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Our Friendly, Professional Team

Our team are warm, caring people, but they must also meet the highest standards for knowledge, integrity and strict ethical conduct, through rigorous annual exams by the American Gem Society.

Brent Harden

President
Certified Gemologist AGS
Graduate Gemologist GIA
Registered Jeweller AGS
brent@lamaisondor.com

When was La Maison D'Or started?
In 1975, with my brother Bill in Hawkesbury Ontario. My parents, Bill and Julie Harden, were the founders of Harden's Jewellers, started in 1949. I grew up in that store, playing in the store as a child, then at 6 actually helping out! My first sale was at 13 and I was so excited. I have loved this profession ever since!

What are you proud of?
My exceptional team! We have such a professional and friendly group. They love to be part of our family jewellery store. We are grateful to have them work with us!

Why do you like to come to work every day?
Each day is different. Our friends and clients shape the day. We are part of people's lives at some of their happiest moments!

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Hard question... there are many things I love! Hearing our client's story, creating a one of a kind piece, seeing our client's delight on the delivery and finally meeting the person who is wearing it!

What is your favorite memory acquired while working at La Maison D'Or?
Tough question again! There are so many! I will give you two... Having my mother, Julie, see her son continue the family tradition with La Maison D'Or. She loved to hear about our clients and their stories. Also, we had one family who we served for 3 generations! The Adams family came to a reception in our store this year where we served refreshments and gave out gifts. Twenty two people in all and we treated them all to champagne!

Rita Elias

Team Manager
Diamond Course Graduate GIA
Certified Sales Associate AGS
Jewellery Design Consultant
Tacori Ambassador
rita@lamaisondor.com

How long have I worked at La Maison D'Or?
I've been with La Maison D'Or for 15 years, since 2007.

Why did you want to work at La Maison D'Or?
Ever since I was a child, I always had an interest in gemstones, where they came from and how they formed. Those curiosities lead me to starting my career as a fine jeweller.

Why do you like to come to work every day?
I enjoy working with La Maison D'Or each and every day because we create endless memories and build friendships. I feel honored to be part of our team and our client's special occasions.

Why did you want to become a fine jeweller?
My passion to be a jeweller and my fascination with diamonds. I always wanted to use my creativity to design works of art that my clients so could enjoy and pass down for generations.

What is your favorite memory?
Some of my favorite memories are when I receive a thank you card from my client's wedding with a beautiful photo of the rings we created together. To me, these photos are priceless.

Jessica Harden

Applied Jewellery Professional GIA
Certified Sales Associate AGS
Jewellery Design Consultant
Tacori Specialist
jessica@lamaisondor.com

How long have you been employed at La Maison D'Or?
Part time, since I was 5. Full time, since 2015.

Why do you want to work at LMD?
I love being a jeweller because it allows me to be a designer, work with people and so much more! Getting to continue in the family business is such a wonderful added bonus!

Why do you like to come to work every day?
So many reasons! Our team works so well together and it is such a positive working space. Our customers are so wonderful, it is such a privilege to help them celebrate their most important and meaningful occasions.

What is you favourite thing about your job?
Meeting people who are so in love and helping them find the perfect ring. The look on their faces when I present them the final ring is so rewarding. I also love meeting people whose parents and grandparents bought rings from my family, it is so touching.

What is your favourite memory acquired while working at La Maison D'Or?
Customizing a gorgeous Tacori ring to fit a client's style and budget while still being able to make it in time for a surprise proposal at Disney World!! Magical story for a truly wonderful couple.

Tracy Millar

Graduate DCA
Certified Sales Associate AGS
tracy@lamaisondor.com

How long have you worked at La Maison Dor?
I have worked here since 2020.

Why did you want to work at LMD?
I have been working with jewellery for 15 years and in retail sales for 32 years. As soon as I walked into La Maison D'Or I felt like family. The design of the store is impeccable. We also offer amazing lines of designer jewellery and offer custom designs as well.

Why do you like to come to work every day?
I love finding that perfect item to celebrate our clients' special occasions and we have an amazing team here at La Maison D'Or.

Why did you want to become a fine jeweller?
I was always curious about the origins of gemstones and how they are mined, cut, and set into the perfect piece of jewellery.

What is your favorite memory?
A new client came in to get their clasp fixed on their chain. While they were in the store I presented the Canadian diamond collection. I suggested to put the diamond in her bridal set and take her original diamond and put it into a heart pendant. They were absolutely blown away on how stunning everything turned out. They have been part of my family ever since.

Laura Klub

Certified Sales Associate AGS
laura@lamaisondor.com

How long have you worked at lmd?Since Autumn of 2021.

Why did you want to work at lmd?
Having worked in jewellery for several years, I was eager to work with the best of the best. La Maison D'or is just that! The impeccable service and product La Maison D'or offers is a team I know I wanted to be a part of. 

