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What Exactly is Essential Oil Diffuser Jewellery?

Whether you have embraced the benefits of essential oils or you fall into the that’s “hocus pocus” crowd; it would be hard to deny the fact that there is a global essential oils industry. Like many alternative therapies, some people simply prefer the mainstream and others are willing to experiment.

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In life one thing is for sure, you will meet believers and non-believers. Is the sky falling? Are stocks going up or down? Is that glass half full or half empty?

Essential Oil Diffuser Jewellery Set

Essential Oils are not New

The Romans called the lavender plant lavare (“to wash”), and the Greeks called nardus (after Syrian City Naarda). These populations had discovered the ten (10) things you should know about lavender (read more here) long before we were born.

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However, it was not just lavender; ancient communities used botanicals, resins, and wild herbs that included rosemary, thyme, oregano, and sage for their perceived (or real?) benefits. The Romans used rosemary at wedding ceremonies, and the Egyptians used it as incense. The savoury aroma of rosemary is practically intoxicating when used to season roasted root vegetables, chicken or lamb. Rosemary is believed to aid with digestive issues, strengthen your immune system, and it tastes good too.

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Without the benefits of modern medicine, our ancestors used what was naturally available to them and experimented. According to the scientific community, there are no proven medical benefits of aromatherapy, but then again nobody can quite explain the placebo effect either. So, whether the effects of essential oils are real or perceived it certainly cannot hurt to add them to your routine.

Creating Beautiful, Purposeful Jewellery

Katja Presnal, the founder of Skimbaco a lifestyle brand that she founded in 2006, is multi-talented you can read her full background here. Her experimentation with essential oils began at a time when she was experiencing low energy, fatigue and weight gain. Her experience was positively life changing.

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However, she was discouraged by the lack of available jewellery that was both functional (could diffuse the essential oils) and attractive. Wearing a ragged leather strap bracelet to a client meeting just doesn’t cut it. This woman is creative and determined. Her vision was to design a line of jewellery that would tick both boxes.

And, she did!

Explore the Skimbaco Diffuser Jewellery here.

Sterling Silver Designer Necklace Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Can’t afford to take your mother on a trip to Bali this year?

Neither can we, but there is a solution!

Show her how she is special this Mother’s Day with a new sterling silver diffuser necklace. The design inspiration for this understated 18″ chain comes from the sandy shores and turquoise waters of Bali.

Mother's Day Sterling Silver Necklace Giveaway

Katja Presnal the founder and visionary behind the lifestyle brand Skimbaco is offering the necklace (photo above) to one lucky winner. The beautiful ONE DROP teardrop silver necklace with a turquoise lava bead on a cable chain.

Skimbaco is not something you will find in a dictionary, but rather a combination of a Finnish slang word “skimba” for skis and “co” for Colorado (the place she and her young family were living at that time). Read more about the brand here.

A long time believer in natural healing, Presnal discovered the personal benefits of essential oils during labour with her second child. As a sought-after writer and motivational speaker, she has had the opportunity to visit many countries around the globe and had the pleasure of visiting local farms for a better understanding of edibles (herbs and produce) cultivation. During her extensive travels, Presnal discovered that daily use of essential oils contributed to her physical and mental well-being.

Her personal essential oil usage led to the inspiration for a classy jewellery line. Designed with materials that work well to diffuse essential oils, each piece is stunning. Explore the Skimbaco collection.

Suspended on a teardrop of sterling silver the turquoise lava bead, on this exquisite ONE DROP necklace, is intended for your favourite essential oil. Read more about the importance of scents and emotions here.

How do you enter this giveaway?

  1. Sign-up for our newsletter here
  2. Please share with a friend (and don’t forget to let us know)

The lucky winner will be selected via random draw on Mother’s Day (May 14th).

Good luck!

Easy to Wear Jewellery for Spring Fashion

It was a long winter in North America. Record snowfalls at Eastern ski resorts competed with the slippery streets of Vancouver and Seattle. After months of the “white stuff,” it’s time to lighten up your look with some new accessories. All it takes is a pop of colour or the sparkle of a semi-precious gemstone to transition and outfit from dull to irresistible.

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Unique Designer Jewellery

These Canadian designers handcraft their whimsical jewellery using shiny gold, stainless steel and sterling silver. The eye-catching interest comes with how they have combined metal chains with powerful gemstones and dynamic crystals. Silk and leather create a softer touch when your outfit needs to be less formal.

