DRAE COLLECTION ON TV

DRAE COLLECTION ON TV

Our ''I AM'' collection worned by the candidates of Occupation Double, a reality show in Quebec!

It was last Monday evening that the grand premiere of the famous Quebec reality show “Après OD - Dans l'Ouest” was taking place and our team was simply ecstatic to see a few of the candidates proudly wearing our ''I AM'' collection in collaboration with Anouk Lauzon.

What a surprise it must have been to realize that most of them were wearing the same jewels!

Here are some photos of the girls wearing our pieces of the collection.

Our stunning ''I AM'' necklace definitely charmed many of the girls.

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Some have even paired it with our GRACEFUL necklace.

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And what about our EXTRA earrings! They have undoubtedly been our best sellers for a few months now.

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You can find the full collection right here.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR JEWELS

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR JEWELS

You’ve asked for it, we answer all your questions!
Learn everything you need to know about our jewels from the design process to the jewelry care steps.
Let us guide you through the full process at DRAE.

 

DESIGN PROCESS

All our jewels are designed by our founder, Aurelie. As the main brain of the brand, she always starts by looking at the upcoming trends in the fashion industry and then adapts them to DRAE’s identity. Once she’s set, she draws sketches of the jewels she has in mind to our manufacturer with all the specifications including specks, desired metals and other specifications.

Then our manufacturer sends us videos of the 3D samples created from the sketch. Once they are approved, our manufacturer sends us the samples so we can try them out and adjust the products according to our needs. If she likes it the way they are, the samples then go to the testing process.


 

TESTING PROCESS

The testing process means that we’ve received and approved the samples and that it’s time to test them to make sure they respect the quality standards we’ve established at DRAE. Meaning that they are long-lasting jewels that won’t tarnish and that will be water-resistant.

 

In that order, each member of our team will test the products on a daily basis. From wearing them at the gym, to taking them to the pool or simply wearing them all day long for a minimum of 2 weeks. If the samples pass the test, we then place the order with our manufacturer. That’s when you’ll finally be able to buy our products from our website.

 

  

 

COMPOSITIONS

Did you know our jewels are tarnished free and water resistant? Well, now you know! At DRAE we want to ensure a high level of quality and to guarantee long-lasting products, we meticulously select each metal so you can wear them all day long and everywhere you go. Our jewels are made from silver sterling 925 and either plated with 14K gold metal or plated with rhodium for our silver jewels. If you don’t know what it means, find out down here.

 

 

SILVER STERLING 925

 

We want the best of the best just for you! That’s why we make our jewels with high quality material. Each of our jewels are based with a Silver Sterling 925. What does that mean you might think? The 925 stamp represents the purity of the silver we use to create our jewels. Ours are composed with 92.5% of silver and the 7.5% left represent an additional metal.

 

   

GOLD PLATING

 

Now, our gold jewels are not only composed of silver sterling 925. We actually plate them with 4 to 6 microns of 14K to 18K gold metal. That means, it won’t tarnish and you can wear them all day long! Isn’t it fantastic?

 

 

RHODIUM PLATING

 

Why are our silver gems so bright? It’s simple! We want you to have the shiniest jewels of all. That’s why not only we make our jewel with silver sterling 925, but we also plate them with rhodium to give a beautiful polished look to our jewels. You can almost say our silver is white. That’s what makes them so special and unique.

 

 

STAINLESS STEEL

 

As some of our jewels are chunkier, we sometimes go with a base of stainless steel. In that case we will still plate them with 14K/18K gold metal or with silver sterling 925.

 

CRYSTALS

 

People often ask us if our crystals are real. Not to disappoint you, but if they were, I promise they would cost you a lot more.

 

Although they are not real crystals, they are still real stones and still good quality. The stone we use is called AAA cubic zirconias. Let us explain what this means! Like you will see in a diamond evaluation, a specialist will look at the cut, quality, and colour. It’s pretty much the same for cubic zirconias. So an AAA-rated cubic zirconia stone is considered as the most popular grade for high-quality fashion jewelry.

