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Glisten With Ethical Gemstones (Win!)

August 31, 2021

Montreal-based MYEL is a special jewelry maker, with a wholehearted commitment to sustainability. The launch of its new Origines collection further drives this philosophy home, featuring ethical birthstones. We chatted with founder Myriam Élie to find out more. —Noa Nichol

Hi Myriam! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start!

Hi! I’m the designer and founder of MYEL, which is a fine-jewelry brand from Montréal. Everything is done here, from design concepts to final production. I studied business and arts in school and I always loved both—I had always dreamed of being a designer though I wasn’t sure how my path was going to turn out. During one of my travels to Europe, I had my jewelry stolen. From this experience, I wanted to recreate the pieces I lost and took an interest in jewelry making. I took an intensive jewelry-making course and I was hooked after I made my first ring. In this course, I learned about so many different techniques and I realized how difficult the craft was, so I made the decision to focus on designing pieces instead and finding people who were skilled at the trade. MYEL (pronounced like “miel,” which means honey in French) is a combination of my name (Myriam Elie). It’s feminine, and I really like the association and symbolism that a bee represents, such as being a hard worker and the importance of fine details (honeycombs). It’s a beautiful and strong symbol and was often used in ancient cultures. All of my collections are inspired by the diversity of people and countries, which I have visited or which I want to visit.

You’re getting set to launch your new Origines collection; what does the range include, and what’s the inspiration/meaning behind it?

The Origines collection is a small collection (earrings, pendant, bracelet and two rings) focusing on birthstones. MYEL jewelry has always been about pieces that are personal and that you keep for a lifetime. Being pregnant, I think I got inspired by the upcoming birth of my first child and wanted to create something simple with a meaning for the wearer.

What are ethical gemstones? How does working with them differ from other stones?

We only buy stones when we know where they come from and in what condition they are mined and cut. We are buying our birthstone for Origines from the supplier Columbia gemstones that is, like us, a member of the ethical metalsmith association and that created a Fairtrade protocol to measure the ethics of each stone.

What other commitments to sustainability does Myel make, and do these compromise (or enhance!) style/design at all?

We introduced last winter our first collection in certified Fairmined gold. It took us a few years to be able to purchase this gold and find a jeweler that wanted to be part of the team and help us with casting the gold. Since it’s a bit more expensive, we started with our collection of love rings (engagement and wedding) but customers can ask for any other design in Fairmined as well. I would say it doesn’t compromise the style or design unless some stones are not available in Fairtrade but we always find a beautiful alternative. Traceability is too important so for us it enhance the style!

What is your birthstone, and how will you be rocking it via the Origines collection?

My birthstone is the Ruby (July) that I love but I should give birth in the next two weeks so I think I will wait to see if my baby will be born in August or September and get the Origines studs or chain ring with her/his birthstone so I can give it to her/him when she’s/he’s older! (I still don’t know if its a boy or a girl.)

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Win! A $280 Pair of MYEL Geo 1 Earrings in 10K Gold!

Congrats Rafaelle L. of Montreal, QC, who will receive a $280 pair of MYEL Geo 1 Earrings in 10K Gold! Please note: if you are the winner, you will receive a DM (direct message) in Instagram directly from @vitadaily.ca. Please be wary of fake accounts, which often use similar handles with an extra or missing letter, number or symbol. We will never ask for a payment or for your credit card number, and we will never ask you to click through a link. If you are unsure whether you have been contacted, via Instagram, by us or a fake account, email us before responding.

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  1. pnina lutwak

    September 1st, 2021 at 9:57 am

    beautiful

    @pbrain4

  2. Amber olak

    September 1st, 2021 at 10:56 am

    My birthstone is sapphire.

    @amber_olak

  3. Janet M

    September 1st, 2021 at 11:06 am

    It is garnet @asherares

  4. Nick

    September 1st, 2021 at 11:50 am

    Amethyst
    @amira_and_amir

  5. Cheryl Germain

    September 1st, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    My birthstone is aquamarine. @cfgermain

  6. Kirsten Lyon

    September 1st, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Ruby! @lyonkirstennn

  7. Mélanie

    September 1st, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Emerald ❤

  8. Rachel C.

    September 1st, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Opal!

    @seafoodmwg on ig

  9. Carole D

    September 1st, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    My birthstone is aquamarine @alwayscraftingg

  10. Deim

    September 1st, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    My birthstone is Ruby ❤️

    @deiterdoo
    North vancouver

  11. Tabby72

    September 2nd, 2021 at 7:20 am

    Garnet! @tabby_1972

  12. le p

    September 2nd, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    opal. thanks
    @asdsafel

  13. Sandra Lebeau

    September 2nd, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    I’m Diamond

  14. klp

    September 2nd, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    It’s opal for October.
    @conkatp

  15. Alana LeSueur

    September 2nd, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    I am a June baby so my Birthstone is Pearl. BUT, I love diamonds and sapphires as well.

  16. Alana LeSueur

    September 2nd, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    I forgot to include @Diamondchick60. My birth month is June, so it is a pearl BUT, as I mentioned above, I really love diamonds and sapphires.

  17. Chantale

    September 2nd, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Ma pierre de naissance est le péridot

  18. Natalie B

    September 3rd, 2021 at 5:57 am

    Ruby! ❤️

    @furygrrl

  19. Aviva Tenenbaum

    September 3rd, 2021 at 6:26 am

    @aviva_tenenbaum
    Birthstone is sapphire.

  20. CL Chin

    September 3rd, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    amethyst
    @tdot.gal

  21. Florence Cochrane

    September 4th, 2021 at 6:45 am

    My birthstone is Diamond @ fossie55

  22. Jessie Dallaire

    September 4th, 2021 at 7:12 am

    My birthstone is amethyst 💕
    @sisie.24

  23. Kim

    September 4th, 2021 at 7:31 am

    Opal 💕

  24. Anthony Peterson

    September 4th, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Sapphire

  25. Elizabeth Peterson

    September 4th, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    Pink Diamond

  26. Linda Bragg

    September 5th, 2021 at 10:37 am

    My birthstone is Opal. @ldystetson101

  27. Kellie Walsh

    September 6th, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    My birthstone is diamond. Thanks for the chance! IG: kelliewalsh2019

  28. Tiesha Dorleans

    September 7th, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    sapphire @SweetTD93

  29. Louise Lormestoir

    September 7th, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    Ruby. @bella_loulou1

  30. Xu Liang Li

    September 7th, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Ruby! @liangliangcanada

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