Struck Silver

You know that piece of jewelry your best friend, or your mom, or even that girl on TV has that just makes your jaw drop and your stomach flip flop a bit? And then you go home and look at your own collection and lament – why don’t *I* have something that striking / eye-catching / awe-inspiring? That’s sort of how I feel about the pieces from New York jewelry designer Alex Story. They’re such a stunning mix of tough motifs and delicate cutwork it’s hard not to covet just about everything she creates – and I just had to bring light to her great stuff to all of you kids.

On the ‘tough’ side of things, a lot of her pieces incorporate elements of protection – like the tough-as-nails brass knuckles necklace ($350) pictured above. If your most favourite lady loves a little bite with her beauty, consider picking up something like the sharp-looking claw ring ($150) or the Far East-inspired throwing stars necklace ($350).

That’s not to say there’s not a softer side to Alex’s creations. Consider the fine details of these stunning pieces, to name a few, and you’ll quickly catch on to what I mean. Made from pure sterling silver there is a certain timelessness and elegance to the jewelery that makes it easy to envision being a part of just about any woman’s wardrobe – for her and many years to come. And really, the prices are completely reasonable for solid investment pieces that will stand the test of time AND stand out in a crowd. After all, you can’t buy Alex’s jewelry at any store in Canada (although she does ship to plenty of fashion-minded Canadians through her website).

Also, and this should come as news to approximately no one, I’ve got a sincere appreciation for the independent designers out there that really pour their heart and soul into their work, particularly if they’re bringing back a lost art or crafting things in a new or different way. And indeed, Miss Alex makes all of her pieces in wax first, then uses the ancient practice of lost wax – or mould-casting – to create each item. And hey, if you’re digging the vibe of your work but you want a piece all your own, she even does custom orders. Get your girlfriend a special ring to commemorate your anniversary, or congratulate a loved one for graduating or overcoming an illness with a memorable piece.

Now, when I approached Alex Story about her lovely gems, she graciously offered to share the wealth with one lucky reader. Here’s what. She gave *me* the choice of the Accordian Ring (left) and the Archer Ring (right) – both of which are valued at $150. I had a very real girl moment where I went, upon seeing the first ring, “OMG THAT ONE!” and then five seconds later upon seeing the second one, “OMG THAT ONE!” In other words? I couldn’t choose for you. So whoever wins this contest will get their choice between the two rings above. To Enter:

1) Visit Alex Story Jewelry and leave a comment below on which shiny bit of silver you’d most like to own, until midnight on March 16th, 2012.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around March 17th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry Time: Easy peasy. Every time you leave a comment on a non-contest post over the contest period, and tag it with #cgg, you’ll earn a bonus entry into this draw. You already know I read every comment so rest assured, your entries will be counted – just remember you’ll earn one entry per post you comment on that’s published after today.

Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.

114 Responses to “Struck Silver”
  1. Tammy says:

    I love the Archer Ring, Its beautiful !

    dalleykt at live dot ca

  2. Huguette E. says:

    I also like the Spaced Out ring.

  3. effie says:

    squares ring – simple & modern

  4. beatrice lawson says:

    Oh I love the anchor necklace (but the throwing stars is pretty sweet too!)

  5. Janice Cournoyer says:

    I love the Archer ring. I really like alot of thier jewlery. Great site, thanks.

  6. Jessica Lord says:

    I love the Archer ring.

  7. Holly says:

    Love the Claw ring!

  8. debra says:

    the square ring

  9. Louise says:

    I like the Ladder Bracelet

  10. Nathalie says:

    I love the square ring !!!

  11. Shawna says:

    All of the pieces are stunning but I would most like to own a bracelette!



  12. Rlorway says:

    I like the Archer ring – it is big enough to get noticed, yet smooth and femine!

  13. Kelsey Collett says:

    I love the Heart Neckalce

  14. vivian mok says:

    i would like to enter the contest tks

  15. Barb Edwards says:

    I truly like all the pieces especially the Archer ring.

