About

 

LOFT.bijoux – your guide to the world of designer jewelry in Montreal!

BRIEFLY

My name is Olga, I am a jeweler. My blog is about quality designer jewelry in Montreal and Quebec. Since I travel, I have inspirations from other places, as well. Jewelry lovers can search here for artists, designs and events, jewelry professionals can get their work featured and share their experience with the colleagues.

 

LONGLY

I came to Montreal in 2013 and did not speak French at that time. I brought with me my pasion, designer jewelry. Montreal is the home to many beautiful authentic designers; the only trick – everything is in French! Besides, there was no source telling about the jewelry life in the city – events, different artists and so on – only separated sites of the creators and fragments in some lifestyle projects. So I decided to make a blog for jewelry lovers and creators and to write about Montreal shops and jewelers, news, stories, events and plenty of things! And a bit about Montreal itself, as well.

 

I want to open this world to English-speaking lovers of beauty from Montreal and other cities, as well as to bring art and designer jewelry here from other places, share with the Montreal jewelry creators and lovers information and experiences from other countries. To share, to inspire, to create!

 

To tell the truth, I feel also some kind of social mission with this project. When I was launching it in December 2016 many people told me that Montreal is “too narrow a niche”, that I should aim globally or, at least at Canada and the USA. I appreciate scales and globalization but I am so tired of its crowds! I know what they mean, I am also an Etsy-shopper and an Amazon-citizen. Even the first iteration of LOFT.bijoux was a globally-aimed project (which I finally did not implement because something in it kept feeling alien for me).

 

For a long time, living in different countries I was striving for the kind of global citizenship before one day I understood that I am simply tired. That I want to know the name of the baker from whom I am buying my fresh bread and I want to buy and live local, to differ the face of my city from thousands other faces. That does not cancel travelling and a huge beautiful world around (which, as you see, I am enjoying as much as I can), but I want to be grounded.

 

With this project I want to show the face of Montreal and its designer jewelry, to tell its stories, to inspire people to buy local – that is the real way to develop the place where you live and to be connected to its life and people. I want to give people more taste for having nice jewelry and to better express themselves through it.

 

There is a bigger goal, also. I do believe that jewelry is a greatly underestimated form of art. I was always more attracted by its artistic value rather than financial and material. As any artist, a jeweler thransforms the reality via imagination and condensates it to the piece to wear. Which is awesome – anyone of us can wear a piece of art! And beauty makes the world a bit better.

 

I have a great work to do, because there are still so many people around without necklaces!

 

Why “LOFT.bijoux”? The word “loft” comes from the Old English (probably, my cultural heritage after living in England), Old Norse lopt, which meant “air, sky, upper room“. Loft is “a room or space directly under the roof of a house or other building, used for accommodation or storage”. It is EXACTLY what I need – I will store here all the abundant stories about jewelry that I love so much and don’t have more space to keep it simply for myself.

The Team

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OLGA PLAKHOVA                                                                                     

Jewelry enthusiast, collector, blogger and organizer of the events. A beginner jeweler, as well.

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SHIP-SHEEP

Lover of travelling, jewelry and, needless to say, ships. In 2016 she

made a jewelry visit to 8 countries and 16 cities. With some rare exceptions,

a cute and agreable creature. You can follow her on Instagram