What we offer
Since 1978, Canadian Gem has supplied retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers with the most complete selection of loose cultured pearls and pearl jewelry. We specialize in developing pearl jewelry programs for large retail chains mostly across North America. Our large and constantly growing database of designs and inventory, our worldwide contacts, offices, partnerships as well as our unsurpassed expertise allow us to custom design programs unique to each client.
History & Milestones
1973 – Humble Beginings
A small family retail business is born in the form of a jewelry and accessories store near downtown Montreal.
The company expands and forms a manufacturing and wholesale division with an office downtown focusing on high end pearl jewelry.
Imports of pearls grow and represent a third of all pearl imports into Canada. This is fueled by the demand for more of our in house designed and manufactured product.
1990’s Big Leagues
Canadian Gem moves to the Scotia tower downtown Montreal and is an early adopter in computers, management software and B2B communication platforms like EDI.
With solid footing and a stable business model, expansion starts in the form of buying offices in Asia and selling/service offices in the USA and overseas.
With the 2008 US Recession hitting the jewelry segment hard, expansion is slowed and replaced by a focus on core competencies which leads to the re-launch of the Nishi Pearls brand in North America.
Pearls are one of nature’s most intriguing and captivating gems. Their composition as well as the process by which they come to exist are unique. Understanding how to grade and value pearls based on their type, shape, color, luster and surface quality takes years of learning and practice.
The CPAA (Cultured Pearl Association of America) has put together a very comprehensive and interesting pearl grading online course. It is geared towards people that are mostly new to pearls and wish to gain a deeper understanding but at the same time the course can teach a thing or two to the most experiences pearl specialists. Canadian Gem has partnered with the CPAA to offer this course that is normally 599 USD free of charge until December 2017! Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you are interested.