A circuitous route to jewelry-making – Le Chien Noir Jewelry

A circuitous route to jewelry-making

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You might not know that I only became a full-time jewelry-maker when I was 51. At 18, I took a course and was seriously bitten by the metalsmithing bug. Then I did an apprenticeship with a local jeweler one summer. Working with metals is so addictive! I got sidetracked into journalism and ended up writing and editing for about 30 years, which worked well when my kids were young. But I'd always hoped to get back to jewelry. I finally took a refresher course when I was 50 and that was that! I started with a tiny studio in a little porch in Toronto. And more courses. Then came my online shop.

About 10 years ago, I moved back to Quebec, to a small farm in a small village where my parents and siblings live. I have room here for a proper studio, plus, I get to have chickens, cats and dogs. My dream come true! Now, I'm 64 and so grateful I get to do what I love and live in the country.

Above all, though, I'm grateful for my wonderful customers, who found me online or in person at shows, and stuck around. Thankfully, they keep coming back for more of my big, colorful statement jewelry I make with sterling silver and natural gemstones. I hope my work continues to bring you pleasure and that you wear it and enjoy it always!

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  • Anonymous on

    This is so great to hear, Claudia! Thanks so much for chiming in here! xo Carla

  • Claudia Simpson on

    The pieces I have bought bring me much joy! Simple style, incredible detail and craftsmanship; the beauty of each individual piece is priceless. I love learning about the stones used and the history behind the piece. Glad you are loving your surroundings Chien Noir…it reflects in your art!

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