She is influenced by her fascination with artistic history and modern design. Each piece has a tension between contrasting elements. Modern design lines with rustic texturization, soft and romantic motif with sharp and strong elements. All designed to empower through adornment.
Aimée was born in Ottawa, Canada into a family of strong and creative individuals. Her father was a teacher (and photographer) and her mother’s came from very humble and troubling beginnings becoming a very compassionate and selfless person. Aimée grew up to enjoy teaching and caring for others and strives to support and strengthen others through her jewelry design.
Residing in Toronto, Aimée is surrounded by a rich creative culture. Having moved there to pursue a degree is sculpture and design. She stayed to work in the advertising industry for many years until her passion for metal smithing and lampworking turned into a full time pursuit.
Since 2003 she has been experimenting with many different jewelry making techniques. Then after becoming a mother in 2009 she turned her focus to alternative bridal and fine jewelry. Working as a custom jeweler has given her insight into the industry and drive to make it a better landscape for the future. Striving to improve studio practices and making the commitment to use 100% recycled gold in 2018.
Since launching her fine line in 2018 Aimée and her work have been featured in a few articles.
“An anti-traditional approach to this once super-traditional item has poured into 2019.”
“Sustainability has become a big consideration for many engagement ring shoppers, who seek out responsibly mined diamonds
and gemstones, lab-grown diamonds, and recycled materials.”
“Among the best-received lines was work from Toronto-based Aimée Kennedy, who has a strong alternative bridal voice and exquisite stonework featuring responsibly sourced gems in unusual colors.”
“Don’t Miss: The brand’s stacking bands, a fun alternative to the solitaire bridal style.”
In Aimée’s home/office she uses green energy, paying extra to ensure the electricity she uses is sourced from environmentally responsible and renewable sources.
We work in a shared studio. This means our equipment is used by 20 artisans. We also subcontract to a small team of experts ensuring each stage of the process is completed with attention to detail.
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In the last few years have there been more and more options for jewellery designers to choose and ethical and environmentally responsible options. As we evolve as a brand we will choose to offer those options to customers and to be transparent in regards to gemstone sourcing and material origins.
All new samples are made with 100% certified recycled gold.
We are also working on offering Fair Trade / Fair Mined gold, however this is a complicated process so it will be a while yet.
All newly made pieces use white Canadian melee diamonds. We also use larger high quality white Canadian diamonds in our samples. These are readily available in round brilliant cuts, any other shapes are extremely rare but not impossible. I also have a very small selection of unusual rose cut diamonds of Canadian origin.
We strive to provide as many options in Montana sapphires as possible. We have three suppliers, one of which is both mined and cut in the US. They come in a variety of colours but can be a bit limited, we are striving to offer them in a variety of cuts as well.
We have these in a number of our sample pieces. We do not currently have a supplier but we are working on finding one with a great selection of options.
Black, Salt and Pepper and heavily included Rose Cut Diamonds
These are considered a lower quality diamonds, by international market standards. They tend to be cut from “undesirable” material. Unfortunately because of this it is very difficult to trace origin. I have one supplier who occasionally provides Canadian origin options. I also use two companies who have their own cutting factories. This ensures that the working conditions and practices from that point on are very regulated. As options become available we will strive to raise the verifiable ethical standards of these gemstones.
A lab grown option for the diamond look without using mined material. They are almost as strong as diamonds and have more brilliance. We recommend these as the best lab grown option for white gemstones. We have options in a variety of sizes, shapes and a few colours (white, teal, champagne and black). They can also be custom designed into almost any cut.