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Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Style Maven

Joan Druxman-Jones, the leather-clad, rock-star chic owner of Joan’s Accessories and More, says she’s “starting over at 73,” but that’s not quite accurate. Although her trend-setting boutique has been in its current home above Eyelet Dove for just two years, Druxman-Jones (mother-in-law of Winnipeg jewellery designer Hilary Druxman) has been in the fashion business for more than five decades. “I’ve seen bell-bottoms three times,” she laughs. Indeed, she’s seen it all, which is precisely what makes her Academy Road shop so special. Druxman-Jones has a discerning eye for hunting down beautiful bags and bold cocktail rings you won’t see anywhere else. Inspired by fashion’s constant evolution, her drive to find the next big thing is reflected in her thoughtfully chosen wares. “When I started in the business, you matched your shoes to your handbag. Now, there are so many possibilities.” 485 Academy Rd, 204-415-4564.

Hot shopping: Winter Bling at Halifax’s Jewellery Shops

Rolex is one of many brands available at Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road.

Located at the corner of Spring Garden Road, Charm Diamond Centre is Canada’s largest family-owned jewellery company. Shoppers will find a range of Canadian diamonds, as well as collections and gifts.

At Fireworks Gallery on Barrington Street, Old World designs meet New World technique, resulting in fine jewellery of gold, platinum, diamonds and coloured gemstones.

Unique and custom pieces by Canadian and European designers are the specialty at Frida Custom Jewellery Design in Bishop’s Landing on the Halifax waterfront.

Locally owned and operated, Touch of Gold on Spring Garden Road offers an extensive selection of engagement rings, Italian gold and sterling silver, as well as Swiss watches such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, Montblanc and Swiss Army.

Hot Shopping: Designer Craft Shop Stands Out

A handmade creation at the Designer Craft Shop

Add some artistic flair to your home at the Designer Craft Shop at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design on Marginal Road. Check out handmade creations that make a statement in any room, including vibrant ceramic bowls, textiles, paintings, wood prints, jewellery and more. The shop also makes sure to showcase local artists’ work. Whether you’re looking for a special gift or something to call your own, there’s something for everyone.

Hot Shopping: Bling it at The Vault

Bracelet at the Vault

Revamp your jewellery collection and step into The Vault. From classic flower and heart designs to vibrant beads, pearls and modern gems, there’s a wide style selection for any occasion. Located at The Halifax Shopping Centre and Spring Garden Place, the store boasts 16 designer collections, including Sara Blaine, Pandora and more.

Tiny Treasure: Fashion Central Jewellery and Accessories

Courtesy Alisha Brown-Wint

Artisan Alicia Browne-Wint and Harlen Dziuba’s little Fashion Central store Bibelot is a treasure trove of jewellery and accessories.

The romantic pieces are festooned with carefully crafted gemstones. Browne’s collection includes simple pearl necklaces, $175, as well as earrings set with uncut diamonds, $375, and iridescent blue labradorite, $45–$85. Complimenting the pretty rocks is a selection of cashmere scarves and English sweaters. 805 – 1 St SW. —Allison Onyett

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. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Glamorous (and Affordable!) Jewellery from True Bijoux

This pretty piece embodies two current trends: rock and roll chic and vintage-inspired.

You can’t go wrong with jewellery at the holidays, whether it’s for your mom, your sister, or your lady friend. And if it’s eye-catching bling you’re after, then True Bijoux is the way to go. This boutique offers affordable, unique, and glamorous pieces that will fit the bill, no matter who you’re shopping for (especially if you’re treating yourself!). And the store offers all the must-haves for this season: rock and roll chic, bold statement jewellery that’s meant to be remembered, heirloom and vintage-inspired pieces, plus handmade items from the shop’s own studio. (We’re loving this ebony and crystal bracelet, $125.) 206 Sparks St., 613-232-2229.

Hot Shopping: Gorgeous Gems at Diamond Gallery

Inside Diamond Gallery, owner Allan Malbranck greets many clients by name. Customer service is just the first step at this Corydon Avenue jewellery boutique. Knowledge, training, education and experience set apart the family-owned business, which opened in 1992. Allan has been in the business for 41 years, starting at age 15 behind the counter at Al’s Jewellers, his family’s business. Today, with their daughter Lisa, a designer and gemologist herself, they design, custom-make and restore jewellery, from engagement to anniversary rings to pearls, pendants, bracelets and cuff links. “There’s no limitation,” Allan says. They’re also the largest dealer in platinum rings between Calgary and Toronto. “We’re really well-trained in platinum,” he says. Given the high price of gold these days, platinum is a great deal for people looking for a lot of bling for their buck. 1-1735 Corydon, 488-9813.

Hot Shopping: A Gem of a Jewellery Store

There's something to suit every taste at Pandora.

Fashionistas who love good deals as much as they love good bling will be happy to know a Pandora Concept Store opened at the Rideau Centre in September. Here, you’ll find modern jewellery at affordable prices. But that’s not to say you can’t spend a pretty penny — in fact, with their “Moments” charm collection, you could build a bracelet that’s worth up to $30,000! (Charms start at around $30). Other noteworthy collections include the DIY-friendly Compose Earrings and Black Crown Diamond watches. Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., and St. Laurent Centre, 1200 St. Laurent Blvd., 613-741-7577.

Quirky and Cute: Coombs, British Columbia

Tucked away on Vancouver Island, north of Nanaimo off the Island Highway is Coombs, a place that’s become known for its signature rooftop of grazing goats. Under that roof is The Old Country Market, a quirky grocery store that offers a huge selection of breads and sweets made in their bakery, a cheese shop and imported foods that run the gamut from English licorice to bacon-flavoured mayonnaise a.k.a. Baconnaise.

Before you head to the Market to shop, have lunch at Cuckoo in Coombs Trattoria & Pizzeria. The Italian restaurant offers pasta and wood-stove pizza in a large space with wooden tables and rustic tablecloths (which you can buy next door in Zolena). If the weather is nice, sit out back on the patio under the plum trees. Just outside the restaurant is the greenery area with large pots and Chinese statues, shrubbery and small cacti. Nestled in amongst the plants is Zolena, a shop with wool blankets from New Zealand, Chinese silk bags and bangles from India. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Local Jewellery Gem

Kate Singer is an accidental artist. The history student-turned-jeweller began selling stained glass accessories at folk festivals after a bout of academic burnout. Her Marmalade Designs creations have since evolved into silkscreened fabrics coated in resin and mounted in sterling silver. Today, the talented Toronto metalsmith has a cult following across the country with more than 20 stores stocking her trademark rings, necklaces, pendants and earrings. Pick them up here at Distill Gallery (55 Mill St., 416-304-0033), Made You Look, The Guild Shop and Red Pegasus, or see her entire collection online, here.

Hot Shopping: Birks Gets Trumped

Donald Trump’s eldest daughter is more than just a celebrity heiress. Businesswoman Ivanka Trump, who shares boardroom duties with her famous dad on The Apprentice, has launched her fine jewellery collection here in Canada, following successful market expansions in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East. Carried exclusively at the flagship location of Birks on tony Bloor Street, the pieces, ranging from $500 to $24,000, nod to the glamour of yesteryear with modern flair.