June 28, 2015

Janis Kerman

Janis Kerman sketches and designs everywhere. She seeks out, chooses, and commissions rare and unusual stones to satisfy every aspect to ensure the originality of each piece. Whether the earrings are mismatched or she is remodeling a family heirloom for the 21st century, the essence of her signature is unmistakable: “It’s the balance, not the symmetry."


Janis  discovered her aptitude, enjoyment, and infinite abilities in jewelery design and construction at summer camp when she was 15. A knee injury limited her from any physical activity and provided an opportunity for her creativity in “arts & crafts.”  She continued her studies at the Saidye Bronfman Center in Montreal, Boston University, various workshops and seminars and apprenticed with many esteemed jewellers.  The first studio of Janis Kerman Design opened in 1977.


From 1980 to 1988, in addition to her own designs, Janis  partnered with Nicole Lachapelle to create seasonal lines of fashion accessories and handbags combining leather and metal work. She became notable for her mismatched designs in niobium. In the early 1990’s, Janis moved exclusively into using fine metals and stones in her one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces.


Janis is represented in over 30 galleries across Canada, the United States, and Australia, and regularly visits these galleries to meet with clients for the sole purpose of commissions. She shows annually at SOFA New York, Chicago, and Palm Beach with Gallery Option Art. Janis  has taught, mentored and delivered presentations on her work both in Canada and the United States.



June 4, 2015

Alexandrite, the birthstone for June, is a rare mineral variety of Chrysoberyl. In daylight it is bluish green or even emerald green, and in artificial light it may be red, crimson, or purple. It is said this stone is emerald during the day and ruby in the evening. It was discovered in Russia in 1834 and named for Czar Alexander II. Alexandrite is said to make its wearer calm and peaceful. It balances the mind and emotions, pacifies the soul, and promotes spiritual growth. Alexandrite is a stone with strong powers. It reacts to changes in the wearer’s health by changing color. Mystics say Alexandrite establishes harmony between physical, astral, and mental bodies, making its wearer more peaceful and compliant. Alexandrite strengthens creative abilities and fosters imagination.

May 1, 2015

The birthstone for May is emerald and here are some interesting facts. Green is associated with wealth, healing, and detoxification. As such, emerald is believed to have spiritual healing and emotional detoxification effects and is supposed to strike a balance among physical, emotional and spiritual vibrations. Many spiritual healers believe emerald stimulates intuition, which allows the wearer to make accurate decisions and sharpens judgment. Being symbolic of healing, it is an ideal gemstone to be worn by people in the medical and healing professions.

Emerald rules the fourth or the heart chakra and is good for the physical and metaphysical health of the heart. Its ability to balance physical, emotional and spiritual vibrations help in maintaining harmony in the affairs of the heart by strengthening romantic bonds.