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Janis Kerman

Based in Montréal, Québec, Janis Kerman has been a practicing jeweler for over forty-five years. Janis is known for her geometric one-of-a-kind and bespoke jewelry fabricated in a colorful palette of stones, pearls, and precious metals. Her work plays with asymmetry, texture, and negative space.


Janis designs and fabricates in her coach house turned studio. Drawings and sketches are central to her creative practice. Each piece is distinct in design and in materials, often featuring rare and unusual stones that Janis has sought out or commissioned. As each piece Janis creates is one-of-a-kind, her work is in constant evolution.

“I am inspired by the form, colors and textures of objects both artistic and common:  architecture, furniture, paintings, ceramics, fashion...My work is based on geometric shapes. Balance rather than symmetry.”


Mostly self- taught, Janis completed fundamental studies in jewelry and design by 1975.  She has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States. She was commissioned by the Canadian Government to create gifts for the leaders of A.P.E.C. in 1998, and was commissioned to create gifts for the wives of leaders of the G7 summit in 1998.  Her work is included in many prominent private collections including that of Barbara Bush, Hilary Clinton, and Mme. Mitterand.

Current Work

Pearl Necklace
Necklace in sterling silver, oxidized sterling silver, 18k gold, and cultured coin pearls. Approximately 21" long. 1 1/4" wide. 

Past Work


Geometric Earrings 
Earrings in oxidized sterling silver, 18k gold, padparasha sapphire, and black mother of pearl. 2 1/4 x 1 3/8". 


Gemstone Earrings 
Earrings in 18k yellow gold, rhodalite garnet, citrine, peridot, ruby, sapphire, and amethyst. 2 3/8" x 3/8". 


Beaded Smoky Cuff
Bracelet in sterling silver, 18k gold, smokey quartz, black onyx, and carnelian. 6 1/2"long by 1 7/8" wide.