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Custom Jewellery

At Odyssey Jewellery in Richmond Hill, we have been helping customers find perfect gifts for loved ones for over 60 years. At Odyssey Jewellery we offer our clients in Richmond Hill and the GTA pieces with the highest quality and attention to detail.

Early on in our history we realized that while most of our customers could find something quite quickly in our store when they were looking for a gift, some of our customers wanted to work with us to create something more personal and unique for their loved one – and that is when we started creating personal custom pieces for our clients.

A difference between Odyssey Jewellery and other jewellers is that we have our designers and jewellers on-site, and we complete all the work here in close consultation with our clients. When a client approaches us to design and complete a custom piece of jewellery, we take the time and ask the right questions to make sure that at every part of the process we are creating a memorable piece both for our client and their loved one. At Odyssey Jewellery our craftsmanship is unparalleled; we devote great time and care to every piece we work on.

Creating a custom piece of jewellery is an exciting process, gifts created with such time and effort adds a tremendous sentiment to the piece. The artistic expression these pieces represent often become family treasures passed down to generations.

Whether our client has a vision for their piece or not we can help them get started in the process. Here are some tips we share with our clients when we begin working together:

  1. At Odyssey Jewellery we design and create custom, rings, necklaces and bracelets. Often our clients have some sort of idea of what kind of piece they wish us to create – if it is a gift to celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary or a birthday then we often have a bit of guidance to start. If you are creating a bracelet for example as a birthday gift then we can suggest working with the person’s associated gemstone. If the piece is to celebrate an anniversary, many anniversaries have corresponding stones and gems that can be incorporated into the piece. When deciding on what to create we often advise our clients to think of the person’s lifestyle – do they often change earrings daily? Do they enjoy dressing up and changing their jewellery for special occasions? If the person wears a watch do they enjoy wearing bracelets with them? Once we work through these questions, we can often determine what type of jewellery they want to create for their loved one.
  2. Key Decisions. During our first meeting with our clients we walk them through a series of decisions – while these can seem overwhelming, our experts have years of experience in shepherding clients through the process of creating a custom piece. The first question, after what type of jewellery they wish to have created, is what materials they wish to work with. Your precious metals to choose from include: silver, gold, white gold or platinum as your base. Then you can decide on which gemstones to include – many of our clients use a mix of diamonds and other gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. Then you can work with our designers to determine the design of the piece; our jewellers can sketch out a design per your specifications. Even if you don’t have a design in mind, you can bring in notes of what you would like to achieve with the piece. We also encourage our clients to bring in photographs of jewellery they like.
  3. Family gemstones. Some of our clients are designing custom pieces with great sentimental meaning. Often, clients incorporate gems from family heirlooms. Their inclusion adds tremendous meaning to new pieces and will be greatly cherished by your loved one. We ask our clients to allow us to remove the gemstones if they are still in their original setting.
  4. Likes and Dislikes. We recommend that before visiting us at our Richmond Hill location you take a look at your loved one’s current jewellery collection. From this you will be able to discern what their likes and dislikes are – do they wear drop earrings or studs? Do they wear one bracelet or multiple bracelets at once? Do they wear rings to match their outfits? And do they tend to change their jewellery based on the season? With this important information, we can work with you to decide on the best piece for your loved one.
  5. Like clothing, every person has their own sizing when it comes to jewellery. It is important to know, for bracelets, necklaces and rings what size the person is. If the gift is a surprise then we recommend bringing in a piece of jewellery your loved one won’t miss so we can measure the size and create a piece that will fit perfectly.
  6. It is helpful to have an idea of how much you want to spend on your custom piece. With this information our jewellers can recommend what materials to use and advise you on how best to use your budget to create a memorable piece.
  7. Once we decide on what materials to use, we will create series of finished drawings showing you how your finished piece will look – we don’t stop the design process until you are 100% satisfied with the design.
  8. When final drawings and materials are approved, we work with you on the timeline to complete the piece. We recommend to our clients to plan 6-8 weeks for a custom piece – that way we can be assured of sourcing all the materials you wish to include in a timely manner.

