After a wildly successful popup in September of last year, Leah Alexandra Jewelry, home of the Spark Studio, has opened up a permanent shop in the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.
Leah Belford, the owner and face behind the ever-so-popular brand, began her journey in the world of jewelry design in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. Known for her layer-able and versatile pieces, Belford travels the globe to source genuine gemstones including diamond, emerald and sapphire—with each stone being carefully selected to ensure high-quality colour, cut and clarity.
Since growing her business, Belford has created the Spark Studio, where customers can choose from a selection of solid yellow gold, white gold and sterling-silver chains to have a bracelet custom-fit and permanently welded together on the wrist with a delicate flash of a micro laser. Talk about the ultimate friendship bracelet!
These custom pieces, however, aren’t exclusively limited to best friends, and are becoming increasingly popular amongst a variety of demographics. “We’ve started seeing more and more couples coming in together. I’ve never seen a man come in and resist it. I’ve even had three generations come in at a time,” says Bel-ford, who has sparked customers from the age of two years old all the way up to 100. These permanent bracelets have quickly become a fun and intimate bonding experience, bringing people together to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and more.
If permanence makes you hesitant about the Spark Studio experience, the bracelets can be made with a clasp for easy removal. If you do choose to go ahead and have the bracelet sparked on, but need it removed in the future (for an MRI for example), the chains can easily be clipped at the jump ring, and sparked back on free of charge! And for all you out there with the travel bug, worry not—the bracelets are perfectly fine going through airport security (the LAJ team has tried and tested it so you don’t have to)!
Finally, Belford’s new Toronto shop not only offers customers the de-signer’s signature welded bracelets, but also her full collection, with pieces available in gold vermeil, gold fill, solid gold and sterling silver, featuring an array of gemstones. Get your spark on! —Vita Daily
Leah Alexandra Jewelry Spark Studio, 188 University Ave. (inside the lobby of the Shangri-La Hotel), Toronto, Ontario, 647-995-5324, leahalexandra.com