What Makes Us Different

Certified Professionally

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

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).

Local

Jewelleries can come from many places but as a Canadian company, our products are specifically and authentically Canadian Sourced.

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.

Mokume/Gane

1 of 3 Canadian Jewellers are skilled in this technique. We take great pride in utilizing this craft.

Rhodium

We offer guaranteed all natural and long lasting bright white gold that is highly resistant to corrosion and is high in durability.

EXPECTATION vs REALITY

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.

  1. All quotations are good for thirty (30) days from the date the quote is generated.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Estimated completion times included in quotations are not guaranteed.
  1. We understand things change and changes to projects are accepted.
  2. All changes have cost implications and therefore a new quotation and contract may be required.
  3. All changes must be reviewed and agreed by the customer before we commence building the new item
  1. All products built by Premier Gems comes with ten (10) year warranty. The warranty covers all materials agreed and used in the design
  2. 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
  1. Only in the event a design is produced incorrectly by Premier Gems is a customer is entitled to a full refund or store credit
  2. The claim for a refund must be made within three (3) business days of the customer receiving their finished product
  1. All customers will receive a complimentary appraisal of their finished product and a certificate of appraisal
  2. All customers are eligible for lifelong maintenance of all finished products. Maintenance includes cleaning

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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.

  • Jeff Nechka

  • Liz Kranyak

  • Erin Crossman

Credentials & Background:

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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Three reasons custom-made rings are even more romantic
April 25, 2017

Imagine the enchanted moment you walk down the aisle, minutes before you become married. When your eyes meet your significant other’s, you’re excited about being together forever. Throughout the ceremony, you might think of the moments you have shared and the trials you have passed as you get ready to celebrate the start of a life together. Your eyes, your actions, your vows: they all say “forever” in your own, personalized way. But what about your rings?

A pre-made ring provides instant gratification, but doesn’t offer the same deep, sentimental connection as a custom piece, made precisely for you to celebrate your love.

A custom ring is one designed in every aspect with a designer to your specifications and built with the precious metals, gems or stones, and inscriptions that you choose.

Here are three reasons to consider custom-made rings.

 

A custom ring tells your story in your words

Custom-designed rings are unique. In other words, only you and your partner have them. Just like you’re creating a life together that suits you, you can create a piece of jewelry to mark this commitment while acutely representing your style.

Premier Gems clients Sara and Justin had a specific vision for their wedding bands: a custom Celtic knot. When they came into Premier Gems, owner and designer Jeff Nechka showed them a 3D rendering of their dream wedding bands. They were delighted with the results. “Great, friendly people to work with,” Sara and Justin told us after. “Beautiful work—exactly what we wanted.”

See Sara & Justin’s Celtic wedding bands. 

While some people inherit heirlooms, others want to be able to pass them on from generation to generation. That’s what Julie and Gwynne were after when they began the search for an Antique-style ring with a personal touch. Julie and Gwynne worked with Premier Gems to meet their style and budget to design a ring featuring a pre-1920s diamond and their initials in filigree.

See Julie & Gwynne’s new heirloom ring. 

 

A custom ring is sentimental from the start

There is something about being given a ring that is specifically made for you. From the love that goes into the design process to the love for the person who slips it on your finger, a custom-made ring is priceless.

When Ryan was ready to propose to Diane, he knew the ring was going to be different from anything he’d seen before. Diane wanted a pearl rather than a diamond. Ryan reached out to Premier Gems designer Liz, who he’d known in high school and whose designs he’d been impressed by from his home in France. When Liz presented a stunning 12mm Australian Pearl, Ryan knew it was the one for Diane’s ring. The rest of the design needed to reflect the couple’s heritage and Diane’s personal style. From different continents, Liz and Ryan worked together, eventually choosing a fleur-de-lis (for Diane’s French background) and an oak leaf (for Ryan’s), integrated into a clean, modern band that would dazzle Diane.

See Diane’s pearl engagement ring.

Alternatively, a family ring is already imbued with sentimental value. These too can be customized. Heirloom pieces can be updated and restyled to better suit their new owner while honouring the past. Learn more about Restyling & Redesigning a ring.

 

Designing the ring becomes part of your story

When you have a “forever” story to tell, you may want to do more than point at rings through a glass window. When you and your partner design a ring together, you get to share your creativity and learn about one another while making something you’ll cherish for years. The ring becomes not just a symbol of your love, but part of your love story.

What is your story? If you’re interested in a custom-designed ring or have questions about the process, please book an appointment with us. We would gladly help you in your journey to create the ring that will serve as a reminder of the moment you say, “I do.”

