Juvelisto is the Esperanto word for jeweller. Created to be a universal language, Esperanto was meant to foster understanding between all people, no matter what their origins. Sasha Shkolnik, owner and lead goldsmith at Juvelisto Design, has been known to say, “Jewellery speaks but one language, and that language is beauty”. Used across human cultures for thousands of years, jewellery is still one of the most universal forms of adornment and communication.
Juvelisto is the culmination of Sasha’s decades-long journey honing her skills and passion in jewellery creation and design. Her early training in various art forms while living in the Ukraine led her to pursue intensive jewellery studies here in Canada, after which she spent nearly twenty years working for some of the most renowned jewellers in Vancouver, B.C.
In 2008 Sasha began designing and creating custom pieces for private clients in her home-based studio in Richmond, B.C., while still working full-time for two other jewellery companies. After three years of serving a growing clientele, she knew it was time to venture out on her own and expand the business. One weekend, while out for a walk in Richmond’s historical Steveston Village, Sasha spotted a lovely storefront available for lease. With a flash of inspiration and clarity, she knew this was the site of her future jewellery business.
In March 2011 Juvelisto opened its doors to the public. A retail jewellery store and design studio offering unique custom jewellery made by Sasha, Juvelisto also features a curated selection of jewellery by Canadian and international artists. In addition, Juvelisto’s skilled goldsmiths perform a wide range of jewellery repairs, redesigns, and restorations.
From the beginning, Juvelisto has been known for its extraordinary level of craftsmanship and customer service. Since opening in 2011 we have been selected for a number of community business awards, including Best New Business in 2012, Best Jeweller for 10 consecutive years, and Best Customer Service for 5 consecutive years.
We have continued to grow and evolve over time; after 3 successful years of operating, we opened our jewellery school, Juvelisto School of Metal Arts, which offers a variety of classes in the fundamentals of jewellery making. Our team has grown to include experienced jewellers, stone setters, support staff, and instructors. Juvelisto has become a vibrant hub of jewellery appreciation, quality workmanship, and ongoing learning.
It has been a dynamic journey and Juvelisto is ever grateful to our enthusiastic community, long-standing clients, and first-time visitors. We invite you to drop by our welcoming studio to browse our unique jewellery collections, book a custom design consultation, bring your jewellery in for repair, or inquire about our jewellery school. We’d love to see you!