What Makes Us Different
Not only do we have the experience and knowledge to create the perfect piece of jewellery for you, but we also have the training and certification to bring that credibility and assurance to the overall experience with us.
Source any Gem
Source any Gem
Although we can get gems anywhere, we have a preferred list that provides us with the best quality gems. In addition, we are a member of the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association).
Jewelleries can come from many places but as a Canadian company, our products are specifically and authentically Canadian Sourced.
10 Years in Calgary
10 Years in Calgary
We have been providing our services and products in Calgary for 10 years, which allowed us to improve significantly throughout the past and have more experience in order to meet and exceed your expectations.
1 of 3 Canadian Jewellers are skilled in this technique. We take great pride in utilizing this craft.
We offer guaranteed all natural and long lasting bright white gold that is highly resistant to corrosion and is high in durability.
We meet and talk about the rough ideas for what you would like to see in your piece. Rough sketches are usually done to fully communicate the concept. Here we figure out the basic framework and guidelines for your design;
- Type of jewellery (Ring, necklace, brooch, pendant, other)
- Type of metal
- Type of gemstone used (if any)
- Finger size
- Pictures of jewellery you’ve liked and would like to draw inspiration from
- Any jewellery or gemstones you currently own that you wish to incorporate (if any)
Next we look over images of jewelry and figure out what the inspiration is for your piece.
We discussed what type of gemstone you were dreaming of, now you get to pick out the best one! We spoke to our suppliers and brought in the best selection of gemstones suited to your needs. They are all priced and tagged describing what makes each unique. We discuss the characteristics of each stone and help choose the perfect one for you.
Create 3D concept and any necessary changes through standard communication channels.
After we have outlined a basic style, stone and size, our designer will create a 3D model of your concept and email you renders. Please advise us of any changes or questions as we want to create the perfect design for you. After the design is approved we move on to the next step.
After we get the design perfect, we send the design to a 3d printer. This will give an idea of exactly how the piece will look and we use that exact wax in the casting process. Once you come in and see the wax and approve it, we can move on to casting.
Casting, setting and polishing (2 weeks) We cast the wax into metal, set your stones and bring the custom design to life. This is all handled by our Calgary studio and takes about two weeks.
Appraisal, quality assurance survey.
Once the piece is ready, it is presented to you with a box, insurance appraisal , the invoice, and a quick optional customer survey.
Although we implore you to come to us with your creative ideas and inspiration for designing you perfect piece of jewellery. We as a professional jewellery company know and have the experience of what can be achieved. Just because you see this inspiration online doesn’t mean that it will be practical in application. We will Always advise you of your best options as we are about creating jewellery pieces that endure for generations.
Terms and Conditions
At Premier Gems we appreciate every customer. It is important however that all our customers understand how we work. Please review our terms and conditions. It is important for you to know how we work.
- All quotations are good for thirty (30) days from the date the quote is generated.
- Quotations are not work orders or contracts. Until a customer signs a contract to proceed with the project and pays a deposit, no work is committed.
- All projects require a minimum deposit to commence building the item described in the quotation. A customer must sign a product contract as part of the deposit process.
- Estimated completion times included in quotations are not guaranteed.
- We understand things change and changes to projects are accepted.
- All changes have cost implications and therefore a new quotation and contract may be required.
- All changes must be reviewed and agreed by the customer before we commence building the new item
- All products built by Premier Gems comes with ten (10) year warranty. The warranty covers all materials agreed and used in the design
- In the event of a warranty claim, Premier Gems, may opt to provide compensation for the item in the form of a store credit representing the reasonable market price of the product at the time of the claim
- Only in the event a design is produced incorrectly by Premier Gems is a customer is entitled to a full refund or store credit
- The claim for a refund must be made within three (3) business days of the customer receiving their finished product
- All customers will receive a complimentary appraisal of their finished product and a certificate of appraisal
- All customers are eligible for lifelong maintenance of all finished products. Maintenance includes cleaning
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David was looking for a custom engagement ring featuring an emerald cut diamond. David was referred to us by a current client and contacted us to set up a consultation. "You seemed really genuine and really cared about designing and making the perfect piece. I love the diamond, and you were not pushy. The experience was great and I would highly recommend you"
Robert was referred by a current client, who raved about their experience with Premier Gems, and had complete confidence that Premier Gems could exceed his request. Robert was looking for something spectacular, one-of-a-kind, and special to commemorate a 25th Wedding Anniversary.Robert had a vague idea of what he wanted to present. A large diamond in a modern design that would really showcase the diamond and communicate is love of his wife. We introduced Robert to the world of natural fancy coloured diamonds, something more rare and sought after than going the traditional colourless route.The result :a 2.25ct Fancy Intense Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond of very high clarity set into a custom made 19Kwhite gold ring with 18K yellow gold setting to showcase the brilliant hue of the diamond. "Its beautiful, exactly what I had in mind, and it will bring her to tears". What Robert would tell others: If you're tired of the big box stores with pushy sales staff, go to Premier Gems where you will get unbelievable service, knowledge and value and get exactly what you want.
