Sunday, November 12, 2017

sunday in the studio

Here's a little something for your weekend visual enjoyment. Earrings by Caroline Deacon that make me really happy, and that will make you really happy too. That's just the amazing effect that beautiful things have on people like us:)

textured studs, save at $65 a pair

 attention to detail: handmade backs!!!!

drops with opal cabochons. a bit of a splurge at $275 for the pair, 
but come one! these are just the best

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Funday in the studio

It's Amnesty Day today! The studio hosts this day a couple times a year, for students to get some extra (and free!) benchtime outside of regular class hours.

Lots of fun and creative projects are taking form before my eyes. Here are some images of our amazing students hard at work:

  Using the flexshaft and a ring clamp like a pro

Soldering an earring with a bit of third-arm help

 Forming some very special bezels for some very gorgeous stones

We teach a variety of one-day and 8-week workshops here at Jewel Envy. Whether you are looking to build a foundation of goldsmithing skills, or walk away with a handmade piece of jewellery (or both!), we can help you out. Take a look at our calendar of upcoming classes and get in touch!

Sunday, October 29, 2017



Hello Sunday Readers,

Like many of us I am often thinking of the warmth and sun of Springtime and this can be seen in my new work called, Shining Fall Collection, at h.p.lafaurie Jewellery Design.

For a close up look at the magic Shining Fall collection, shop online or at our studio

This series was inspired by the transition to fall. The nights get cooler but summers embrace has not been forgotten. These pieces will help you twinkle into the next season and keep the days of Fall shining along with you!


I LOVE little things that shine and make noises.  My silver necklace, pendent and earrings are in constant motion and make sounds when you wear them.

On a wet and dreary day, like today which is the perfect day to stay inside, reading a good book and sharing time with friends and family, I invite you to take the time to enjoy my collection online. Feel the reassurance that the sun and good times are always in our hearts.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed making it.
Custom variations are available.

Have a nice Sunday


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Special Event Sunday!

We at the Big Blue House on Roncy in Toronto are always up to special things!

Earlier this year we started to curate our Roncesvalles Avenue windows and the results have been VERY SPECIAL. We feature a new goldsmiths' work every six weeks and they have a chance to design the windows of their dreams featuring their very own spectacular jewellery.

This month we unveiled Ivane Thiebault's work in our three street-side windows—and they are deliciously eye-catching!

Ivane Thiebault's Monstera Leaf drop earrings in sterling silver

A native of Paris and truly a citizen of the world (she came to Toronto via Australia AND Chicago!), Ivane brings her unique worldview to her jewellery line.

Having travelled the world, Ivane identifies with the idea of home which is reflected in her Canadian line.

Ivane's Antler pendant in solid sterling silver
Ivane is in Paris right now for a little business, research and r and r before the holiday rush.  We miss her and wish her a safe journey back to studio.  Maybe we should send her one of her very own Love Letter from Toronto bracelets to speed her journey back!

Love Letter from Toronto bracelet
If you would like to see the windows in person come on by the big blue house on Roncesvalles—you have until November 16 to see these eye-catching displays!

Even better, pop into the store to pick up your very own IT Designs piece.


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Competition is a celebration of everyone’s accomplishments.

Dear Sunday Readers,

For me, competition is not about winning or gauging my skill level compared to that of others. For me, competition is principally about participating in an event with people I respect and admire, where everyone gets to share with one another how much progress they have made through their hard work and diligence. Competition, when viewed like this, is a celebration of everyone’s accomplishments.

At Jewel Envy we have competitions once a year. The goldsmith at Jewel Envy are all so incredibly talented, I look forward each year to seeing what my peers can do and rejoicing in their and my own advancements and creativity.

This year, the competition required making pieces with blue topaz.

You can enjoy the exhibition online or in our studio for a close up look at the magic!

The pieces exhibited this year are all very different and unique and you can see each goldsmith’s personality shine through.

Vote for your favorite piece online or at our studio and let us know what you think!
Voting is open from September 15 to October 31, 2017. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate!

We hope you enjoy admiring the work as much as we all enjoyed making it.

Have a nice Sunday


Saturday, October 14, 2017


Happy Shop Saturday all!

It's kind of a dreary wet day out there, which is kind of too bad, but also kind of perfect for staying inside, reading blogs, and thinking about future jewellery purchases😉

Today I would like to introduce you to the Rorschach line of jewellery, designed and handcrafted by Micheline Roi of Atelier J. Inspired by - surprise! - the famous Rorschach inkblot tests, this line includes brooches and earrings at a variety of pricepoints.
The lasercut brooches are $30 apiece, in either mirrored acrylic or baltic birch.

 These earrings are copper, and then plated with a black nano-ceramic coating. Save on the small pair at $65, or splurge just a bit more on the large pair at $95.

 The small sterling pair are $75, and the large pair are $125.

 These are gold-plated sterling silver. The small pair are $80, and the large pair are $150.

A Rorschach collage.

