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Hot Shopping: Give the Gift of Jewellery

Rings from Pandora

When it comes to gifts, nothing tops jewellery. Show that special someone they’re loved with a brilliant bangle, or reward personal success with a new pendant.

  • Keir Fine Jewellery offers a wide range of Canadian diamonds—complete with the laser-engraved maple leaf or polar bear—as well as gold, titanium and pearl pieces.
  • Ruby Tuesday keeps it casual with playful necklaces, bracelets and earrings by Canadian designers.
  • Pandora (pictured) fans come for the charm collection but stay for the stunning assortment of gold and silver bling.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Dates: See Artists in their Studios at Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl

“And the oak tree told the chicken about the day the sky fell” by Ross den Otter

November 16 to 18

Art lovers, lace up your walking shoes for this weekend-long East Vancouver festival that combines aesthetics with exercise. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided walking tour to 75 venues, where you’ll meet painters, photographers, jewellers and sculptors in their own workspaces. Support our homegrown talent by purchasing one-of-a-kind pieces, including those by local artist Ross den Otter (pictured). You won’t find a better Vancouver souvenir.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Channel James Bond with OMEGA’s Limited-Edition Seamaster Watch

James Bond Seamaster Planet Ocean watch. Photo courtesy OMEGA

Look as dapper as 007 himself by donning the limited-edition James Bond Seamaster Planet Ocean watch (pictured). With only 5,007 of these tickers available worldwide, you’ll want to hold your martini order and hurry to OMEGA so you can emulate Daniel Craig in the latest Bond installment, Skyfall, in theatres Nov. 9. Now all you need is an Aston Martin and a moonraker laser.—Kristina Urquhart

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: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pandora’s new Murano charm supports the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month, and stores across the country stock pink ribbon–adorned products to benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Pandora adds a new Murano glass charm to the existing collection, and when paired with the pink, braided-leather bracelet, it becomes the ultimate show of support.—Jennifer Patterson

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.

Hot Shopping: London 2012 Olympic Summer Games Jewellery from Links of London

The dog tag necklace in Links of London’s commemorative collection for the 2012 Summer Games

The Olympics culminate on Aug. 12, but Links of London’s official jewellery collection for the London 2012 Games ensures we’re united in style until Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The Union Jack–stamped dog tag (pictured) commemorates this quadrennial event and gives fashion-forward guys an excuse to sport some bling of their own. For ladies looking for something with a less-masculine edge, there are plenty of products available: charm bracelets, earrings, trinket boxes and compact mirrors, to name a few. Shop online at www.linksoflondon.com or visit the in-store boutique at Holt Renfrew.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Art: Local Works in Whistler for ArtWalk

ArtWalk photo by Joern Rohde

Art lovers, you’re in luck. Whistler is brimming with local talent on any given day, but through July and August, it’s overflowing. That’s when ArtWalk comes to town, bringing in regional artisans to display their paintings, pottery and jewellery in local galleries, cafes and retail spaces. Live demos and music make this a festival you don’t want to miss. Visit www.artswhistler.com for more information.—Kristina Urquhart

Hot Shopping: Fresh from the Field at the Whistler Farmer’s Market

Farmers' market photo by Chad Chomlack courtesy Tourism Whistler

Locals love the bustling Whistler Farmers’ Market for just-picked fruit and veggies. Purchase a loaf of fresh bread and some home-made jam, then head to the hills for an impromptu picnic. Keep an eye out for handmade souvenirs such as jewellery, candles and art.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: New Spring Jewellery Line from Pandora

Bracelets from Pandora

Nature reigns in Floral Nostalgia, the new spring and summer line from Pandora. Bouquets of flowers adorn cocktails rings and earrings, while dragonfly pendants make stunning statement pieces. Stackable bracelets in sterling silver and gold round out the collection.—Jennifer Patterson

Hot Shopping: Good Bling by Foxy Originals

Necklaces by Foxy Originals

Support Earth Day Canada with the purchase of a bracelet or necklace (pictured), in silver or gold, from Foxy Originals’ new collection “Teach Today. Change Tomorrow.” At www.foxyoriginals.com.—Jennifer Patterson

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