Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring is in the air!

Well, it's officially spring. (Although if you live on the east coast you'd never know it!)

With the warmer weather people start thinking about romantic ways to propose to their sweethearts. If you're unsure of what to do, I recommend a picnic, but wait until the April showers are over! That means there is plenty of time to have a special engagement ring made. Here at Jewel Envy, we specialize in extraordinary designs and meaningful custom work. If you are having a hard time deciding how to turn your idea into a ring, come on in and talk to one of the goldsmiths. We will take care of you, and make sure that you propose with the perfect ring that you'll both cherish forever.

Here are a few engagement rings that you'll find in store.

Sweet and dainty engagement ring by Amanda Henderson of Jewelust

Classic bezel design by Lauren Hanham Designs.

Classic bezel setting with linear details by Sasha Oda of Archerade.

Like the design of a ring in the store, but want to customize the stones and metal? We can do that!

White gold and blue topaz ring by Sasha Oda of Archerade
Or maybe you want a completely new and unique design, like your beloved? We can do that too!

White gold branch ring made by Amanda Henderson of Jewelust.
I hope I've given you some ideas. If you just have questions about all of the options out there (and we know, there's a lot and it can be overwhelming!), just give us a call or stop in and we'll give you our advice and share our knowledge.

Happy spring!

P.S. To all of our friends still shoveling snow, I'm sending you sunny thoughts.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Let me introduce myself!

Well hello there! I should introduce myself, I'm the new intern here at Jewel Envy and my name's Linnea. I'm here from 1-6pm Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays and occasionally Wednesday mornings so feel free to say hi if you stop by, though I am kept pretty busy. 

So, a bit about me. I love all kinds of art, especially jewellery, since a young age. I've taken short classes in wire jewellery, casting, gem cutting, setting and chain designs. I have a particular love of Celtic and Norse inspiration but anything that shines or sparkles makes my day.

While working here I will post on the blog, do updates behind-the-scenes and help out the goldsmiths with some of the in-between steps like filing and emerying which takes a long time but is actually one of my favourite parts of the process.

That's all for now, -Linnea

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Burn baby burn!

So I dropped some very very hot wax on my arm the other day. It is not a big deal in the grand scheme of potential-goldsmith-injuries, but it is a bit of an eyesore:

So what is a goldsmith to do? Cover it up with jewellery of course! Big and bold bracelets are the perfect disguise, and here is the proof:
(L-R) Arrowhead bracelet in sterling, Archerade by Sasha Oda
Open studded cuff in sterling, Jewelust by Amanda Henderson
Twig cuff in sterling and gold plate, Pash by Gillian Batcher
Wrap bracelet in sterling, Tete Designs by Fatima Tataragic

If delicate is more your thing, we also have a great selection of dainty bracelets that are beautiful and intricate distractions from any offensive scar tissue:)
(T-B) Plain and hammered bangles in sterling, HP Lafaurie Jewelry Design by Helena Lafaurie
Paisley links and cherry blossom bracelets in sterling, Koko Bijoux by Young Kyoung Ko
Lotus charm bracelet with sapphires in sterling, Ellolite by Chia-Chien Tsai
Open shapes bracelet with moonstone beads in sterling, Glaciale by Alexis Kostuk
Obviously you can arm yourself even if uninjured, so come on by today and try on some bracelets!
We are open until 6pm tonight, you can help me put some aloe on my burn.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Instagram Envy 2.0

 In case you missed it, here's a recap of what Jewel Envy goldsmiths have been posting on Instagram lately.

Jewel Envy @jewelenvy
Studio maintenance day. Tapping a new thread for the bolt that holds the oil in! #goldsmith #studiotechnician #roncesvallesretail #jewelenvy

Alexis Kostuk, Glacial Goldsmith @glacialegoldsmith
Gonna do a series of rings with these lovelies... "under the sea" do do da doooo... #turquiose #handmadebyme #goldsmith #glaciale #jewelenvy

 Amanda Henderson, Jewelust @jewelust
18K rose and yellow gold ring came back for a visit. Its owner's knuckles are bigger than her finger, so we added a few balls to the inside to make it fit tighter on the finger but still fit over the knuckle. We also made an 18K rose and white gold bracelet to complete the look!

#customjewellery #instajewelrygroup #instadaily #Jewelust #toronto

Fatima Tataragic, Tete Designs @tetedesigns
In the making...... #stacking#rings#handmade#studio#time#artsandcrafts#yyz#gifts#gold#silver#geometric#shapes

 Lauren Hanham, Lauren Hanham Jewellery Designs @la_sass
Bone castings were a partial success. A fair amount fully cast but they all have these nasty bumps. The result of an investment table that's losing suction. #goldsmithproblems #goldsmithfail
#instajewelrygroup #jewellery #jewelersbench #wip #workinprogress #casting #investmenttable

Sasha Oda, Archerade @acherade
These earrings got stoned with turquoise and labradorite ❤ #archerade #handmadejewellery #madeintoronto #madeincanada #buyhandmade #shoplocal

Ellen Tsai, Ellolite @ellolite_ellentsai
Hello sexy😘I am a complete frog now #frog #madeintoronto #sculpture #handmadejewelry #sterlingsilver

 Zsolt Szekely @zsoltszekelycom
dah-dah-di-dit (say it all with morse code)

Gillian Batcher, Pash Jewellery @pashjewellery
Another happy customer. This elegant #wedding band is 10k #rosegold with #sapphires. #madeforme #pashjewellery #roncesvallesretail #jewelenvy #jewellery