Crystal Cluster Garden Pendant

Necklaces are versatile accessories

All it takes is adding a glossy chain to turn your daytime ‘at-the-office’ look into ‘time-for cocktails.’ Whether the band is made of a precious metal (gold or silver), a silk ribbon, a leather strand or a string of beads adding one of these necklaces to your jewellery box is the easiest way to transform your look. Explore the designer necklace collection here.

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Rings matter!

Whether he gave you the band or it is a gift to yourself – you deserve it. Trust us other women notice what is on your fingers. Melanie’s Keme Jewellery Sage Leaf rings radiate a natural touch. Anastassia chooses a labradorite stone for her enchanting Aurora Ring. This semi-precious stone provides clarity, improved communication and tempers negative feelings (read more here). Colleen Poitras’s Matter Series ring in stainless steel and concrete tells everyone (without you having to) that your weekends are precious.

Aurora Ring with Labradorite stone

Think of your ears as real estate that you can accessorise with a stylish ear crawler or a pair of fashionable ear studs made with metal clay. For the perfect lightweight accessory choose a set of silk earrings by designer Morija Reeb. Using natural silk as the base material and a heat etching process, she adds several layers of natural dye to achieve the desired shades. These delicate earrings look like tiny leaves or butterfly wings (take a look here).

Metal Clay Leaf Stud Earrings

As the warmer weather approaches, expose your limbs to some natural Vitamin D and buy a bracelet to celebrate. Colleen Poitras has two bangles with sparkling gemstone charms. Katja’s Skimbaco collection combines practical and beautiful in the essential oil diffuser bracelets. Buy a designer bracelet today.

Designer Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day and Discounts

We would never suggest that chocolate and roses are not good options, if you are running a little late (or short on ideas) on Valentines Day.  Certainly, most gals would be happy to be treated to a dinner out and a nice bottle of wine on February 14th.

However, if you want to make her feel special for more than a single day consider the long-lasting gift of an exclusive designer wardrobe accessory or beautiful home decor item.  These beautiful products are individually designed, handcrafted in small batches and in many cases, one-of-a-kind treasures.

Designer Valentine's Gift to You

 

Designer shopping ideas:

Heart Handle Hardwood Boards

 

Serving boards with heart handles are cut from Canadian hardwood (black walnut or cherry). This board is on special until February 14th for $95 and includes a jar of preserving beeswax and mineral oil paste – value ($12). Order here to receive in time for Valentines.

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Wrap her in warm, wintery knitwear by artist Cindy Goble who is offering a 20% discount on her fully collection from February 1st -14th. Coupon Code: goblevalentines. Shop her luxury collection here.

Lola patent leather handbag in red

 

Nothing says “I love you” better than the colour red.  How about a red patent leather Lola handbag? This is handcrafted leather by Toronto master-craftsman Christine VonBun is present that she will love and is guaranteed to make her friends jealous. Go ahead be that guy! Shop here.

Square silk Purse Red and Purple @KOTIDesigns

Sticking to the red theme…this silk evening bag is a stunning accessory for that special evening on the town.

Encircled Choker in leather and stainless pendant

Jewellery is a fail-safe gift for this mid-February occasion. Colleen Poitras is offering a seasonal sale (ends February 14th) on her “Pretty. Rocker. Chic” designs. These earrings, bangles and necklaces are unique pieces that transform any outfit. Shop Colleen’s jewellery here.

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Take a look a other designer jewellery collections by Anastassia Sel, Keme Jewellery, ErinLaura and Skimbaco.

Designer Valentine's Gift to You

Kĕme Jewellery Creations all Fired Up by Metal Clay

Toronto native Melanie Neves works from her home-base studio, a space filled with natural light, house plants and her favourite books. Surrounded by music and a view of one of the city’s many green spaces Neves says, “It’s the perfect place to tap into my creative side.”

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Her interest in jewellery design has been organic; a hobby turned into a full-time pursuit that has grown in the three years since she first discovered metal clay online. “I’ve always loved working with clay, and when I found precious metal clay, jewellery was the natural progression.”

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Neves shared that her lack of formal training means that there are no prescribed boundaries to her creativity and glorious artistic discoveries through trial and error. Her investment in a small kiln and a metal clay sample pack has led her to produce a line of exclusive necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings with metal clay. Much of her work is with powdered Hadar’s Clay™.

