Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Last Fall, I was involved in a pop-up blow-dry event at Eastwood Cycle with AG Hair.  It was an incredible event that helped raise funds for an organization called Women Leading Change.  I met so many wonderful people there, one of them being Vancouver based Jewelry Designer, Leah Alexander. I couldn’t stop noticing all of the beautiful jewelry she was wearing and loved everything about her style.  OK
yes, I’ll admit that it was “girl crush at first sight”.  We hit it off instantly and I had to schedule a photo shoot at her Gastown design studio to learn more about her.  You all should know by now that when I’m obsessed with something, I want to share it with everyone, right?!  I’m sure after you read this post you’ll understand my obsession with this pretty lady!

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

When did you start your business and how did you come up with the concept?

I started my business almost 10 years ago (big anniversary approaching!) and I decided to turn my passion for gemstones into a business!

Vancouver Jewellery Designer, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Vancouver Jewellery Designer, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Tell us about your beautiful studio space and what clients can expect when they shop in your studio?

We’ve been in our Gastown studio for over 2 years now, clients can expect to visit a beautiful historical building with a big open floor plan where you can take a peek at a busy production area and a display of finished jewels.

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Rea Black Garnet Cuff, Grey Moonstone Social Bracelet, Moonstone Gem, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Rea Black Garnet Cuff, Grey Moonstone Social Bracelet, Moonstone Gem, Daniela Ciuffa Photography, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What inspires you when designing a new collection? Tell us more about your collection this season.

I find so much inspiration from the gemstones themselves, from their shapes and colours. You can expect to see beautiful pastels in the new Spring collection, such as rose quartz, which happens to be Pantone’s colour of the year!

Leah Alexandra, Jewellery Design, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Jewellery Design, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Who are your style inspirations/icons and how would you describe your style?

Jessica Alba and Alexa Chung.  I would describe my style to be Chic.

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What are the staple pieces you think every woman should have in their wardrobe?

Everyone should have a pair of ear climbers in their wardrobe. Icing on the cake, even if that’s just with a white t-shirt!

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What are 5 beauty products that you can’t live without?

Top five beauty products: Sunday Riley “Good Genes” serum, Environ Vitamin A moisturizer, St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, Kosas Lipstick in “Rosewater”

Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Which do you prefer: New York or LA? Paris or London? Coffee or Tea? Wine or Champagne?

New York, Paris, Coffee, Wine.

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Adjustable Pear Ring, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Adjustable Pear Ring, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Moonstone Sunny Ear Jackets, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s your definition of being a confidence woman?

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely” – Roald Dahl

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

What’s the next for Leah Alexandra? Any new projects coming up?

Planning something special for our 10-year anniversary – stay tuned!

Leah Alexandra, Wing Moonstone Ear Climber, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah Alexandra, Wing Moonstone Ear Climber, Nadia Albano, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Leah’s work has been feature in many international fashion and bridal print publications including, Vouge, Elle, O Magazine, Sports Illustrated and The Knot, to name a few.  Her jewelry is timeless, fresh and versatile, and she uses materials such as sterling silver, 14 karat goldfill, 24 karat gold vermeil, and carefully hand-selected gemstones and freshwater pearls. Her collection is available at select boutiques and department stores across the globe, including Nordstrom.

Thank you, Leah, for having us at your studio!  I’m loving all of the beautiful pieces I picked up — who knew that I would love moonstone so much!  Wishing you continued success and looking forward to seeing the new Spring collection.    Hope to catch you at an Eastwood spin class one of these days soon!  xo