At Odyssey Jewelry we have spent decades turning our client’s ideas into reality. We are thrilled when people drop into our store which is located in Richmond Hill. With the holiday season approaching soon and then Valentine’s Day right around the corner we suggest contacting us to make an appointment with one of our jewellers to get your custom design project started!

You can drop by our store, located at 10909 Yonge Street, Unit #55, call us at 905-737-5266 or pop us an email at info@odysseyjewellery.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Odyssey Jewellery – Your Experts in Watch and Jewellery Repair

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Watch and Jewellery Repair

Jewellery Repair - Odyssey Jewellery Richmond HillOdyssey Jewellery has been operating for more than 65 years in Richmond Hill, Ontario and we are proud to provide superior service to our customers in Richmond Hill and the GTA. We offer our customers the highest quality jewellery – whether you are looking for an engagement ring, a bracelet, a necklace, a diamond ring or earrings we have something for everyone. Our pieces are designed in a range of styles so we encourage you to come into our store, located at 10909 Yonge St., and take time to browse our selection and talk to one of our expert staff who can help you find an exquisite piece that will be cherished forever.

One interesting part of our business is our watch repair service. We often have people bring in heirlooms that have been left to them by a relative, or they find a watch they wish to wear but has fallen into disrepair. Our experts approach each watch repair with great respect to its original design and its historical significance. At one point in the world, there were estimated to be 60,000 watchmakers – that number has dwindled to 5,000. With this lack of expertise in the field, we are happy to help people restore these incredible pieces to their original lustre.

At Odyssey Jewellery we can repair and restore both mechanical and quartz watches. Mechanical watches use a clockwork mechanism to measure the passage of time. The beauty of mechanical watches is that, if cared for properly, they can last for generations. Many times people will come in with watches that have been left to them by a relative – we are truly honoured to be trusted with these family heirlooms. If your watch is of the Quartz era we are well established to repair these pieces as well. Developed in 1969 the Quartz watch replaced the balance wheel of the mechanical watch with a quartz crystal. This was another turning point in modern horology. Whether you have a mechanical or quartz watch our experts can identify what is wrong with your timepiece and work on it to restore it to its original beauty.

If you have previously visited Odyssey Jewellery you will know that we are jewellery experts and offer an incredible range of pieces that are suited for any event in your life. From an engagement ring to a celebration piece to mark an important life event, Odyssey Jewellery has pieces that will thrill anyone in your life.

As dedicated jewellers, we also know how sometimes jewellery, whether it’s worn daily or for special occasions, can become damaged. Our expert team has experience with every type of jewellery and we can repair anything you bring in to us. We realize that often these pieces have great sentimental value; therefore before we approach any repair we talk through the repair plan with you so that you know exactly what we are going to do.

If pieces in your collection are family heirlooms though you will want to bring them in for a thorough check-up and cleaning to prevent any serious damage. We recommend to all of our clients that they remove items such as rings and necklaces when participating in sports or going for a swim – not only can you prevent damage to your pieces but also avoid losing them!

At Odyssey Jewellers we are passionate about what we do. When pieces, either a watch or a piece of jewellery, are brought into us for repair or refurbishment we treat it as if we created it ourselves. We offer affordable prices and expert consultation. The difference between Odyssey Jewellery and some of our competitors is that we do all of our work on-site. We have built a full factory at our Richmond Hill location so you can be rest assured that anything you bring us will be well cared for and not shipped off to another location. We never subcontract our work – every piece is taken care of by one of our expert jewellers. As manufacturers and importers of platinum, 18k gold and diamond jewellery we work only with the best materials.

Odyssey Jewellery offers a legacy of unparalleled craftsmanship – we also create custom made pieces so that you can add your own special touch to a piece of jewellery for you or a loved one. After operating in the jewellery business for over 60 years we can confidently share that we are the city’s most trusted jewellers. Why don’t you plan a trip to our store and one of our professional staff will be happy to review any of your repair needs while showing you our incredible collection

Finding The Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring

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Tips of the Finding the Perfect Diamond Engagement Ring in Richmond Hill

Engagement RingYour engagement ring serves as both a symbol of your relationship and as a beautiful announcement of your upcoming wedding. The ideal engagement ring will represent your personal style and taste. There are various engagement ring options available to Richmond Hill jewellery shoppers today.

