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8 stores to buy vintage jewelry in Toronto

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / March 31, 2012

vintage jewelry TorontoVintage jewelry in Toronto can be difficult to come across, but once found, it can put a classic - or if you prefer, quirky - touch to any contemporary look unmatched by modern designs. There's just something about being adorned by an era much before our own that puts value into these little trinklets. Anything from extravagant costume jewelry to antique engagement rings to Art Deco pieces can be found in antique, vintage, and consignment stores all over Toronto.

If competitive eBay bidding or hours of scouring in grimy markets cramps your style, here's where to find vintage jewelry in Toronto.

Cynthia Findlay
Boasting amazing customer service parallel to personal shopping, Cynthia Findlay's beautiful antiques are backed up by her extensive knowledge on every piece in the shop. While she carries other items including home décor, smoking paraphernalia, and ink wells, she is best known for her large selection of meticulously crafted antique engagement rings.

Van Rijk Jewellers
Van Rijk Jewellers has been a known buyer, seller, and trader of high quality estate jewelry for over 25 years. Their showroom is located at Yonge and Eglinton, and displays their full collection of vintage pieces, containing elegant diamond rings of the Georgian era and Victorian pocket watches among many others.

Unlike other vintage clothing boutiques in the same 'hood, Magwood on Dundas West carries a copious amount of both fine and costume jewelry, all of which is handpicked by owner Sarah Magwood. Not one for dainty or simple jewelry, every piece in her selection - including triple-strand necklaces, drop earrings and enormous cocktail rings - is loud and eye catching.

Courage My Love
Courage My Love is one of those stores in Kensington Market with a dark atmosphere that's much less Hollister and much more bohemian. Consequently, the jewelry found amidst their collection of vintage clothing includes all things Navajo and enough semi-precious stone rings to decorate every one of your fingers.

Located in Leslieville, Gadabout is an attic-like space, famous for having so many doodads to spend hours looking at. Each garment, accessory or odd little novelty is handpicked and attractively displayed. The jewelry in particular can only be described as unusual... in a good way. And there's lots of it.

I Miss You/Emporium by I Miss
Primarily a vintage boutique that specializes in designer clothing, I Miss You's jewelry collection is often overlooked when trying to compete with the plethora of Chanel dresses stealing the spotlight. The glass case, doubling as the cashier area, is filled with costume jewelry and an impressive assortment of fine jewelry, including detailed jade bracelets to die for.

The Cat's Meow
The Cat's Meow is probably the most upscale vintage boutique on this list. Every clothing article and bag displayed is exquisite, in perfect condition, and obviously at a much higher price point. The jewelry is no exception. Visit if you've got money to blow, and otherwise beware of the temptation I promise you'll feel to blow money you don't have.

Green's Antiques
Green's Antiques is a hidden gem in Cabbagetown, and has been there for decades. I admit that it's a little run down and all over the place (being a shop that sells everything from furniture and home décor to costume jewelry for any and all budgets) but it's worth taking a gander because the jewelry is always intriguing and oftentimes really affordable.



Marina / March 31, 2012 at 03:10 pm
Good and useful article to read before arriving at Toronto.
mulliganl / March 31, 2012 at 06:28 pm
My fiancee and I picked out her engagement ring at Cynthia Findlay's. Can't say enough good things about the service. So helpful and patient as ring-after-ring was tried on and then discarded only to be tried on again 10 minutes later!
Pete / March 31, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Hey, guys!

Welcome to Canada. It's jewellery, not jewelry, here.
Sarah / March 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm
In which store was that photo taken?
abe replying to a comment from Pete / April 1, 2012 at 01:17 pm
Pete, I sincerely hope you don't come on BlogTO for their attention to detail when it comes to proper grammar.
Adam replying to a comment from Pete / April 1, 2012 at 07:02 pm
Yes, THANK you for mentioning that, Pete.

BlogTO's incompetence with grammar and spelling is getting so distracting that it's keeping me away from the site.

Tim replying to a comment from Sarah / April 1, 2012 at 07:31 pm
The photo was taken in Emporium by I Miss You
Karyn / April 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm
If you like quality Vintage and Antique jewellery. I would like to take this opportunity to invite you our store Reflections Vintage & Antiques.

We have a large selection of Vintage, Antique and New costume jewellery, Sterling Silver jewellery and Estate gold and diamond jewellery.

We are located at 676 Yonge Street, South of Bloor at Isabella Street on the west side of the Street. 416-944-0333.

We are on Facebook, please search Reflections Vintage.

Thanks for your time
Ylkus Orenus / April 25, 2012 at 12:56 am
Article is the bestest I ever saw on my life, ebonics.

best in toronto is Kastor & Pollux anyway. *snap*snap
Cynthia Findlay / April 26, 2012 at 02:19 pm
Thank you for the wonderful write-up. Vintage jewellery is our passion; helping people find their perfect engagement ring brings us happiness. We appreciate your business.
Kim P / June 8, 2012 at 04:11 pm
The other great store in Cabbagetown is Eclectisaurus on Gerrard - 1 street west of Parliament.

They have lots of really lovely vintage jewellery, etc.
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Ashley / July 31, 2013 at 11:25 pm
Awesome Article!!

More vintage here.
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Hey, I'll take EVERYTHING in that main photo! I'm not in Toronto, but I am in Canada. Add my online shop to that list-LOL :)
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Cyndy Calder / January 21, 2014 at 07:11 pm
I was doing some research on Jewellery buyers and came across your blog.I own a vintage jewellery store called The Bead Goes On .....and have been in business for 30 yrs you should check it out.

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Peter Coleman / July 10, 2014 at 12:17 pm
I have an Antique Wedgewood chain and necklace I am thinking of selling. It is fine gold chain and enclosure. I know it has been handed down through 3 or 4 generations in my family' The white cameo setting is on rectangular green jade. Though I have researched and found many pieces of Wedgewood I have not been able to reference this particular piece leading me to think it is quite rare.

If I can be supplied a link, I could send pictures and possibly get a quote or estimate.
Sharee / August 6, 2014 at 07:40 pm
Thanks for the awesome list of shops! We will be in Canada later this year so now know where I can get some new Vintage pieces...Cheers! Sharee :)
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They offer affordable diamond quality pricing for rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants.

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