History

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.

The Team

Jeff Nechka

Liz Kranyak

Erin Crossman

Jeff Nechka/Owner

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.

Erin Crossman/Designer

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.

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