Deborah Lavery immigrated to Canada from Northern Ireland as a young girl. Details found in Irish literature like the incredible manuscript from the Book Of Kells inspired her to want to create detailed and ornate art and eventually jewellery.
She is a graduate of the Jewellery Arts Program at George Brown in Toronto. She applies her particular talents to making jewellery with an old world aesthetic while using state-of-the-art technology. Her jewellery is often inspired by classic elements that beautifully marry hand engravings with contemporary design.
Custom pieces are a beautiful journey in themselves. Deborah uses elements of sculpture, colour, and texture to create unique pieces just for you that will always be close to your heart.
Deborah specializes in bridal jewellery as many of her custom pieces were designed for her clients special day but she has also made many beautiful gifts for other momentous occasions too. With over 20 years of experience, she knows that sometimes the most challenging part of proposing is choosing ONE ring. Her process is simple and easy - she will guide you through the process at your pace and educate you along the way!
Deborah’s expertise is vast, as shown in her Mokume Gane abilities and her fingerprint collection.
This method of processing and working various metals originated in Japan to fabricate swords. Deborah uses this ancient method to make rings and unique jewellery. It is made by fusing or soldering between 8-32 layers of metal, usually silver and different colours of gold to make a unique, one of a kind piece. It's extremely labour intensive but the final design is always an amazing surprise as no two pieces are alike.
The reason we love jewellery so much is because it endures. It becomes the perfect way to hold on to moments in your life that you never want to forget. The birth of a child, a wedding, those first scribbles. You can remember the times with precious metal jewellery made from your pressed wax imprint, ink print, or laser engraved image.
There are a few ways to make a fingerprint memento for years to come. If we are able to meet in person a pliable red wax with the consistency of play dough is used to get a fingerprint from the child or adult and occasionally a pet. From there cufflinks, pendants or earrings can be made with your metal of choice.
The second way to create a fingerprint heirloom is using an ink print that can be emailed to us to create a ring, pendant or bracelet using CAD (A computer program). We use this technique often to include it in a wedding band or family ring.
Presently our studio acts as a cooperative with many different jewellery designers. It is located in the trendy downtown area of Toronto called parkdale. It is a great place to collaborate with like minded creative individuals to help solve problems or pitch ideas. It's a positive environment that supports the industry as a whole. Deborah can meet clients by appointment in the individual meeting rooms to discuss your design ideas.
1338 Queen Street West
All custom work is final sale. Returns are available for special circumstances. Please contact Deborah Lavery to discuss return options. Rings will be sized as closely to the selected sizing option, however, some discrepancies may occur. If located in the Toronto area, arrangements can be made to be sized at the studio (COVID-19 restrictions may affect this). Please contact Deborah Lavery to discuss sizing options.