 

 

FRESHWATER PEARLS

 

The same question will come for our products made with pearls. Are your pearls real? Our pearls may not be the typical natural saltwater pearls you find, but we can assure you they are real pearls. Ours simply come from non-saline waters which means they grow in lakes, rivers and ponds. That’s why they are called freshwater pearls. We select ours in white, but they also come in pastel shades of pink, lilac and peach.

 

ALLERGIC REACTIONS

 

If you’re concerned your skin will turn green or get a rash from an allergic reaction, do not worry! Unless you have a specific allergy to silver or gold, our jewels are hypoallergenic. If you usually get skin reactions to jewels, always make sure to go with high quality products such as ours.

 

JEWELRY CARE

 

You want to keep your jewels as shiny as possible? You want to be able to wear them every day, no matter what your activity is leading you on? Well, this doesn’t come easy without proper care. Follow our steps on how to clean your jewelry right here.

 

ASK YOUR QUESTIONS

 

Now that you know a little more about our jewelry, we want to hear your questions. Send us what else you’d like to know about jewels and we’ll make a second blog.
Anouk Lauzon

Anouk Lauzon

This week we interviewed Anouk to talk about the story behind I AM, our new collection launching on January 24th. We had so much fun getting to know her on a deeper level and we know you’ll love her just as much as we do!

We feel so lucky to finally be launching our very first capsule collection, an opportunity we could not be more grateful for,  and wanted to share with you the behind the scenes of this amazing collaboration with Anouk. So let’s get started!

DRAE: So, Anouk, since not everyone might know who you are and how did we end up creating this new collection with you, how about explaining how this all started? How did you first hear about us?

A: I had the chance to meet Aurelie for the first time, 4 years ago in 2018 (time goes fast !). She introduced me to her jewelry brand and I could tell how passionate she was. I immediately loved the entrepreneur vibe. It was a real crush! Since then, I’ve followed the brand on Instagram in their daily life and evolution.  

DRAE: We couldn’t agree more, this is definitely our founder’s vibe! And so, what made you want to work with us? 

A: Easy question! For me, DRAE is a company where you can be your true self and where “the sky's the limit”. The team is composed of girls that I can relate to because of their hard work, creativity and human personality. There’s nothing more essential for me than to work with a team where I feel 100% at my place and respected. I just knew that our collaboration would be a real success, it was at this moment I said “Lets go!”

 

 

 

DRAE: We’re so grateful to have our first collaborative collection with you. So now, could you tell everyone how this idea started?

A: It all started with a simple Instagram DM from Aurelie (DRAE’s founder). I remember when I opened the message, I was super hyped, because I was offered the opportunity to do a collection of what I really want : my choices, my ideas, my concept. It has always been important for me that every project reflects who I am, and with DRAE it was possible. As I’m also a “feeling” kinda girl, I just had a good feeling about it. This is where it all started.

DRAE: Of course, we wouldn’t want to do a collection with you where you’re not included in the whole process. Speaking of which! What would you say you loved the most about working with us?

A: I’ve honestly always felt part of the family. With the girls, the atmosphere is always pleasant. It’s like they’ve always been MY girls!! Whenever we see each other at the office or in between our 10000000 voice messages, the vibe is always super positive, respectful and fun. I feel lucky that I can now consider these girls as my friends.

DRAE: Aww! This is so sweet. You’re definitely now part of our family and there’s no word to describe how we all feel about this beautiful collab. I don’t think our readers are ready for what we’re about to show them. Could you tell us where the idea of I AM came from?

A: It’s super important for me to have concepts when I do projects. I think the more meaning you’re giving to a collection, the more interesting it becomes, and even more people can identify themselves to it. 

I AM wasn’t my original idea. Initially, I wanted to include a powerful word on one of my necklaces. So I asked my community which word they most identify themselves to. When looking at the answers, I realized that there were so many words that I couldn't choose only one. That’s when I came to the conclusion that choosing a word would be similar to imposing something on my community. I also told myself, "We’re constantly changing, evolving and learning every day. So it's impossible for one word to be enough."

That's when I told myself, "the only thing that is certain is that we’re a whole of our own. We are, WE and just that, should be enough to love ourselves." Then I brought up my idea to the team and, instantly, it was a no-brainer for us. We found our collection’s name: I AM.