Why do you like to come into work everyday?
Working with this wonderful team is a joy, and being apart of creating loving memories with clients through jewellery is such a treat! Why did you want to become a fine jeweller?I have always had a fascination with gemstones since I was a kid. Being able to adorn ones self with gemstones as wearable art is amazing. I find each piece of fine jewellery has such a great memory attached to it too. To me fine jewellery is one of the precious ways to remember a moment in time.

What is your favorite memory
Getting the chance to listen to people's stories and the love they share for their partner or family members. Recently I was able to help a gentleman purchase a beautiful 80th birthday present for his wife. The love for her he expressed to me is such a beautiful thing to hear.

Tammy Mood

LMD Ambassador  
Accredited Jewellery Professional G.I.A. 
Certified Sales Associate A.G.S  
Diamond and Coloured Stone Graduate G.I.A.  
Fine Jewellery Designer  
tammy@lamaisondor.com 

How long have I worked at La Maison D'Or?  
I have been part of the LMD family since 2004  

Why did you want to work at La Maison D'Or?  
I wanted to work with the best in the business! La Maison d'Or was always the plan. I got my first job in a jewellery store when I turned 18. I came from a long line of jewellery lovers and delighted in learning everything I could about all things sparkly. Once I had learned everything I could where I was, I applied to work with the LMD Team, and the rest is history!  

Why do you like to come to work every day?  
Every day I get to meet new people and see old friends. I still learn every day and constantly find new challenges that keep me creative and having fun!  

What is your favorite thing about your job?  
I love designing jewellery! It is the best part of my job. Whether I'm creating the perfect engagement ring for a bride or designing a multigenerational heirloom with old jewellery from mom and grandma that's been sitting in the jewellery box for years, every design is unique. It is pure magic being able to take your ideas from concept to a stunning piece of jewellery that is one-of-a-kind.  

What is your favorite memory?  
I loved studying with Robert Hutchins, a master at jewellery design who agreed to teach me the art of technical sketching and rendering in watercolour. The skills he taught are the foundation for what I do every day. 

Acacia Fooks

Team Associate
Quality Control Assistant 
Administration Assistant 
acacia@lamaisondor.com 

How long have I worked at La Maison D'Or? 

I have been with La Maison D'Or since May 2019. 

Why did you want to work at La Maison D'Or? 

I have always had an appreciation and love of fine jewellery. As I am very detail oriented, the opportunity to work in Quality Control really brought the best of all my worlds together; an amazing team, beautiful jewellery, and the opportunity to always bring a smile to our clients' day. 

Why do you like to come to work every day? 

I love being able to come in to something fresh and new each day and also see my amazing team. It is always so much fun to see jewellery recreated and redesigned! 

What is your favorite thing about your job? 

I love knowing that I can make sure our clients have the best work done to their pieces. I know that taking the time to fully inspect everything and make sure that all their requests are met, will ensure long term appreciation and love for their items. 

What is your favorite memory? 

My favourite memory is when we had clients who came in and had originally shopped with Brent Harden's parents, who started the business in Hawkesbury. It is so special to see how cross-generational La Maison D'Or is and how it has touched peoples hearts. 

Jacqueline Taylor

Graduate Gemologist G.I.A
Certified Gemologist Appraisor A.G.S

How long have I worked at La Maison D'Or?
I have been with LMD for 3 years, since 2019.

Why did you want to work at La Maison D'Or?
As an AGS accredited gemologist, it is important to me to work somewhere trustworthy, and LMD is one of the most reputable jewellery stores in Ottawa.

Why do you like to come to work every day?
I get to work with an amazing group of passionate and hardworking individuals.

What is your favorite thing about your job?
Solving the mystery of identifying gemstones.

What is your favorite memory?
Attending AGS Conclave in 2018 in Nashville and having the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the field of gemology and appraisal. 

Arpi Babaian

Currently on maternity leave, Arpi is excited to see you all when she is back!

Certified Sales Associate AGS
Graduate DCA
Jewellery Essentials GIA
Les Ateliers Design Graduate
Tacori Specialist
arpi@lamaisondor.com

How long have I worked at La Maison D'Or?
Since 2017

Why did you want to work at La Maison D'Or?
While working in a different jewelry store for 5 years, I always heard great things about La Maison D'Or! When the opportunity came up I was very excited, to be part of one of the best jewelry stores in Ottawa.

Why do you like to come to work every day?
I really enjoy what I do because with jewelry it's always a happy occasion! I get to be part of a celebration every day!

Why did you want to become a fine jeweler?
Coming from an Armenian background who have been creating jewelry for thousands of years inspired me to become a jeweler myself.

What is your favorite memory
Seeing the smile and the sparkle in my client's eyes when I help them find the ring of their dreams! I have created my own unforgettable memories with each and every one of them.