Honor Cienska, Owner
Honor Chapman (aka Cienska)
She's been at it for a while now! Honor first started making and selling her work at local markets 25 years ago.
In 2004 Honor created a new line of jewellery setting Chinese silk under glass. She invited local glassmith, Cory Judge, to join her venture and together they travelled across Canada handmade craft show circuit as well as keeping up with orders for their over 100 stockists.
In 2008 Honor sold her half of the business to pursue her love of silversmithing.
In 2009 she started a new company, 2 Birds, and was out an about at the local markets once again with her latest line of jewellery made from Chinese tea tins. This line as well as her silversmithing designs were sought out by many local stores one of which was Adore Jewellery in market square.
Honor was hired to assist at Adore and in 2011 became the new owner.
A little move to a new space in Market Square and then a new name for a fresh start and Tonic Jewelry was born.
In 2016 Honor was approached by the Bay Centre to open a pop up shop. Although she really didn't have any plans to open another shop at this time, she made the mistake of “just having a peek” at the space. 6 weeks later (and after inviting Smoking Lily along to join the fun) Tonic Jewelry and Smoking Lily Pop Up Collective opened its doors. It was hard to walk away from The Bay Centre's offer to stay on longer term but she knew what she really wanted to do next was open a silversmithing school and hub.
Honor invited goldsmith Nina Turczyn of Paprika Jewellery to join Argentum and voila, January 2019 Argentum Jewellery School opened its doors and here we are!