Birks Silver is one of the old time silversmithing companies that have made silverware now considered antiques but they also make contemporary jewelry pieces that are timeless and trendy. Birks Silver was established in 1879 in Montreal, Canada. The owner was Henry Birks and he run the silver shop with his sons, they soon became renowned for their silverware and jewelry within their country. The continued the company and their crafting traditions for the last 130 years and still have a shop open on St Jacques Street in Montreal.
The Birks were originally from England where they were also silversmiths since the 16th century. The family migrated to Canada where Henry created a partnership with three of his sons to create the current Birks company. The company now has several stores in all large Canadian urban centers. The Canadian subsidiary of the American based Gorham company had bought the company of Henry Birks and Sons but the firm still works on projects using the Birks name. They still produce a wide range of silver products and jewelry collections. It was the distinction of Birks to be the jewelry supplier of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that was held in Vancouver in 2010.
Currently, Birks has some unique and exquisite silver and gold pieces on showcase. They have a $6,000 brooch available that is in the shape of a crescent moon with a star within the crescent. The brooch is studded with diamonds and looks antique with a modern take.
The Birks Pebble Collection is a collection of silver jewelry pieces that looks very simple and sleek. The modern designs have a matt finish formed in round edges that gives the jewelry pieces the look of liquid in the middle of transforming into a solid state. There is one striking piece in the collection that has a mother of pearl and a clear quartz ring set in sterling silver. It makes a beautifully striking ring, a perfect alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring. The pendant necklace in the Pebble Collection is a very trendy piece that set with three pendant with diamond and quartz embellishments. The material is expensive and classy but will also pass for casual everyday jewelry.
Birks Charms of Love Collection is a customer favorite with pieces under a hundred dollars. The collection is available only from selected online retailers. The Charms of Love Collection features charm bracelets with a charm in the shape of an anchor, heart, peace sign, infinity symbol, star of David, the word Love, the word Mom and the word Maman.
The Birks Vintage Collectibles rides on the vintage trend of late that has made the old new again. But this collection is all new pieces made recently in vintage designs. Most of these pieces are in the thousands of dollars and are mostly hand made. Many of the vintage pieces have precious stones in the flashier old world sentimentality.