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

Only 1 of 3 Canadian is able to have this skill but we take pride in being able to utilize this technique.

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.

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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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Designing outside the box store
November 9, 2016

Congratulations! You’re thinking of popping the big question and you’ve probably been doing some probing in order to find out what styles your future fiancé might like. You may have even checked out some box stores in hopes of finding the perfect engagement ring. After checking out many retailers, you may begin to notice that the ring settings are starting to look alike, and that there isn’t any one of a kind jewelry that captures your attention and fits with your vision for the ring. You may have also been told by these retailers that what you want is unavailable, impossible to source, or that going with a custom ring will be over your planned budget.

Choosing the custom route is a great way to get exactly what you want. Designer boutiques can provide you with all possible choices by offering designers and goldsmiths that will work with you to create the perfect ring you have envisioned. If there is a certified gemologist on staff, he or she can provide you with all of the necessary information about diamond and gemstone quality, attributes, and provenance. As well, if the gemologist is a member of a trade organization, he or she can source the perfect gem or diamond from anywhere. Working with a certified team of experts allows the engagement ring to be designed and created within your budget. Since the craft is done locally, the workmanship is likely to be finer compared to overseas manufacturing. Ultimately, you’ll end up with a piece of jewelry that expresses your love in a way that a ring in a showcase never could.

Color Trends 2016
August 16, 2016

Pantone, the worldwide color authority, recently announced their Fashion Color Report for Fall 2016. Pantone bi-annually highlights the ten shades that will be prominent in next season’s fashion, beauty and interior design worlds, which coincides with the start of New York Fashion Week. Last season’s color palette was anchored by people’s desire to unwind and disconnect from technology every once in a while. This feeling resonates in the Fall 2016 Color Report, which Pantone states is inspired by “the desire for tranquility, strength and optimism.”

“Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections,” affirmed Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades,” she continued.

Here are Pantone’s picks for the Fall 2016 Color Report:

Riverside

Blue rules the Pantone color palatte for Fall 2016.
Riverside is a cool, calming blue hue possessing a subtle sophistication.
Gemstones: London Blue Topaz, Indigo Sapphire, Indicolite Tourmaline, Blue Spinel

Airy Blue

A carefree and light shade, Airy Blue continues the blue color trend for the upcoming season. Pantone states: “Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom.”

Gemstones: Sky Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Pastel Sapphire

Sharkskin

A grey shade that will warm up any look in cooler months. One of two go-to neutrals for the season. Sharkskin “showcases practicality through a dependable yet contemporary lens.”

Gemstones: Grey Moonstone, Chalcedony, Grey Diamond

Aurora Red

Bold Aurora Red brightens up the bunch with a pop of fiery color.  Pantone describes Aurora Red as warm, sensual, and immediately pleasing to the eye.

Gemstones: Ruby, Rubellite Tourmaline, Red Spinel

Warm Taupe

Another warm neutral, the organic beige tone of Warm Taupe is said to pair well with every hue in the color report.
Gemstones: Champagne Diamonds, Topaz, Smoky Quartz

Dusty Cedar

A warmer pink to go with the cooler months, Dusty Cedar exudes welcoming feelings and is the perfect fall/winter version of the cheery pink shade.
Gemstones: Zircon, Pink Tourmaline, Pink Spinel, Pink Sapphire

Lush Meadow

Pantone states that Lush Meadow “brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage.”

Gemstones: Emerald, Green Tourmaline

Spicy Mustard

A deep yellow tone, Spicy Mustard is earthier and mellower than the typical citrus yellow shade.
Gemstones: Amber, Citrine, Golden South Sea Pearls, Dravite Tourmaline

Potter’s Clay

Reminiscent of the natural tones of fall, Potter’s Clay channels the colors of changing foliage.

Gemstones: Padparadscha Sapphire, Orange Sapphire, Orange Spinel, Zircon, Quartz

Bodacious

Bodacious is a pink/purple hue that has the ability to “turn fashion accents into fashion statements.”

