Sparkle Baby: How Adi & Olive is Making a (Jewelry) Statement

Well, I’m totally playing favourites in my jewelry collection right now – and it’s all Adi & Olive‘s fault. This Calgary-based brand is the work of one Jessica Friesen, an extremely talented jewelry designer that’s been getting busy with beads since she was a tot, only to graduate to more sophisticated and challenging mediums over the years, including the art of metalsmithing.

The ‘favourites’ in question? These beautiful little opal studs that are perfect for every day wear thanks to their luminous rainbow gemstone that goes with literally everything. Enclosed in a handcrafted sterling silver case, these dazzling studs are so precisely made, they have absolutely no glue. Now that’s craftmanship.

Let’s talk a bit more about the brand, shall we? Adi & Olive actually has significant meaning to Jessica – as does every piece she creates. Adi means ‘jewel’ in Hebrew, while Olive is the name of Jessica’s glam Baba – owner of many a piece of stunning jewelry that first piqued her interest in the craft at a young age. Today, Jessica’s work is a mix of vintage glamour with rock and roll edge; every piece is meticulously handcrafted, often incorporating gemstones and artistic details that set the line apart – like the cool flourish detail on the opal ring in this stacker set ($200).

If you follow Adi & Olive on Instagram, you’ll get a sneak peek at all the gorgeous gems Jessica sources from around the world, and then check the works-in-progress she develops into stunning statement pieces, like this sparkly druzy cuff bracelet ($250). While she’s always got a line available in her Etsy shop of the latest pieces, you can also custom request work as well.

Spot a gem you love on Instagram, like these striking amethyst druzys? Give her a shout to talk about how you can refashion it into something amazing. Ditto goes for any sparkly bits you have on hand – maybe you love the stone in your grandmother’s brooch, but you know you’re never going to wear it as is. Adi & Olive can custom-fashion a metalsmithed setting for any gem, giving you a truly bespoke, one-of-a-kind piece that’ll be beloved by future generations.

What I’d really emphasize to people about Adi & Olive is the fact these pieces are so 100% unique and different – not just from one another, but from other jewelry makers out there. If you love raw stones and crystals married with custom metalsmithing work, then you’ll seriously fall hard for this line. You can nab the latest and greatest pieces from Adi & Olive via the brand’s online shop, or check it out in person – Jessica is regularly attending craft shows around the Calgary area and it’s the perfect opportunity to swoon in person.


Now – about those opal studs I mentioned at the top of the post. You’re still crushing on them right? When they’re available in Adi & Olive’s stock, they retail for $65 (totally reasonable for handmade gems my friends!) You can, of course, also custom request a pair of studs featuring your favourite stones…but in the meantime, I am thrilled to announce we’re giving away a pair of Adi & Olive handcrafted opal studs to one lucky winner! Want to win some dazzling ear candy? Here’s how to enter:

1) First off! You must be a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber to enter this giveaway. Just find the ‘Gift of Gab’ box on the righthand side of this page and either hit ‘Follow’ or enter your email address. Once you’ve done that, leave me a comment below with a link back to your favourite piece of jewelry in the Adi & Olive shop – and what you love about it! You’ve got till August 13 to submit your pick!

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 August 14, 2017 to select the winner(s), 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 for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Follow Adi & Olive on Instagram and get ready for sparkly jewelry ‘porn’ in your feed, seriously. Then, tag two friends in one of Adi & Olive’s posts of your favourite piece(s). Link back to the photo you’ve tagged people in with your username in a separate comment below. If you want to earn an EXTRA entry on top of that, share a photo from Adi & Olive on your own feed and tag ’em – then link back to that photo in yet another separate comment below. Poof, you’ve earned two extra entries into the draw! Go you.

96 Responses to “Sparkle Baby: How Adi & Olive is Making a (Jewelry) Statement”
  1. DebP says:

    My choice would be I’ve liked ammolite, even before it became popular. Maybe because it’s a hometown gemstone.

  2. Janice Lewis says:

    I love this one

    but really anything Opal is amazing since it is my birthstone!!!

  3. Sherry Kinnear says:

    I Opal Statement Ring would be lovely. The colours in it are really attractive and look changeable.

  4. katydidit21 says:

    I love this opal stacker ring set. I love that it can be worn alone or in combination and i love the shapes and textures of the rings.

  5. Kathleen L says:

    The amethyst cuff is my favourite. Amethysts are my favourite stone.

