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About

Caridwen, pronounced [kɛrˈɪdwɛn]: according to Welsh legends and folklore, she was a white witch or goddess, and is considered to be the goddess of poetry, inspiration and of the cauldron of transfiguration.

Fascinated by Celtic mythology since as far as I can remember, I've been using this borrowed name for my jewellery business since the beginning, yearning to inherit the artistic inspiration that Caridwen has to offer.

I've always been interested in alternative style jewellery, but couldn't find anything I liked in stores (remember when Etsy wasn't a thing?!). So I taught myself to make chain maille jewellery and started crafting pieces for friends. 

After my move to Vancouver, I discovered that it was actually possible to learn how to make silver jewellery with an evening course at a local jewellery supplies store. I went in, enrolled, and never looked back. Creating unique & meaningful jewellery from scratch using natural gemstones & silver? I was hooked.

And that's when Bijoux Caridwen became more than a hobby. I completely changed directions and started making exclusively one-of-a-kind silver jewellery. While still working at my day job, I taught myself more silversmithing techniques, and it started taking a lot more space in my life.

Early 2019, I quit my day job and began work as a freelance translator and silversmith. I've since been making nature-inspired handmade jewellery with quality gemstones and sterling silver. It is very important to me to respect the environment while crafting quality items, so I use environmentally friendly traditional silversmithing techniques (avoiding harsh chemicals as much as possible), and thoughtfully package my pieces in recycled & recyclable boxes and mailers.

My interest in ancient Celtic mythology, medieval & victorian aesthetics, and gothic architecture transpire into my designs, to create intricate pieces of wearable art that will last a lifetime, and more.

Based in Québec City, Québec, Canada. I would like to acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional territories of the Hurons-Wendats First Nations.

How I make an Impact:

Simply put, I strive to be a small business that supports social and environmental issues.

I do this by donating a portion of my profits to charities each month (BLM, First Nations, Food Bank, amongst others), using silversmithing techniques that are respectful of the environment, crafting with recycled and ethically sourced materials - whenever possible, shopping local, and by recycling my silver scraps.