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Four things to do before you Pop the Question
April 11, 2017

Proposing marriage is nerve-wracking. One on hand, it’s just a question you’re asking your best friend. On the other hand, it’s a question that will open a whole new chapter of your life. That means it’s high stakes.

Despite months or years of happiness as a couple already, there may be a part of you wondering “what if?” “What if the answer isn’t an immediate, ‘yes’?” “What if something goes wrong when I’m about to ask?”

There are plenty of things you can do to feel more in control of the proposal experience, and ensure it is just right for you and your partner.

 

Talk about being married

It’s not super romantic to have a frank and open discussion about your views of marriage, weddings and the future. We get that. There’s simply no better way to know how your partner will respond to the big question than talking about it in advance. It’s not the proposal itself that will ensure your happy future together, it’s communicating, nurturing a strong relationship, and knowing one another intimately.

Here are some basic questions to consider together:

  • Do you want to get married someday?
  • What makes a good marriage?
  • What is your ideal wedding like? Large or intimate? Close to home or far away?

 

Involve family and friends

Your partner is part of a community, and you might find it helpful to get them involved in planning or even executing your proposal. Getting help from your partner’s friends or close family to plan the proposal shows you went out of your way and reflects that you value the other people in your partner’s life.

Traditionally, men sought a father’s permission before proposing to a woman, but plenty of new traditions have come along since then. Perhaps your partner is someone who would want their parents to be involved in the proposal, or maybe there is a best friend, another family member, or a child from a previous relationship who would fill that role. Or maybe it’s best kept between the two of you before anyone else joins in to celebrate. You know your partner best, so consider it when you plan your proposal.

 

Choose the right ambiance

Will you propose somewhere public or in an intimate setting? You want to choose an atmosphere to make your partner comfortable and celebrate them while avoiding distractions and unpredictability.

A romantic and intimate setting might be over a special dinner in your own home, in a private outdoor setting with shared meaning for the two of you, or simply in a stolen moment away from the hubbub of day-to-day life.

If your partner is more likely to be wooed with a grand, romantic gesture fit for the big screen, take the time to plan it out. Just like any big project, it’s worth the effort you put in to make it just right.

Whichever direction you go, aim to show your partner that you understand them, love them and are committed to a lifetime of celebrating these kind of special moments together.

 

Find or design the engagement ring

Getting the perfect ring for your partner is a significant task all on its own. You’re searching for the ring that will light up their face and say, “Yes!” before they get the words out.

If you haven’t talked about jewelry with your partner before, selecting a ring can be a real challenge. Pay attention to the jewelry, clothing and art he or she already owns for inspiration, and again, turn to close friends to keep you on the right track. Some people have pictured the perfect engagement ring for years; others have never even thought about it.

By considering your partner’s personality and style, you can narrow down the choice of ring style to Classic, Antique/Vintage , or Modern

If you, your family or your partner’s family have an heirloom piece to pass on, you might also consider Restyling or Redesigning it according to your partner’s taste.

If you need help creating the perfect ring, contact us. We would love to be part of making your proposal moment magical.

How Well Do You Know Your Partner’s Style? (Part 3-The Modern)
March 27, 2017

Choosing the perfect engagement ring for the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with can feel intimidating. There are nearly infinite designs and combinations of precious metals and gems to choose from. To simplify the process, it can be helpful to narrow down your partner’s tastes and style into one of three main categories: Classic, Antique/Vintage or Modern.

Those who fall in love with a Modern-style engagement ring want an atypical piece of jewelry to mark their impending nuptials. These rings are desired by trend-setters, people who stand out from the crowd, and anyone who might see traditional engagement ring styles as too mainstream or formal for their tastes.

Modern engagement rings are the most casual of the three styles Premier Gems specializes in. It’s the kind of ring that looks equally appropriate on your wedding day and when you’re out for a hike, lunching with friends, and enjoying life with your partner. Think of the Modern-style ring as a top-quality and distinctive spin on the everyday jewelry your future betrothed already loves to wear.

The band of a Modern ring is typically thicker than a Classic design. Some bands are layered or made of two or more stacked bands.

Diamonds aren’t a given on a Modern engagement ring. Expect vibrant pops of colour, either from a single large coloured stone or several smaller gems.

When a diamond is the feature stone of a Modern engagement ring, tradition is once more swept to the side in favour cutting-edge design. Expect a Marquise, Pear or Oval cut. These elongated diamond cuts have a slimming effect on the ring finger. These unconventional shapes tend to be head-turners and add a little mystery. Don’t be surprised if your partner faces a few curious questions such as, “Is that gorgeous thing on your finger an engagement ring?”

The besotted recipient of a Modern engagement ring has one-of-a-kind style and they love to show it off. Browse our Modern collection for more inspiration, or read up on Antique/Vintage and Classic rings.

