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jewellery

Hot Shopping: Charming Flowers at Pandora

Flower charms bloom year-round at Pandora

Flower charms bloom year-round at Pandora

Where can you enjoy charming cherry blossoms that won’t wilt? At Pandora—its sparkling selection of jewellery blooms year-round. The shop isn’t just for flower fanatics, though: creative types can personalize their own bracelets, rings and watches.—Rachel Dunlop

Hot Shopping: Jewellery by Mala Collective

These pretty handmade pieces are also sustainable

These pretty handmade pieces are also sustainable

Vancouver-based Mala Collective crafts necklaces and bracelets that both look great and are easy on the planet. Handmade in Bali, Indonesia, from ethically produced, sustainably harvested, fairly traded rudraksha seeds combined with gemstones, the pieces have attracted a star following, from Sting to Donna Karan to Julia Roberts, who wore the jewellery in her film Eat, Pray, Love. Find your new favourite eco-friendly accessory at Nicole Bridger or Semperviva Yoga or online at www.malacollective.com.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Get Jazzed Up at Tiffany & Co.

The Daisy Locket is a throwback to the Jazz Age. Photo ©Tiffany & Co.

The Daisy Locket is a throwback to the Jazz Age. Photo ©Tiffany & Co.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby hits the silver screen this month, and it’s not the only thing hearkening back to the roaring ’20s. Timed to coincide with the film, the new Ziegfeld collection from Tiffany & Co. celebrates the elegance and exuberance of the Jazz Age. Favourite pieces: the medium-sized Daisy locket (pictured) and the tassel necklace of freshwater cultured pearls. For the gents, top picks include cufflinks of black enamel and a Daisy signet ring of black onyx. All of the pieces are based on archival Tiffany designs, but they feel fresh and contemporary. It’s true: everything old is new again.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Designer jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Eye-catching jewellery by Shereen de Rousseau

Shereen de Rousseau acknowledges that for many women, the process of falling in love with a piece of her handmade silver jewellery is a gradual one. “They go back and visit it a few times,” she says with a laugh. “They date it before making a commitment.” But soon they’re smitten, purchasing the piece, contacting de Rousseau to find out where to buy others that match, and becoming avid collectors of her rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces. De Rousseau travels the world looking for inspiration, scouring antiques shops, flea markets and vintage stores, then returns to her Vancouver workshop to craft new objects of wearable art. See them for yourself at Provide and Violet, and be prepared to fall head over heels. Visit www.shereenderousseau.com for more info.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Tiffany & Co. Launches New Paloma Picasso Collection

Olive leaf cuff by Paloma Picasso

Olive leaf cuff by Paloma Picasso

Art is in Paloma Picasso’s blood. The daughter of artist Pablo Picasso and painter/writer Françoise Gilot has been designing bold, unique jewellery for decades. Her newest collection for Tiffany & Co., called Paloma’s Olive Leaf, takes its inspiration from both the serenity of the olive groves near her Moroccan home and her first name, which is Spanish for dove, the symbol of peace. The elegant collection includes eye-catching pieces such as a cuff in sterling silver (pictured) and a bib necklace with tsavorites in 18K gold. Each one is a piece of art—but one to be worn instead of hung on a wall.—Sheri Radford

Hot Shopping: Wearable Art by June Hunter

June Hunter transforms photographs into covetable adornments

June Hunter transforms cool photographs into covetable jewellery

June Hunter received a camera for her 9th birthday, and she’s been taking pictures ever since. Each photo, whether large and hanging on a wall or tiny and adorning a bracelet or earring, tells a story. When creating a piece of jewellery, she transfers the image by hand onto silver then adds resin, giving each piece a shimmery 3D effect. “It’s a bit like magic,” she says. Visit www.junehunter.ca for a schedule of her Granville Island Public Market days and a link to her Etsy store. Also find her pieces at The Gallery Store.—Sheri Radford

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 Dates: Canadian-Designed Jewellery for Valentine’s Day

Treat your sweetie to jewellery by Canadian designer Anne Sportun

February 14

It’s that time of year again: Valentine’s Day, when Cupid takes flight and the air smells of red roses and chocolate. Treat your number-one love to a gift that lasts a lifetime with beautiful Canadian-designed bling by Anne Sportun, an East Coast jewellery designer who has wowed with her stunning designs since the early ‘90s. Peruse her pieces at Kiss & Makeup.—Jennifer Patterson


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: Holiday Charms from Thomas Sabo

Thomas Sabo holiday charms

The season’s a-jingle with sounds of joy as loved ones open gifts filled with dazzling charm bracelets and necklaces from Thomas Sabo. Choose from hundreds of different charms—there’s something for every special occasion—including holiday-themed gingerbread men, angels, snowflakes and good ol’ Saint Nick. On that note, with such thoughtful gift giving, you might just secure a spot on Santa’s nice list.—Nicole Capelo

Hot Shopping: Pendants by Pyrrha are Lovely Holiday Gifts

Pyrrha necklaces, made in Vancouver

Pyrrha breathes new life into reclaimed 18th- and 19th-century wax seals by using them as casts for sterling silver, bronze and 14k-gold jewellery. Since 1995, every necklace, ring, earring and bracelet has been handcrafted in a small Vancouver studio—no mass production here. Find talismans that capture everything from luck to friendship to devotion, or engrave a pendant with names or initials. Shop online at www.pyrrha.com.—Jennifer Patterson

Who Won the 2012 Vancouver Where to Shop Awards?

