By: Sami Chazonoff
Recently, inFATuated Blog had a chance to explore the eye-catching pieces from Canadian jewellery brand HERA Jewellery. Designer Hera Arkarakas recently showcased her eponymous label in Toronto, at an exclusive media preview and shopping event hosted by Sheek PR. Arkarakas personally and graciously walked me through her two display tables of one-of-a-kind jewels and gems she created, and even offered for me to try a few on for size.
As a designer, it’s clear that each of her pieces are handmade with love, which shines through and illuminates each and every piece in the collection. With a full-service local jewellery house, HERA prides themselves on quality, design and craftsmanship. With over 30 years of experience, this creative soul carefully designs each piece in the label’s Toronto office. HERA’s whole motto is to design and create luxury pieces that are suitable for everyday wear, along with eveningwear. This involves pieces that are elegant enough to wear to a formal evening, while also simple enough to wear with jeans and flip-flops. In fact, Arkarakas mentioned at her recent event that this is her “go-to” style and aesthetic.
HERA’s jewellery is luxurious and unique, with some pieces that are affordable enough for the average woman. They are still upscale collections, but have pieces included which are more basic and simple. This is reflected in their prices.
One thing I couldn’t help but notice about HERA’s two displays were all the gorgeous colours and the unique looking jewels and gemstones. While I am not currently in the market for a new statement ring created with a large coloured gemstone, the classic bands definitely caught my eye. As a young professional whose personal style is more simplistic and classic, those were the pieces which I was still thinking about after I left.
For any upcoming client events, formal functions or red carpets, HERA will be the first place I look for my next statement accessory or precious bauble.
Photos: Sami Chazonoff