We are Premier Gems, a custom jewellery & appraisal studio that opened in Calgary in 2005. It is the realization of owner Jeff Nechka’s passionate worldwide pursuit of gemology and design. Jeff’s mastery of the art of gem and diamond cutting and established international connections in the best markets allow him to not only meet but exceed client expectations. Jeff is also among a small number of Canadian members belonging to the American Gem Trade Association and the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association. These organizations are the governing bodies for the industry laying out the best practice principles, ethical standards, and making each member accountable to their strict guidelines. Membership with these associations ensures consumer confidence.
We are a unique jewellery design studio and retail business. In 2014 we relocated to the thriving arts and entertainment district of 17th Avenue (Lower Mount Royal) in Calgary. Our team of three exceptional designers draw inspiration from the view of the city and the avenue below while working with clients to create their own unique piece of custom jewellery. Our combined experiences and portfolios speak for themselves and we are constantly striving to exercise our design skills in new and challenging ways.
Credentials & Background:
- Graduate Diamonds (G.I.A.) Carlsbad, USA
- Graduate Gemologist (G.I.A.) Bangkok, Thailand
- 14+ years working in Mokume Gane
- 20 years experienced in gemstone & diamond polishing
My passion for this field started from a lifelong fascination with rocks, minerals, and fine art. My expertise then evolved to coloured gems as I began using my design talents to create custom jewellery.
At the age of seventeen I was apprenticing to learn to facet coloured gemstones and by age twenty-four I was polishing diamonds. I completed my gemology studies at twenty and I have had the opportunity to travel the globe and work internationally to source gemstone and design jewellery.
My jewellery designs focus on the central gem and diamond. The setting should be cohesive and not deter or distract from the gem or diamonds beauty.
I invite you to meet with myself or one of my other designers to see what we can create for you.
Liz Kranyak, Designer
Credentials & Background:
- Art Fundamentals (Certificate, Haliburton School of Art)
- Graduate Diamonds (G.I.A.) New York, USA
- Jewellery Arts (Certificate Haliburton School of Art)
- Jewellery and Metals (Certificate, Georgian College)
- Goldsmithing and Silversmithing (Certificate, Georgian College)
Growing up in the Niagara Region of Ontario, I have found plenty of inspiration with its rich history and deep connection to nature. I have been drawing since I was able to hold a pencil, and my household has always been in a mechanical background. I found jewellery to be the perfect marriage of the technical and the creative. I discovered jewellery creation in art school, fell in love with it, and never looked back.
Credentials & Background:
- Education: BFA Jewelry and Metals 2008 ACAD
- 10+ years of experience in the jewellery industry.
I am a native Calgarian known for my wild imagination and creative spirit. Artistically inclined since a young age, always drawing, sketching and finally after being introduced into the world of jewellery and metalsmithing, forging my way through life. I am in a constant pursuit of perfection in my craft. I attended Lord Beaverbrook High School where I excelled in the Advanced Placement Arts Program. Continuing my professional development, I went on to attend the Alberta College of Art and Design (now known as The Alberta University of the Arts) where I graduated with a BFA in 2008 from the Jewelry & Metals Program. After graduation, I accepted a position at Mason Birks in the service and repairs department, eventually heading the department in the later portion of my stay with the company. Joining the Premier Gems team was the best next step for me to further pursue and expand my design skillset. I am very excited to be a part of the incredible team here at Premier Gems and I look forward to meeting you and designing something uniquely you.
David was looking for a custom engagement ring featuring an emerald cut diamond. David was referred to us by a current client and contacted us to set up a consultation. “You seemed really genuine and really cared about designing and making the perfect piece. I love the diamond, and you were not pushy. The experience was great and I would highly recommend you”
Steve was looking for a custom engagement ring featuring a Montana Sapphire and in a vintage style ring in rose gold. “My Fiancé really likes Montana Sapphires and I was having a hard time finding one until I found you online. I’m happy that Jeff had some rough Montana Sapphires on hand and that I could chose the perfect one, decide on the shape, and have Jeff expertly cut it. The ring is perfect! The whole process was great. Anyone considering Premier Gems should just do it”.
Trent was in the market for a custom engagement ring, but didn’t want to go with the traditional diamond. He was seeking a cushion shaped Morganite accented with small diamonds and set into rosegold to accent the peachy hue of the gem. After reading online reviews, Trent knew Premier Gems was the right choice. “Premier Gems should be your number one choice when it comes to anything jewellery. I got everything I wanted in the ring and the whole experience was excellent”
April was looking to create a fun, funky statement ring using an inherited large Blue Zircon and some diamonds from old jewellery. “I found out about you guys from a mutual client. Once we met I liked your ideas. You offer great service! I’m totally amazed by my new piece! I couldn’t be happier”.
Great customer service – specializing in unique engagement rings. Their superb knowledge of gems and the ability to personally customize my ring and design was most valuable. They worked with me throughout the entire process until it was exactly what I wanted. An engagement ring that is unique and reflects exactly what I envisioned I wanted my engagement ring to look like. You should definitely check them out!
Robert was referred by a current client, who raved about their experience with Premier Gems, and had complete confidence that Premier Gems could exceed his request. Robert was looking for something spectacular, one-of-a-kind, and special to commemorate a 25th Wedding Anniversary. Robert had a vague idea of what he wanted to present. A large diamond in a modern design that would really showcase the diamond and communicate his love of his wife. We introduced Robert to the world of natural fancy coloured diamonds, something rarer and sought after than going the traditional colourless route. The result :a 2.25ct Fancy Intense Yellow Cushion Cut Diamond of very high clarity set into a custom made 19Kwhite gold ring with 18K yellow gold setting to showcase the brilliant hue of the diamond. “It’s beautiful, exactly what I had in mind, and it will bring her to tears”. What Robert would tell others: If you’re tired of the big box stores with pushy sales staff, go to Premier Gems where you will get unbelievable service, knowledge, and value and get exactly what you want.
Tom was looking to recreate a spiral ring in 18K yellow gold with diamond accents, that was lost several years ago, for a 25th Wedding Anniversary.
“I did a Google search for Jewellery Makers and you popped up, I like that you responded quickly and with the right information to my queries and you made the whole communication process, through email, very easy. The anniversary ring is fabulous! Exactly as I imagined. You did a fine job and the whole process was very easy”
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