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about Carla straessle

Carla first picked up a torch, files, jeweler’s saw and hammers while living in France in the late ’70s. That first metalsmithing class she took was in a dark, dingy basement studio in an old building in Paris. She was smitten. She then spent a summer working for and learning from a wonderful Quebec jeweler, one on one.

In spite of a detour that took her to Toronto and a career in writing and editing, Carla’s first love was always making jewelry.

After raising her two amazing kids, she turned to jewelry full-time, taking courses in Toronto, Montreal, New York City and online. She moved back to rural Quebec, where she started out, and now works out of her farmhouse studio, has a thriving online shop with wonderful customers from around the world. These customers are who enable her to keep creating and live her dream.

You can also find Carla’s work in several galleries, as well as juried art shows during the year. She is a member of a local artist cooperative gallery, Studio Georgeville.

le chien noir jewelry

Welcome to Le Chien Noir Jewelry! I am Carla Straessle, a metalsmith working out of my Quebec studio. I am a one-woman operation that seeks to add colour, boldness and unique style to your life!

What you’ll find at Le Chien Noir Jewelry is handmade, well-crafted artisan jewelry. I feature unique quality gemstones, recycled sterling silver and gold and clean designs with a slightly rustic edge. The nature that surrounds me is a constant source of inspiration. Think big skies, open fields, hugely varied plant and animal life.

I showcase ethically sourced, quality gemstones in my designs. Working with silver, gold and incredible gemstones is my biggest joy and I hope to share some of that wonder and inspiration with you. I am incredibly grateful to my lovely customers!

My shop is named after Jessie, a beloved border collie-lab. He spent many lazy hours under my studio bench while I worked. He is immortalized in my logo.




Everything you find at Le Chien Noir Jewelry is designed and meticulously handmade by Carla, using traditional metalsmithing techniques and tools, along with a few modern additions.


Carla seeks out the best natural and unique gemstones she can find from trusted suppliers and designs around these little masterpieces of nature. Her goal is to provide you with one-of-a-kind, wearable statement pieces, that are comfortable and you’ll want to put on and keep on.

For behind-the-scenes glimpses of the creative process, new stones and life on the farm, follow Carla on:

· instagram @lechiennoirjewelry

· facebook @lechiennoirjewelry

· twitter @carlastraessle

· pinterest @carlast