Steve was looking for a custom engagement ring featuring a Montana Sapphire and in a vintage style ring in rose gold. "My Fiancé really likes Montana Sapphires and I was having a hard time finding one until I found you online. I'm happy that Jeff had some rough Montana Sapphires on hand and that I could chose the perfect one, decide on the shape, and have Jeff expertly cut it. The ring is perfect! The whole process was great. Anyone considering Premier Gems should just do it".
Trent was in the market for a custom engagement ring, but didn't want to go with the traditional diamond. He was seeking a cushion shaped Morganite accented with small diamonds and set into rosegold to accent the peachy hue of the gem. After reading online reviews, Trent knew Premier Gems was the right choice. "Premier Gems should be your number one choice when it comes to anything jewellery. I got everything I wanted in the ring and the whole experience was excellent"
April was looking to create a fun, funky statement ring using an inherited large Blue Zircon and some diamonds from old jewellery. "I found out about you guys from a mutual client. Once we met I liked your ideas. You offer great service! I'm totally amazed by my new piece! I couldn't be happier".
Great customer service – specializing in unique engagement rings. Their superb knowledge of gems and the ability to personally customize my ring and design was most valuable. They worked with me throughout the entire process until it was exactly what I wanted. An engagement ring that is unique and reflects exactly what I envisioned I wanted my engagement ring to look like. You should definitely check them out!
Tom was looking to recreate a spiral ring in 18K yellow gold with diamond accents, that was lost several years ago, for a 25th Wedding Anniversary.
"I did a Google search for Jewellery Makers and you popped up, I like that you responded quickly and with the right information to my queries and you made the whole communication process, through email, very easy. The anniversary ring is fabulous! Exactly as I imagined. You did a fine job and the whole process was very easy"
HOW WE FORMED
Premier Gems, a custom design jewelry store, opened in Calgary in 2005, the realization of owner Jeff Nechka’s passionate world wide pursuit of gemology and design. Jeff’s mastery of the art of gem and diamond cutting and established international connections in the best markets allow him to exceed client expectations. Jeff is also among a small number of Canadian members belonging to the American Gem Trade Association and the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association. These organizations are the governing bodies for the industry laying out best practice principles, ethical standards, and making each member accountable to their strict guidelines. Membership with these associations ensures consumer confidence.
Premier Gems is now an unique jewelry retail business recently relocated in 2014 to the thriving arts and entertainment district of 17th Avenue (Lower Mount Royal) in Calgary. Their expanded team of three designers draw inspiration from the view of the city and the avenue below working with clients to realize the jewelry of their dreams. Their combined experiences and portfolios speak for themselves and they are constantly striving to exercise their design skills in new and challenging ways.
The future of Premier Gems is as bright and sparkling as the stones they work with.
My passion for this field started from a lifelong fascination with rocks, minerals, and fine art. My expertise then evolved to coloured gems as I began using my design talents to create custom jewellery.
I became fascinated with rocks and gems at an early age. I remember digging in my back alley to find the most unusual shaped stones and collecting various specimens from road trips. These became special mementoes of my travels. The hobby evolved as I began tumbling the rocks into smooth shiny gems. It was a four-week process, which at the time seemed like an eternity that culminated in a tense yet exciting moment as the results of my weeks of waiting were revealed and I saw what my rocks had become.
I spent almost two years in university studying sciences before choosing to pursue my passion of product design through a new faculty being offered at the Alberta College of Art and Design. I had just received the acceptance notice from ACAD when a jewelry manufacturer in Central America contacted me with an offer of internship. I would be designing jewelry and educating clients on diamonds and other gems. It was an opportunity of a lifetime and one that would launch my career. The choice was simple. I packed my bags to head south.
