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Anice Jewel Boutique

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / Posted on June 29, 2012

anice jewel boutiqueAnice Jewel Boutique, though only opened a few weeks ago, is no stranger to the world of eclectic treasures found in Kensington Market.

anice jewel boutiqueAfter seven years of pop-up action in places like the Kapisanan Centre, selling action at boutiques like Pretty Freedom, and whatever other jewellery-hustling action a dedicated woman can be expected to perform, it's safe to say owner Brittany Hopkins has a firm idea of what she wants to achieve with her very own space at Anice, as well as the vibes it'll give off.

anice jewelleryNamed after her biggest source of inspiration, her grandmother, Anice Jewel Boutique is all about mixing the old with the new. Antique gems and modern materials come together to create "new love," or in Brittany's words, to "bring life to treasures that have been put aside, tucked away, or thought of as useless."

anice jewel boutiqueThe homey space's white walls (and even its large front window) are crowded with picture frames serving as interior decoration as well as displays for product. One short walk around the circular centre table makes it easy to see everything Brittany has on display.

anice jewel boutiqueOne especially notable feature is the "jewellery buffet" sitting neatly in the glass case doubling as the cash. As I peered at the assortment of stone, chain, and antique pieces organized into a tray that reminded me somehow of a Mancala board game, Brittany told me all about her vision of custom design.

anice jewel boutiqueThe concept is simple: a customer could come to her with a budget, choose the materials from her selection, and leave with a unique bracelet, necklace, or chest harness - you name it! Usually, she would be the one constructing the piece, but if a customer's feeling ambitious, she's more than happy to step aside and let them take the reins on that part of the process (with some assistance, of course).

anice jewel boutiqueSince I wasn't fit to order my own custom Anice piece at the time (the launch party had me sipping white wine and scarfing down some Pizzeria Libretto), I stuck to perusing the ready-to-wear product, which included a plethora of mixed media necklaces like purple agate necklaces dangling by the window ($200), earrings both simple and statement ($15-$60), and rings that can be custom stamped to bear whatever letters or words a customer could desire ($40-$60).

anice jewel boutiqueAnice Jewel Boutique serves as the mecca for Brittany Hopkins originals, but her pieces will still be available in boutiques throughout Toronto and Edmonton. As for future endeavours, Brittany's keeping the doors wide open, hoping to continue to inspire people to wear ridiculous giant stones and chain harnesses without fear.

But don't expect her to ever sell her soul to commercialism; her jewellery-hustling action is strictly reserved for boutiques with the right vibe.

anice jewellery

Photos by Christian Bobak



Mike / July 4, 2012 at 02:00 pm
Visited last weekend and the shop is pretty cool. Certainly worth the trip if you're anywhere near Kensington.
Mikey P / July 4, 2012 at 03:22 pm
I have a couple of her pieces and they are some of my all-time favorites. She is a true artist (and a lovely woman). Congrats Britt on the shop!
klklovestones / October 2, 2012 at 05:50 am
absolutely lovely store. A must visit when I am in Toronto. Very pure and authentic artist. Love all her pieces and sometimes feel like a stalker cause I don't want to leave the store window.

Laura / November 28, 2012 at 04:58 pm
I love this store. The shop front is so inviting and jewellery is so beautiful, it's like a huge treasure chest!

I've done a few workshops on wed evenings & sunday mornings. Brittany teaches us the basics and guides us through how to make what we want. They are so much fun, I would definitely recommend doing one.

I'll be visiting again soon to buy (and custom make) all my Christmas presents :)
Philippe Doppelt / September 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm
I am philippe doppelt from bijoux vansy in montreal
I imported high end fashion jewelry like
Turqouise jade onyx and many more
Please feel free to see my collection
Because I would like to work with you
LB / February 12, 2015 at 01:45 pm
It's amazing to see how far you have evolved and developed the store space while staying true to your glittery style and inviting vibes! Good on ya! And congrats on being picked one of the top jewelry stores in TO!
Meiko Lucas / March 16, 2015 at 09:18 pm
Brittany Hopkins's love and passion for jewelry is looking obvious and so is her love for unconventional truly reflected in the way, she organized her jewelry. Her precious stone tray and let the customer chose and build their own custom jewelry piece is an unique idea. I feel inspired and happy, as there is one more addition to my list.

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