fine jewellery hand made in Canada

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Who we are

Boreal Workshop is a Manitoba family business. We hand make beautiful jewellery and functional art objects. The owner is a member of Ochekwi-Sipi Cree Nation (Fisher River), with Cree & Metis ancestors from the Interlake and Grand Beach regions of Manitoba.  

The head jeweller and lapidary/gemologist is Canadian, of English and French ancestry, with roots in Winnipeg, and the Manigatogan/Long Lake area of Manitoba. An accomplished gold, silver, and copper smith, and lapidary, he was introduced to lapidary at a young age by parents and grandparents, and has studied gemology with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

Design and production

Our work is hand made in Canada. We cut and facet our own gemstones using select rough sourced from around the world. The metalwork we produce is handmade, typically in copper, silver, and gold. Where possible we use local sources and distributors, and consider sustainability and the environment.

Our work is informed by Indigenous and European cultures and traditions of art and craft, and our environment.  We have lived and worked in diverse regions of Canada, from the Arctic to the Prairies, and the influences of cultures, traditions, and the beauty of the natural world are intrinsic to our art.  In addition to jewellery and personal goods, we produce art objects, and vessels and containers suitable for personal and ceremonial use.

Our Promise

We take pride in the fact that our pieces are created in a broad range of sizes and styles to suit our clients needs and preferences. As our pieces are created in our workshop, from start to finish, we stand behind the quality of our work and gladly replace or repair any defects resulting from workmanship. Our work is inspired by a variety of sources, and design considerations include meaning and/or references, visual beauty, weight, comfort and function.

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