Following the internship, I was more convinced than ever that I was destined to pursue a career in the jewellery industry and upon my return I enrolled at the Gemological Institute of America Headquarters to complete the skills necessary to master diamond identification and grading. A few months after the course I was off to Bangkok, Thailand to study coloured gems, their treatments, and how to discern between investment-quality and mass-produced gems and obtain the coveted Graduate Gemologist degree.
Next, I spent time in South East Asia, Southern, West, and East Africa, and Australia buying gems with a German gem merchant before settling back in Calgary to learn the ropes of operating a retail business and finally opening Premier Gems in 2005.
Today I am a certified GIA Gemologist and gemologist appraiser and one of but a handful of Canadian members belonging to the American Gem Trade Association and the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association. These organizations are the governing bodies for the industry laying out best practice principles, ethical standards, and making each member accountable to their strict guidelines.
I have come a long way from my humble beginnings hunting through gravel behind my house for that rare hidden treasure. Looking at a rough gem, I always feel a sense of excitement as I try to determine the gem’s personality through its outer form. I fashion gems by listening to my heart to avoid over-thinking while cutting, which can result in frustrating mistakes and heartache.
Credentials & Background:
- Art Fundamentals (Certificate, Haliburton School of Art)
- Jewellery Arts (Certificate Haliburton School of Art)
- Jewellery and Metals (Certificate, Georgian College)
- Goldsmithing and Silversmithing (Certificate, Georgian College)
Growing up in the Niagara Region of Ontario, I have found plenty of inspiration with its rich history and deep connection to nature. I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil, and my household has always been in a mechanical background. I found jewellery to be the perfect marriage of the technical and the creative. I discovered jewellery creation in art school, fell in love with it, and never looked back.
Credentials & Background:
- Education: BFA Jewelry and Metals 2008 ACAD
I am a native Calgarian known for my wild imagination and creative spirit. I developed an interest in the arts at a very young age and have passionately been pursuing the development of my skills ever since. I enjoy drawing, sketching and forging my way through life. I attended Lord Beaverbrook High School where I excelled in the Advanced Placement Arts Program. In my final year, I had the opportunity to visit Europe and see up close the works of art that had inspired me throughout the years: Michelangelo, Edvard Munch, and Leonardo Da Vinci are among the top few. I then went on to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design where I graduated in 2008 from the Jewelry & Metals Program. After graduation, I accepted a position at Birks in the service and repairs department and went on to become the service manager for the later portion of my stay with the company.
I am very excited to have joined the Premier Gems team and I look forward to helping make your jewelry desires a reality.
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There’s no guarantee you can have a stress-free wedding, but there is plenty you can do to make things run more smoothly and give you a little more room to enjoy your big day.
Exceeding your budget
You can’t always get what you want. In the world of weddings, trying to get everything can mean a nasty credit card bill once the big day is in the rearview mirror.
For most of us, a dream wedding must be married with a reality-based budget. So what do you do?
- Be patient, but don’t settle. Impulse shopping is bad enough at the grocery store; you don’t want to make an impulse choice about your dress, rings, or venue. Enjoy the excitement of finding what might be the perfect addition to your wedding, but then do some more research to ensure it’s truly the best choice within your budget.
- Find alternatives. Does it need to be Champagne or could it be more-affordable sparkling wine? Is there a knock-off version of the dress or shoes you love? The time you spend on research might just save you enough to buy the next piece of your dream.
Overall, always make sure to keep track of your budget. As exciting as your wedding is, your entire life together will be even better.
Having no Plan B
Sometimes you don’t realize how stressed you’ve been until something goes wrong on your wedding day. Yes! It happens, even after the heavy planning and effort you have put into it. Save some of that last-minute freak-out by creating back-up plans for the most important pieces of your big day.
One of the mistakes many people make is not being ready for the worst. An example would be having the most beautiful outdoor wedding planned, only to find out the morning of that a thunderous hail storm is forecast to hit during the ceremony. Not only do you need a Plan B ready to go, but also make sure you have someone in charge of enacting it (someone who isn’t getting married that day!).
In addition to having those plans in place, do your best to mentally prepare yourself, too. Expect that things rarely go “perfectly.” Decide ahead of time how you will react if a guest does something upsetting, or a loved one’s speech turns out to be boring, or the photographer shows up late. The more you can do to be prepared, the more likely you are to be relaxed in the moment.
Leaving the rings until the end
Your wedding rings are two of the most tangible pieces of your wedding day in the long-term. Yet, sometimes they can be overlooked amidst all the planning. In some cases, that means you end up with a pair of rings that you bought on a whim, instead of out of love.