  6. Alyssa says:

    I like this opal treasure bracelet even though it is sold! Love the simplicity yet elegance

  7. Tainan Lu says:

    My favourite piece of jewelry is the Raw Quartz and Cultured Opal Statement Necklace

  8. Joan G. says:

    I’m a ring person; my favourite is the Opal Statement Ring,

  9. Jessica eapen says:

    I love this moonstone ring: the setting is so special and showcases the moonstone beautifully.

  10. intensev5 says:

    I love the
    The ring is unique and has vibrant colours – that is why i like it.

  11. sojeles says:

    This one is my favourite, it’s original looking and beautiful. and i’m a subscriber too. thanks.

  12. sophie lapierre says:

    That’s the one I’d choose if I’m the very Lucky One because I love Opal ; . Thank you so much for this super giveaway !!

  13. Judy says:

    Cultured opal heart pendant II is my

  14. Michelle says:

    I like the Opal Stacker Set of rings as I like both opals and silver.

  15. Susan says:

    I love the Ornate Wire Campitos Turquoise with Pyrite Statement Ring ( because I love turquoise and it is an unusual and unique setting.

  16. George Meek says:

    I’m sure my wife would love one of the beautiful rings.

  17. christine conway says:

    I think the Raw Quartz and Cultured Opal Statement Pendant is stunning. Very original and beautiful wearable art. I would love to wear it!

  18. Myra says:

    Opal is a great gem…and it shows it’s brilliance in the them

  19. Joy D says:

    Opal Statement Ring – I love the opal flash of colours from this ring. Opal is such a beautiful stone.

  20. Alison K says:

    I’m a Canadian Gift Guide subscriber. My favourite piece of jewelry in the Adi & Olive shop is their Druzy Statement Ring ‘cos it has a subtle look with some sparkle

  21. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry: Followed Adi & Olive on Instagram and tagged (soulseeker00)

  22. Alison K says:

    Extra Bonus Entry: shared a photo from Adi & Olive’s Instagram

  23. theK says:

    Oh, I just love the gorgeous Opal Statement Ring ( – so elegantly romantic and has a perfect vintage feel!
    Thanks for the chance, I am a subscriber 🙂

  24. Mary P. says:

    The opal stacker set would be so perfect for casual or dress up! I love opals.

  25. Mary Boudreau says:

    I really like the Art Deco Platinum Diamond Semi Eternity Band
    It’s such a simple but elegant design and you can’t beat diamonds and platinum

  26. Vanessa L. says:
    This Druzy statement ring is beautiful! I love how it could be the only jewelry you wear, but still makes a big impact!

  27. Lisa M says:

    I absolutely love natural gemstone rings. Thanks for the intro to this Canadian artist.

  28. SarahJ says:

    I like the Campitos Turquoise ring because has a beautiful color and I like the 3 dot detail.

  29. SarahJ says:

    Tagged on instagram photo My name is @sarahjferg

  30. Calvin F. says:

    My favorite piece is
    It’s very eye catching in a subtle way. I like the colour of the heart 😀

  31. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    i like all the rings

  32. Renee a Lacasse says:

    would like to win these

  33. Jennifer C. says:

    My favourite piece is the “Opal Statement Ring.” I love how it is handmade and how pretty it is! 🙂 Here is the link:

  34. angelehm says: I really love the look of this ring it fits my style perfectly. Opals remind me of my late granddaughter

  35. Jennifer C. says:

    I follow on Instagram! Here is the link to the picture I commented on:

  36. Theresa C. says:

    Followed & tagged on Instagram – and WOW what a ring!

  37. Deanna Barkley says:

    I love opals. They also happen to be my birth stone. I like Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  38. Elaine Beierbach says:

    I have only a tiny opal and would love a larger one!!!

  39. Sandra McG says:

    I love the opal stacker set….because my birthstone is opal!

  40. Susanne C says:

    Druzy cuff bracelet is my favourite

  41. Morgan Stewart says:

    I love the shape of the ring as well as the colour! I would be able to wear it with any outfit.

  42. Elaine Boychuk says:

    I like statement pieces to wear over sweaters to dress them up. I like this quartz and opal pendant for that reason.

  43. Alyssa says:

    Everything looks amazing but most obsessed with these 3 rings:! Simple, classy, but still a nice subtle statement piece.

  44. CLC says:

    Ammolite and Opals have been my love since I was a girl. Love this gorgeous design:

  45. I truly love the exotic look of the Tibetan Quartz and Cultured Opal Statement Necklace. This would be an awesome gift for sure.

  46. carrie l says: seems like a great blend

  47. Nicole L says:

    I really love the Ammolite Statement Necklace – I love the shape and colour. It is a piece that I would wear often!

  48. Already subscribed. Love the hypnotizing depth of this piece.

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