Take a look at the collection here

DRAE: Isn’t it a beautiful philosophy?! So now that we’re just a few days before the launch of the collection, what would you say was your favorite part in the process of this collaboration?

A: The Photoshoot, without any doubt! DRAE’s team was IN-SA-NE

Whenever I do projects, it's important for me to include my friends, to encourage them and mostly because it's simply fun to work with your friends. As for the photographer, I went with my best friend, Guillaume Landry. I'm pretty picky when it comes to my photos and Guillaume knows exactly what I like. So for me, it was the perfect match and the pictures are INSANE!


 

DRAE: I think I can speak for the team to say that we CAN’T wait to share the pictures of this photoshoot! To let everyone understand why we’re so excited about the shoot, can you tell us a little bit more of how it went, what was the concept of the shoot. I’m sure they would want to know!

A: Absolutely! So the shooting was separated into 3 parts. We first arrived at the studio and let me tell you, it was… FLABERGASTING! We could not have found a better place to do the shoot. Then after settling in, we first took photos just with me and my beautiful jewels. Then, in the second part, we recorded a video of our concept with different people. After that, since we had extra time, we took some pictures of the people who came for our video. When I tell you that the team was INSANE, it's true.

DRAE: What a day! And can you explain where you found these people?

A: Yes! ​​For the promotional video, it was important for me to use people from my community. “Ordinary" people, like me. I AM is a community. That's why I made a call to everyone on my network. I received more than a hundred applications. Among them, I chose about fifteen people to be part of the video. I then added my best friend, 3 of my friends (because I wanted men too - jewelry is not just for women), my sister and my mom. The cast was AMAZING!

Before the shoot, I even created a group chat on Instagram so we could get to know each other and that group was a true success. Also, the models were unfailingly professional, generous, kind and INSANE (again)! I can't thank them enough for trusting me with this project.

I have no words to describe the energy of that day. However, I did get a few chills (a lot) on that day.

DRAE: I think we still all have chills from that day! OK. Now, could you tell us what can people expect from this collection?

A: I AM is a true and unique concept, just like you. Everyone will be able to recognize themselves through this collection.

 

DRAE: We’re so excited and can’t wait for people to see it for themselves! Now, since not everyone necessarily knows you, how about some more personal questions to get to know you a little more. Starting with telling us what’s on your bucket list?

A: I'm not really a "Bucket list" kinda girl because my bucket list would always change. The only thing that has never changed is that I want to go to Italy and Spain. I'm more of a mood board  girl since II like to focus on things one year at a time. If you want to know what’s on my list this year. Well, I would love to skydive and go on a trip with my sister Maude!

DRAE: Traveling is also on our bucket list this year, I think! So what’s in your travel essentials bag?

A: Besides my passport, cards and money, it’s certain that I bring:

A lypsyl 
Socks 
Concealer
My bikini 

DRAE: Bikinis and a concealer is for sure a must in every woman's life! And we’re all about feeling elevated at all times. When we look at you, we can tell you’re a beautiful confident woman. What would you say is your success to be this confidant?

A: I’ll tell you a story!

I have a long nose and people used to laugh at my nose in elementary school. Some people even told me that  I had the nose of a witch. Being young, it affected me a lot and it for sure showed. The worst part was that I was hanging out with these people. The day I decided to be confident about my nose and stopped reacting to those comments, people stopped talking about my nose.

Still in elementary school, in grade 3, my mom bought me colorful, flowery (but intense flowery) pants. When I arrived at school, the guys in my class laughed at my pants. I remember being embarrassed, wanting to disappear. As the day progressed, the comments continued. I was so fed up and humiliated that I told a boy in my class, "I like my pants so if you don't like them, look elsewhere. I don't talk about your dragon shirt, so don't talk about my pants" and he stopped.

I shortly realized that you have to own up for yourself. If you take ownership of yourself, people can't feed you with negative comments or even bully you. The only reason people criticize negatively is to get a reaction, to diminish someone, and to come in and shake a person down. When these people don't succeed, they move on to the next one.

