It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our beloved Fred Minichiello. A cherished husband, father, grandfather, and dear friend to all those who were lucky enough to cross his path. Irreplaceable in every way, his kindness, generosity, and incredible sense of humour touched so many and will live on forever in our hearts. A legacy like no other.
My father Fred started his life’s passion, Minichiello Jewellers, in 1958. You could say he fell into it because of his incredible gift with people, everyone loved him. He was working at a little shoe shine shop on Granville Street enjoying the hustle and bustle of downtown Vancouver. He had an incredible sense of humour and was an entertainer at heart so it was natural that he quickly became the busiest shiner in town. Because of his popularity and his ambition to become something great, he decided to start offering more than just a shine or two and began selling gold necklaces to everyone that stopped by. The rest is history.
Fred moved his operation into a three-story, walk up office building on the corner of Robson and Granville Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver. It was here that Minichiello Jewellers was born. With his italian roots, his incredible sense of style and his love for making people happy, Minichiello Jewellers quickly became a success. I’ve been told many incredible stories about those days. People would line up down the hall and wait for their chance to purchase gold necklaces and other fine italian jewellery from my dad at incredible prices. They trusted him and knew that they would walk away with not only a beautiful, quality piece of jewellery but also a friend for life.
After he married my mother, Sharon, he put her to work too. I was often told the story of how she worked alongside him with a pregnant belly and an apron around her growing waist to hold all of the money. There was never enough time to go to the till, as there was always someone else waiting for their turn. Soon thereafter, his sister Pat helped him keep up with the growing success and a few years later his nephew, Dick helped out too. Thus, bringing true meaning to the idea of a family business.
I remember how much I loved going to visit my dad and getting a chance to watch him in action. He had a joke and a compliment for each person that walked in the door. He especially loved making the ladies blush commenting always on how nice their hair looked and pretending to kiss the back of their hand. They loved visiting Fred and he loved seeing them. This is what truly made him happy.
When my sister and I were old enough to start working alongside him, he taught us a wealth of information about the jewellery industry in its entirety. Everything from design, diamonds, jewellery repairs, and sales but always on top of the list was customer service. He always believed that the philosophy of ‘word of mouth’ was better than any type of advertising and because of this strong belief, everyone needed to leave Minichiello Jewellers being one hundred percent satisfied and with a big smile on their face.
As years went by, Fred began helping third generations of customers and loved to reminisce about the good old days. Many customers would proudly tell him that their grandparents wedding rings were from him, their parents rings were from him as well and now it was their turn to join in on the family tradition. How incredible this must have made him feel. I know it made my whole family extremely proud.
Because of his passion and sheer enjoyment of spending his days in the office it was extremely hard for him to hand over the reigns. Minichiello Jewellers was his baby and the thought of doing anything else never crossed his mind. He desperately wanted to work forever and continue all of the relationships he had built over the 50 plus years with his faithful customers. When his son-in-law Daniel, Crestina’s husband, started to work alongside him and learn the business just like we had, my dad finally felt comfortable enough to step back and enjoy life as a retiree.
I will never forget and always treasure my memories of this wonderful man as I’m sure many people will do too. Fred, you were truly an outstanding man. We consider ourselves so blessed to have shared in life’s journey with you. We hope to make you proud as we carry on your tradition and hopefully, one or all of your grandchildren will share this passion too. And with every sparkle in every diamond that we see, we will always think of you shining down on us. We love you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Versatility, femininity, and brilliance are only a few of the many words I could use to describe these diamond bands. They stack so perfectly with any wedding set or diamond anniversary ring and also happen to look quite lovely on their own. With many styles, outlines, and colours of gold to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for your special someone this holiday season.
Part of our beautiful right hand ring collection, this diamond band stands out for its unique but timeless appeal. It is crafted to look like three separate micro pave diamond bands but the secret is underneath the finger where it is all held together. Its versatility is also quite impressive as it looks amazing on any finger you choose. There are many reasons why this beauty makes our holiday wish list this year and if you find it under your tree, lucky you!
