Often we find that many consumers wish they knew more about jewellery, diamonds and gemstones before making important purchases. As gemmologists we are trained to know what to look for but what about the average person?
We are strong supporters of The Canadian Gemmological Association and it’s courses. It is a private career college dedicated to the field of gemmology but also to educating individuals who simply wish to learn more.
Their General Interest courses are aimed at the average person who simply wishes to make informed decisions before making a purchase of fine jewellery. If you have an interest in expanding your knowledge or simply wish to learn how to “buy better” then these courses may be of interest. Below is their open house invitation for 2013.
CGA Open House – Summer 2013
Prospective students are invited to attend our
OPEN HOUSE EVENTS
Tuesday June 25, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Sunday July 28, 2013 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday August 26, 2013 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CGA Classroom, Lower Concourse, 55 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1R6
647-466-2436 Learn about full-time day or part-time evening professional gemmology courses in Toronto
The CGA’s courses provide essential professional training to the gem and jewellery trade. For the new-entrant, the trade veteran or the hobbyist, the more you know, the more you’ll appreciate this fascinating field. In addition to our professional gemmology programs, the CGA also offers general interest classes and advanced courses.
Fall 2013 Professional Programs
- Gemmology Accelerated Program – Full-time Daytime
- Sept 3 to Dec 19, 2013
- 4 days/week (Mon-Thurs)
- Jewellery Associate – Gemmology Specialist – Part-time Evening
- September 24, 2013 to May 20, 2014
- 1 evening/week (Tuesdays)
Gemmology Program – Part-time Evening
September 30, 2013 to May 28, 2014
2 evenings/week (Mondays & Thursdays)
We are pleased to announce that our website is finally up! Visit us at http://www.crimsonjewellery.ca and take a look at our products for sale. Also, check out our education section for tips on jewellery care and more.
Crimson will soon be getting a makeover! We are currently working on an e-commerce website to further serve our customers. Shipping will be available to both the United States and Canada in the beginning, and will integrate into international shipping. We will continue to offer our custom jewellery design services with the added convenience of making payments available online. During this process we will also be working toward updating the look and feel of our WordPress blog and Facebook page in an effort to make it consistent and easy to navigate.
With the trade show in March drawing near, we are busy developing a new collection of beautiful jewellery pieces with some classic favourites. Individuals attending the trade show, will be among the first to catch a sneak peek of some of our new pieces, before the collection is officially launched! We are also in the midst of developing our Bridal Line with unique and eye-catching pieces to compliment both the Bride and her Bridesmaids!
We would love to hear from you! Feedback is important to our business, we welcome any suggestions you may have. Tell us what you like about jewellery and what you want to see more of! You could be the inspiration for one of our next pieces!
Every year the Local Biz Expo features local businesses, from home renovations and home inspections to agriculture and cleaning services. It is a great opportunity to get in touch with local businesses and discover what’s available in your area. Some of these businesses are already established while some are new businesses that are up and coming. We are pleased to announce that Crimson will be one of the exhibitors taking part in this show. We would love to meet you and hope you will attend. Our goldsmith will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have about repairs and how to care for your jewellery. We will also have a few items on display for viewing and purchase for anyone interested and are more than happy to speak to you about designing a custom piece.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The National Jeweller published an article featuring the top jewellery trends of 2012. From animal motifs to baroque pieces, 2012 featured a unique array of designs and craftsmanship. Check out the article by clicking the below link and let us know your thoughts.
A look back: The top 10 trends of 2012.
Handmade Silver Flame Pendant & Chain
During this time of year we are sometimes reminded of those stories of people that truly touch our hearts. Recently this photo was found amongst our archives and it reminded us of why we do what we do and that some things truly last forever.
The story of this pendant began in a couple of years back when a young woman became very ill with a rare disease. The young woman had been suffering from unusual symptoms about a month before her birthday and just days before her birthday she collapsed into seizure-like body tremors. The disease was a complete shock and so rare that many of the doctors could not detect what it was. A very distraught younger sister watched her sister in the hospital, knowing she would spend her birthday there and decided she wanted her sister to have something special to help her through the ordeal. This pendant was designed and handmade by her request, a symbol of strength, love and hope. She presented this very special gift to her sister at the hospital with all who loved her gathered around. Her older sister was delighted to receive such a special gift and immediately recognized that the pendant resembled a flame. Within a couple of weeks after, another doctor was called in who had heard of these symptoms and was quickly able to diagnose the disease and prescribe treatment. The young woman has since made a full recovery, changed jobs and was recently promoted.
Sometimes all we need is a little reminder from those around us that we are loved, and that we are strong.
Happy Holidays from Crimson
Dear Family and Friends,
The holidays are a time of celebration with loved ones.
This season, present that special someone with one of our unique hand-made jewellery pieces in gold or silver.
Our one-of-a-kind pieces are limited so come and see us today!
Click on the picture to view our holiday postcard.
The holidays are closing in fast! With the festivities of the season and the demand of work and home, things can get very hectic at this time of year. Let us at Crimson help make your holiday shopping easier this year. Surprise your loved ones by custom designing a completely unique and special jewellery piece. Restore old, broken and unworn jewellery by having them re-designed into a new jewellery piece or repaired by our amazing goldsmith! Choose items from our on-site catalog or find a unique gemstone from our on hand inventory, we always have something unique that you haven’t seen!
Left your shopping to the last minute? No problem! Purchase a gift card toward any of our jewellery or toward an original custom piece of your design. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Crimson can help you find it!
Contact us for details.
For those of you who might have been wondering who is behind Crimson, I thought I would post a few pictures from my photo shoot in October so you could see who I am. My name is LeeAnne and I am the owner/operator of Crimson. This company was founded by a desire to serve the public through my passion in jewellery. I am not alone though, and have some amazing people helping me out including a very talented goldsmith who has been in the business for over 30 years and the friends I have made through my work within the industry.
I am a certified Gemmologist and received my diploma through the Canadian Gemmological Association. I am always open to answer any questions you may have so feel free to send me an email or a message here on WordPress as I check both frequently. You may also call me during the day between 9:30am and 6pm, I attempt to return any missed calls the same day or at latest the next day.
We want to extend our thanks again to all those who helped make Ladies Night such a huge success!
Congratulations to all of the raffle prize winners, it was a pleasure meeting all of you and we hope to see you again.
We look forward to having more events like this so stay posted for updates.
Check out our gallery to see new photos of our pieces.
More pictures coming soon..