Gem hunters unveil luxury jewellery at Toronto’s Fashion Week


Aside from the beautiful and at times eclectic fashions, World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto also included a stunning luxury jewellery debut from a duo of international gem hunters.

Designers Ron LeBlanc and Diane Robinson made a statement by showing off their latest gemstone creations in a typical fashion show setting, with models strutting down the catwalk in very simple yet barely there black vest and short ensembles, placing the focus on the jewels.

To the audience’s delight, the show was concluded by an appearance from gorgeous Suits star Gina Torres who was escorted down the runway by two striking Irish Wolfhounds.

Today, Huntress is a lavish jewellery and handbags brand operating out of a private Queen Street salon that can be visited on an appointment basis.

Owners Robinson and LeBlanc source their gems from locations like Burma and Zambia, working directly with the miners there. LeBlanc’s experience as a gemmologist for over 30 years combined with Robinson’s background in luxury management laid the foundation for their business.

The duo started designing jewellery for private clients in 2004, and went on to have their own show on the Travel Channel called Gem Hunt.

The Toronto Star reported that Robinson and LeBlanc are hoping for a bricks-and-mortar location to open in Holt Renfrew in the future. CJ