We stand by the ethos of quality and excellence as we are fully driven to delivering you the world’s best products and impeccable service that makes you smile.


About Us

A time honoured Ottawa institution, HOWARD Fine Jewellers & Custom Designers is a leader in the fine jewellery industry, with a distinctive collection and a national reputation for excellence. Established in 1967, HOWARD is a family owned and operated jewellery store located in downtown Ottawa’s historic Sparks Street (corner of Bank Street), North America’s original outdoor mall. HOWARD is also a diamond and coloured gemstone broker. We are able to offer our clients exceptional service, selection and value. We pride ourselves in carrying only the most beautiful pieces that are guaranteed to become family heirlooms to be passed on and treasured for generations.

Our Story

Howard Appotive founded Howard Fine Jewellers & Custom Designers on October 1st, 1967. From humble beginnings, it has grown to become a household name with a far-reaching reputation for unparalleled craftsmanship and customer service excellence.  Together with daughters Stephanie & Lindsay Appotive the HOWARD family has a second generation at the helm.  A family business for over 50 years, with local roots and an international reach we invite you to come and experience the difference. Thoughtfully sourced from all over the world, each timeless piece of jewellery at HOWARD is a reflection of our passion for our commitment to exceed your expectations.

Our Values

Every facet of the HOWARD jewellery store operation reflects the passion our family has for carrying spectacular jewellery collections that are meant to celebrate every important milestone in life. 1- CLIENT FIRST, we take great care in listening to our clients, in an effort to know you better, to understand your vision and to transform your dream, no matter how simple or complex, into a beautiful reality. 2-QUALITY & EXCELLENCE, what makes the HOWARD experience different is our extra attention to detail, our world class skilled craftsmanship and stunning selection of ready to wear fine jewellery.

Our Store

We took great care in designing our store. We offer our customers an extraordinary place that combines unique architecture and structure, expressive decor and artistry, and magnificent features all in one great location. HOWARD is the only jewellery store in Ottawa that has a full-service, on-site custom design factory, a jewellery repair and restoration center, gemological lab and watchmakers - all in one location. At HOWARD, we understand that each customer has different tastes, different needs and an individual style. While our expert staff attend to your every need, you can enjoy a complimentary cup of premium freshly ground coffee from our in-house bar, try on one of the latest masterpieces from Rolex, explore our estate collection, or discover that perfect gift for your special someone. From the thoughtful décor of the store, to the craftsmanship lovingly given to each piece, we guarantee that every visit you make to HOWARD is a memorable experience.

Our Watch Lab

HOWARD has a fully equipped, high grade watch service lab on site, staffed by world class Rolex factory trained technicians. Our glass-encased watch servicing lab employs only the best watchmakers who can service a modern timepiece or restore life to a treasured family heirloom.

Our watch lab also provides a number of on-the-spot services, including water resistance testing, battery changes, and watch bracelet repairs or sizing. While you wait, you can talk to our knowledgeable staff, browse around or just relax at our in-house bar. Visit us today and we will be pleased to serve you and help guide you through the options for the service, conservation, or restoration of your fine timepiece.

Our Brands

Aside from our extensive on site services and our own custom designed pieces we showcase many world-renowned international designers in our showroom such as Rolex, Tudor, Hearts on Fire, Fope, Vahan, Tacori, Jack Kelege, Jeff Cooper and Furrer Jacot. As Ottawa’s premier fine jeweller, we offer a vast selection of jewellery from classic, contemporary, romantic, vintage and some, a fusion of tradition and modern evolution.

Our Promise

We stand by the ethos of quality and excellence as we are fully driven to delivering you the world’s best. We want our guests to have a great experience when dealing with HOWARD, whether in person, on the phone or online. An experience that we believe should be a memorable one. An experience we hope that you will share with family and friends, from one generation to the next. From the moment you step into HOWARD, all your senses will be awakened by the pleasing display of stunning jewellery and an ambience that warmly welcomes you to our world of beautiful jewellery.


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