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10 cool spots to pick up jewellery in Montréal

Love to doll up your digits? Looking for a statement necklace? The next time you come to Montréal, plan on taking a piece of it back with you. From whimsical to wild and elegant to eclectic, here are a few great ideas on where to get some Montréal bling. bleu comme le ciel – 2000 Peel Street Stop and gawk at the jaw-dropping window displays before stepping inside a fantasy world of high-end boho-chic costume jewellery imported from France and the French Riviera. Choose from three locations to satisfy your inner magpie: Peel Street, the Ogilvy department store and in Clio blue.missy Clio blue – 1468 Peel Street Like the more reserved sister of the aforementioned wild child BCLC, Clio Blue is more understated, but oh-so ravishing. This sweet little boutique (an offshoot of the Paris flagship store) specializes in stylish silver creations that will make your heart sing (). The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Boutique and Bookstore – 1390 Sherbrooke Street West You might not think of popping into a museum for jewellery, but you’d be amazed at the gorgeous selection of baubles at the MMFA boutique. Showcasing many Québec artists and artisans, the selection here is diverse and beautiful, and price-wise, very doable. Ecksand… / Read More →

DENIS GAGNON FASHION SHOW AT BIRKS

So many things I love under one roof: bubbly, bling and beautiful clothes. My friends, Montreal Fashion Week doesn’t get much better than this. When I heard that fashion designer Denis Gagnon was going to present his Spring and Summer 2012 collection at Birks jewellery store, I couldn’t click send on that RSVP email fast enough…

TEA FOR THREE AT BIRKS CAFÉ

Birks has been a Montreal institution for fine jewellery since 1894. Last September, the chichi store opened an equally chichi resto-boutique on the mezzanine level called Birks Café par Europea. Ladies who lunch can now “take tea,” as they say, overlooking a dazzling array of jewels and designer watches. I was happy to hear that heading this gastronomic endeavour was none other than Montreal top chef Jérôme Ferrer whom many locals know from his chain of restaurants, including the haute cuisine Europea, as well as Andiamo, Beaver Hall, and Espace Europea.