THE POWER OF JEWELRY NOVEMBER 15 – 21, 2021

From monarchs to hip-hop royalty, politicians to actors, primadonnas to Madonna, grand dames to grandmama’s, we all rely on the power of jewelry to seduce, inspire, and communicate. As the earliest art form, jewelry is most precious not simply for its intrinsic value, but for its ability to transcend time and space, and transform both object and wearer. Borne out of alchemy and earthly materials, and shaped by human hands to adorn our bodies, jewelry can be used to invent a persona or reveal our authentic selves. A blurring of the personal and public. Whether legendary or everyday, jewelry has the power to unite us all.


Forging Cultural Bonds

Through forging metal, jewellers turn everyday mechanics to an artistic end. The rhythmic blows of the hammer that echo the beat of the heart, somehow forges a brother and sisterhood, a jewellery culture, that can transform borders into bonds. Two artists from diverse backgrounds share their experiences of how jewellery has opened up a world of connection. 

Hand stamped sterling silver cuff with fire opals, sapphires and diamonds set in 18k gold.

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $6,000.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver cuff with fire opals, sapphires and diamonds set in 18k gold.

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with rutilated quartz and diamonds set in 18k gold

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $3,200.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with rutilated quartz and diamonds set in 18k gold.

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Sapphire neckpiece

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $2,600.00
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Necklace of handstamped sterling silver with orange sapphires set in 18k gold on a leather neckring.

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MATHEW NUQINGAQ

Mathew Nuqingaq grew up in Qikiqtarjaq, Broughton Island, but now lives in Iqaluit. He received his Jewellery and Metalwork Diploma in 1999 from the Nunavut Arctic College, where he later taught before opening his own studio. One of six artists chosen to make the ceremonial Mace for the Nunavut government, Mathew is also a drum dancer and photographer.

Mathew co-founded the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association (NACA) and has been a board member of the Inuit Art Foundation for a few decades. Governor General David Johnston inducted Mathew to the Order of Canada in 2016.

mATTHIEU
cHEMINEE

Originally from France, Matthieu Cheminée moved to Mexico at the age of 19, where he fell in love with Native American art - especially Hopi, Zuni and Navajo jewellery. He studied with native silversmiths for six years. Later, while living in Mali, West Africa, he worked with Touareg and Bambara jewelers for two years, exchanging techniques and ideas. Matthieu perfected his skills through a more classical training in Canada, where he now teaches. Today he returns often to West Africa while teaching in Montreal.

Matthieu Cheminée and Tim McCreight created The Toolbox Initiative  in 2014 tto assist jewelers with limited resources through the collective strength of the metalworking community and to create new connections worldwide.

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Sapphire neckpiece

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $2,600.00
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Necklace of handstamped sterling silver with orange sapphires set in 18k gold on a leather neckring.

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Hand stamped sterling silver cuff with fire opals, sapphires and diamonds set in 18k gold.

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $6,000.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver cuff with fire opals, sapphires and diamonds set in 18k gold.

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with rutilated quartz and diamonds set in 18k gold

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $3,200.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with rutilated quartz and diamonds set in 18k gold.

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Pendant by Matthieu Cheminee

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $650.00
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Hand stamped and oxidized sterling silver ellipse pendant with a row of diamonds set in 18k gold.

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Cuff bracelet in sterling silver with stamped fan pattern - medium

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $600.00
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Cuff bracelet in sterling silver with a hand-stamped fan pattern - medium

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Cuff bracelet in sterling silver with stamped fan pattern - medium

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $600.00
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Cuff bracelet in sterling silver with stamped fan pattern - medium

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Necklace with black spinels set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $550.00
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Necklace with black spinels set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

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Necklace with pink sapphires set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $550.00
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Necklace with pink sapphires set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

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Necklace with black spinels set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $550.00
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Necklace with black spinels set in sterling silver around a stamped pattern.

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Ring with 4 diamonds in 18 k gold setting. Sterling silver band.stamped.  Size 7.5
Ring with 4 diamonds in 18 k gold setting. Sterling silver band.stamped.  Size 7.5
Ring with 4 diamonds in 18 k gold setting. Sterling silver band.stamped.  Size 7.5

Matthieu Cheminée

Regular price $570.00
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Ring with 4 diamonds in 18 k gold setting. Sterling silverband.stamped.

Size 7.5

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Hand stamped sterling silver cuff.  6 x 4.5 cm. Would fit a small wrist.
Hand stamped sterling silver cuff.  6 x 4.5 cm. Would fit a small wrist.

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $650.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver cuff.

6 x 4.5 cm. Would fit a small wrist. 

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Matthieu Cheminee

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $590.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver cufflinks with 18K yellow gold and black spinel detail.

1.5 x 0.9cm

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Hand stamped 18K yellow gold earrings with diamond detail.   3.5 x 2cm

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $1,750.00
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Hand stamped 18K yellow gold earrings with diamond detail. 

3.5 x 2cm

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Hand stamped sterling silver earrings with 18K yellow gold posts and diamond detail.   4 x 2cm

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $750.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver earrings with 18K yellow gold posts and diamond detail. 

4 x 2cm

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Hand stamped sterling silver necklace.  5 x 1 x 1cm on a 18" chain.
Hand stamped sterling silver necklace.  5 x 1 x 1cm on a 18" chain.
Hand stamped sterling silver necklace.  5 x 1 x 1cm on a 18" chain.

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver necklace.

5 x 1 x 1cm on a 18" chain.

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Matthieu Cheminee
Matthieu Cheminee

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of light blue sapphires. 

Size 6

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of pink sapphires.   Size 6.5
Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of pink sapphires.   Size 6.5

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of pink sapphires. 

Size 6.5

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a moonstone.   Size 6.5
Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a moonstone.   Size 6.5

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $290.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a moonstone. 

Size 6.5

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with black spinels.   Size 6.5
Hand stamped sterling silver ring with black spinels.   Size 6.5

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with black spinels. 

Size 6.5

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of light pink sapphires.   Size 6
Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of light pink sapphires.   Size 6

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a line of light pink sapphires. 

Size 6

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Hand stamped 18k gold ring featuring a tear-drop fire opal. Size 7.5 - 8
Hand stamped 18k gold ring featuring a tear-drop fire opal. Size 7.5 - 8
Hand stamped 18k gold ring featuring a tear-drop fire opal. Size 7.5 - 8

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $3,350.00
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Hand stamped 18k gold ring featuring a tear-drop fire opal.

Size 7.5 - 8

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Hand stamped sterling silver ring featuring a carnelian set in a 18k gold bezel.   Size 7
Hand stamped sterling silver ring featuring a carnelian set in a 18k gold bezel.   Size 7

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $700.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring featuring a carnelian set in an 18k gold bezel. 

Size 7

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Matthieu Cheminee
Matthieu Cheminee
Matthieu Cheminee

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $2,350.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with an 18K yellow gold and diamond frame.

Size 7

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Hand stamped sterling silver with a row of light yellow sapphires.  Size 6.5
Hand stamped sterling silver with a row of light yellow sapphires.  Size 6.5

Matthieu Cheminee

Regular price $370.00
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Hand stamped sterling silver ring with a row of light yellow sapphires. 

Size 6.5

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