Welcome to the World of Custom Jewellery at HOWARD
At HOWARD, we stand by the ethos of quality and excellence as we are fully driven to delivering you the world’s best. Our custom jewellery design experience is where we make your dreams come true. It is at the heart of what we do. From humble beginnings, HOWARD started as a jewellery maker in Ottawa over 55 years ago! Through manufacturing, HOWARD has grown to become a household name in Ontario with a far-reaching reputation for unparalleled craftsmanship and customer service excellence.
If You Can Dream It, We Can Make It
Whether you’re ready to create the piece of your dreams, celebrating a special event, or carrying on a family tradition, a custom designed piece of jewellery is a personal and memorable way to commemorate the special moments of your life.
There Is No Limit to What Our Experts Can Create for You
- Signet Rings
Transform Your Unworn Jewellery: Repurpose, Reuse & Upcycle!
Through experience, we have learned that it is quite common for many people to hold onto jewellery pieces that they do not wear. Mostly because these pieces hold sentimental value. At HOWARD, we believe that all jewellery should be enjoyed and deserves a longer life. It is wise to invest in what you already own and transform your unworn jewellery into a piece that you will cherish and wear daily. Your search for jewellery makers near Ottawa ends here. The best place to start is by finding designs that you love! Our experts are here to help guide you throughout the custom design process and offer a fun, creative experience.
With custom jewellery design you can repurpose and reuse your unworn heirlooms and old favourites. Upcycling is not a new practice to the jewellery world, and we are proud to be able to offer this option to our clients! Creating a more modern and wearable version of the existing design for pieces that hold sentimental value is the best way to breathe new life into your jewellery. From small updates to a completely new design, we can reuse the existing diamonds or coloured gemstones in your piece to pay tribute to the original or take it in a completely different direction. As well as supplement with newly sourced gemstones depending on your chosen design. You also have the option to trade in your old gold or platinum as a credit toward your new piece!
Choose Your Metal
At HOWARD we are proud to provide you with a premium product that is also eco-conscious. Our metals are nickel free and hypoallergenic. We offer any custom HOWARD design in your choice of 18 karat white, yellow, rose gold, platinum or silver. Because we alloy our own gold in-house, we also offer a unique soft rose gold for those who want a warm hint of rose colour.
Choose Your Stones
Choose the Diamond or Coloured Gemstone of your dreams for your custom designed piece! From the stones listed to everything in between, our experts are delighted to offer you an exciting experience discovering the wide range of colours, sizes, and price points available. Our on-site gemological laboratory is equipped with a full-time GIA accredited gemologist who sources the best value diamonds and precious gemstones on the international market. It is our passion to work with you throughout the entire process, ensuring we’ve found options that best meet your requirements and price range. For over 55 years it has been our promise to find you the very best in quality and value.
Our Custom Jewellery Portfolio
Creating beauty is all we know. We invite you to discover our portfolio of custom jewellery, designed and handcrafted in-house by HOWARD. Making dreams a reality is the ultimate privilege, and we are honoured when our clients choose HOWARD to see their visions through. We are proud to be Ottawa’s leading custom jewellery design specialist. Browse through a small sample of our custom work.
See authetic stories from clients who love what we made for them.
Custom Engagement Ring
"I wanted to get Sophie a ring that was as unique and beautiful as she is. She has a great love of trees, both in her work and play, so I came up with the idea of a ring that would look like a tree. A green gemstone would represent the leaves of the tree..."
We recognize that the idea of custom designing or redesigning your own piece of fine jewellery opens the door to many questions! Below is a list of some of our most frequently asked custom design questions that we hope you will find valuable in making the decision to start your very own custom design experience.
If you don't see your question answered here, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
A Local Family Business
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.
Connect With Us
Choose from a one-on-one in-store or virtual consultation with a member of our Expert Design Team. We will help guide you through the steps of custom designing your dream piece.
In-Store: Book your consultation to meet with one of our experts at our store in downtown Ottawa. In-store, our design experts and you will have access to our Master Goldsmiths and our GIA Accredited Gemologists. Our collaborative, hands-on environment offers a unique and valued experience. We offer complimentary parking and welcome you to bring anything that has inspired you for your custom designed piece.
Virtual: Our goal is to make custom design easy, even from the comfort of your own home! To start your virtual consultation experience we will begin with a phone call or email to learn about your dream piece. From there, we will gather all of the required information to provide you with a customized video virtual experience where we can show you samples of how we can achieve your vision.
Dr. Tim Hoeschen
One amazing thing about Howards is their ability to do custom pieces when necessary for you and the team is right there on site which is so cool and instilled a lot of confidence in me that Howards is a family, a group of professionals who are there to deliver to you the product that you want and they can advise you as necessary. I have never felt pressured there and always feel comfortable whether just browsing or when inquiring about a product.
Sonja helped me design my wedding band and the final product the team delivered was fantastic. She has helped me with gifts for my work team and for my wife, even a gift for myself. Thank you Howards and thank you Sonja.
Sonja was the best help and was so kind and amazing from start to finish! Made me feel so welcome and comfortable. An amazing experience all around, if your looking to buy a Rolex or any beautiful piece of jewelry this is the place to be!
10/10. Jessica helped me pick out the perfect lab diamond and also helped me understand what to look for. I appreciated her patience and advice and that was the reason I opted to go with Howards. I brought in a picture of what I wanted and Jessica said to trust her and I’m glad I did.
Fiancée loves the ring and we are both thankful for Jessica. Great personality, patience, supportive and I felt no pressure at all.