family-owned A.S.T. prides itself on its no-commission sales consultants, while three generations of jewellers work with you every step of the way to craft your ideal finger finery. A lifetime warranty ensures you’re always happy with your purchase. 107 Church St., 416-203-7265.

Flux + Form
Flux and Form is the brainchild of two distinct metalsmithing experts. This Design District boutique marries clean, contemporary design with sustainable sparkle courtesy of of Suzanne Crudder and Kim Drosdick—the latter, in particular, specializes in recycling old jewels and gems to create new pieces. 116 1/2 Sherbourne St., 416-858-9090.

Jewel Envy
This collaborative studio is a combination studio, showroom and learning space. Eight resident jewellers currently occupy the space and offer custom work in a variety of styles and materials. Multi-week and day-long jewellery-making classes for introductory, intermediate and advanced skill levels are also offered, to give you a better understanding of how your baubles go from brainstorm to bling. 101 Spadina Ave., ste. 214, 647-436-6709.

Linda Penwarden Jewellery
Blindingly bright diamonds and playful gemstones are the cherry on top of Linda Penwarden’s delicate and innovative jewellery designs. Not afraid to play with color, she adorns simple chain bracelets with coloured pearls and quartz, while her thick sterling silver cuffs are the perfect marriage of strength and femininity. Engagement rings range from traditional princess cuts to sapphires set in a frame of diamonds. 631 Mount Pleasant Rd., 416-484-1843.

Made You Look
Made You Look reigns supreme with two locations in the west end—one for fun and funky casual accessories, and a studio-gallery for sophisticated custom work by the in-house designers. Whether you’re working on a budget or have an existing piece of jewellery you’d like altered, Made you Look has you covered. The shop does its darndest to accommodate timid or uncertain buyers, too—choose a stone for your partner, then shop together for the perfect ring design. 1338 Queen St. W., 416-463-2136.

Mark Lash
Diamonds surely are a girl’s best friend at this Toronto jeweller’s showroom, a destination for stunning pieces. Lash’s celebrity fan base has made him a fixture in the press, but his work, while contemporary, is never beholden to passing trends.
Whether refurbishing old pieces or creating new baubles, his expertise is evident in everything from engagement rings to cufflinks. 938 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-256-5229.

For more than 30 years, Metamorphosis Jewellery Workshop has been producing some of the most unusual and whimsical pieces this side of a film set—gems are set in serpentine curves, skull rings abound, and Celtic and Grecian symbols are cast in metal. No request is too outlandish for this shop specializing in ultra-individual designs and featuring an open workshop where you can peek at works-in-progress. 72 Dawes Rd., 416-944-0134.

Richard Booth
More than 20 years of experience has taught Richard Booth the right questions to ask—lifestyle, wearability needs and personal taste are all factors in creating a piece you’ll cherish. Browse the curated collection at his Yorkville boutique or make an appointment with the workshop to discuss your custom ideas with a team of experts that will check-in at every stage of the design process. 138 Cumberland St., 416-960-3207.

Studio 1098
Studio 1098 is known for its multi-material approach to jewellery design: a variety of metals, gems and diamonds come together in imaginative creations. They invite you behind the scenes of the design process with frequent updates, computer renderings and samples. The resident gemologist sources conflict-free diamonds and rare gemstones from across the globe, while their expert team brings your vision to sparkling life. 1098 Yonge St., 416-944-1098.

2 responses to “Staff Picks: 10 Classy Custom Jewellers”

  1. ss says:

    I would go to Royal Dubai Jewellers at Mississauga, it’s rated Top in 18k-22k Gold Jewellery, they have the best prices vs quality…they also carry investment bars and free repair service, check them out at 7146 aiport Rd, 905-976-1212

  2. Rita Beard says:

    Is Richard Booth still in buisiness?

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