“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop,” Sarah Wan’s grandmother always said. And so The Devil’s Workshop was born. Opened six years ago at 890 Queen Street West, this unique boutique offers custom jewellery designs handcrafted by the talented experts themselves or by you. From funky and unique to romantic and elegant, you can choose whatever suits your taste of the moment. Making jewellery, according to Wan, is a therapeutic process. And as a mom to a young son herself, she knows how busy and stressful life can get. For anyone looking for a break from the madness, check out The Devil’s Workshop’s many classes.
Learn a New Craft
Evening classes run Monday to Friday for six sessions or the equivalent of 18 hours. Learn how to use brass, copper, silver, gold, platinum and even meteorites to make yourself or someone you love a gorgeous necklace, pair of earrings, a bracelet or ring. Create anything you’ve always wished you could make but didn’t know how. From silversmith classes at all different levels, metal printmaking to enamelling for beginners, the patient instructors will teach you step-by-step how to make an idea into a work of art.
It’s All About Love
If you’re in the market for that perfect engagement or wedding ring, The Devil’s Workshop runs Wedding Band workshops every Saturday for six hours. Just two couples take the class at the same time because of the delicate nature of the gold and platinum the bands are usually made from. If glittery jewels and sparkly gems light up your eyes, you can choose from pricey sapphires, diamonds and rubies to the more affordable amethyst.
Mothers and their partners are some of Wan’s best customers. Imagine wearing your child’s thumbprint on a necklace or a long chain at the end of which is a tiny bird’s nest with a golden egg added for each of your children. Sweet, sentimental and also beautiful, these clever ideas can be made with your own hand or by the experts who add loving detail to every single one of their creations. You don’t need to spend a ton of money for gorgeous jewellery. Cool bracelets and rings made from onyx, which most men will love, and even a pebble found on a beach can be made into something spectacular and uniquely yours.
The jewels are mostly sourced from the Jeweller’s Market and diamond dealers, and Sarah is always on the hunt for mire diamonds: rare and special. And that is exactly what you’ll find at The Devil’s Workshop. Rare, special and custom jewellery, handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.
Photo credits: feature photo and rings courtesy of The Devil’s Workshop
The Devil’s Workshop
890 Queen Street West, Toronto, 416-855-4321