We asked. Where readers voted. Here are your favourite spots to shop

By Jennifer Patterson

Heritage department at The Bay. Photo by KK Law

Department Store
The Bay
This Canadian company, founded in 1670, is one of the oldest in the world. Over the past few years, this downtown hub has turned into a don’t-miss fashion destination. Label lovers visit The Room, a high-end space filled with the crème de la crème of designer goods, and young trendsetters head to the world’s second-largest Topshop, on the lower level. For holiday decor, see the Christmas Street department.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Army & Navy.

China & Crystal
Atkinson’s
Drop by this elegant South Granville space for classic collectibles, including Waterford Crystal or dinnerware by Iittala, Versace and Wedgwood.
Finalists
Birks; Chintz and Company.

Antiques & Collectibles
Antique Warehouse
There’s no time like the present to redecorate. Luckily, Antique Warehouse has over 1,115 sq m (12,000 sq ft) of vintage and antique home furnishings. There’s something for everyone, as this massive collection ranges from 18th-century decor to mid-century modern furniture, all sourced from France, England and Belgium.
Finalists
Antique Market; Scott Landon Antiques; Three Centuries Shop.

Children’s Clothing
GapKids
This popular shop for tots and tweens carries clothing and accessories perfect for school, a holiday party or just playing in the yard. Big-name designers (think: Diane von Furstenburg and Stella McCartney) often design limited-edition collections for the chain.
Finalists
Hip Baby; Beansprouts; Redfish Kids Clothing.

Men’s Clothing
Harry Rosen
Dapper gents head to this downtown store to fulfil all their style-related needs. The rich wood interior complements the custom-made suits, classic casual wear and colourful ties, alongside leather loafers and great-for-winter puffer jackets.
Finalists
Holt Renfrew; Roden Gray.

Ladies’ Clothing
Aritzia
Vancouver’s own Aritzia started life in 1984 as a store-within-a-store, inside Hills of Kerrisdale (page 27) to be exact. Now, many years and stores later, the edgy, on-trend fashions and multiple in-house labels cater to a loyal legion of customers, including much-photographed celebrities and fashionistas.
Finalists
The Bay; Holt Renfrew.

Glasses at Bruce Eyewear. Photo by KK Law

Eyewear
Bruce Eyewear
Stylish specs and cool sunglasses line the cases at this Gastown spot. Unique frames by sought-after labels such as Cutler and Gross, Oliver Peoples and Mykita are just a sampling of what’s in store.
Finalists
Eyes on Burrard; Spectus Eyewear.

Sporting Goods
Sport Chek
No matter what your age or sport, you’ll find all the gear you need—from skis to golf clubs to inline skates—at this mega chain.
Finalists
Mountain Equipment Co-op; Lululemon.

Lingerie
Change Lingerie
This Danish brand designs sweet skivvies and bras, with cup sizes ranging from A to K. Find pyjamas, slips and bathing suits, too. Free bra fittings.
Finalists
Dianes Lingerie; La Vie en Rose.

Books
Chapters/Indigo
Spend an hour—or four—exploring this palatial, multi-level bookstore. Everything from cookbooks to architecture to language has a dedicated section, as do the hottest best-sellers and magazines. Take the tots to the colourful kids’ section, then browse the expanded gift and decor area. Monthly author events.
Finalists
Banyen Books & Sound; Black Bond Books.

Chocolate
Purdy’s Chocolates
Since 1907, this iconic Vancouver chocolatier has satisfied sweet-tooth cravings with sweet Georgia browns, hedgehogs and mint melties. The recognizable gold and purple box—chock-full of assorted chocolates, nuts and caramels—makes a great gift, whether for a hostess or for that chocolate-loving friend.
Finalists
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory; Rogers’ Chocolates; Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie.

Fine Art
Inuit Gallery of Vancouver
This elegant and spacious Gastown gallery has been in business for over 30 years. Peruse the fine Inuit sculptures, along with prints, original drawings and museum-quality Northwest Coast First Nations art. Regular rotating exhibits feature stunning pieces by both established and new artists.
Finalists
Jennifer Kostuik Gallery; Granville Fine Art.

Jewellery & Watches
Tiffany & Co.
This year marks the 175th anniversary for the coveted jewellery label. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail—not to mention the recognizable robin egg–blue box—keep customers coming back. Don’t miss the eye-catching collections by Elsa Peretti, Frank Gehry and Paloma Picasso. Be sure to check out the selection of crystal, sunglasses, leather goods and home decor, too.
Finalists
Birks; Pandora Jewelry.

Bentwood box at Inuit Gallery of Vancouver. Photo by KK Law

Spas & Salons
Vida Spa
The goal of this chic, relaxing spa is to bring your dosha into perfect harmony, helping to promote well-being and restore energy. Treatments are based on Ayurveda, a 5,000-year-old system of Indian medicine.
Finalists
Chi, the Spa; The Spa at the Wedgewood.

Shoes
Fluevog Shoes
Flights of fancy for your feet. Vancouver’s own Fluevog continues to push boundaries when it comes to footwear, with the help of custom buckles, curved heels and sculpted toes. The motto behind these whimsical shoes: unique soles for unique souls.
Finalists
Browns; Gravitypope.

Shopping Centre
Pacific Centre
In the heart of downtown sits this massive shopping mall housing some of the biggest brands: H&M, Apple, Sephora, Club Monaco, BCBG and Harry Rosen. It’s also home to ultra-luxe retailer Holt Renfrew.
Finalists
Metropolis at Metrotown; Richmond Centre; Park Royal.

To vote for next year’s winners, click here.

Who took top spots in Whistler’s Where to Shop awards? Pick up the new issue of Where Whistler to find out, or click here.