Who is Le Dragon Argenté, and what's with that sword?

Who am I?

Buster swordI'm Stephenie, the owner, maker, designer, & slave to my own passion. I'm an artisan jeweller who is a gamer, into anime, si-fi/fantasy and general all around geek who loved going to conventions way before selling at them!

 I create handmade precious metal jewellery in styles from geeky, fantasy, Celtic, and everything in between. So come and get to know me!

 

 

 

How I got started

Dragon Cooper on display

Allow me to give a short and bizarre story about my start into my jewellery career.

I started out in fine arts, but found out about a DEP program in jewellery-making from a roommate who was in the program. I looked at his projects and said to myself "Hey! I can do that!" 2 years later in 1998 I finished my classes and started working for a wholesale production shop for 2 years, then a variety of jewellery repair shops, apprenticed as a wax modelest, then 6 years as the technician and assistant manager of a jewellery store. All the while I was building up my workshop and inventory with a variety of my creations as well as some vintage 1940's master designs from a jewellery workshop who closed in 1998.

In 2009 I got fed up of being paid 11$/hour as a trades persons and decided to open shop for myself. Lucky for me I had 12 years to build up my workshop & inventory enough that I could do everything but the casting from my workshop! With the help of my partner Steven, I started to sell at more shows, and even opened my Etsy shop!

My passion for creating jewellery, along with having worked 6 days a week in a jewellery store for 6 years, gave me the drive and the energy to do this full time. I just love it! I am also a member of the Montreal Gem & Mineral club where I offer my time to help others to learn how to create their own pretties with their own stones.

 

 

My drive & inspiration in what I make

Always wanted something fun & geeky to wear but don't like the quality you find, or just plain allergic to the cheap metal used in commercial merch found at conventions? You're not alone! Especially Final Fantasy jewellery! One huge issue I have is I can't wear anything cool I find there because of my allergies to nickle, zinc, and cadmium. Plus I really hate shoddy craftsmanship!

As a fellow gamer & all around geek, I get the passion and love of the fandoms. When I'm out at cons, I get inspired by all the amazing cosplayers and fellow fans who just want to share their love of their fandom. And what I want is to offer precious metal jewellery that is high quality and durable so we can continue sharing our love of all things geeky! So if you are like me and are looking for high quality geek jewellery that speaks your language, you've come to the right place!

Ok, so what's with the sword?

LOL I collect many things, and one of those is Final Fantasy blades, my favorite game series ever. The Buster sword was my first one. Very appropriate as it's also the same sword design I wear every day around my neck! Yeah, I'm a Final Fantasy fan, especially FF7! And as many Final Fantasy fans, I love to show my fandom! So I wear a buster sword pendant on my neck, and Cloud Strife's Fenrir studs on my ears!

So now you know more about me, come in and get to know my creations!

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