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Hi,

I might be moving back to Montreal from Toronto soon and wanted to know if anyone has any insight into how the jewellery community works in Montreal. I started making jewellery after I moved to Toronto so I am unfamiliar with the suppliers available for things like casting, wax milling, stone sourcing, etc. Can any jewellers from the Montreal area help me with this?

Thanks,

Cassandra Bazos.
www.persephoniestudios.com

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Hi, Cassandra,
I used to be in Toronto for a few years and I'm actually on the Board of MAGC. I've been in Montreal just shy of a couple of years but there are some similar advantages as TO for supply. I use a casting house that has been pretty solid for me for about 12 years. They are consistent and high quality with a fast turn around most times. Usually good mold making skills too and more versatile than any I found in Toronto when I lived there. In fact, I used them even while running my own shop and working at Lacy and Co. They set the bar high and I didn't find anyone in TO really lived up.

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For gems, byrex has an office here, and there are many suppliers in the same building downtown... 620 Cathcart at McGill Metro. There will be a bunch of links created when they get processed for posting on the site here; I got a bunch of recommendations of good businesses from staff at the Ecole de Joallerie de Montreal. Speaking of which, they rent bench time and have great after hours classes, that I've yet to go to but I'm certainly interested. There are other great resource spaces too, I'm sure. I'm hoping to get a few folks together every so often and organize some Guild activity in Montreal. I am also thinking as a group there might be some advantage to sending orders to Gesswein and Imperial and making use of the Guild discount while saving on shipping. I've found that one disadvantage of Montreal is many businesses keep an 8-4:30 schedule and since I've a day job, I can rarely get there.

Anyway, more than you asked for but better too much than too little. If you move up this way, let me know...it would be good to have another Guild interested smith in town.

Cheers,
Dana

Hi Dana,

I have finally decided to transition my suppliers from Toronto to Montreal as business is picking up and it's too time consuming dealing with suppliers long distance.  I found a company called MD Casting.  Have you had any experience with them?  I am also looking for someone who does wax printing - I make a lot of my pieces using CAD software and I don't have printer of my own.

Cassandra

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