Small but mighty fine, the Links of London boutique, located on Vancouver-based Pacific Centre’s upper level, is a gem in more ways than one.
Among many thoughtful details to look for: a white-porcelain English bulldog greeting customers at the entrance, a bespoke engraving and customization bar (cleverly hidden, when not in use, by a gold-coloured rolltop) and an à la carte jewelry spa, where you can get your bling cleaned and repaired in store (or grab a customized gold-and-diamond or “silver sparkle” maintenance kit to go).
Other “charms” in this near-800-square-foot space include glass cases full of the British brand’s glittering wares, including its iconic Sweetie made-to-order bracelets, watches and necklaces, and a comfortable sitting area presided over by a framed photo of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—Kate Middleton, after all, has been wearing Links of London’s Hope egg earrings since 2011 (and if it's good enough for a princess, it's good enough for us!). —Noa Nichol
Links of London, 701 W. Georgia St., 604-669-8801, Vancouver, linksoflondon.com