Local jeweler gets attention in new book

Brittany W.
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Publishing company Lark is coming out with a new book featuring 500 necklaces, and local jeweler Andrew Danylewich’s necklace is one of them.

Lark is well known for its 500 series where it highlights custom made beads, necklaces, rings, and other jewelry and artwork.

Andrew says he one of nearly 5000 applicants who applied to get in the new book.  494 jewelers were accepted.

“I feel lucky that I’m one out of 494 to be included in the book.  It’s a feather in my hat,” says Andrew.

He created the necklace for the purpose of applying for inclusion in the book.  The necklace is made of sterling silver and has a green tourmaline as its focus.

“I just sort of built it around the stone.  I made the piece for the stone,” says Andrew.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.



Andrew and Julie Danylewich opened ADJA Studio and Gallery opened on Main Street in 2000. 

Julie is from Queens County and Andrew is from the Ottawa area.  Both studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD).

Andrew took sculpture and jewelry during his time at NSCAD and he specializes in Mokume Gane. 

Mokume Gane is the Japanese art of fusing different coloured metals together using heat and pressure and then filing them to make a wood-like grain.  The technique was originally used for Japanese sword fittings.  Andrew uses the technique to mostly make rings.  His wedding rings are a popular item among locals.

Julie focused on photography, painting and jewelry during her time at NSCAD.  She specializes in using enamel, powdered, coloured glass which you can paint on metal. 

Some of Julie’s items are more literal such as her butterfly jewelry but some is more representational and meant to remind of you of a subject such as sea life.  Julie takes inspiration from things such as jellyfish and flowers. 

Although Julie and Andrew have their studio, they also sell a fair bit of their work online and internationally.  Two of their more notable customers include former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson and Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon.

Julie and Andrew also recently worked with The Picture House to create a “Why Here?” video.  The videos have featured a few Queens County businesses recently including Kevin and Debbie Page of Financial Pages and Tanya Long of Veinot’s Print.

For more information check out ADJA online via Facebook or through their website or Etsy page:




Organizations: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, The Picture House, Financial Pages

Geographic location: Queens, Ottawa, Canada Basildon

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