Remember, your rings represent eternity and will be with you for a lifetime. Give them the time they deserve, even if that means waiting until after the wedding to choose them. Need some help choosing your wedding rings? Start here.
From the invitations, to the centrepieces, to your wedding bands, choosing a consistent theme will add another layer of personalization to your wedding. But pulling it off takes some dedicated planning, including a little bit of soul-searching to figure out just what style best reflects you and your betrothed.
We don’t have to tell you that planning a wedding is kind of a big deal. You don’t want to rush any of it, but that’s particularly true when it comes to deciding on the theme that will permeate the entire event. Your theme can be as subtle or overt as you (and your budget) choose. It might be smaller touches like your centrepieces and flourishes on your invitations. Or, a theme may influence everything from your wedding venue, to the menu, the music and even the style of attire you request of your guests.
Start your theme planning by keeping track of all your ideas (perhaps on Pinterest) as you read through these four steps. Once you’ve collected all your favourite ideas, start to work on how they can be tied together into one cohesive event.
Find Your Inspiration
Your biggest inspirations are bound to be you and your significant other. Do the two of you have complementary styles in general? If so, that’ll make things simple. If not, don’t worry! Look to other things you have in common for your wedding theme inspiration. For example:
- Places you’ve travelled together. How could you use the Rocky Mountains in your theme? Or your love of beach vacations?
- Favourite food or drinks. Can you build your wedding around a shared love of tacos and tiki drinks?
- Beloved movies or music. What if you projected your favourite film on the wall during dinner or hired a live band for the party?
You might also find inspiration in your shared childhood favourites. Disney weddings, for example, are spectacularly elegant undertakings with a whole lot of fun for guests and the happy couple.
At the end of the day, your wedding theme will reflect your personal style. Your guests should feel like they’re getting a peek inside your head when they step into the event.
If you’ve never really considered your own personal style, not to worry. Keep it simple by considering whether you’d best describe your style as vintage, modern or elegant. A vintage wedding might take place in a gorgeous converted barn with twinkling lights, reclaimed wood centrepieces and family-style dining. A modern-themed wedding could be hosted in a stellar downtown restaurant. An elegant wedding might feature Champagne cocktails, soft lighting and an upscale venue.
For some truly inspired themed wedding, check out TheKnot.
Find your Dress
Once you’ve narrowed down your inspiration for the theme, extend that same thinking to the hunt for the dress. The perfect dress will not only suit the bride gorgeously, it will sparkle within the wedding’s theme. Read our tips for finding that ideal wedding dress.
If you’re just starting your search for a dress, here’s one shop to start with.
Find your Venue
Your venue is more than just a place to get married. It also tells your love story with an atmosphere that reflects the two of you. If you’d like a strong theme in your wedding, there’s no better way than by finding a venue that perfectly embodies that theme. Read more about deciding on the right venue for your wedding.
Find the Rings
It’s all in the details. And that includes the rings. If you choose a ring that you love, it’s a safe bet that planning a wedding in a similar style will bring you joy. Here are some great custom rings that represent a few different wedding themes:
The wedding rings you exchange on your wedding day play an important role in your lives together. They will tell your story from the very start.
People often wear their wedding rings daily for years. It’s worth getting them right. At the most basic level, it’s integral to consider sizing and style for your wedding rings.
Get the perfect fit for your wedding rings
An ill-fitting ring is at major risk of falling off and getting lost. Especially if you or your partner don’t regularly wear rings, ensure you’re comfortable and confident in the fit before you buy your ring to avoid additional costs later on, or worse, having the ring slip off never to be seen again. A too-small ring is trouble too. Nobody wants to have to cut off a wedding ring!
If you don’t learn until later that your ring isn’t a perfect fit, you may like to book a re-sizing. If you aren’t sure about your ring sizes, please book an appointment with us. We’d be happy to make sure this symbol of your love is a perfect fit.
Your wedding ring style is uniquely yours
You may have an idea of what your wedding rings will look like. Maybe Silver? Gold? White gold? If you’re looking for a little something more than an understated band, the options are just about limitless.
You may not find your perfect wedding rings in a store. That’s where custom-designing a wedding ring comes in. Customized rings are instant heirlooms, full of meaning and especially romantic. There’s nothing like having rings that express the love between you and your significant other. On top of that, when you customize your rings, you know that no other couple on Earth has the same symbol of love as you.
If you have any questions or are interested in custom-designing your wedding rings, contact us and we are more than willing to make that happen. Or get some inspiration from the rings we’ve created with past clients.