Personally, I would be interested in seeing these earrings in 14k yellow gold because, well, gold. If that is also your choice, good for you and your great taste, get in touch for pricing!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Queen West Art Crawl

Dear Sunday Readers,

Trinity Bellwoods Park host  The Queen West Art Crawl this weekend, to celebrate and promote creativity, art and culture. More than 200 artists and artisans will be at the park with the best of their work for you to enjoy. Join them and show your support! Help out your communities! by shopping  local.

Our goldsmiths, Ivane Thiebaut and Micheline Roi from Jewel Envy will be attending the Queen West Art Crawl.

Ivane Thiebaut originally of Paris, is also a world traveler, she incorporate her unique skills and her travel inspiration into her jewellery line.

Visit Queen West Art today or come meet Ivane in the studio and experience her incredible Parisian accent firsthand as she gives you an around the world tour of her incredible jewellery.

Check out  her Web site, “color, and materials are joined together in a beautiful adornment for you to wear everywhere, everyday...”

Micheline Roi, she is a talented and true Canadian artist!

She started her career as a classical music composer over 25 years and later channeled her passion toward jewellery design. She is a dedicated jeweler with passion for details and beauty to adorn women with unique and magnificent objects of beauty.

Her new line "Pop"  will be highlight this weekend at the park. As she says "wear your sunglasses it's going to be bright!
You can follow her on her Etsy shop AtelierJcontemporary and if located in Toronto, you can admire and try her jewellery in the shop here at Jewel Envy on Marion Street in the artistic area on Roncesvalles ('Roncy" for the locals).

Mother Nature gifted us with an extended summer by 2 more weeks and Queen West Art Crawl is the best way to put an end to our summer days!

The goldsmith here at Jewel Envy are currently working on new ideas for this Christmas season!

I love the holidays! I love shopping for gifts for others, I love spending time with my grandson only seven months old, I hope this year has been an incredible year for all of you!

Have a nice Sunday!


Saturday, September 9, 2017


Hello friends!

It's shop saturday again, so it's time for another edition of save or splurge. This one is one features work by Judith Noldin, a resident goldsmith here at Jewel Envy.

The box is a pretty fabulous splurge - the top and bottom are domed, textured copper, and the rims and hinge are a perfectly contrasting sterling. This is a $420 splurge.
Inside, for your saving pleasure, is a sterling silver lapel pin. It's a bumblebee, because save the bees, literally! This baby will set you back $80.

Judith has more pieces in her bee collection, and she also has another box (this one is completely sterling silver) on display. I highly recommend you come in to take a look yourself:)

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Spotlight on Jerell Reichert

Dear Readers,

Happy Shop Saturday!

Today I want to introduce you to the original and incredible work of Jerell Reichert.
Bangles in every shape and irregular forms, with or without texture, wide or narrow, open at the back or closed, just to enjoy!

Jerell has hand-forged each of these bracelets by hand, working the metal bit by bit, using fold-forming and anti-classic techniques.

                                                                    Sterling Silver
                                             Close Wire Bangle. High Dome Cuff. Cable 1/2

                                                     Chased Wide Cuff, Sterling Silver

Each piece is unique and there are much more to see and appreciate at the store -  like this lovely brooch in Sterling Silver.

                                                            Leaf Pin, Sterling Silver

Have a nice Saturday!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wear food (yes, food!)

I ran across the work of self described "kitchensmith" Rachel Shimpock on Instagram. She uses a technique called electroforming which deposits layers of metal (copper) onto objects. She prepares selected pieces of food through electroforming then enamels or uses powdercoating to add colour on the metal surface. Check out some of her work below (and click on links to her website/Insta above as well!)

I saw in her recent Instagram feed that she is making some bagels... I can't wait to see how they turn out! Especially as someone who consumes a LOT of Seventh Sister Bakery bagels ;o) - Alexis

Toast Bracelet by Rachel Shimpock
Chip Earrings by Rachel Shimpock

Celery Brooch by Rachel Shimpock

Wing Brooch by Rachel Simpock

Veggie Dip Brooch by Rachel Shimpock

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Special Event Sunday!

                                                       Special Event Sunday

 Our window displays are constantly evolving, they are currently showcasing a variety of work by goldsmith Alexis Kustok. 

                                                            She and Him 
The fist display features two pendants, both a male and female silhouette. The pendants themselves are made from copper with coloured flocking, hung from a sterling silver chain.

*These pendants are also available in alternative colours and sizes upon request.



In this display we see hand carved initial pendants in both bold and cursive fonts. The pendants themselves are made from sterling silver and hung from a sterling silver chain.

* Also available in alternative metals, sizes, fonts, and letters for customization

                                                              Dora Loves Doughnuts


The final display features a sterling silver shark pendent with diamond set eyes, accompanied by a sterling silver chain.

* Also available as earring or cufflinks with the option of alternative gems, or without.

 Come by the big blue house and find out how you can make one of these beautiful pieces unique to you!

Saturday, August 12, 2017


Happy Shop Saturday all!

Today I want to introduce you to the Balls (to the wall!) stacking collection by Pash Jewellery Design, by Gillian Batcher. Each piece is sold individually, and there are more than a few ways to customize these ballsy beauties to make your stack as lovely and original as you.

