Reza Piroznia, Jewellery Jamboree Gems
Reza Piroznia, F.C.G.m.A, is a Canadian-based goldsmith. Strongly influenced by his Persian roots. Reza designs jewellery using gemstones that he has carefully selected while spelunking world wide. His delightful and delicate creations capture the natural qualities present in Super Seven crystals and a love for Persian Turquoise. Enjoying his livelihood with an engaging enthusiasm and charm Reza has created Jewellery Jamboree Gems as a family run business. Known to all of us as a generous and gentle person it is a delight to share in his dream.
Zulekha Noormohamed, Blue Sapphire Beads
Zulekha Noormohamed is a successful business woman who has been making breathtaking one-of-a-kind jewellery for 13 years. Each unique piece is hand crafted and made with love and care to accentuate the inner beauty of all who wear her creations. She specializes in working with high quality precious and semi-precious beads both in her jewellery and her bead company. Zulekha believes deeply in the healing qualities of the stones she works with. Her commitment to this results in her often making custom pieces for her customers to benefit from their healing properties.
Zulekha juggles a full-time job, running two successful businesses along with raising her three beautiful daughters. She regularly jokes that she works a full-time job in order to pay for her addiction, which is her jewellery. Along with her partner, Salim Moorani, they run two successful and growing businesses to channel their creative energy. Blue Sapphire Beads (BlueSapphireBeads.com) sells their hand crafted creations along with importing sterling silver, precious and semi-precious beads and components.
The Gem Expo (TheGemExpo.com) is a gem, jewellery, lampwork and mineral trade show. The show is open to the public as well as wholesalers.
Zulekha has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lakehead University, a Human Services Counselor diploma from George Brown College and is working on getting her Reiki Master and Homeopathy certifications.
Soosai Prosper, Prosper Designs
I am a Gemmologist, Lapidary, and a Master Valuer. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from University of Madras, India. My passion is to cut unique gemstones and create one-of-a-kind jewellery in Platinum, Gold and silver. I have a studio in North York where I facet my gemstones and make my jewellery. I also provide casting services in Platinum, Gold and Silver for Designers, Retailers and Jewellery Artists. I have set up Facetting Schools in Madagascar and Nigeria for World Bank funded projects.
Brantford Lapidary & Mineral Society
Established in 1964, the Brantford Lapidary & Mineral Society holds monthly meetings at T.B. Costain S.C. Johnson Community Centre in Brantford. Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month. The club is an active member of the Central Canadian Federation of Mineralogical Societies (C.C.F.M.S.)
Various speakers attend our monthly meetings. They share information relating to the different facets of the club’s interests, according to their fields of expertise. The club arranges for field trips locally and further away from our area, where rocks and minerals can either be collected or studied.
For club members:
Lapidary (the art of cutting and polishing stone and mineral) classes will start at the end of September 2018, in the clubs’ new, well equipped workshop location. 125 Stanley Street, Unit 5, Brantford (at the back of the plaza). The classes are taught by experienced volunteers.
Whenever applicable, the club assists local schools through presentations and exhibits that relate to their current science curriculum. Each year the club gives scholarships to deserving students in the Earth Sciences program at the University of Waterloo.
Michelle Brennan, HyperLynks
Michelle Brennan is the creative chainmaille designer and co-owner of HyperLynks in Newmarket, Ontario. She has designed and written over 30 different chainmaille designs, including The Chanmaille Artisan Collection TM, available from retail outlets around the world. She is a guest instructor at various bead stores and festivals across Ontario with patterns published in recent editions of 'Step by Step Wire Jewelry' magazine. www.HyperLynks.ca
Iguana Beads opened its doors over 15 years ago in Cambridge, ON and has been hidden gem for designers to find unique stones and beads from around the world. Iguana Beads is crazy about gems and minerals and the store is bursting with rare finds. Their main focus and passion is stocking a large assortment of unique, quality gemstone supplies for jewellery making. But they also carry a huge assortment of other beading supplies and artisan jewellery you just can’t find anywhere else.
Iguana Beads is a one-stop shop for all the supplies and advice you need to complete your handmade project. But they aren’t just supplies. Iguana Beads repairs all types of jewellery from costume pieces to ring sizing. They offer classes which can be viewed on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/iguanabeads
So whether you are a seasoned jewellery designer, someone looking for a unique gift or just adding a new specimen to your collection, you are sure to enjoy your visit at Iguana Beads.
Grand River Bead Society
The organization has become a thriving arts community that includes beaders, stringers, wire-workers, metalsmiths, glass bead lampworkers, fiber artists, polymer and metal clay artists, and others who incorporate both novel and traditional materials and techniques in their work.
The GRBS is run by an executive made up of enthusiastic volunteers.