Gabriela and Costin Lazar - As a team with a background in architecture and art, we took over SILVERBRIDGE in early February 1989, then immersed ourselves with gusto into the most exciting endeavour of designing, making and retailing a dream product: art jewellery. We have always relied on our desire and ability to offer our customers an exquisite collection of modern jewellery, pieces that would set us apart, all supported by a friendly and comprehensive customer service.
Costin, a sculptor and goldsmith, established himself as an independent designer in 1979, in Toronto. A few years later, Gabriela, who trained as an architect in Germany, became the face of Silverbridge - sales and marketing manager. The collaboration between the sculptor and the architect, leading to the sophisticated and innovative jewellery collection, has established SILVERBRIDGE as a destination for quality and style.
The collection consists of ready made pieces in sterling silver and eighteen karat gold, with the addition of precious gemstones and diamonds, along with custom designs and one-of-a-kind fine jewellery.
All pieces are hand made, with a substantial construction, exquisitely finished. The inspiration is nature itself, a recurring motif being the ever present search for the balance between contrasting elements, such as sharp lines in concert with full, sensual shapes. The result are original jewellery pieces, instantly recognizable, displaying a high degree of intuitive simplicity, integrating fluid lines with sculptural shapes. The quality of execution, as partner to the design and true to form and concept, generates a visual and tactile attraction.
As a vehicle of artistic expression jewellery thus becomes an object of desire, ripe and irresistible, not only for the senses but a cultural exhibit one treasures for its intrinsic value. The collection reflects our time and place, with a chance of converging into timelessness.
Our shop on Cumberland Street in Yorkville had a run of full twenty-five years of successful operation, followed by six more years working out of our home studio on Chicora Avenue. In 2020 we made the huge decision to relocate to Ottawa. So, here we are, in the beautiful Capital city, enjoying the proximity of family and smiling at the challenge any such move brings with it. Looking forward to seeing our customers from Toronto who will find the time and pleasure of a road trip to Ottawa, as well as our new local patrons.