In the image above, there are the rings in various metals and karats, with different stones as accents. And don't forget about the pendant! Sterling silver, vermeil (which is gold-plated sterling), 10k rose gold, 14k palladium white gold, sterling silver with pave diamonds on one ball, 10k rose gold with pave sapphires on one ball, etc... The pricing ranges from $195 all the way up to $750. You can splurge on everything all at once, or build this collection one piece at a time. 

And if that wasn't enough to think about, I will also invite you to close your eyes, and imagine other custom options... Personally, I would choose a stack of three rings - 14k yellow gold with pave diamonds on every ball, 14k rose gold with black pave diamonds on every ball, and then finally 14k palladium white gold with pave emeralds. Or maybe sapphires?

It's so hard to decide! Drop by the studio this weekend and try a few on for yourself, we're always open Saturdays and Sundays. See you soon!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Online shop

Dear Sunday Readers,

Previously our online shop has featured three of our great goldsmiths, Jewelust by Amanda Henderson, Atelier J by Micheline Roi, and It Jewelry Design by Ivane Thiebaut. Their incredible and original designs are available at Jewel Envy.

Our next artist in our online shop is Pash Jewellery Design by Gillian E. Batcher. Three great pieces will be available for you to enjoy! This line has been in production by Pash Jewellery Design for over ten years.  Her well known creativity adds new and bright ideas to these original and unique pieces.

1. Fan Twig Earrings with Ombre Gold Plating – sterling silver, 24K gold plating. The earrings are made in matched pairs but each one is a little different and no two pairs are ever alike. The earrings hang approximately 60mm from the top of the hook.  

2. 6 Square Twig Necklace: Sterling silver – comes on a 16” chain but you are able to request 18” for the same price. Each square will be a little different in size and shape but they are all around 30mm x 30mm.

3. Twig Ring: Sterling silver – comes in any requested ring size. Be aware this shape is unusual but very comfortable. It will measure a minimum of 1 ring size smaller on a ring mandrel but will fit the way the size ordered fits. It is because of the “u” shape of the shank that it fits this way. There are ten rows of twigs in each ring and each row will be a little different with no two rings ever the same. The rings are approximately 15mm deep and the width on your figure changes based on the ring size.
Buy online, stop by the studio, or call to make an appointment, Jewel Envy is always ready to serve you!
Have a nice Sunday!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wear a fairy tale

I am continuing my exhibition of jewellery artists that I admire: Anna Talbot

Each piece is a wearable illustration combining anodised aluminium, wood veneer, brass, gilding metal and silver. I often incorporate stories into pieces while creating them so you can see immediately why I am drawn to her work. There is also Anna's use of colour - if you are combining the entire rainbow into one piece you have my eyeballs hooked, especially when they are this beautiful.

Check out this article to discover more about Anna and her work.  - Alexis

I included a title for each piece when I could find it - otherwise it was a bit difficult because she is VERY prolific.

Norwegian Wood by Anna Talbot.

Oh my deer by Anna Talbot

Sleeping Pill Beauty by Anna Talbot

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Canadian Shop Feature Coming to a Close

Hi Readers,

Our online shop feature of Canadiana by Ivane Thiebaut Jewellery Design is closing this month so we can prepare for the next shop feature. If you didn't manage to order the piece you loved through the drop click online call or email and we can still send it to you. Even better visit the store as there are even more pieces in the collection to celebrate Canadas 150th birthday with!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Life in Plastic

The jewellery of Peter Chang has long been a fascination of mine. His bracelets are an amalgam of sea creatures, pop art, and sci-fi. His bracelets look like 3017 bespoke doughnuts I'd buy while driving around town in my hoover craft (maybe that's just me though?)

One of the things that intrigues me most is the process of creating the pieces. He uses various coloured plastics, such as acrylic and PVC, to create his jewellery. Transforming a disposable material into wearable art.

A short google search will uncover more of his work, but here are a few of my favourites:

I included materials/dates in the captions when I could find them ;o) Alexis

Polyester and epoxy resin made by Peter Chang, Bracelet 1992.

Peter Chang, Bracelet 1992

Acrylic, polyester, polyurethane foam and silver bracelet, designed and made by Peter Chang, Glasgow, Scotland, 2004.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How Canadian are you?

Dear Sunday readers,

How Canadian are you?

After hearing this question, many of us expect a quiz about Canada.
How many oceans do we have?
Which is the largest province?
What is our favorite sport?
What is the main ingredient in poutine? 

An so on…. Today, I have a new question to add to the quiz.  Do you buy Canadian products?

When we buy Canadian, we are securing jobs, and creating new ones. We can make a better Canada buying Canadian clothes, food, home goods, design, jewellery, etc., and we can enrich our communities.

Here at Jewel Envy, we have fine crafts made in Canada, in a wonderful environment, with a diverse group of goldsmiths from every corner of the globe.

Shop Canadian, shop local, support your communities!

Have a nice Sunday!