During a formative trip to Bangkok after university, Bruce Wachal (pictured), president/CEO of award-winning Winnipeg jeweller Epsilon Creations, was inspired to become a gemologist. Interested in bringing quality gems to the local market, Wachal opened Epsilon as a wholesaler of precious stones, discovering a passion for jewellery design in the process. After 17 years crafting wearable works of art at Epsilon’s cozy Corydon Avenue studio, Wachal and his dedicated team of eight gemologists, designers and goldsmiths moved to a larger location on Stafford Street in 2012 to better serve a growing list of clients coveting contemporary yet personal pieces — such as the striking modern birthstone pendant Wachal was working on during WHERE’s visit. “What we do is very satisfying,” he says. “We turn ideas and inspiration into reality.” 50 Stafford St, 204-453-6849.