It is also important to be well surrounded and to have healthy friendships that accept you as you are, 100%. Toxic little comments like: what you're wearing is funny, what's with the style, I'm thinner than you but it doesn't matter, your feet are so ugly, you have a lot of pimples compared to me, etc. It's a NO!

The key: know yourself, take responsibility and be well surrounded.

 

DRAE: Such great advice. Thanks for sharing this story with us. And how about your favorite staples right now?

A: I would say the candles. There's not a day I don't light a candle.

DRAE: Right! Especially these days, with COVID who turned us all into homebodies! How do you like to relax after a stressful day of working from home?

A: Light a candle, put on a jazz playlist and do a skincare routine.

DRAE: That’s the way to do it! And how about your personal goals for this upcoming season, do you have any?

A: SELLING OUT the collection I AM by Anouk !

DRAE: I think that also applies to us! We just can’t wait for it to be available. Let’s finish with one last question before we let you go. What best piece of advice you’ve received you would like to share with us and our customers?

A: My father recently said to me, "Daughter, you only have 24 hours in your life. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Do what you want to do now. Don't wait."

If not, I often tell my friends, "Everything happens for a reason. Life is good. Trust life."

 

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GIFT IDEAS WITH DRAE

GIFT IDEAS WITH DRAE

No pressure, but Christmas is only a few days away!

And we know some of you have still yet to find a gift, but don’t worry, we got you covered!

We want to help you find that perfect gift that will make her feel dazzling once again! Here are a few essentials that she might need in her closet.


 
SNAKE CHOKER

As simple as it looks, our Snake Choker is perfect for every occasion and easily stackable with other necklaces. From day to night, from work to work out, our products are tarnished resistant and you can find it in both silver and gold.

Materials
Silver Snake Choker - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 plated on stainless steel
Gold Snake Choker - 14K Gold Plated on stainless steel




THICK FIGARO NECKLACE

Making a statement with bold jewelry is always a must! Our Thick Figaro necklace is simply perfect for every type of outfit. From chic to casual, this piece will elevate her style.

Materials
Silver Thick Figaro Necklace - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 plated on stainless steel
Gold Thick Figaro Necklace - 14K Gold Plated Rhodium on stainless steel

 



BOLD RING
If you’re looking to gift her with something different and eye-catching, our Bold Ring is probably what you’re looking for! This dazzling ring was designed to stand out by its translucent multiple Cubic Zirconias and will easily complete any look.

Materials
Silver Bold Ring - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925
Gold Bold Ring - 14K Gold Plated

 



CALABASAS RING

We’re all about silver for winter and our Calabasas Ring is what she needs! This one-of-a-kind piece is easily stackable with the ring collection she already owns. Our Calabasas ring will add the spark missing in her style.

Materials
Silver Calabasas Ring - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 - Cubic Zirconia Crystal




TENNIS BRACELET

Our Tennis Bracelet is one of our customers’ favorites. Simple, elegant and timeless, you’ll want to get her this piece to sparkle for the holidays and all year-round. You can also find it with a gold dainty chain.

Materials
Silver Tennis Bracelet - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 - Cubic Zirconia Crystal
Gold Tennis Bracelet - 14K Gold Plated - Cubic Zirconia Crystal




HAVANA CUBAN LINK BRACELET

Whether she’s a fan of gold or diamonds, our Havana Cuban Link bracelet is what she will love. This bracelet is perfect for all year-round and can be worn alone or layered with other beautiful bracelets.

Materials
Silver Havana Cuban Link Bracelet - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 - Cubic Zirconia Crystal
Gold Havana Cuban Link Bracelet - 14K Gold Plated - Cubic Zirconia Crystal

 



ANKLET

If she’s leaving on vacation, we might have an idea for you. Get her one of our beautiful anklets to elevate her style. Our anklets will go along from a day at the beach to a chic night out.




BODY CHAIN

She’s leaving for a warm destination? A body chain is what she needs! Get her one of our outstanding chains that will make her look bold in her bikini set or even with a 2-piece outfit.

Materials
Silver Tennis Bracelet - Solid Sterling Silver stamped 925 - Cubic Zirconia Crystal
Gold Tennis Bracelet - 14K Gold Plated - Cubic Zirconia Crystal


So what are you waiting for? Start shopping now!