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The process with precious metal clay is interesting, and quite honestly, you never really know what you’re going to pull out of the kiln. I generally use Hadar’s Clay™ (powder), but there are metal clays that come premixed and ready to go so you don’t need to worry about mixing it yourself. The majority of metal clay is 90% metal and 10% organic binder. Think of the binder as the glue that holds all the metal particles together. I prefer to use Hadar’s Clay™ because it has a long shelf life and does not dry out since it is in powder form, but it also means that I have to be careful with how much water I add to create the clay.

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Can you describe the process of making a piece of metal clay jewellery?

Once you have the metal clay ready, you can mould it and shape it however you would like. Similar to regular clay, it will hold its shape. Once you have finished your creation, you have to let it dry. You can speed this process along, but you want to make sure you’re not heating things too quickly otherwise your pieces may crack and may need some repair. After your piece is completely dry, it will need to be sanded to remove any rough edges then polished, and sealed to give it more of a finished look.

What tools do you need for your work?

Oh my! You can work with a whole lot of tools or with few depending on what you’re making, but here are some of the basics:

Precious metal clay
Kiln, carbon, and firing bowl
Moulds and mould making material
Rolling pin
Clay shaping tools
Sanding pads/sanding paper
Firing torch
Polishing cloths
Sealant
Findings, necklace chains, ring mandrels

What stimulates your design work?

I often find inspiration in nature or the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine. I also get a lot of my ideas when travelling. Learning about other cultures and watching how people within those cultures interact with one another, their style and quality of life, and their fashion all peak my interest and provide inspiration for days. Being a huge history buff, I also occasionally find myself working on pieces that are reminiscent of different historical eras. But inspiration is one of those things can strike anywhere, and at any time.

The Kĕme Jewellery collection featured on Atelier is nature-based: Leaf Stud Earrings, Back to Nature Pendant, Sage Leaf Wrap Around Ring.

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Tell us about your company name.

Kĕme is a slight twist on the ancient Egyptian word “khēmia”, meaning transmutation of earth. Melanie shared that she is still continuously amazed by the alchemy that takes place working with metal clay.

Perfect for gifts or your collection take a look at Melanie Neve’s full collection here.

Image Credits: all photos provided by and published with the permission of Kĕme Jewellery

Day 9 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas with Jewellery that Glitters

Give the gift of a little sparkle this year.

Metal clay creations by Toronto designer Melanie Neves:

Quilted Metal Pendant @KemeJewellery

Layered Sage Leaf Ring @KemeJewellery

Ear crawlers from Anastassia SEL:

Branch Ear Crawler #Jewellery @AnastassiaSel

Skimbaco Lifestyle earrings:

2getger-turquoise-earrings #Jewellery @Skimbaco

Bangles by Colleen Poitras:

Breath Bangle @Colpoitras

Raw, rough cut quartz necklaces by ErinLaura:

Ava necklace @erinlaura

Explore the entire jewellery collection here.

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Handcrafted jewellery by Canadian Designers. Sustainable fashion.

Day 8 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas the Gift of Gemstones

Diamonds are not for everyone (well, ok they might be), but semi-precious stones make for interesting and thoughtful gifts too. Gemstones are the perfect gift because you can tailor your stone choice to best suit the receiver.

Do they need a little bit of calm and protection in their life? Choose an Amethyst from the quartz family.

Will 2017 be a big year for their work, school or other hurdles in their life? Dark and mysterious the Black Onex is believed to help with focus, dedication and retention.

Everyone can use a little luck every once in awhile. Tourmaline is a quartz stone said to bring good fortune to the wearer. For more detail on these and other stones read Turning Rocks into Beautiful Jewellery.

Our jewellery design team has been hard at work creating beautiful fashion accessories with semi-precious gemstones.

Significance bangle moonstone @ColleenPoitras

Colleen Poitras’ Significance Bangle is an excellent gift for a girlfriend, daughter, niece or any special lady. There are two bangle sizes, and you can choose from one of seven (7) stones.

Watermelon Tourmaline Union Necklace #Jewellery @AnastassiaSel

Give the gift of luck. Anastassia’s Watermelon Tourmaline Union Necklace highlights this beautiful stone with its green exterior and red interior. Or for a dose of stunning luck, her Slice of Heaven Ring with the same stone.