Ready to learn more? Please book an appointment with us and we’d be delighted to help you find the perfect ring for your engagement.

 

How Well Do You Know Your Partner’s Style? (Part 2-The Antique/Vintage)
March 15, 2017

Choosing the perfect engagement ring for the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with can feel intimidating. There are nearly infinite designs and combinations of precious metals and gems to choose from. To simplify the process, it can be helpful to narrow down your partner’s tastes and style into one of three main categories: Classic, Antique/Vintage or Modern.

Those drawn to an Antique/Vintage ring designed to evoke the styles of a bygone era, may have a sentimental feeling about jewelry and are attracted to more-intricate styles compared to the the smooth lines of a Classic ring. An Antique/Vintage-style ring makes a bold statement, breaking the mold of what you might expect to see in an engagement ring, yet doing so with elegance.

This is the kind of ring that would look right at home on the hand of Queen Victoria. It’s sophisticated and commanding, but never overbearing. Antique/Vintage-inspired pieces can be both opulent and finely detailed. Expect a structured or carved band, including options with diamonds all around.

Victorian-influenced rings may have an emerald, sapphire or ruby accent, which serves to accentuate the diamond on centre stage. Larger-cut diamonds shine in an Antique/Vintage engagement ring. Popular diamond cuts for this style include Emerald, Cushion, Asscher, Round and Radiant. These cuts have extremely visible details that make for a refined and elegant final product.

At Premier Gems, we offer brand new Antique/Vintage rings in addition to Restyling and Redesigning heirloom pieces to suit this style. Sometimes, the ring that has been shared between generations isn’t quite the right style for the person receiving it. That’s where Restyling and Redesigning can make it perfect. A restyled ring can be just as bold and intricate as a brand new piece.

Feel free to browse some of our Antique/Vintage rings for more inspiration.

Ready to learn more? Please book an appointment with us and we’d be delighted to help you find or create the perfect ring for your engagement.

How Well Do You Know Your Partner’s Style? (Part 1-The Classic)
February 28, 2017

Choosing the perfect engagement ring for the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with can feel intimidating. There are nearly infinite designs and combinations of precious metals and gems to choose from. To simplify the process, it can be helpful to narrow down your partner’s tastes and style into one of three main categories: Classic, Antique/Vintage or Modern.

Those drawn to Classic engagement rings may have a more traditional taste when it comes to jewelry. Think: a bold, sparkling statement diamond on a smooth, simple band. It’s the ring we picture of when someone mentions they’re getting engaged. When you see a Classic ring on someone’s hand, it shouts “engaged!” even before you notice which finger it lives on.

The simplicity of a Classic ring makes it timeless. The diamond speaks for itself with little to no additional adornment. This emphasis on the diamond’s brilliance, rather than an ornate design, makes Classic rings popular choices amongst celebrities, or any time a bigger diamond is better. It’s the kind of ring that makes people wonder, “How big is that rock?”

Classic rings most often feature a Round- or Princess-cut diamond. These cuts, the most popular shapes for diamonds in general, have impeccable brilliance and brightness. And when you want to dazzle your beloved, sparkle is essential.

This category of engagement rings is called the Classic for a reason. Its timeless beauty and simplicity speaks for itself. The traditional design, like a love-filled relationship, continues to stand the test of time. Feel free to browse some of our Classic rings for more inspiration.

Ready to learn more? Please book an appointment with us and we’d be delighted to help you find the perfect ring for your engagement.

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From ammolite to zircon

Jeff Nechka, a gemologist at Premier Gems, discusses the tools of his trade—and gives a few tips on finding high-quality gems.

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CJ December 2015/January 2016

The Perfect Proposal

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I thought I would share my own little bit of love with you today.
I got engaged in October last year and was hands down the best day of my life.
Just minding my own business at work when I get called upstairs to help out with something. When I get to the top of the stairs I’m greeted by my two good friends Christy from Christy D Swanberg Photography and Ixchel from Parfait Productions. Both with cameras in hand….

Carving The New Landscape

In a competitive work environment, extrinsic rewards such as fringe benefits, promotion, bonuses, commissions, or conditions of work no longer entice employees to increase their levels of performance. However, intrinsic rewards, which are more personal and directly tied to a completion of a task or attainment of a specific goal, have proven to motivate employee performance, improve retention, and are often much more affordable for organizations to provide to deserving employees.

Premier Gems of Calgary has worked with a list of clients who have come to realize that attitudes, cognitive styles, and perceptions of value can and do influence employees’ innovative performances. Understanding the beneficial correlation between employee rewards and performance has branded them as experts in the realm of elite reward solutions…

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