Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mother's Day G I F T I N G

To celebrate not only mother's and mum's but all of the strong women who have helped form us, 18Karat and Bijouxbead have teamed up to say Thank You!

Starting today, subscribers to our blog.. (this very one!).. will have a chance to win a one-of-a-kind necklace designed and crafted by Darlene Martin of Bijouxbead herself.

Have My Eye On You (pictured above and valued at $190) will be given to one lucky subscriber or follower on our Mother's Day Draw to be held May 10th.

One more time.. For those in the back..
Subscribe to our blog here.. and this baby could be yours.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Organic Simplicity - ReceptionR E C A P P E D

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for our Organic Simplicity reception. We love getting to meet local artists and jewellers –– and they abounded last night.

If you missed it, don't fret!
We will continue to feature Inna's work until the end of this month, and we will continue to carry her pieces into the future.

So a big thank-you to Inna and don't forget to check out her work at

And now... for some pictures.

Don't underestimate the complications of window dressing.. Visual merchandising is tough.. but it turned out great.

Inna, chatting with a fellow jewellery designer.

Inna and Vanessa – winding down the reception.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Organic Simplicity - Reception

Put on your party shoes because 18Karat is hosting a reception in honour of Inna Gorshtein.

On April 23, from 5pm - 8pm, drop by the shop to meet the artist and view the pieces on display.
For more information, visit or call 416-593-1648.

We have enjoyed having this artists work on display, so drop by and support Toronto's amazing artisans.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Oh April..

Maybe it's the April showers, but this month I have found myself drawn to dramatic blues – the lucid shades of aquamarine and vibrant blue topaz especially.

So why not indulge in a little tour of some of the stunners at 18Karat?

Inspired by a floral bouquet of traditional and regal form – to me this stone seems reminiscent of the historical aristocracy... maybe a trinket of a French lady, or a Marie-Antoinette....

And we are back from my romantic wanderings.

This beautiful pendant features a striking 1.52ct. blue topaz, as well as 4 marquises cut diamonds and baguette accents – set in 18k white gold.


If you think size is what matters, then this 9.5ct. giant will certainly drive you wild – not only is she big, but beautiful as well.

This fancy floral cut aquamarine takes me to a remote Hawaiian beach with exquisite Polynesian flora... not to mention the cocktails.

Like everything else we build, this gem is set in 18k white gold.


The bezel is the oldest setting for a gem to occupy, and maybe that helps to explain the inherent romance this ring seems to hold – or possibly the intricate heart detail.

The setting, shape, and detail of this ring speaks to a Renaissance design sensibility, and for that, we love this little Romeo and Juliette ring.
Set in 18k white gold, with a 0.35ct. aquamarine at its center and 4 round cut diamonds flanking it.


Enjoy the sunshine between the showers!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

18Karat Presents: I N G O J E W E L R Y

18Karat is proud to present the work of Inna Gorshtein of Ingo Jewelry throughout the month of April. Stop by the shop to view and purchase some of these lovely and unique pieces.