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About Tamara

People always want to know how Studio1098 is different than Tiffany's, Birks, Spence Diamonds, Cartier, and the other big jewellery stores. Studio1098 is a small boutique - I don’t use (or like) high-pressure sales tactics, and I design and make everything we sell with help from my team. Click on the thumbnails below to see pictures of the studio and photos of us in action!

My designs are influenced by many genres and eras of jewellery. I'm inspired by vintage and antique jewellery, especially Art Deco and Art Nouveau pieces. I've designed and made pieces influenced by my travels, design and architecture I love, geometry and nature. I like to play around with my designs so that there’s always something new going on in the studio.

When I do custom design work, I am inspired by you - my client. I want to take the ideas that you have in your head and turn them into exactly what you’re looking for.

I love gemstones and diamonds. In addition to being a goldsmith, I am also a gemmologist, so I know quite a bit about gemstones and diamonds. I even used to teach a course about the chemistry of gemstones in the Gemmology program at George Brown College.

I have lots of experience sourcing diamonds and gemstones for Studio1098 clients. Sourcing unusual gemstones is among my specialties, so I can source diamonds and gemstones from all over the world, including Canadian diamonds and coloured diamonds. I care about the future, have taken steps to make sure that all of our diamonds and gemstones are conflict-free, and strive to maintain the highest standards in everything we do at Studio1098.

If you have any questions about custom work, or think you might want me to create a piece of custom jewellery for you, please send me an email or give me call! I'll be happy to answer all of your questions and get you all the information you need. I'll be excited to hear from you!

Tamara Signature

See more pictures of the studio

Front Door View
Gallery Area
Kathyrn's Bench
Polishing
Tamara Name Stamping
Studio1098 Store Front
Tamara's Bench