About Us

Unique, Hand-Crafted, and Truly Local

Many of our pieces at Artina’s Jewellery are either limited edition or one-of-a-kind. We have the largest selection of truly unique, ethical, locally-made jewellery. Most of our handcrafted jewellery is signed and stamped by the artist, themselves. Nothing in our collection is mass-produced; everything here is handmade by artists residing in Canada.

We carry jewellery for any style, taste, and budget. Our selection isn’t limited by gender or age, making it easy to find pieces for yourself, a loved one, family member, colleague, or a friend! Find extraordinary jewellery for any day-to-day outfit or special event. Anyone can find jewellery that will bring elegance to any look and a smile to your face. 

Present Day

Artinas Jewellery Vancouver

Business owner Lera Zekreski with previous owners Susan and Lori.

Artina’s Jewellery is a family-owned business with two storefronts in Victoria (Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ) and Vancouver (Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh.) We also have an online store that ships worldwide. Artina’s promises to deliver quality, handmade jewellery and superior customer service with every purchase.  

Since 1989, Artina’s Jewellery has shown support exclusively for Canadian artists. Over the last 30 years of working and connecting with local Indigenous and contemporary artists, we’ve gained the trust of customers and jewellers alike. We promise to always deliver the highest-quality jewellery and superior customer service even long after you’ve purchased something. All our jewellery is unique, showcasing the passion and talent that each artist puts their whole heart into.  

Our family owned and operated business wouldn't be successful with out our exceptional staff, talented Canadian artists, and customers who have supported our concept for over 30 years.

We appreciate your support and look forward to providing quality hand-crafted Canadian jewellery for years to come.

Acknowledgements

You can find our stores on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt, W̱SÁNEĆ, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Artina’s Jewellery recognizes that colonization, policies, and institutions have significantly changed Indigenous Peoples’ relationships with galleries. For many years, colonial ideologies upheld by museums were used to exclude Indigenous artists, their work, and their voices.

Today we acknowledge that in order to break the colonial lens that’s restricted Indigenous artists throughout history, we must represent Indigenous art mindfully. Artina’s wishes to act as a gallery featuring various artists from all across Canada. Our mission is to share, respect, and better appreciate Indigenous art.  

We promise to respect and uphold our relationship with Indigenous artists by continually supporting their art and challenging colonial biases.

Our Store's History

Artina's Jewellery Victoria

Artina is the middle name of original owner, Susan Artina Black. Susan's uncle Art had promised to give his new baby niece five hundred dollars if Susan’s Mom named her child after Art. When Susan was born a girl her mother decided to give her the middle name Artina to cash in on Uncle Art’s promise.

Susan offered to use her unique middle name of for her and her husband's store. Husband John loved the new name and felt it encompassed their vision for the business. “Art” for the hand-crafted wearable art they were selling and "Tina” meaning ‘little one’ in latin which stood for beautiful tiny things like jewellery.

When the Blacks decided to retire in 1999, they sold the business to one of their loyal customers, Lori DeVuyst. Lori took pride in continuing the store’s original concept and legacy while still growing the business with her family. Part of that growth was opening a second location Gastown, Vancouver in August of 2009.

The current owner of Artina’s is local resident Lera Zakreski. Lera moved from her country of origin, Ukraine, in 2010. She had heard that Vancouver Island was full of artisans but was surprised and excited of the possibilities at Artina's. Her contribution to growing the business was launching Artina's website and sharing our love of jewellery worldwide.