Canadian jewellery designer Melanie Auld celebrates milestone 10 years

A giant break for the corporate got here when Auld’s items have been picked up by retailers comparable to Blue Ruby Jewelery and The Cross in Vancouver.

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Melanie Auld often will get stopped on the road by clients who’re conversant in her eponymous model.

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“It is fairly humorous, truly,” the Canadian jewellery designer says.

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The comedy comes, partly, as a result of Auld continues to be pleasantly stunned by the recognition of her jewellery model, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this 12 months.

The opposite ingredient we have develop into acknowledged by followers is the pause it prompts from her husband, Alex Auld.

“He was used to being the one who would get observed once we went locations,” Auld says of his companion, a now-retired skilled hockey participant who performed for the Vancouver Canucks and Dallas Stars, amongst different NHL groups. “And now, we’ll have (followers) coming as much as me.”

A veteran of the design enterprise, Auld began Melanie Auld Jewellery in 2013 when the household relocated to Vancouver following her husband’s retirement from the NHL.

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“My husband performed right here,” Auld, who’s initially from Thunder Bay, Ont., explains. “And we simply beloved it once we lived right here. We wished to come back again and lift our children right here.”

Together with her husband at house, Auld says she was in a position to take a full, “nine-to-five method” to constructing her jewellery model.

“We sort of traded off the completely different parenting duties on the time. From the occasions the place he needed to be on the street on a regular basis, so I needed to maintain the family down,” she recollects. “And now, he is sort of taken on that function. So I am undoubtedly fortunate that manner.”

Melanie Auld Jewelry designs.
Melanie Auld Jewellery designs. Nicole Robertson

Working with treasured metals comparable to sterling silver and gold, together with gem stones for her designs, Auld recalled the early days of the model presenting a number of monetary challenges.

“Wanting again and serious about the primary few years, I can bear in mind there being occasions once we did not understand how we have been going to pay for our subsequent spherical of merchandise,” she says. “These occasions have been so nerve-racking. I am certain we may have been damaged 100 occasions over, however someway we discovered a strategy to maintain going and make it work.”

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A giant break for the corporate got here when Auld’s items have been picked up by retailers, comparable to Blue Ruby Jewelery and The Cross in Vancouver, that have been prepared to inventory her designs.

“That basically allowed us to develop and have model consciousness,” Auld says. “And I additionally suppose, collaborating with Jillian Harris was an enormous turning level for the model. She was in a position to get us on the market in a manner that we simply, organically, would not have been in a position to do ourselves.”

The tv character and life-style tastemaker has been a longtime companion of the corporate, together with creating her personal assortment of charms and pendants for the model known as Adorned.

“It felt actually pivotal for us to have her supporting us and getting our identify on the market, getting our model on the market,” Auld says. “And I feel it was actually the catalyst for us having the ability to open our first retailer in Vancouver.”

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Auld opened her first standalone retailer in 2019 at 575 West sixth Ave. in Vancouver. The house allowed clients the chance to “see and really feel the jewellery,” which turned out to be an particularly vital step within the model’s addition of solid-gold fantastic jewellery and made-to-order creations, the designer says.

“It is a massive deal to have the ability to have an area for a buyer to come back once they’re wanting to buy upwards of $1,000 a chunk,” Auld says. ”Having the shop and having the ability to work together with our clients one on one actually modified every part for us. We have been in a position to perceive what they wished extra and have been in a position to develop our providing.”

The boutique additionally grew to become a launching pad for the jewellery line’s well-liked welded bracelet service, which sees a bracelet design completely affixed across the wrist with an in-store welding gadget.

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Auld has ceased wholesale operations, promoting fully direct to customers by way of its web site and bricks-and-mortar shops in Vancouver and Toronto.

A look inside the Melanie Auld Jewelry store at 2077 West 4th in Vancouver.
A glance contained in the Melanie Auld Jewellery retailer at 2077 West 4th in Vancouver. Melanie Auld Jewellery

“It simply got here to a spot the place it felt pure for us to take all of it in-house and actually cope with the client ourselves and get to know our buyer immediately,” Auld explains of the transfer. “It was simply sort of an evolution to open our personal shops and be capable to serve our clients another way.”

The model’s designs vary in value from $18 for an earring appeal to greater than $4,000 for a made-to-order diamond tennis necklace. The vary of affordability, customization and fine-jewelry items permit Auld to fulfill her clients at their completely different budgets — and life milestones.

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“Individuals are coming to us to mark moments,” Auld says. “The truth that you are in a position to come and customise a chunk, be it in demi-fine or in fantastic, as an alternative of simply shopping for what feels extra like off-the-rack jewellery — I feel these items must be particular.”

Since beginning the model a decade in the past as a one-woman enterprise, Auld has grown the Vancouver-headquartered firm to incorporate 30-plus workers.

Folks, she stresses, have been one other massive a part of the success of her model.

“Once we wrote our marketing strategy and what we wished to carry, a number of it was to create jobs for artistic folks,” Auld says. “And I feel we have been ready to do this in a really considerate manner.”

With a decade behind the model — “It appears so lengthy and likewise so quick,” she says — Auld is trying towards the longer term with some massive plans to additional construct out her namesake creation.

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“I’d love for the model to evolve into much more of a way of life model,” she says. “I am hoping that we will open extra bodily areas.

“However I am additionally placing it on the market into the universe that, due to my love of journey and interiors, I would actually like to open a small boutique lodge sooner or later in a vacation spot as but to be decided.”

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