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Ruby Mardi is definitely for the romantics at heart. Step into a world of elegant engagement rings that will leave you transfixed, plus an array of other colourful darling gems, an abundance of dried and fresh florals and colourful prints. A profusion of beauty from Canadian and Québec talents that will instantly boost your mood.
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This artisan cooperative features jewelry handcrafted by Québec artisans using materials ranging from gold, glass, silver, cement and leather to create unique and colourful pieces you won’t find anywhere else. While its beautiful jewelry may have been what brought you there, stay to browse this wonderful shop that’s brimming with gorgeous items created by Québec’s hottest talent, from fashion to ceramics, art, home décor and more.
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Not only can you buy jewelry, but you can make jewelry at Camillette. From hoops to halos and strands to sleepers crafted from white, yellow and rose gold as well as silver, everything here is made with true expertise and delicatesse. Special attention is paid to locally-sourced materials and sustainability, and the result is ultra-chic simplicity with a heart of gold.
Where to start with the lovely, locally-focussed arloca? From dainty rings that delicately grace your hands to beautiful necklaces and smart-looking watches, this boutique shines the spotlight on the immense talent of Canadian artisans. When you’ve picked out that perfect piece, browse the rest of the boutique’s plentiful wares, from home décor to gardening accessories and much more.
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Taking the bazaar concept next-level, Bazart (formerly New City Gas) is an artisanal paradise, with a boutique that features boho-inspired pieces, a digital art gallery and a restaurant/bar that serves up mouth-watering Mediterranean fare. Find that special piece for yourself then chill in its dreamy beachy ambiance and be transported afar.
Feel instantly immersed in the boho-chic vibe of Corail Blanc as you gaze at earthy, elegant creations made from gold, tassel, brass, bone, and semi-precious stone by local designers that include wellDunn, Atelier SVP, The Bow and June & Valentino. The sophisticated adornments include beautiful headpieces, body chains and anklets that connect you with the sun, moon, stars and your inner goddess.
Femme Mécanique Designs
Femme Mécanique is a cool little shop on Masson Street offers a carefully curated selection of minimalist designs inspired by Mile Ex’s nature and architecture, by self-taught jeweler Julie Verfaillie. A must if you’re looking for lovely, pared-down creations that are crafted using eco-responsible processes, including certified conflict-free precious stones and diamonds.
A lovely, light-filled boutique on the Main, Kemmi is run by a duo who have trained with master silversmiths, and a must for any jewelry-loving free spirit. Slide a ring handcrafted from the highest quality silver, let a gold rope necklace drape gently on your collarbone, wrap your wrists in sweet, slinky bracelets and live out your inner girl or guy bohemian.
Step into this sleek boutique on chic Laurier Avenue West and soak up all the captivating gold, silver and precious stone creations by Myriam Elie. From refined bracelets to pretty pendants and wedding bands to stackable rings, each is infused with a deep and delicate sophistication.
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See how Chagnon’s hand-selected materials such as chiseled pewter, sheer glass, shimmering bronze, lustrous copper and sumptuous 22-carat gold look on you. You can get these stunners from this celebrated jewelry maker at her Mile End studio or city-wide retailers too.
Inspired by old Yemeni and Middle Eastern cultures, fashion and jewelry designer Ev Arad imbues each of her pieces with a distinct look that embraces both a traditional and contemporary aesthetic. See the cultural influences shine through in her sterling silver, gold and gemstone pieces, whether you’re elevating your look or getting grounded with a meditation ring.
Let yourself be lured by the glass cases shining with silver and semi-precious stones in pendants, rings, necklaces and earrings from here and around the world at Bagus Montréal. Bedeck yourself with ornate Kabyle jewelry, romance bright, bold ring stones and add some flavour to your world with its vast selection of earthy and organic pieces.
A true tonic for the jewelry-deprived soul, Argent Tonic offers a treasure chest of wonders in its tiny shop on Laurier Street West. Helmed by jewelry-maker Aaron Maya, it offers earthy yet elegant creations (silver, gold, semi-precious stones and antique pieces) that aesthetes of both genders will adore.
bleu comme le ciel
Stop and gawk at the jaw-dropping window displays at bleu comme le ciel before stepping inside to a fantasy world of high-end boho-chic costume jewelry imported from France and the French Riviera. Look like you just stepped off a sun-kissed yacht with these swoon-worthy accoutrements.
Clio blue Montréal
More understated than the above-mentioned BCLC, the equally ravishing Clio blue Montréal (an offshoot of the Paris flagship store) specializes in stylish silver creations that will make her—and his—heart sing. Bonus: Clio bleu now shares the same space with BCLC, making browsing that much easier.
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The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts Boutique and Bookstore
You might not think of popping into a museum for jewelry, but you’d be amazed at the gorgeous selection of baubles at the MMFA Boutique and Bookstore. Showcasing many artists and artisans from Québec as well as other countries, including Africa, Asia and South America, the selection here is diverse and beautiful, and pricewise, very doable.
This upscale, made-in Montréal company specializes in handpicked, natural diamonds and pearls that artisans then craft into jaw-dropping, I-need-that kind of creations. Pick up one of these from their swishy downtown boutique and up your chic factor tout de suite.
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Roland Dubuc, a master-class jeweler, kicks up origami a notch or two by taking single sheets of gold or silver and folding them into exquisite architectural artworks. There is high demand for his sophisticated, sculptured pieces.
The miss of Missy Industry—Melissa Lafrenière—starts out with a sheet of sterling silver, and with leather she crafts edgier, urban pieces that have an upscale industrial edge. On the radar if you’re looking for something a little more badass. (by appointment or in select Montréal retailers)
Freitag has a huge fan base of bauble lovers and we know why. Showcasing an in-house brand alongside a few local designers, this trendy shop on the Main stocks an array of cool adornments that have an organic, contemporary feel. Lots of silver and pieces with semi-precious stones, and goodies for guys too.
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Birks and Tiffany & Co
Being a cosmopolitan city, Montréal boasts the big names in jewelry too. A stop at Birks gives you access to sublime sparklers, ooh-la-la necklaces and watches that cost more than most people’s cars. Open since 2012, Tiffany & Co. features its signature collections (Tiffany 1837, Return to Tiffany, Clés Tiffany) and designs by names like Elsa Perretti, Paloma Picasso, and Jean Schlumberger.
Hailing originally from the big country skies of Manitoba, Rebecca adopted Montréal over 20 years ago after living in Québec City and France as a student. When she is not writing, translating or teaching English, she can be found pedaling the city’s bike paths, strolling the streets in search of hidden gems, and striking up conversations with local merchants, creators and folks in the neighbourhood.