Gemstones: Pink/Purple Topaz, Amethyst, Purple Sapphire, Purple Spinel, Kunzite

August’s New Birthstone: Spinel
August 1, 2016

As of June 2016, August babies can finally celebrate spinel as the newest birthstone addition to their month. A vibrant, sparkly, and elegant gem adored and valued by royalty, spinel comes in hues that rival the finest sapphires and rubies. Since this gem is mysterious, exotic, and underrepresented, a larger bling effect, in comparison to rubies and sapphires, is achieved at a fraction of the price.

Although peridot, another August birthstone, can come in vibrantly saturated and rich green shades, the masses of chain stores have given peridot a poor reputation; one of possessing a listless, pale green hue. Since spinel is rare, harvested in quantities small enough that it is impossible to satisfy the demand of chain retailers, individuals desiring this precious gem must contact a local jewellery designer in order to custom source the perfect fit of gem for the perfect piece of jewellery. If the jeweler is a gem specialist, he or she will be able to educate and assist you in discerning the different valuable attributes of each gem. 

Untreated, spinel is resilient and tough, boasting a hardness of 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This stunning gem is a perfect addition to the wardrobe of the savvy fashionista or gem connoisseur. 

Emeralds
June 13, 2016
Deep green, lush, suggesting a far-off place with rolling hills and fields of grass, there are many reasons people love emeralds, and they have for centuries.  I’ve seen a huge rise in the popularity in emeralds lately,  so I thought I’d share a few interesting points about this gorgeous green stone;
It’s the birthstone for May, so many of you May babies probably have one or two emerald pieces already. Best rule of thumb for care of your emerald jewellery is a saying my mentor at the watch repair department used to say “no golf, gardening or tennis” and although not many people do all of those things, it’s these simple guidelines for care of soft stones like emerald .Avoid hard work, don’t get it dirty, take it off while you’re doing something active.  
If you are shopping for your loved one who has a love for this gemstone, its best to get a feel for their personal taste.  Emeralds come in a range of green tones and varying opacity: the ones you see in commercial stores tend to have kind of a milky green look. While many people may love that colour, the most desirable colour according to gemologists in an emerald is a deep clear green with a slight hint of blue.  A little bit of research when looking for a gift for someone can go a long way to making it a cherished keepsake.  
 One thing that a natural gemstone has over any synthetic out there is having a way of telling its story though inclusions. We used to call them “flaws” but that can’t be further from the truth.Inclusions in a gemstone can add to the natural beauty, guarantee authenticity, and be easy to identify though having “birthmarks”. All emeralds have inclusions of some kind, it’s part of what makes them beautiful. It’s so widely known for them to have inclusions that we have named the pattern of inclusions in an emerald the “Jardinière” or the garden of the stone.
Emerald has been cherished by people for centuries; it is said that it was the favorite gemstone of Cleopatra, and evidence of emerald mines have been found in archaeological sites in Egypt.Elizabeth Taylor was seen many times wearing her emerald set from Richard Burton, continuing“Cleo’s” love for emeralds. They are currently on display at Christie’s. 
 With this renewed love for emerald, it will definitely be a favorite for years to come. Here are some great sources for everything emerald;
If you have any questions or would like to see some of the great emeralds in our stock, feel free
to contact us or make an appointment online at premiergems.ca
Selling your unwanted and broken jewellery.
June 13, 2016

You’ve heard and seen it all from the vast number of people and businesses claiming to offer you the most coin for your unwanted and broken jewellery.  Many of these companies look only at the gold value and will not pay out on coloured gemstones and diamonds. The main reason for this is that these companies do not employ a gemologist who can properly identify and assess the value of your jewellery. Just because you are going to sell to a “jeweller” doesn’t mean that jeweller is capable of properly identifying and assessing your diamonds and gems. Anyone can purchase a gold testing kit and claim they’ll offer the most for your jewels but if any of the pieces contain gems, seller beware!

At Premier Gems, you can be assured that you’ll be meeting discretely with a certified gemologist who will handle your pieces with care and respect. You’ll have confidence knowing that you will be getting a pay out that considers the value of the whole piece whether that is the diamond ring from your ex or grandma’s strand of pearls. Your pieces are assessed in front of you and if you agree to the amount offered, payment is made right away.

Selling your jewellery to Premier Gems is an astute way to get immediate payment for something you really want or need.

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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

 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!

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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