However, if you’re anything like me you want to be able to give gifts that the recipiant will not only love, but perhaps not think of purchasing for themselves. I also love a gift with a fun fact so if you decide to pick up any jewellery from the following brands you can also share that the piece is ethically produced, locally designed and handmade in the Vancouver area.
Okay, so that more so tells you the story of how I ended up with these earrings instead of about the brand, but I just really like that story.
Bianca Barr is a Vancouver based designer that specializes in handmade jewellery and hand printed clothing. Her goods are available at both Woo To See You locations and Zebraclub on South Granville. She also pops up at the occasional market/fair, most recently Shiny, Fuzzy, Muddy.
Style pictured is the Dazzle Earrings.
Based in Vancouver, Milaya Designs offers a variety of chains so when you check out you have your choice between gold and silver plated, as well as sterling silver and 14k gold filled. With a large variety of types of crystal pieces available you can pick between dainty or bolder pieces such as a simple collar or a large hanging pendant. Milaya Designs are also available at Giving Gifts and The Basement if you’re in the Vancouver area.
Style pictured is the Aurora Necklace.
Jen Ellis Designs
Style pictured is the Cisco Ring.
Miriam de Langley
My Miriam de Langley stacking cuff is another piece I own that I always get compliments on whenever I wear it. It has a beautiful hand hammered texture and layers so nicely with other jewellery. I also like that there is an option to buy the stacking cuffs in a set of three or on their own. There is also a section on the site devoted to materials and sustainability so a Miriam de Langley piece is sure to impress anyone looking for sustainable jewellery.
Looking through their online stockist it seems that unfortunately the only Vancouver store that carried Miriam de Langley is now closed (the same store that I ended up buying my piece) but fret not because all of her pieces are also available online.
Kara Yoo Jewelry
Alright, full disclosure. I don’t actually have any Kara Yoo Jewelry, but it’s on the top of my “jewelry brands to purchase” list and I wanted to included it so I could drop a not-so-subtle hint of what my favourite pieces are if anyone happens to be holiday shopping for me. While I may not have any Kara Yoo pieces I have friends that do and they rave about the line. One of the stand out praises I always hear about Kara Yoo Jewelry is that because it is gold filled and not gold plated the pieces stay true to colour and there is no tarnishing whatsoever. Kara Yoo is sold at a variety of retailers in Vancouver, including Much & Little and Front & Co.
Style pictured is the Shimmer Choker.
(PS: if anyone is actually shopping for me this holiday season this is the choker I want. Yellow gold, please and thank you.)