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Perfect for Spring: A Shortlist of Fabulous and Local Montreal Jewellery-Makers

The City of Montreal installed Bixi bike stations outside my metro stop this morning, I witnessed a guy roller-blading in shorts, and Forever 21 is only selling sleeveless/legless garments – this means one thing: SPRING IS (basically, pretty much) HERE! About fackin’ time, gang.

As we haul out and/or purchase our spring wardrobes, this also happens to be the perfect time to reconsider accessories for the new season.  In anticipation of up-do’s, bare necklines and exposed wrists, we’ve compiled a list of three local, and perhaps little-known, Montreal jewellers who produce colourful, unique and well-made items appropriate for all spring occasions (ie. patio sippin’, balcony partyin’ and picnickin’ )!

La Raffinerie

Designer Julia Vallelunga’s new spring collection, NOMAD, is inspired by tribal jewellery and features satin and silk tube-like necklaces in vibrant fuchsias, royal blues and beiges. Vintage brass and African trade beads are used throughout, with gold and silver chains, beads and clasps (all necklaces come in short and longer lengths). This spring’s collection also includes lovely nature-themed earrings (leaf and raindrop motifs) with a prominence of turquoise and beige beads.Items are for sale at several retailers within Montreal; pieces can also be purchased online.

Joolz by Cliolunia

An interesting array of recycled fabrics, Joolz is characterized by an assortment of unique, statement necklaces and earrings. Floral, shiny and brightly coloured fabrics (with embroidery and beading) dominate the collection; certain angular, ‘bib’ necklaces recall a late-80s, early-90s tone. Anchors, wrenches, skulls and leaves are among the one-of-a-kind necklace designs. Currently, items can only be purchased online.

This Ilk

Tamara Bavdek’s nine collections of beautiful lace jewellery, largely in neutral tones, combine simplicity and femininity into each shoulder-sweeping earring and attention-grabbing necklace. Geometrical and floral designs dominate the delicate embroidery-esque style of each piece. Bavdek also creates oversized ankle bracelets and adorable Warhol-inspired daisy crowns (pictured). This Ilk can be found at a number of vintage shops across town, and online!

~ Tyler Yank

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