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May Hot Shopping

By Suzanne Rent


Made in the Maritimes

Made in the Maritimes

•For an eclectic mix of local, Canadian and international jewellery and accessories, visit Bedazzled in its new location in Sunnyside Mall in Bedford. Find unique and exquisite designers by artisans such as Earth Goddess, Arcane Angel, Myka and Tori XO.



Made in the Maritimes Artisan Boutique brings to its new location in Sunnyside Mall contemporary, high-quality products for its clientele. All of the products, which include woodwork, jewellery, glass art, toys and more, are made in the region.




Find the latest in spring styles at Halifax Shopping Centre, the largest shopping complex in Halifax. Retailers include Coach, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora and Roots. Anchored by Sears, and the annex across the street is home to Winners and Wal-Mart.



•Art lovers will appreciate Art Zone Fine Arts Gallery on Barrington Street, which showcases some of the best of local talent by providing them a space to display their work. The gallery also hosts monthly shows, workshops and artist talks and more.

•For hand-crafted local treasures, visit The Bogside Gallery in the Hydrostone Market on Young Street. The elegant and whimsical art, made by artisans from Nova Scotia and around Atlantic Canada, make for great gifts or décor for your own home.



Drala on Grafton Street is the city’s home to supplies for a contemplative lifestyle. Find Asian-inspired décor items and gifts, as well as meditation cushions and supplies, beeswax candles, Japanese teas and buckwheat hull pillows.



•For fun and casual custom clothing, visit Cool as a Moose in the Historic Properties on Upper Water Street. Outfit the whole family with hoodies, sweats, pajamas and t-shirts, all of which are emblazoned with the store’s logo.

•Located on the rocks of Peggy’s Cove next to Nova Scotia’s most famous lighthouse, the Sou’wester carries a large mix of souvenirs for anyone visiting the province. Finds include kilts, postcards, sweatshirts, and giftware made my local artisans. You can also find books that explore local history and folklore. Visit the restaurant for a treat like lobster or gingerbread.



For one-of-a-kind shopping, visit The Piazza at Bishop’s Landing on Lower Water Street. Find a dinner wine at Bishop’s Cellar and dessert at Sugah or Rum Runners Rum Cake Factory. Pick up a new outfit at Unicorn and accessories at Frida Custom Jewellery Design or Pearl City.

Gilding the Lily Brings Star Stylist’s Finds to Toronto

Gilding the Lily.

Gilding the Lily.

Stylist to the stars Annie Jagger is known for her edgy-meets-feminine aesthetic; it’s well reflected at her new Distillery District shop, Gilding the Lily. Though based in Los Angeles—the better to work with such celebrities as Bradley Cooper, John Hamm and Kristen Stewart—Jagger chose Toronto for her first retail endeavor because she felt there was a void in the local market: true to its “embellished” name, the boutique showcases eclectic items that have an added touch of luxury. Among the well-curated goods are diamond and gemstone cocktail rings from Arik Kasten, body chains from Jacquie Aiche and ear skimmers from Smith and Mara. The rest of the stock, displayed against a barn board-and-wallpaper backdrop, includes funky shades from Anna Karin-Karlsson, hats in a variety of styles from Gladys Tamez, candles from Himalayan Trading Post and handmade soaps from Big Sur Country Soaps. Open Tuesday to Sunday. —Linda Luong

• Gilding the Lily, 47 Tank House Ln., 416-360-5459; gildingthelily.la
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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