We are delighted to welcome you to our exciting new website and online store. We hope it conveys our enthusiasm as Canadian craftspeople and gives you greater access to our work.
At Delicate Touch, we have been designing and making award-winning original handcrafted jewellery since 1974.
Be it the whimsical character of our brooches, the finely cut lines of elegant earrings, or the classic forms of rings set with precious stones, our focus is to create fine-quality jewellery that will bring you years of pleasure. Most of our designs are available in your choice of sterling silver, 10 karat or 14 karat gold. We also are happy to work directly with you in creating custom jewellery, making original pieces, or setting your favourite gems into a more contemporary design.
Each of our designs are produced with attention to detail and craftsmanship, resulting in jewellery that is both beautiful and comfortable to wear. Visit us at one of the numerous craft shows we participate in each year where you’ll discover an expansive display of our latest work alongside many of our signature pieces. See our Show Schedule link to view our upcoming show dates and locations.
Please contact us anytime by phone or email using the details found below.
We look forward to speaking with you again, or meeting you for the first time.
All our best,
Mark and Shelli
Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4R5
In 1977, I was a freshly minted graduate from York University in Toronto, planning to take a year off before teaching elementary school. I was making and selling flutes to fund my passion for world travel and found myself displaying my wares next to a vivacious and pretty woman displaying her equally beautiful handcrafted jewellery. She had been designing for years, inspired while living in Peru alongside fellow artists and seekers, and had been instrumental in establishing downtown Toronto's outdoor arts scene.
As they say, the rest is history. We were rebels and kindred spirits and married within the year.
In those early days, with me playing the pied piper and Shelli developing a reputation for her finely detailed sterling silver, Delicate Touch was a small fledgling business of promise. We were 25 year old newlyweds driving and sleeping in an old van and dreaming of turning our creative passions into a viable livelihood.
I am pleased and proud to say that with a combination of hard work, a bit of luck, and your continued appreciation of our handcrafted creations, we are still living and loving the artistic life.
Hamilton has been our home since 1980 and we are blessed to have our wonderful children and grandchildren live within walking distance. While many things have changed with the passing years, our core commitment to making beautiful jewellery that stands the test of time has not changed a bit. We still enjoy showing our work at fine art and craft shows in Ontario and we love seeing dedicated customers, many of whom purchased their first pieces over 40 years ago. It is truly satisfying to see someone with children of their own, wearing a ring bought for them when they were a child at a local festival.
We don't do as many shows as we did when backs and legs did not tire and we remember searching for a pay phone in the pre internet era. Now it's our successful online store and the opportunity to have customers from everywhere. That said, we still love designing and creating treasures and custom pieces in our wonderful studio, and promise that every gold or sterling silver piece that we make will be completed with diligence and care.
We raise our glasses to you, without whom this adventurous and successful life in the arts could never have happened. Our very best, Mark and Shelli