When shopping for an engagement ring, you will need to determine the type of stone you want to purchase. There are various options on the market that will suit most tastes and budgets. Many couples elect to go with a diamond engagement ring. Diamonds offer a high level of elegance, beauty, and harmony to your engagement ring. No two diamonds are alike and finding the right diamond for your engagement ring design is an extremely important part of the puzzle. Your custom engagement ring designer will show you various types of cuts. Round, princess, pear, cushion, marquise, heart cut, or emerald – there are plenty of cuts out there that will suit the needs of any ring or its owner. People who enjoy sparkle will tend to have a princess or round diamond cut because there are more light-reflecting facets on the stone. Other cuts such as oval, heart, and pair will give your engagement ring a more unique look. There’s no such thing as a bad diamond cut; diamond cuts are timeless and never go out of fashion. Finding the right cut of a diamond will greatly impact the overall look of your engagement ring and will play a critical role in determining the remaining design elements of your diamond ring.

The karatage of your engagement ring will provide a further level of customization to the piece. When shopping for a diamond ring you will encounter rings made of white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold, you’ll want to consider the karatage of the ring before making a purchase. Think about what type of gold looks best with your skin tone. The purest gold rings are 24kt, while 18kt gold contains 75% pure gold, 14kt gold contains 58.5%, and 10kt gold contains 41.6% pure gold. Every couple will have unique tastes and budgets, 10kt gold engagement rings tend to be a popular choice since they are affordable and durable against scratching. Remember, a ring’s karatage refers to a ring’s metals and should not be mistaken for diamond carat, which is used in reference to the weight of the diamond in the ring. Platinum is another option for those not looking for a gold engagement ring and mixing metals is another popular trend.

Karatage is not the only factor in determining the value of a diamond. You’ll also want to find a stone with a cut that meshes with your ring’s design. The cut speaks to the diamond’s precise shape and the positioning of the stone’s facets. Clarity is another important factor in determining a diamond’s beauty and value. Jewellers use clarity to describe a stone’s physical characteristics or flaws.

Before purchasing an engagement ring, you’ll want to decide what kind of ring style suits you best. Do you enjoy the look and feel of a modern ring, classic ring, or a vintage engagement ring design? This will be one of the most important factors in designing your custom-made engagement ring. The Internet is an excellent resource when determining what ring design is best for you. We recommend that our clients spend some time on researching, Pinterest tends to be a great source of engagement ring design images. The best engagement ring designs provide the wearer with an emotional connection to their jewellery piece. Get your friends and family to help, share the ring designs that you like online and see what others think. Once you’ve put together a collection of images, look for a common theme, this will help you determine a ring design that works for you.

Choosing the perfect setting for your engagement ring will allow you the ability to really showcase the stones in your ring, the setting will also add an extra layer of style to the piece. The solitaire cut is a popular choice for many of our Richmond Hill clients, a time-tested mount that proudly presents a single diamond in a way that demands attention. The halo cut is excellent for engagement rings that contain multiple stones, the centre diamond is surrounded by smaller stones.
There’s no mathematical formula for engagement ring shopping, it’s about finding something that speaks to you and symbolizes the journey that you and your partner have taken together and the future that awaits. Take your time and find a ring that speaks to your personal taste and budget. Whether it’s an engagement ring that’s been newly designed, something off the shelf or a family heirloom; it’s your engagement ring and you shouldn’t settle.
Our Richmond Hill jewellery store has built a reputation for providing exceptional service, craftsmanship and high-quality. We understand that an engagement ring is a lifelong investment and we work hard to exceed each of our customer’s expectations on every engagement ring we create and sell. Speak to one of our experienced engagement ring designers today and allow us the opportunity to help tell your love story.

Jewellery Repair

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How to Find the Best Custom Jewellery Repair Shop

Your custom jewellery pieces are one-of-a-kind and having them professionally cleaned and repaired is the best way to preserve their beauty and protect your investment. At Odyssey Jewellery Designers Inc., we’re very proud of the reputation we’ve earned for being the most trusted jewellery repair shop in Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, throughout the Toronto region. Throughout our 60-year history, we have repaired a wide range of custom jewellery pieces and we bring this knowledge to every repair job we do.

