Saturday, February 27, 2010

drum roll please..... .. . . .

And now for the moment you have all been waiting for, 18Karat is pleased to announce the official winner of our 'Who Deserves a Diamond' contest, Christine M. on behalf of her mother Barbara. Christine's entry was so lovely - mum's after all deserves millions of diamonds.

We met this morning when Christine, her mother, and mother-in-law came in to pick up this lovely stone and have even decided to have it set in a pendant.

What a lovely way to start the day!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Uniti Reception

Last Sunday we hosted a reception in honour of the many contributors who helped to make last November's Uniti Collection a success. We are so grateful for all the people who donated their time and art to benefit the Red Door Family Shelter.

(to the left - the lovely and very talented designer Shelly Purdy with the equally lovely managing editor of Jewellery Business Magazine, Jacquie de Almeida.)

(to the right - I was super excited to finally meet Danielle Meder, the creative genius behind I had been following her blog for a while now, and was glad to have her attend the reception. Be sure to check out her site!)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

3 days till V-Day!

Few of us give in to the mush and gush of Valentine's Day, but no matter how much we resist, there is still a part in all of us that feels a little tug.

As our 'Who Deserves a Diamond' contest carries on, we thought we would give you a sample of some of the entries we have received - a few that will surely tenderize your heart muscle -

J.C writes of his wife, "She is a shinning star, an eternal optimist and the love of my life, for this I feel she deserves a Canadian Diamond."

C.M writes of her mother, "She has sacrificed many things over the last 30 years for her children and I think she deserves a diamond".

With only 3 days left, please send in your answers to this question - Why does your loved one deserve a diamond - to

No matter how short and sweet or epic and poetic, you could win a Canadian Diamond.

We couldn't end this post without showing some of the wonderful new pieces to arrive at the shop, and just in the nick of time for the day of love. What says 'babe your the best' better then a piece of handmade and locally produced designer jewellery?

(Pictured above : Be Mine by Bijouxbead - Featuring Handmade Lampwork)

(Pictured above: Dear Heart by Bijouxbead - Featuring Handmade Lampwork)

(Pictured above : Sparkling Rays from Bazant Unique Adornment's Aurora Borealis Collection
- Featuring recycled hammered silver)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Who Deserves a Diamond - 18Karat Diamond Giveaway

To celebrate Valentine's Day, 18Karat will be giving away one loose Canadian Diamond to the person who best answers this question, 'Why Does Your Loved One Deserve a Diamond?'

Create a video response, or email with your answer.

Contest closes February 13th at 11.59pm.

Contest only open to residents of Ontario, 18 years and older. Yay diamonds!

How cute are we, posting our first Youtube video?