"Tofino Sunrise" - ring, Sterling Silver, 14 karat yellow gold, diamond
I became a Circle Craft Co-op member in 1999. The Co-op is one of a kind and the oldest artist Co-operative in Canada nearing 50 years representing roughly 140 artist members from British Columbia with the flag store on Granville Island/Vancouver. The CC Market is happening in November at the new Convention Center each year with approx. 300 exhibitors from all over Canada. I have served on the Board for a few years which was a truly humbling experience.
You can find my beautifully displayed jewelry at the Granville Island store open 7 days a week from 10 am to 7 pm.
Circle Craft store is shipping world wide and accepts all major credit card payments.
Circle Craft Store & Gallery
1666 Johnston St, Net Loft, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada V6H 3S2
Phone: 1 + 604.669.8021
store email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Avenue Gallery is a fantastic place to buy beautiful, unique Art and my jewelry. Their extensive online store has a wide range of my designs or drop in if you are in beautiful Oak Bay/Victoria. They ship world wide and accept all major credit card payments.
The Avenue Gallery, Oak Bay, Victoria BC, Canada
2184 Oak Bay Avenue , Victoria British Columbia , Canada V8R 1G3
Toll Free: +1.844.598.2184
I would like to have a special engagement ring designed. Can I include my grandmothers diamond?
Absolutely. When booking your free initial appointment I will assess the diamonds current condition to make sure it has no damage from prior wearing.
How long does a custom made piece of jewelry take?
It depends how extensive the process of creating your design is. It usually takes approx. 3-4 weeks (plus time for shipping).
Do you have a warranty policy?
There are certain limited warranties for colored gems, diamonds and pearls. For precious metals it is for lifetime.
Are you doing appraisals for insurance purposes?
Yes. I work together with a certified appraiser and gemologist that will take care of your needs.
Do you work with clients that don't live in Vancouver?
My clients often come from foreign countries like Europe or the US. Payments work well with US or international bank wire transfer from your bank and insured shipping with FedEx or UPS and communication with design proposals and details about estimates and pricing will happen via email or WhatsApp.
What kind of payments do you accept?
For Vancouver clients I accept e-transfers or cash. If the piece you like is available in stock from one of the Galleries that represent my work you can pay with all major credit cards or with Debit card. On a regular basis I update my most recent jewelry selection on Instagram. Throughout Canada e-transfer or bank wire transfer from your bank to mine. From outside Canada, only bank wire transfers are possible at this time.
Jewellery should be carefully stored. Care should be taken to protect it from knocks, chemicals, extreme temperatures & sunlight.
•Do not wear jewellery when in the swimming pool, jaccuzzi, sauna/steam room or while bathing or showering. Chlorine, detergents, oils & perfumes can all cause tarnishing & damage. •Remove jewellery when doing household tasks.
•Always put jewellery on last as a finishing touch after getting ready. •Make-up, perfume & hairspray all contain chemicals which may dull the finish of jewellery.
•Gently wipe jewellery clean with a soft cloth after each wear to remove make up & oils (from skin).
•Thoroughly dry jewellery after exposure to water: moisture can cause tarnishing & may weaken springs & clasps.
•oil chains gently to prevent damage in storage.
•Special attention to jewellery designed with gemstones that are softer
•Moh's Hardness chart will show gems up to 10 Hardness. The hardest and most durable gems are Diamonds.
•There are special care instructions for softer gems and pearls.
•Clean diamond jewellery with a soft brush dipped in warm water and mild detergent, rinse under running water
•Never expose pearl jewellery to chemicals or solvents and store each piece in a soft (velvet) bag / not beside a heater!
•Don't expose colored gemstones to chemicals, solvents or ultrasonic cleaner (professional jewellery cleaner) without knowing their specific cleaning requirements.
•To avoid scratches on jewellery while handling every day, please wear white cotton gloves, specially a must with highly polished surfaces!
Silver Jewellery will naturally tarnish over time. I recommend removing jewellery when you shower or bathe and particularly when on the beach, in the sea and in chlorinated water. Avoid spraying perfume or applying creams directly onto your jewellery. Keep away from extreme temperatures, humidity and sunlight, and avoid wearing your jewellery when using bleach.
To protect your jewellery, pieces should be individually placed in a pouch or within a soft lined box to stop them being scratched or tangled. Ideally store your jewellery in a dark, cool and dry place.
Using a soft, lint free or a special silver cleaning cloth is an effective way to keep silver, 18ct yellow and rose gold jewellery looking shiny and lustrous. A liquid silver cleaner can also be used to clean sterling silver pieces, specially for matte and textured surfaces if will give better cleaning results! Ideally, store silver pieces in an airtight bag to help reduce tarnishing. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean metal as they can cause scratching.
• Colored Gemstones
Since many gemstones are quite delicate, hot water, harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided at all times. We advise cleaning your precious stones with a clean, soft, damp cloth after wearing. Very porous stones such as turquoise and emeralds should be cleaned using an untreated, dry, soft cloth only. Do not use tissue paper or paper towels to clean gemstones as they can cause scratching. Some colored gemstones should not be exposed to sudden temperature changes (emeralds!), they might crack (although they might be harder gems).
Since pearls are a natural product of nature and cultivated either in salt- or freshwater, they should not be stored in a heated area of your home. Also in time they will need a soft cloth, slightly wet, and a gentle rub. After wearing your pearls often, the strand might require restringing every 3-4 years (average). The silk thread will become loose and brittle while wearing therefore making restringing a necessary procedure to keep strands from breaking.
Diamonds are the hardest of all gems with the hardness of 10. Nevertheless they are also dust collectors and deserve a cleaning every few weeks. If you don't have a professional ultrasonic cleaner handy, soak your diamond jewelry in warm water with a few drops of dishwashing soap. Together with an old toothbrush you will get into all areas and remove all dirt and dust to make your diamonds sparkle again.