17-B York, Ottawa, ON, K1N 5S7
The array of glittery, exotic and glamorous jewels will leave you breathless.
|Store Type |||Jewelry|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Lowertown Market Sandy Hill|
|Cross Street |||Sussex Drive|
|Monday - Saturday 10AM – 6PM, Sunday 11AM – 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 11, 2009
One would do well to inhale deeply upon entering Masala. The glittering array of jewels inside is enough to leave anyone breathless. If you were to imagine glass cases filled with sky blue moonstones, forest green labradorite, juicy purple amethysts, sunny citrine, and fiery carnelian all set in original designs of rings, pendants, and bracelets, you may get an inkling as to what this boutique is all about.
From North and South
The store sources the finest quality stones from the all over the world with an emphasis on India, Nepal, Thailand and Indonesia. Seventy-five per cent of the design work is done in-house, with the pieces handcrafted by Balinese silversmiths. Stones such as opal, aquamarine and ruby which are not commonly seen set in silver can be found at Masala for reasonable prices. Although the focus is on stones from Asia, Masala also carries a selection of Canadian jade and labradorite. Jewels from Brazil, renowned as the single country in the world with the best naturally formed crystals, are also showcased throughout the store.
Thai Silk & Fabrics
An assortment of Asian folk art and fabrics complements the jewellery. Masala carries a line of Thai silk and Indian brocade clothing as well as Indonesian batik throws (suitable for everything from bedspread to tablecloth) and large bolts of hand-dyed and printed Indian cotton. Balinese hand carved flying angels called dewi or devas float from the ceiling while shelves hold incense burners decorative boxes, and some rather erotic wooden carvings.
While You're There: Check out Kulu, Masala's sister store, across the street. Geared to a younger crowd, you'll find a lot of plain silver, funky clothing and an assortment of treasures.
Tip: The sister store, Kulu is across the street, it caters to the younger crowd.