Every jewellery item is unique, and your piece’s design and materials will dictate the care and maintenance required to keep them pristine. Generally, jewellery made with harder and higher-grade materials will require less ongoing maintenance than those made of lesser-quality material. Purchasing jewellery is an investment and like a car or house, you should research the costs associated with proper maintenance in advance. Higher-end diamonds and platinum will generally require less care than their lower-grade counterparts.

Inspect your jewellery before wearing it, you’ll want to check for both damage and loose stones. Any loose stones need to be repaired right away, as they can easily fall out without the proper care. We find that many people rarely take off their rings, it’s important to regularly remove your ring from your finger and do a quick visual inspection to ensure the ring fits properly. Damages to the structure of your jewellery can also worsen when not dealt with by a professional jewellery repairer. Adjustments to a ring’s size can be done quickly at an affordable price.

Removing your jewellery for activities such as swimming, working out, cleaning, and doing yard work can also help protect your jewellery. It can be a simple habit that will improve the condition of your jewellery and may even prevent you from losing it.

We recommend that you have your jewellery cleaned every six months. There are various commercial jewellery cleaning solutions on the market that allow for home cleaning, but with so many expensive and fragile pieces it’s usually best to allow an experienced cleaner to handle your jewellery’s cleaning and repair work.

Nothing is scarier than breaking your favourite custom jewellery piece. At Odyssey Jewellery Designers Inc., we will get your rings, bracelets, earrings and watches back to pristine and working condition. Many of our customers are surprised by the fact that a lot of jewellery items can be repaired while you wait in our Richmond Hill repair shop. We’ll work with your schedule to ensure you’re wearing your jewellery again quickly.

Some of the most common jewellery repairs we do in our Richmond Hill custom jewellery repair shop include:

  • Fixing earrings and fixing broken earrings posts
  • Replacing loose or lost stones
  • Resizing rings
  • Repairing, cleaning and resizing engagement rings
  • Repairing broken gold chains and necklaces
  • Removing and modifying engravings on jewellery including rings, bracelets, and watches
  • Mending broken links on bracelets
  • Any other jewellery repair job required

In addition to offering jewellery repairs, we also can make changes to your custom jewellery pieces to give them a more modern appearance. Our team of experienced jewellery designers will work with you to keep the elements you love about your piece and redesign it to take its beauty to the next level with your own unique style and taste.

We realize that your custom jewellery carries a high amount of sentimental value and we handle every jewellery piece in our shop with the respect and care it deserves. We built our business on a foundation of passion over 60 years ago and that philosophy still comes through on every repair job we do. Nothing feels better than seeing the look on our client’s faces when they see their jewellery for the first time after it’s cleaned or repaired. It’s the reason we come to work every day. Our jewellery repair job has some of the best equipment in the industry, including the best polishers and welding equipment, this ensures that every repair job is done to the highest quality. Contact us today and we’ll provide you with all your jewellery repair options to find a solution that works for your needs and budget.

Odyssey Jewellery – Happy Customer

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Years ago I lost a treasured diamond ring that was my grandmothers, which I had always wanted to replace.  As I have been divorced for several years I had my promise ring, engagement ring and wedding ring sitting idle in a jewellery box for the past 10 years.  I decided to go and visit Ed at Odyssey Jewellery in Richmond Hill.

I showed Ed my three separate rings which each had a very small diamond in them.  I told him the story of wanting to replace the heirloom ring I had lost, but I wanted a more modern look to it.

We went through the simple friendly process of me explain my vision.  Ed drew up some sketches while I was there at the shop with him and we looked at pictures of different designs and we came up with a concept of the ring I had envisioned.

Two weeks later Ed called me and said, “You’re Ring Is Ready, Come On In”.  I went right over, very excited to see my new ring! I WAS THRILLED!!! Odyssey Jewellery had taken my rings that were of absolute no use to me into a fabulous new modern ring I now wear every day!

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Here some after shots after the three stones were combined:

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An extremely happy customer.  I would recommend Odyssey Jewellery to anyone for new Jewellery, Custom Jewellery, Jewellery Repairs or Restoration.  I can honestly say they take all your wishes in to consideration and take the time, care and effort to create your masterpiece.