It’s believed that the first known jewellery appeared in South Africa, 75,000 years BC. Necklaces and bracelets were made from shells and animal bones, not for ornamentation, but as talismans to ward off evil spirits.
Some people still bestow jewellery with similar powers as those prehistoric pieces. Think only of the scores of esoteric shops full of mystical adornments and gemstones. Others claim, not without reason, that their jewellery is a testament to their success: a gold wedding ring, the hammered Iron Ring worn by Canadian engineers, or the legendary Stanley Cup ring.
But of all the reasons to wear them, the sense of display tops the list. Jewellery is a form of self-assertion. It endows the wearer with style, elegance and character. And it must be distinct, to reflect the individual’s unique image. Well, what could be more distinctive than a custom-made piece? Montreal is teeming with jewellers and talented designers. If institutions such as J. Omer Roy (since 1919), Birks (since 1879), Joaillerie St-Jean (since 1854) or Hemsleys (since 1870) are still around, it is because their creations are exceptional.
Besides those, there are many others worth considering if you’re looking for a made-to-measure design, including Ecksand, for their handcrafted rings; Flamme en rose, who will send you a 3D drawing for approval; Atelier Épure, who also produce a 3D demo and will manufacture your jewellery in 6 to 8 weeks; or Oritalia, who designs and makes traditional Italian jewellery, including custom rings, pendants, necklaces and earrings.