JEWEL TONES: Check out the latest wearable art by local designers

JEWEL TONES: Check out the latest wearable art by local designers

B.C. jade necklace with amethyst and garnet gemstones and Mabe pearl pendant, Originals by Andrea, $360; Canadian gemstone necklace set with natural amethyst, Swarovski crystals, and coral gemstones, Originals by Andrea, $325; set of four fabric bracelets, Vanessa Russell, $200; crystal-row rubber bracelets in cashew, Osolee, $29 each; silver bracelets with glass beads, Renée Lévesque, $59 each; silver shell ring with crystals, Osolee, $20. Vince leather tank dress, $930, from Holt Renfrew, 240 Sparks St.,

Styling by Erica Wark
Photography by Christian Lalonde —

Call it wearable art.

At galleries and boutiques around the city, jewellery designers are bringing accessories to the fore. Andrea Kolpaska takes a shine to Canadian gemstones, and Renée Lévesque continues to offer jaw-dropping statement pieces. Vanessa Russell, whose work is available at L.A. Pai gallery, combines an array of handcrafted materials, while Lee Ann Lacroix launches Osolee, a cheerful line sure to revive any woman’s wardrobe. With the fashion forecast calling for subdued neutrals, tribal prints, and bold colour, it’s the perfect time to slip on some local designer jewellery.

Click on the image at left to view a slideshow of Julia (Models International Management) wearing six more ensembles with complementary jewellery.