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Girl’s Night Out: Toronto Jewelry Workshop

Fredrick Prince Artisan Jewellery necklace

I’ve always been interested in jewelry and it’s something I wear every day. It could be something large or small on my wrist or on my ears. I’ve also been making my own jewelry for some time now; usually from bits and bobs I already own or upcycling an old piece of jewelry. The prospect of creating something completely new with the same set of materials amazes me. So, when I heard about this jewelry workshop in Toronto, I immediately signed up.

Fredrick Prince Artisan Jewellery

The workshop was hosted by Melissa De Luca, the owner and creator of Fredrick Prince Artisan Jewellery. Apart from being a lover of 90s hip hop music, she’s a fearless risk-taker dabbling in buying, logistics, marketing, product, packaging and design of her brand. It was her first workshop so no limitations were set for how long we could take to make our layered bracelet or what beads, gemstones or chains we could use. She left us completely to our imagination and creativity. I felt like a kid in a candy store.

The process of creation can be daunting. What seems practical in your head doesn’t always look perfect when laid out. A tip – it’s usually better to have a symmetrical design and keep a point of focus, possibly a larger stone in the middle and branching out. However, with so many colours, sizes and finishes of beads safe to say my friend and I were struggling.

Jewelry Making Materials

There are no rules it’s simply a case of trial and error, so have fun!

By trying out different beaded sequences on a beading mat and picking Melissa’s brain about different elements, styles and crafting practices, we managed to create something.

I assembled a grey/bronze themed beaded line which included two marble effect white beads, pyrite and grey agate beads. Tiny connecting beads in bronze and gold were added to catch the sunlight when worn.  After this point, Melissa helped us lay down some chain options. The beauty of this particular design was that I could go for a silver, gold or bronze finish chain – which was the Fredrick Prince style.

Jewelry Workshop 2

Once laid out, I wasn’t 100% sure of my design. I wanted to create something in a colour I wasn’t used to. The idea was to branch out of my comfort zone to make a bracelet that wasn’t similar to something I already owned. Melissa suggested I keep this design aside and try my hand at another style, “if at first you don’t succeed, pick yourself up and try again…”

Jewelry Workshop 1

I was drawn towards lapis lazuli beads, which coincidently is a symbol to inspire patience and wisdom. I paired them with white glass beads – seemed easy enough, blue and white. When placed together the white was too stark. To maintain the sharpness of the blue, I removed the white beads and added bronze findings in different shapes and finally ended up with something I was proud of. I went one step ahead to make the design come together by adding a beaded cluster to the antique brass chain layer of the bracelet. For a chunkier look I added another brass chain layer of smaller width to offset the design. Once assembled with clasps and beaded through wire. I tried on the bracelet for size and it was perfect!

Frederick Prince custom bracelet - brass and lapis lazuli

The feeling of going home with a one-of-a-kind bracelet created by myself was truly special and will make me treasure it.  Learning some tips and tricks to help me when I make my own jewelry was a bonus.

If there’s a jewelry workshop in Toronto you think I should sign up for let me know in the comments.

Featured image courtesy of Fredrick Prince Artisan Jewellery.


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  • Natalia
    August 2, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    What a beautiful setting! Sounds like a great workshop.

    • Mariam
      August 2, 2017 at 7:41 PM

      Exactly! The space is super relaxing and Melissa is an awesome host and teacher. She also has pendant and layered necklace workshops.

  • Trice
    August 2, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Looks like fun!!!!

    • Mariam
      August 2, 2017 at 8:28 PM

      It most definitely was Trice!

  • Christie
    August 2, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    How Fun! Pretty pieces

    • Mariam
      August 2, 2017 at 8:29 PM

      Indeed, Christie! I plan to go back for another workshop because you can never have too much jewelry 😛

  • Tia
    August 2, 2017 at 8:01 PM

    Wow that was really cool. Thanks for the behind-the-scenes. “The process of creation can be daunting. What seems practical in your head doesn’t always look perfect when laid out.” – You can’t say that again. That applies even in personal life.

    • Mariam
      August 2, 2017 at 8:29 PM

      Absolutely, Tia! We learn from trial and error 🙂

  • Katie
    August 2, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    This looks so fun! And the jewelry turned out fabulous!

    • Mariam
      August 2, 2017 at 8:59 PM

      Yes, it took a while but I was SO happy with the final design.

  • Kelsey
    August 2, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    What great idea! They all look so pretty!

    • Mariam
      August 3, 2017 at 2:16 AM

      Thenks Kelsey!

  • Jillian
    August 2, 2017 at 11:08 PM

    how fun! I love jewelry.

    • Mariam
      August 3, 2017 at 2:17 AM

      It really was, Jillian. Keep following for more exciting baubles!


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