ABOUT US

Located in the heart of Forest Hill in Toronto, Jewellery by Varouj serves as the retail showcase and working studio of internationally renowned jewellery designer Varouj Tabakian.

Clients are welcomed by Varouj’s spectacular award-winning collection created with the finest diamonds and gemstones, set in brilliant 18 karat gold and platinum, which often inspires them to request their own custom designs. Intimately involved in the design process, Varouj’s customers eagerly anticipate their visions coming to life as this master craftsman works directly with each individual client throughout the design process where his expertise and commitment to perfection and quality workmanship is clearly evident. 

Varouj is one of Canada’s foremost award-winning jewellery designers.

Armenian by birth, Varouj Tabakian studied under an international group of master craftsmen in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and honed his skills in Paris, Switzerland and London before settling in Toronto in the mid-seventies.

Soon after Varouj established his Toronto studio, he began to win many design awards. He developed a reputation as one of Canada’s finest and foremost talented jewellery designers and is the proud recipient of:

  • 1980 Editors Choice Canadian Jeweller

  • 1981-82 1st and Grand Prize – De Beer’s Diamond To-Day Award

  • 1982 Editors Choice Canadian Jeweller

  • 1982-83 Gold Medal – Canada’s Most Talented Jewellery Design Award

  • 1983-84 De Beer’s Diamond To-Day Award

  • 1985-86 De Beer’s Diamond To-Day Award

  • 1987-88 De Beer’s Diamond To-Day Award

  • 1988 De Beer’s International Finalist

  • 1989-90 De Beer’s Diamond To-Day Award

  • 1992 Editors Choice Canadian Jeweller

  • 2006, 2007 & 2008 Canadian Jeweller’s Excellence in Design

  • 2013 Canadian Jeweller's Excellence in Design

Luminaries such as renowned classical musician Liona Boyd; National Ballet of Canada artistic director Karen Kain; and former Canadian Prime Minister The Right Honourable Kim Campbell are among his clients.

Past commissions include a letter opener for Unicef Ambassador and actor Sir Peter Ustinov, a gold watchband for The Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau and a life-size gold basketball created for a select client in San Francisco.

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"I have known Varouj Tabakian since 1990. I treasure the exquisite pieces Varouj has designed and crafted for me as well as a one-of-a-kind piece for my husband."

— CATHERINE SPROULE, COO, RESPONSIBLE JEWELLERY COUNCIL

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"Jewellery by Varouj has been an important and special part of our lives for over 30 years and is the only place we consider for any celebratory gift because we know we will get excellence and top quality craftsmanship. You can both see it and feel it in every magnificent creation. They are timeless and one of a kind pieces that truly stand the test of time."

VINCE AND SANDRA GIORDANO