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Although 2020 is a year wed probably like to all forget, these pretty shiny baubles make for the perfect gift to remember.
If youve been pining for halcyon days, a time when the world wasnt on pandemic lockdown, you've not alone. Tiffany & Co. is feeling nostalgic too and has reissued some of their most iconic designs for the 2020 holidays.
Italian designer Elsa Peretti might be arguably as famous as the little blue box itself, her organic, fluid designs for the jeweler as familiar as any of their classic diamond solitaires: the Bone Cuff, Mesh necklace and the Snake necklace.
Imminently modern yet wearablePeretti's pieces are included in the 20th century collection at the British Museumthe Bone Cuff celebrates its 50th birthday this year. Tiffany reimagines the 1970s icon in limited-edition red, green and blue and inscribes it with special edition.
$660, online at Tiffany.ca
The pandemic has pretty much ground everything to a halt including travel, any socializing and, this Christmas, guaranteed express shipping times. Barring finding yourself a carrier pigeon, your next best bet to getting a message to your loved one on time is the Birks Dare to Dream message pendant in 18KT white gold.
This pretty diamond necklace comes stocked with three paper scrolls to safely inscribe your message of love, hope and dreams. Keep spirits up and sentiments close to the heart with the 32-inch chain that comes with shortening rings.
$7500, in-store and online Maisonbirks.com
If 2020 has taught the fashion industry anything, It's that the endless cycle of runway shows no longer works as a responsible way of doing business. From pre-Fall to Cruise Collections, the breakneck pace of the fashion-show circuit and the constant need for newness has given way to a more thoughtful, considered approach.
Yet few know that HermÃ¨s has always been about slow fashionits goods, all handmade in ateliers in France, are reminders that slow business can still be good business. Its petit h program, the brainchild of Pascale Mussard, Thierry HermÃ¨s great-great-great-granddaughter, just launched in Canada in November and is an ode to that ethos: in its workshop in Pantin France, scrap materials are reimagined into playful products as luxurious as the iconic handbags and scarves they were cut from.
In the petit h program, artisans and designers recycle materials like exotic skins with irregular scales into handbags or minutely flawed crystal into ornaments. The Bride Bracelet is a double-eight fashioned out of 100% silk twill scraps; the pattern and colours of each one a surprise thanks to the scarcity of material. And surprises are few and far between these past few months.
$355, online at Hermes.com
Local fashion designer and philanthropist Treana Peake has long married sartorial savvy with altruistic ambition by marrying Obakki with her Obakki Foundation.
Since 2005, Peake has used the profits of her fashion line to build water wells and provide educational and economic opportunities by bringing clean water to more than two million people in vulnerable parts of Africa.
Situated in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, sits the neighbourhood of Kibera, one of the largest slums in the world. Despite crushing poverty, its residents form a thriving community of artists, dancers and craftsmen like Jack and his group of fellow artisans. Under Jack's creative direction, they create beautiful pieces from scraps found outside the tiny shack where they work like the two-toned stackable Minimal Horn Ring set made from repurposed horn. Cow horn, a byproduct of the food industry, usually ends up in the trashbut Jack and his artisan partners turn the raw material (along with leather trimmings and discarded wood) into beautiful jewellery as a way to improve their quality of life.
$25, available online Obakki.com
Sculptor-turned-jewellery-designer David Yurman's most famous piecethe iconic cable designis so recognizable that it got its own patent. Which pretty much means It's here for the long haul.
Yurman's holiday 2020 initiative leans on that fame: from now until the end of 2020, 20% of the purchase price of the Cable Collectibles North Star sterling silver bracelet with 18K gold will go to help support World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization that uses the power of food to heal communities and strengthen economies during times of crisis.
$600, online at Davidyurman.com
If youve been taking your merlot by the bottle of late, you'll be happy to know there are other healthier ways to forget 2020. Local designer Melanie Auld introduces the 14K gold vermeil enamel ear cuff in Merlot, a pint-sized way to enjoy yourself all while keeping a decorative ear out for good news come January 2021.
Auld's flagship atelier in South Granville is open, but you can also find her at Blue Ruby, The Cross and Nordstrom.
$45, in-store and online at Melanieauld.ca
Few know that Pandora started as a small family jewellery store in 1982 in Copenhagen. Since then, It's grown to more than 100 countries on six continents with almost 2,700 locations. By 2011, a piece of Pandora jewellery was selling every secondand stood third in line behind Cartier and Tiffany & Co in sales.
With great power comes great responsibility: the pandemic forced the juggernaut to shutter 80% of its stores around the world this year, but the company kept paying all of its staff in fulleven those who worked in the now-shuttered closed stores.
That forward-thinking approach extends to their craftsmanship. All of Pandora's pieces are hand-finished and environmentally sourced (unlike other materials, gold and silver can be perpetually recycled without ever compromising their quality). As such, Pandorawho has committed to using 100% sustainable silver and gold by 2025offers the Star Wars collection using 71% recycled material.
This Christmas, the new C-3PO, BB-8 and R2-D2 charms all feature an 18K gold-plated unique metal blend along with sterling silver. May the force be with you this holiday.
$270, online at Pandora.net
Vancouver-based and female-owned True Curated Design's jewellery is all made in solid goldno plated pieces herewhich means fine jewellery to help fine people.
True North is a limited-edition bracelet made of solid 14k Italian gold with 100% of net proceeds supporting BC Women's Health Foundation. Inspired by a compass and the North Star, the pretty piece pays homage to adventure by reminding the wearer of the journey and the destination. Staying the course is something we can all relate to right now.
BC Women's Health Foundation is BC's largest non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women's health by ensuring women have equal access to the highest quality healthcare. This is a gift you cant afford not to give.
$169, online at Truecurateddesigns.com