West Coast Gift Guide #3: Zaleska

Zaleska isn't just another jewelry brand, it is so much more. Designers Sylvia and Danielle carefully source gemstones from around the world considering both trend and wearability but most importantly consider the energy within the crystal in each piece. Designed and manufactured in Vancouver, B.C. Zaleska is a unique line of jewelry. Whether you are looking for a custom piece or a piece that will make you feel confident and beautiful, consider Zaleska next time you're purchasing a gift for yourself or a friend! Check out their website at: http://www.zaleska.ca/ and Instagram: @zaleskajewelry

Did you always dream of designing jewelry?

I’ve always had a knack for design, but jewelry was not the initial goal. I was taught how to make a wire-wrapped ring at a bead store in downtown Victoria one weekend years ago, and everything evolved from then on. My journey as a designer has been incredible thus far, and jewelry now has my full attention!  

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration in moments and crystals, mostly. A lot of what I design revolves around a specific mineral specimen, whether it be a cut, shape, and/or colour. I’m also extremely inspired by my travels and memories. I always want to make pieces that feel good to wear and I love researching trends.  

Do you have a favourite designer?

There are no favourites, just current obsessions. Mania Mania for all things RINGS, Stella McCartney for her values, the Spell sisters for their bohemian vibes, and Tony Duquette for his opulence.

What is your favourite piece in your collection at the moment?

I love the Moonstone Rêve Necklace! It should be back in stock by next week.

What piece is the perfect Christmas gift?

I truly believe that if you buy something for someone, it should be as special and unique as they are to you. There are some really beautiful pieces in the current collection, but I must say that you really couldn’t go wrong with a Crystal Ball Necklace.

How did you get your start in jewelry design? Did you go to school for it?

I didn’t! I graduated from UVic with degrees in Fine Arts and Education.

Where can we find your pieces for sale?

http://www.zaleska.ca/

Do you have a favourite item of clothing in your closet?

I just bought an embroidered Johnny Ask velvet jacket!

What did you do before starting Zaleska?

My best friend Danielle Noel invited me to join her brand, Zaleska, about 5 years ago. Before that, I was extremely dedicated to my studies and painted quite a bit. Since joining our creative forces, we’ve been working alongside each other and having a really great time designing both art and jewelry pieces.

Why did you decide on the name Zaleska? What is the reason behind it? 

Zaleska is actually the name of Dracula’s daughter. No reason - we just loved it!

Photo Credit: All images were from zaleska.ca