Gam Studios jewellery is designed and handmade by Gam Tran and his family. Gam first learned of this craft back home in Vietnam from his family business. After the Vietnam War in 1978, he escaped the war-torn country and made his journey to Canada with other Vietnamese refugees. Working with a talented metalsmith, he learned new techniques and acquired transferable skills which helped him start his business in 1992. What started as a hobby and part-time business, Gam now works full-time using sterling silver, 10K & 14K Yellow Gold and Rose Gold, freshwater pearls, and semi-precious stones to make earrings, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, pendants and rings. His development process often includes stencil or free-hand drawing, hammering, cutting, soldering, filing and polishing. Each distinctive piece is designed and carefully handcrafted for functionality and practicality. Gam likes to draw inspiration from such sources as magazines, feedback from customers and family, nature, symbolic signs, and cultural influences. Gam’s products can be found throughout Canada in selective art galleries and gift shops specializing in Canadian hand-crafted products.