Shopping: Birks Jewelry

We all know what a certain blue blue box has become synonymous for (all together now) – Tiffany! But here in Canada, we have our own blue-box-central – and that’s Birks jewelry stores. Not only do they carry gorgeous engagement rings, wedding bands, and other bling, but as I recently found out, they also collaborate with notable Canadians (ESTY, Joannie Rochette, Jenn Heil) to create unique and timeless pieces.

There were so many pieces at Birks that I found myself coveting, and though many of them are out of my current budget, I thought I’d share them with you anyway!

At first glance, Birks Blue Collection’s engagement rings, though gorgeous, didn’t look much different from the rest. But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice tiny diamond-cut saphires embedded in each piece. Something blue on your wedding day? Birks has you covered!

Birks Needlefish Collection by ESTY is full of beautiful modern pieces, “capturing the very essence of sea life”, much like the Birks Seaside Collection. Those starfish earrings are totally going on my wishlist!

Aside from their signature collections, the company also sells vintage pieces, like the most adorable leopard brooch, and the decadent lapis lazulis and freshwater pearl bracelets above. They will cost you a small fortune, but if you’ve got the money to spend – you’ll be sure that your purchase is a unique piece of art with plenty of history behind it (and cute to boot).

If vintage is not your steeze, I am sure we can all agree that those Gucci bamboo drop earrings are to die for! Oh, and there’s a matching bracelet available too.

So what do you think about Birks’ selection? Share in the comments.

Friday Faux Pas: Solange Azagury-Partridge Engagement Rings

I’m a bit torn on this Friday’s Faux Pas. On one hand, I am all for originality and making things your own. So if you are the type of person that likes bones as part of your engagement ring design, or bejeweled lips around that finger, I say go ahead and embrace whatever it is you like, because it is your finger and nobody else’s! Additionally, I’ve been a fan of Solange Azagury-Partridge luxurious and funky designs for a while now, and as it happens, I do love their iconic lip rings. However, as an engagement ring? I can’t really get behind any of these designs (unless you are Solange, of course). Perhaps it’s the traditionalist in me, but I find that “hands” ring creepy, and not at all romantic.

So what say you, fashionable peeps? Are these rings a big resounding HELLZ TO THE NO, or would you say YES if presented with such ring? Can you imagine passing these down to the next generation as an heirloom? Sound off in the comments.

Photo Credits: Solange Azagury-Partridge