You’ve pinned dozens of dream dresses and religiously watched wedding dress reality TV. Now what? The pressure sets in. You want to look your best on your special day, but you have no idea where to start. Here are some considerations to help you find a dress that will add even more magic to your wedding day.
Figure out what style of wedding dress is totally you
Finding a dress you love that is on-trend is great, but you don’t need to buy that super trendy wedding dress just because it’s showing up on celebrities’ Instagram feeds.
The right dress for you may or may not be on the cutting edge of fashion. Be open-minded and try on a variety of styles to see what you like best before you totally commit and start to narrow down your search.
If you want to look your best on your wedding day, you want to feel your best. You’re at your best when you are yourself, so find a style that matches you. Consider whether you’re more elegant, extravagant, or understated, and use that to find your style.
A wedding dress does not fit like yoga pants
Buy a dress that fits you, not one that you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to fit in. You don’t need to fight a problem that doesn’t exist.
All wedding dresses fit differently depending on the design. When choosing a dress, be more concerned about the fit than the size tag, which is likely to be different from your more casual clothing. The more dresses you try, the more you will notice that different styles fit diverse body shapes differently. Don’t stress over that one dress that just would not fit. You’re going to be wearing this dress for several hours on a very busy day, so let comfort be part of your decision, too.
Be realistic about your wedding dress budget—even if it hurts
Find a dress you really like, but it’s a bit above your max budget? Well, you set that budget for a reason…
Sure, your wedding is a day when you deserve to look and feel your best. But is your one-day dress worth compromising your financial health once married life begins? Maybe you’d rather put that money toward your first home together, your plans for a family or your wedding rings.
And of course, you budgeted for alterations to that expensive dress, right? Wedding dress alterations—particularly to lace gowns—can cost as much as the dress itself.
If you’ve already fallen in love with that budget-busting dress, take a few days to sit on your choice before you hand over the credit card. There may be another dress in a similar style closer to your budget at the next shop you visit, or you may find something completely different that fits you just right. Maybe a friend is about to donate the gorgeous dress she got married in a couple of years ago. Stay open-minded about all the possibilities.
Your dress is a reflection of who you are and you want to show that off on your big day. Have fun with the process and you’ll soon have one more piece of your unforgettable wedding in place.
Finding the perfect venue for your wedding is one of the toughest decisions when it comes to wedding planning. You know you’re making a significant investment that will define the evening and it’s got to be just right.
Your venue sets up the wedding experience for your guests, and since they’re all there to celebrate you, you want them to have a great time, right? Here are some things to consider when choosing your wedding venue.
Is there sufficient parking and transportation?
“It was a great wedding, but parking was…” Who wants a parking lot to get in the way of a great party? Start the night off right by paying attention to this key detail, particularly if you’re considering a wedding venue out in nature or if you’re expecting guests who may have mobility challenges or young children in tow.
We’ve all had those moments when we arrive somewhere on time only to realize the parking is a kilometre away. It’s nobody’s idea of a good time, especially not when there’s eating, dancing and a celebration of love supposed to happen.
Consider your guests’ transportation needs—including getting home safe afterward if they’ve been raising a glass to your love all night. If your dream venue lacks parking, consider offering valet service or a shuttle bus to get everyone in their places on time.
Match your venue’s capacity to your guest list
The right-size venue is a delicate balance between ensuring your guests aren’t squeezed into a too-small room, but also making sure the hall isn’t so cavernous that it looks like half the guests didn’t show up.
In addition to the actual number of guests you’re expecting, consider the feel you’d like for your big day. For example, do you want a party vibe where the dancing happens right beside the dining or more separation between the wallflowers and the groovers?
How many extra sprinkles does the venue need to shine?
You might be surprised at how much you can save on decorations, including lighting, centrepieces and flowers, by choosing a venue that is gorgeous to start with. Make sure your venue budget considers all the additions you’ll have to make—or don’t have to make—so that you don’t miss our on your dream venue.
When you do choose a venue that requires decorating, think about the atmosphere you want to create for the best possible experience for your beloved guests while still being true to the story that you and your partner want to tell.
Think beyond colours when you’re devising your wedding’s ambiance. Consider symbolism and shared memories for your inspiration. For example, if you and your significant other both grew up loving nature, perhaps your design will include native plants and flowers, natural wood accents, mountain imagery, etc.
Finding the perfect venue is difficult, but it’s worth all the effort. For a bit of inspiration, read about a few of the stunning venues around Calgary.