Collins Necklace #Jewellery @Erinlaura #MadeinCanada

Erin Johnson’s entire necklace collection wraps around rough cut gemstones. These are accessories she named after her best friends, so should be the perfect gift for yours.

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The Crystal Cluster Garden Pendant created by Melanie Neves is nothing short of stunning with a Blue Apatite crystal that is meant to enhance communication, intuition, self-expression, creativity, and visualisation.

Any one of these pieces make for a perfect gift on their own or paired with an indigo silk scarf by Morija Reeb.

Gemstone jewellery, handmade and unique make for perfect, lasting gifts.

Day 5 – 12 days of Designer Christmas Jewellery

Our team of Atelier jewellery designers use a variety of metals and gemstones in their work. Inspired by their surroundings, these creators have been in their studios all year handcrafting accessories for all the ladies on your list.

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On the West Coast, Erin Johnson named her company Erinlaura, combining her name with her grandmother’s – a strong creative presence in her life. The Erinlaura necklace collection is a combination of rough cut gemstones and delicate gold chains as striking as the bays and inlets of British Columbia’s shoreline. She balances yin and yang influences in her jewellery designs.

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On the other side of the country, Katja’s Skimbaco Lifestyle brand launched their initial essential oil diffuser jewellery line after experimenting strands of leather and cloth. You may not be able to travel to the shores of Bali, but this stunning collection might at least allow you to daydream.

Aurora Ring #Jewellery @AnastassiaSel

The time to buy Anastassia Selezneva runway-quality jewellery is right now before she makes good on her goal of moving to New York City. All the Anastassia Sel necklaces, ear crawlers, rings and bracelets are handcrafted with recycled sterling silver and 14k gold so that you can feel good about your sustainable purchase.

Concrete and Stainless Jewellery @ColleenPoitras

Based in Canada’s largest city, Colleen Poitras balances the demands Toronto living with her jewellery line. She works with leather, concrete and stainless steel to handcraft stunning pieces that work for the Pretty.Rocker.Chic in every girl. These pieces are guaranteed to dress-up any outfit.

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Kĕme Jewellery is the name of Melanie Neves brand, where she transforms metal clay into fashion accessory pieces that are inspired by the earth. Nature meets design in her sage leaf rings and wave patterned stud earrings.

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Explore the entire jewellery collection here.

Day 2 – 12 Days of Designer Christmas Shopping – Earrings

On day two of our designer days of Christmas, our jewellers have been hard at work on beautiful earrings. Comfortable to wear and the perfect accessory for casual and evening dress choose from a variety of styles.

Click here to see the full designer earring collection.

There are ear crawlers by Anastassia Sel

Branch Ear Crawler #Jewellery @AnastassiaSel

Metal clay studs by Melanie at Keme Jewellery

Wave Textured Stud Earrings @KemeJewellery

Fun (Bali-inspired) hoops by Skimbaco

2getger-turquoise-earrings #Jewellery @Skimbaco

An elegant blend of sterling silver and concrete by Colleen Poitras

 

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Earrings are the final touch for a perfect outfit. Give designer-made earrings this year.

Win a Designer Necklace by Jewellery Artist Anastassia Selezneva

It’s the holiday season and time to celebrate with a free giveaway. All you have to do is get social with us for your chance to win this designer necklace gift.

Necklace contest December Holiday giveaway @Atelier_boutiq

In the last year, the team of designers showcasing their women’s fashion accessories and home decor items on Atelier has grown to over fifteen artists since our launch one year ago. This impressive group of Canadian designers includes jewellers, weavers, handbag artisans, candle makers, woodworkers, clothing designers and more. Take a peek at the full list of creators here.

Designer Anastassia Selezneva is helping us mark this special time of year by offering one of her beautiful necklaces for this free holiday giveaway. Made with recycled brass and sterling silver the Black Tourmaline Union Necklace is designed and handcrafted by Anastassia. The tarnished sterling silver necklace chain joins two brass circles and features a black tourmaline bead.

Black Tourmaline Union Necklace Anastassia Sel

How do you enter for your chance to win this necklace?

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The lucky winner (random draw) will be announced on December 22nd.

Holiday Bonus: Shop with a 20% discount on Anastassia’s collection until December 23rd enter coupon code: AnaSelHoliday

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