Who We Are
Artina’s Jewellery – The World’s Largest Selection of Hand Crafted Canadian Jewellery. Our galleries showcase over 100 of Canada’s most talented artists including aboriginal West Coast carvers and contemporary jewelers who work with gold, silver, titanium, and other materials. Proudly family-owned since 1989, our establishments are located in the historic merchant areas of Victoria and Vancouver and are prime destinations for visitors and locals alike. Our highly service-oriented staff have built personal relationships with Canada’s leading artists bringing unique hand crafted “wearable art” directly to our customers.
The current owner of Artina’s is local resident Lera Zakreski. Lera moved from her country of origin, Ukraine, in 2010. She lived in Calgary initially and moved to Victoria in 2017. She had heard that Vancouver Island was full of artisans but was surprised and excited about the amount and the quality of the jewellery available.
Indigenous artist’s works were a whole new adventure, learning about the techniques and legends passed on through many generations. Fashion is a passion of Lera’s, so the vast quantity of contemporary jewellery that Artina’s has to offer makes her eyes light up.
When Lera heard that Artina’s was for sale, she jumped at the chance to continue the tradition of sharing the best of Canadian jewellery with the world.
She believes that every woman who wears a piece from Artina’s gives it life.
Our family owned and operated business remains successful today due to an amazing team of hard working and exceptional staff, our talented Canadian artists and our loyal local and visiting customers who have supported our concept for over 30 years.
We appreciate your support and we look forward to providing quality hand crafted Canadian jewellery for many years to come.
Artina’s Jewellery has been a fixture in the downtown Government Street Victoria location since it was opened in 1989 by John and Susan Black. It was their beautiful shop and unique all Canadian concept which attracted many local customers and visiting tourists. When the Blacks decided to retire they sold the business to one of those loyal local customers, Lori DeVuyst and her family, in 1999.
Lori took pride in continuing with the store’s original concept as they worked to grow and develop the business. As part of that growth we opened a second location in Gastown, Vancouver in August of 2009.
The Artina’s Name
Artina was the middle name of original owner, Susan Artina Black. Prior to her birth her uncle Art had promised to give the new baby five hundred dollars, which was a lot of money in those days, if Susan’s Mom named the child after Art. When Susan was born a girl her mother decided to give her the middle name of Artina so that they could cash in on Uncle Art’s promise.
When Susan and John Black decided to move their original business of Victoria Charm and Jewel to the 1002 Government Street location in 1989, they felt the new location warranted a new name. Knowing that they couldn’t just call it ‘Black’s, Susan offered up her unique middle name of Artina. John loved the new name and felt it encompassed their growing business. “Art” for the hand crafted wearable art they were selling and ‘Tina” meaning ‘little one’ in latin which stood for beautiful tiny things, the jewellery.