Put a ring on it at these Toronto custom jewellery shops

We don’t see much point in going to a jewellery store to buy a piece designed to someone else’s taste. The aesthetic may be close to what you’re looking for, but never exact. So go on – treat yourself to a custom piece of jewellery at one of these Toronto stores.

Made You Look

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1338 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L4

Rough-and-ready Parkdale has a bright, new sheen and one of the best things to come out of its makeover is this jewellery store, a shop concerned with all things precious. If you’re thinking of popping the question, buying an anniversary gift or just splurging on yourself, you can bet they’ll have something that catches your eye. But go for a commissioned piece – you’ll be the only person in the world wearing it.

Jewelery Ltd Fair Trade

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523 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M4X 1P3

It’s rare to find a person who isn’t familiar with blood diamonds, the practicing of mining diamonds at a great personal cost for one side involved. That’s not the case here, as these jewellers are focused on creating jewellery the conscientious and fair way. In fact, they were the first fair-trade jewellery company in all of North America when they opened, and have proudly kept up the tradition in everything they do.

Benner Leif Designer Goldsmith

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15 Case Goods Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

This homegrown talent (he took the jewellery arts program at George Brown College) was so recognized for his jewellery-making skills, that he was awarded an arts residence at the Harbourfront Centre. Now, it’s partly his craftsmanship and partly his passion that’s made him a standout in the Distillery District and fuelled his desire to give back to the community. Metal is Leif Benner’s favourite medium, and it’ll be yours, too, after investing in one of his custom-designed pieces of jewellery.

Flux & FormJewellery

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116A Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M5A 2R2

Jewellery – especially a diamond – is supposed to last forever, but there are so many pieces that get tossed aside. Luckily, two women started paying attention to where those cast-offs went and began using them to create new pieces of jewellery. It’s recycling at its finest, and that means you can knock off both the “something old” and “something new” parts of your wedding list at the same time with one of these rings. We call this a win all-around.

Mark Lash Fine Jewelry

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480 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1A5

He counts celebs such as Howie Mandel, Bruno Mars, Nick Cannon and John Legend as part of his huge client base, so you know he’s got serious ability to give people exactly what they want. There’s nothing terribly ostentatious or overdone with Mark’s work, just a deeply-driven desire to create jewellery that’ll look good in every era. His line consists of a balance between imported and bespoke jewellery, and you know that anything from either category will always look fabulous.

Anne Sportun Fine Jewellery

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742 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E9

She started her craft as a teenager, making jewellery in her father’s basement workshop, and soon showed such a gift that Canada Post featured her bejeweled hands on a postage stamp in 2003. It’s safe to say that Anne knows what she’s doing, with one of her strongest skills the ability to interpret clients’ dreams into concrete representations. Jewellery is one of the rare things that lasts a lifetime, so invest in a quality piece that will make you feel sophisticated every time you wear it.

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