  16. audrey says:

    I like the square ring

  17. Patricia says:

    I would love to have the ladder bracelet

  18. Kyle says:

    I like the archer ring

  19. I like the Anchor Pendant.

  20. Donna L. says:

    I love the Heart Pendant

  21. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I LOVE the archer ring – OMG
    brendawitherspoon at hotmail dot com

  22. nicole says:

    Love the archer ring!

  23. Dreena says:

    The Crown Necklace is cool. I like it!

  24. nicole lacroix says:

    beautiful style

  25. linda chaput says:

    I love the Ladder bracelet.

  26. Susan says:

    I really like the Ladder bracelet! #CGG

  27. Andrew Dowker says:

    easy…the brass knuckle necklace is seriously awesome.
    Cheers and thanks for the opportunity!

  28. Burcu says:

    Archer Ring looks great

  29. arash naghdi says:

    Spaced Out ring.

  30. Debbie F says:

    I like the Spaced out ring.

  31. Tierra says:

    I absolutely love the throwing star necklace.

    ps. In point #1 it is stated that entries are accepted until March 16th but in point #2 it is stated that the draw will take place on March 1st.

  32. Sophia says:

    I love the Square ring.

  33. Minnie says:

    i like the claw ring

  34. Lillea says:

    Ladder Bracelet is my favourite!

  35. valentina wynnchuk says:

    the ‘Archer Ring’ is the one that I would love to own

  36. wally wynnchuk says:

    The ‘Archer Ring’ would be the perfect thing to give my wife for her birthday!

  37. Vesper says:

    I like the Throwing Stars Necklace

  38. I liked the Superstar Ring.

  39. janice ward says:

    I love the ARCHER ring. My girlrend’s maiden name is Archer, so I would like to give it to her.

  40. Anne Taylor says:

    Love the Throwing Stars Necklace!

  41. Kim Gilbert says:

    I love the claw ring. It is adjustable, will be able to wear it for many decades, even when the dreaded arthritis sets it!!!!

  42. Brenda says:

    Love the Archer Ring!

  43. Kiki says:

    Those two rings you were given to pick from are pretty cool, but I really like the “Twigs” ring from the website!

  44. Marlene V. says:

    I really like the heart pendent. Thanks for the chance to win.

  45. lloyd says:

    I would like the knuckle duster one lol

  46. wastow says:

    “Throwing Stars” inspired by MidEast is just gorgeous. You could wear it with just about anything!

  47. corey says:

    The Heart Pendant Necklace would be nice for my wife.

  48. Kim Piccioni says:

    Heart Pendant 18 inch necklace

  49. Leah Jones says:

    LOVE the Deco Ring… there’s something about Art Deco thats classic and modern at the same time

  50. gibberish says:

    I like the Alex Square Ring. Very unique!

  51. MANUEL VIZCAYA says:

    heart pendant

  52. Kathy Johnson says:

    I love the archer ring.

  53. Maurey says:

    I really like the square ring, the archer ring is a close second.

  54. madison bingley says:

    oh man, im kind of in love with all of them…but i think my favourite is the brass knuckles pendant!!

  55. The archer ring is by far the best.

  56. Ashley S says:

    I really like the Ladder Bracelet!

  57. RedPanda7 says:

    Loves Archer Ring! Great art.

  58. Agathe says:

    Wow what special looking jewelry!! Love the Ladder Bracelet and the archer ring. I have a lot of nice jewelry but nothing that is this distinctive.

  59. Janice says:

    I really like the Archer ring.
    Why…because it would suit my hand and that is my Dads middle name. 🙂

  60. mousecat says:

    The Citadel ring is really, really nice!

  61. Nick Tefoglou says:

    I like the heart necklace, a perfect gift for someone special. .

  62. Marc-Andre Taillefer says:

    I love the Archer Ring, Its beautiful !

  63. Shelley says:

    I absolutely love the accordian ring. Wow, it’s so unique, I would love to win this one!

  64. Shonalie says:

    Stunning Jewlery – hard to pick which is is the most beautiful. But being a ring girl I’d pick the Archer RIng, Thanks for the chance to win! Shonalie

  65. Peggy says:

    The archer ring is the one for me

  66. lisa bolduc says:

    i like the heart pendant!

