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The Sourcing of Our Canadian Origin Diamond Melee

We're extremely picky about the ethical sourcing of our materials. Whether or not you've seen the movie Blood Diamond, you know that the materials used in fine jewelry can come with a hefty ethical pricetag - but they don't have to! One thing we do to make sure that every single aspect of our jewelry is sourced to the highest environmental and humanitarian standards is to use only Canadian Origin Diamond Melee. But what exactly does that mean, and why does it matter? Diamonds were discovered in Canada in the 1990s, and Canada is now the third largest producer of diamonds in the world. CanadaMark is a special hallmark created to distinguish diamonds sourced from the Ekati and Diavik mines in...

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Metals 101: Vermeil, gold-fill, solid - what's the difference?

Confused between these various types of gold jewelry? You're not alone! This is a common point of confusion among our clients, so we're here to shed a little light on the subject. All of our jewelry is made using solid materials, whether it's sterling silver, gold, or platinum. We choose to use solid fine metals to provide truly heirloom quality pieces that can withstand the test of time and daily wear. Gold plated and gold filled jewelry is considered costume jewelry - while less expensive, these pieces will not last as long. Let's really dig into the differences - Gold Plate / Vermeil Gold plated jewelry is made of a base metal that has been electroplated with a very thin (we're talking...

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Let's De-mystify Fine Jewelry

We believe in transparency - about sourcing, the design and fabrication process, our pricing, and everything in between. The world of fine jewelry can be huge, intimidating, and confusing. We're here to change that. There's a ton of information out there, which can sometimes be conflicting - and it often seems like a thinly veiled sales pitch. As classically trained goldsmiths, we have a wealth of information and we're here to answer any questions you have. There's no such thing as a silly question, and we're passionate about fine jewelry - we could talk about it all day (and we often do!). A good jewelry purchase is an educated one, and our mission is to give you whatever level of expertise you...

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