Matte PR showcases five of the GTA’s most inspiring jewelry designers
Recognized for its impeccable street style, Toronto is also home to some of the most experimental and authentic jewelry designers. We’re showcasing five local brands transforming passion into wearable works of art.
Launched in 2014, Hania Kuzbari’s finely crafted jewelry are the ultimate story-telling items. Born in Syria, the designer’s inspiration draws on ancient Middle Eastern mythologies and motifs. The ethically-handcrafted items are made using a mix of contemporary and ancient Levantine jewelry making methods, dating back to 500 BC. The brand exclusively uses conflict-free diamonds, ethically-sourced gemstones and salvaged gold and silver. Based out of Toronto, the brand has a global following and ships worldwide. You can shop Hania Kuzbari at https://haniakuzbari.com/.
Emily Kowalik is the Canadian brand creating high-end wearable art. Handcrafted in Toronto by Emily herself, the slow-fashion jewelry brand creates small batch edgy pieces using sterling silver, brass and rose gold. The elegant yet punk-esque pieces are inspired by the world around us and the human form. This brand is the go-to for sculptured pieces that are super clean. Shop Emily Kowalik’s collections or order a custom-made piece here: https://emilykowalik.com/
Wild Moon is the eco-conscious, industrial and afrocentric jewelry brand founded by Toronto designer Asia Clarke. Based out of Ghana and Canada, all of the brand’s accessory artifacts are handcrafted using 100% recycled fine silver, recycled glass, repurposed brass, and semi-precious stones. Aiming to step out of the “cookie-cutter fashion” norm, Wild Moon presents gender-neutral items making a serious statement. To shop Wild Moon, visit http://www.wildmoonjewellery.com/.
Cadette Jewelry creates delicate and detailed contemporary pieces emulating the journey of womanhood. Using traditional metalsmith techniques as well as fabrication and waxing techniques, Cadette handmakes intricate pieces to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. From hand-carved rippling details to abstract female figures, Cadette Jewelry has an array of inspiring, easy-to-style items. To browse the Toronto brand’s feminine artisan jewelry, click here: https://cadettejewelry.com/
Cuchara is the Toronto-based jewelry line created and designed by B.C. native, Edilou Canedo. The everyday jewelry brand is the perfect amalgamation of the two Canadian spots – think island bohemian chic meets grimy city slick. Edi takes inspiration from the beach, the city, the 90s (punk, grunge and hip-hop) and more. Cuchara’s edgy items include heavy chains, dog tags and custom-made logo rings. Shop Cuchara here: https://www.cuchara.ca/
Omi Woods was founded by Toronto native Ashley Alexis Mcfarlane. Ashley mixes her Jamaican-Ashanti-Maroon heritage into her designs, celebrating African culture with each item. Omi Woods uses responsibly-sourced African gold in all of its handcrafted designs, and ensures all workers are paid fairly. You can find Omi Wood at Hudson’s Bay x INLAND or online at: https://omiwoods.com/