1840 Journal

Meet the artisans, discover their expertise, and share their passion.


Jewellery, but made fun.

Meet Gabrielle, an award-winning jewellery designer. After graduation, she won the Janis Kerman Prize for Emerging Artists and was the first-prize winner of the 7th National Jewellery Student Competition in Canada. Since 2010, she’s been creating pieces of jewellery using abstraction, bold colours and fun shapes. Her passion for jewellery began at a young age, after seeing the collection at the Galerie Noel Guyomarch. “This gallery offers an extraordinary selection of contemporary jewellery that makes your head turn. At that moment, I immediately knew that I would always gravitate towards this field of design.”

Emphasizing the importance of handmade pieces, Gabrielle stands out because of her approach. “First of all, most of my pieces are laser cut in my studio in Montreal. I really insist that each of the pieces coming back to the workshop needs to be sanded, filed and painted by hand. You can feel when a human being has worked on an object, through the paint lines and the attention paid to the small details. It is, in our opinion, invariably more beautiful, because it makes it a little more "alive.”

Gabrielle finds endless inspiration in different artists and designers, particularly John Galliano for Maison Margiela, Mark Rothko for his colour explorations, Quebec-based artist Klô Pelgag for his incredible talent and youthful heart, and sculptor Alexander Calder for the forms and shapes he creates. “I believe that having a studio practice where I create unique pieces for galleries and also small production pieces for shops is very artistically enriching. These two creative worlds are related and endlessly inspire each other.”

Constant design research and innovative ideas constantly inspire Gabrielle, allowing her to keep her pieces unique.

“Each of my collections is a celebration of women and their strength. Their authenticity and vulnerability, particularly that of the ACHROMAT collection, perfectly reflects this process of creativity.”