The beautiful, rough cut blue topaz at center is lightly faceted to showcase its subtle tone and soft blue color. It is quite rare that you see a gemstone cut in such a way. The slim, micro pave set diamond halo that surrounds the blue topaz is the perfect accent to add a little flair and sparkle as the pendant catches the light. If you are looking for a unique and stylish gift this holiday season, this gorgeous pendant is one to check out!
A holiday gift idea that is always on our list is one of the most classic pieces of jewellery a girl will ever own. Diamond stud earrings have been forever a jewellery staple and they are not going anywhere any time soon.
At Minichiello Jewellers, we have a large selection of diamond stud earrings in every price range starting from $150 and up. Each pair is expertly matched for size and quality and set in your choice of white, yellow or rose gold. Most of our clients prefer the round brilliant cut shape for its amazing brilliance but we can set up any diamond shape that captures your heart. And with every diamond stud purchase we offer a lifetime, upgrading policy, making this holiday gift idea the gift that truly keeps on giving.
A few of our favourite rose gold pieces include these two stunning pendants pictured here. The top pendant incorporates colourless, micro pave set round brilliant cut diamonds against the rose gold backdrop. The bottom is perfection with the addition of the rose hued gem, morganite. Both create an ultra feminine and ultra sparkly appearance that we just can’t get enough of.
We were lucky enough to visit the New York jewellery show this past fall and discover the many wonderful sterling silver bracelets you see pictured here. Unique and modern styles were abundant, which made it pretty hard to choose, but we think we got it right with these beauties. And the best part about them, besides how great they look, is their price. Ranging from $50 – $120, they will keep your budget in check and earn you major brownie points too!
Are you looking for a little inspiration this holiday season? Can’t seem to find that perfect gift? Well, look no further as we have some brilliant suggestions for you!
Minichiello’s is full of great gift ideas from modest to extravagant, classic to ultra modern, and brilliant to understated. With so many wonderful pieces to choose from, we thought we would highlight some of our absolute favourites this year!
The first gift item we are swooning over are these beautiful, soft hued gemstone rings. Their beauty lies in their ultra feminine design complete with diamond, micro pave halo’s and vintage detailing down the sides. Choose from the cushion cut, the popular oval cut, or the unique pear shape for the center and you are sure to be a winner in the gift giving department!
If you have been following our Minichiello Jewellers Instagram page this year, you will have noticed a trend that keeps appearing and reappearing. Unusual ring pairings that at first glance, may look different, but once you get to know them, you start to fall in love.
We’ve been adoring pairings like these for a while now and it is finally catching on. Clients are choosing to make stylish statements with their wedding sets by incorporating diamond wedding and anniversary bands that aren’t necessarily the perfect match. Even though the outlines, diamond shapes, and settings may be different they compliment the engagement ring in such a beautiful way.
These four wedding sets pictured are amongst our favourite looks and represent this new eclectic style so perfectly. They are all made up of a three piece set, but I promise, they look just as brilliant and lovely with two.
Things are getting pretty exciting these days around Minichiello Jewellers as the new holiday season pieces are trickling in. We have had a wonderful year discovering many new designs and meeting fantastic new suppliers and I’m sure you will agree when you see the end result.
We most recently travelled to New York City to attend the last jewellery show of the season. The styles and designs on display were as amazing as the city and we are so proud to bring a lot of them back. Micro pave settings were definitely still the trend as the brilliance and sparkle is as good as it gets. Colour was also a big hit, especially in metals, where rose gold designs were abundant and plenty. Soft hued gemstones were also very well represented with the morganite and lilac amethyst leading the pack.
Pictured here are some of the micro pave highlights this season. The floating diamond cluster pendant, the lovely diamond cluster drop earrings, the micro pave hoops and cushion shaped cluster halo pendant are all in store and online at www.minichiellojewellers.com ready to go.
Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks I will show you more sneak peeks of the beauties to come!