  67. Renee Lacasse says:

    I like the cuff bracelet

  68. Valentine Osadec says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE the Suess Ring! Doctor Suess’ birthday is also my boyfriend’s birthday! HUGE Suess Fans!!!! That ring is toooo cool!

  69. Jennifer says:

    The Throwing Stars Necklace is absolutely gorgeous!

  70. Barry Taylor says:

    I Really love the knuckle necklace. A sign of strength with a silent outward expression. My sister deserves this. If I win I will give it to her for Easter. If you only knew the rest.

  71. Anna says:

    The archer ring is stunning and would be a true treasure to own!

  72. Linda DeMunck says:

    My favourite piece is the stunning archer ring, closely followed by the floating heart. Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win and own this beautiful jewellery.

  73. simplyrobby says:

    Because I love rings and because I’m an archer, I would love the Archer ring ;)!!

    – Robecca

  74. GAIL WHITWORTH says:


  75. CAROL ODDY says:

    Love the archer ring….would be great to win!!

  76. julie says:

    I love the archer ring and the ladder bracelet!

  77. Josie says:

    the throwing star necklace is gorgeous

  78. Brandie D says:

    I love all the rings – but for my fav it would be the Squares Ring

  79. Fatima says:


  80. erica says:

    I’ve been wanting something similar like the Heart Pendant! Gorgeous.

  81. Lisa B says:

    I love the Heart Pendant necklace

  82. maria says:

    I would love to win the heart necklace

  83. AMY FUNG says:

    Love the square ones ring. ‘Unique and Glamourous”

  84. shallwemosh says:

    I love the Anchor Necklace!

  85. Kristin says:

    I’d love to own the Archer Ring; it’s stylish, sophisticated and absolutely gorgeous!

  86. leah says:

    Love the ladder bracelet.

  87. sean pynaert says:

    heart necklace would be perfect for my wife

  88. michelle says:

    I like the archer ring 🙂

  89. sandra murray says:

    The archer ring looks like a awesome desgn also the heart shaped necklace

  90. Suzanne Hunter says:

    I LOVE the Archer Ring!!

  91. Sabrina Carter says:

    Definitely love the Archer ring on the right the most! Yes….very pretty!

  92. Tracey says:

    I think the ‘squares ring’ is HOT!~! I would wear lt with Love!~!

  93. Theresa Kuzina says:

    I love the Archer ring, it’s so me! Also love the square ring right above it. Thanks for sharing!

  94. Ann Birdgenaw says:

    I would love to win a piece of Alex’s jewelery for my daughter’s 18th birthday which is coming up on Apr 17th. My daughter is unique and beautiful just like Alex’s stunning creations! I think I would choose the Archer’s ring for the special occasion. She’d love it! #cgg

  95. Kelly P says:

    The brass knuckles are wicked!!

  96. Brooky says:

    Halbert, Arrowhead, Anchor…I love them all…and I would be shopping for my husband! These styles are truly unique and my hubby would love these. May be after for me……

  97. Janet says:

    Star necklace is beautiful!!!!!

  98. The Archer ring is super cute.

  99. Solve Nichole says:

    i love the claw ring, its so beautiful!!!

  100. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d take any of the sliver rings

  101. Eleanor Q says:

    I like the heart pendant. So sweet and edgy!

  102. Ali says:

    The Seuss ring!

  103. Fran S says:

    I adore the Throwing Stars Necklace!

  104. Kaitlin says:

    The arrow head necklace is love!

  105. rachael vivian says:

    I love the archer ring – all the pieces are beautiful.

  106. shannon andrukow says:

    i LOVE alex’s stuff. i am a huge fan! i would love to win the ladder bracelet!!

  107. Angela M says:

    I really like the Superstar Ring.

  108. Heart Pendant is the piece I would LOVE to own!

  109. Daisy Dixon says:

    I love all of her work but the castle ring really made my jaw drop.

  110. Samantha says:

    Love the archer ring. The ladder bracelet is going on my wish list!
    That promise ring will end up on my birthday list

  111. Jennifer Lewis says:

    I love the Claw Ring – these are so amazing!

  112. Maegan Morin says:

    I LOVE the Superstar Ring!!

    megnate at telus dot net

  113. stacey h says:

    love the square ring

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