Meet John Akcan and his team from Oakville Jewellery
Tell us about Oakville Jewellery?
We might be new to the neighbourhood, but we’ve been in the industry for more than 35 years. In 1985, I founded Canadian Gems alongside my brother and father. Operating as Solid Gold Jewellery in Dundas Square in Toronto, we specialized in manufacturing, custom work and repairs for retailers and wholesalers.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Our customers! In addition to the retail store, our new location features a state-of-the-art workshop equipped with a 3D printer, laser welder, lapping machine and more. This allows us to create virtually any design a customer wants, and provide 3D proofs before creating the pieces onsite. Whatever you can imagine, we can create it.
Why Downtown Oakville?
When we received notice from our landlord about a major building renovation, we took that as a sign to move. I had always loved visiting the historic lakeside community and decided to scoop up an available spot at 255 Lakeshore Road East. The store opened in fall 2019.
What are your favourite pieces to create?
Engagement rings and wedding bands. They’ve very special rings that symbolize the beginning of a new life. As a jeweller, it gives me great pleasure to be able to create such special pieces for clients. Those are pieces they’ll cherish forever.
Visit Oakville Jewellery
255 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville