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!


Helena

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gemstone Facts



AMETHYST

Amethyst was once considered a precious gem.
Until large reserves were found in Brazil, amethysts were deemed highly precious and considerably valuable. Once these reserves were discovered its value decreased and they became a  semiprecious gem.

Fact found here.





GARNET
 
Some folks believe that the garnet’s name was derived from a word meaning “blood” because of its deep red color. Instead, the garnet is named from the pomegranate because of the blood-red seeds that are found on the inside of the fruit.

Fact found here.




AMBER

The softest and lightest gemstone on earth is amber. It is so light that it is able to float when in salt water. It is a stone that is a result of the sap and resin from prehistoric trees that have been fossilized. In order to be considered the gemstone that is amber, the fossilized sap needs to be at least 30 million years old. Most jewellery created with amber is made of Baltic amber, which is known to be the strongest type.

Fact found here.


PEARL

Each pearl takes between a year up to three years to come to fruition. When a pearl is cultivated, a small piece of shell or a bead, also known as the nucleus, is placed within the mollusk in order to grow into a pearl. These pearls are then harvested after they grow into the perfect size to create pieces of jewellery.

Fact found here. 
                                                                               
 
                                                                                   OPAL and TOURMALINE 
 





The opal and the tourmaline both hold the record for the most colourful gemstone. The tourmaline is also known as the “Rainbow Gem” because of the fact that it is the only gem that can come in every color. The opal is also a colourful stone, but some opals can be colorless. Opals can have flashes of color within their black or white background appearance.


Fact found here.








LAPIS LAZULI

During the Renaissance lapis was ground and processed to make the pigment ultramarine for use in frescoes and oil painting.



Fact collection by Alexis
 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cufflinks

Big Top cufflinks by Sasha Oda of Archerade

Black cufflinks by Ivane Thiebaut - perfect pair to add custom engraving to!

Blue cufflinks by Judith Noldin.

Petal cufflinks by Gillian E. Batcher, Pash Jewellery Design

Trillion cufflinks by Amanda Henderson, Jewelust

Wave cufflinks by Alexis Kostuk, Glaciale Goldsmith

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SAVE OR SPLURGE Y'ALL!

Happy weekend everyone! It's a beautiful sunny day, so I hope you are out and about and enjoying yourself! If you feel like treating yourself to the sunshine and some jewellery, I have a few suggestions😊 It's save vs splurge saturday of course, so you can treat yourself a little, or you can treat yourself a lot.

These amaaaaazing druzy rings are by Alexis Kostuk of Glaciale Goldsmith. Druzy is a fine coating of crystals on the surface of a gemstone - in this case it's quartz druzy.

First up is this little gem. Simple and classic, but with some sweet detail around the stone to complement that sparkle. Sterling silver with quartz druzy, $125+hst.

 And for the splurge - nobody will miss this bad boy on your hand! It's a showstopper for sure, with one gorgeous freeform centre stone, and square accent stones on either side. Sterling silver with quartz druzy, $590+hst.

And here they are side by side. The big stone on the left photographed quite dark, but it is much lighter in person - you really must come in to take a look yourself!

Enjoy the sun, but don't forget the spf! xx

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Canada Day



Dear Sunday Readers,





On July 1 1867, at noon, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the Province of Canada came into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.
On Canada Day, we celebrate our freedoms and rights. We honor the shared history, symbols, and values that define us Canadians. All of these things give us our identity.

Having my  citizenship as Canadian, after living for almost two thirds of my life abroad, made of Canada Day, a very special day, and it has a very special meaning. I got a second chance in life and I'm very proud of not only being Canadian but feeling Canadian too.

Canadian multiculturalism ensures we can keep our identities, can take pride in our ancestry, and have a sense of belonging.














These pictures tell volumes about what Canada is. I saw these two shops side by side in a mall on Leslie two blocks north of Sheppard on summer last year, and every single time I feel tired, lonely, overwhelmed, I see these pictures again and I say to myself, you lucky one, keep going!

In my second chance in life, I become a goldsmith, also now, I have a Canadian son (my son-in-law), and a Canadian grandchild.

Being Canadian is an honor, and a privilege; we all must celebrate Canada Day every day!. We are unique and blessed.




                                    Jewel Envy and its team wish Happy Birthday to Canada!

Have a happy Sunday.


Helena  


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Special Event Sunday

Time is running out to purchase work of Ivane Thiebaut's Canadiana series, June's featured work on the recently added Jewel Envy online shop. As a recent newcomer to Canada, Ivane fully embraces her new home's landscapes, icons and culture and draws on them for inspiration in her design and jewelry work. Each piece in her collection acts as a glimpse into her relationship with her surroundings and are easily relatable to all who have visited this beautiful country, or are lucky enough to call it home.

Image includes: Postcard Bracelet, Antler Necklace and Canoe Cufflinks.
Take a closer look under the "shop" page.

Ivane's pieces are both timeless and fashionable,  and perfect to commemorate Canada's 150th aniversery.

- Caroline

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rubies - sapphires by another name.

Did you know that rubies are the same gem as a sapphire? Both the well known blue sapphire and red ruby are commercial gem names for corundums. Rubies may be any shade of red, from pinkish to purplish or brownish red, depending on the chromium and iron content of the stone. And although sapphires are known as a blue gem, they come in all colours of the rainbow. Check out a few variations of rubies along with some of our goldsmith's work featuring the gem just below.
-Alexis
*Information about rubies from: "Gemstones" by Cally Hall.
Ruby rocks.
Star ruby - this effect can be seen in cabochons when rutile inclusions are present.

Faceted Ruby.

Ring by Gillian Batcher of Pash Jewellery Design using synthetic rubies. Synthetic rubies are chemically the same as natural stones, they are human-made instead of naturally occurring.

Snake ring by Sasha Oda of Archerade using rubies.

Ruby accents on a ring handmade by Helena Perez Lafauire.

Custom opaque and faceted ruby rings by Alexis Kostuk, Glaciale Goldsmith.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

JEWELLERY, NATURALLY

Hi all! Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather these days - it sure took its sweet time getting here! If you're anything like me, then you love getting outdoors this time of year. Enjoying nature without the confines of parkas and mitts and hats and scarves (etc...) is just the best. There is so much beauty to be found once the snow melts!

There is also so much inspiration to be found in nature, especially for designers like us. These pieces are just a few examples of the jewellery that use nature as their muse, and of course they are all available here at the studio:)

Perfect little sterling fish, standing guard over an oceanic turquoise. 
Pendant by Glaciale by Alexis Kostuk $250

Sweet little golden hummingbirds, with blue diamond eyes.
Stud earrings by Pash by Gillian Batcher $775

If leaves can't be green, let them be silver and gold!
Gold-filled drop-chain earrings $90 and sterling pendant $75, both by Ivane Thiebaut

Wear nature on your sleeve (or your lapel, collar, etc...)
Sterling silver leaf brooches by Jerell Reichert, $180 each
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Roncy Rocks!

Hello Saturday Readers,

Today is the annual Roncesvalles neighborhood street festival known as Roncy Rocks. There are special events, artisans, performers, and sidewalk sales all taking place along Roncy and the blocked off side streets.

I love a good festival and hope to catch the tail end of events after I close the store later today. I have to say this street and neighborhood "rock" all year round so if you have time today head on down for the festival but if not today don't worry we rock every day of the year out here in the west end of downtown Toronto!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Celebrate Canada 150 with One-of-a-Kind Canadian Jewellery!


Oh Canada!  You have never looked so good!


Custom Sterling Silver Maple Leaf Brooch by atelier J-Micheline Roi
This July 1 Canada celebrates the 150 anniversary of our confederation. And there has never been a better time to support our Canadian goldsmiths and designers. We all get inspiration from where we live and what we see unfold around us.

One such designer is Anneke van Bommel of Touch the Dutch. Anneke's work is original, beautifully made, and the design of her Canadiana line is executed with a small wink to all of us in Canada.

 
Anneke van Bommel's iconic Canadian beaver brooch.


Anneke van Bommel's sound advice given by Canada's very own Mounties

My favourite of all Anneke's Canadiana pieces harkens back to when Trudeau was our Prime Minister--Pierre Elliot, the father of Justin!  It perfectly encapsulates the Canadian attitude of following tradition yet moving forward into the future and features Trudeau's iconic pirouette behind the back of Queen Elizabeth II.





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Happy Shopping!

Happy Shopping!



Dear Saturday Readers,


Don't miss out!

Make things easier for yourself and pop into Jewel Envy which has a huge selection of wonderful and unique gits ideas! Did I mention its all local artists and all handmade?

All this incredible pieces in Sterling Silver are $160 and under!








From left to right, Ivane Thiebaot, pendant. Judith Noldin, pendant and Amanda Herdenson, earrings.









                                               Alexis Kostuk, www.glacialegoldsmith.com

The necklace on the right can be yours for $65, or you can splurge on the left hand for $120.





                                                                   Micheline Roi/AtelierJ


The pendant on the right can be a great present for yourself for $100, or you can splurge on the left hand for $200

To tell the truth, the great prices probably means that you can buy one of each and consider the whole purchase the best of your Saturday shopping!



If you ever consider having jewellery custom-made for you or for a loved one, now it's a great time to get started. We love working one-on-one with you to create something special and unique; whatever your vision, we can help you make it reality.

All you need is an idea, and we can take care of the rest!.




                     Helena Perez Lafaurie, www.hplafaurie.ca    Ring, Sterling Silver and pearl



Stop by the studio, or call to make an appointment, Jewel Envy is always ready to serve you!

                                                            Have a Happy Shopping!


Helena

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Father's Day is coming up!

Dear Sunday Readers,


In Canada, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June.

Father's Day is a great day to show to fathers or the father figures in one's life how much he means to you.
Small family gatherings and the giving of gifts may be part of the festivities to celebrated one of the most important person in our life's.

We want you to count on Jewel Envy to made this incredible day, a day to remember!
Jewel Envy still taken the last customs orders for Father's day and we have a great choice of gifts too!

The cuff-links you see in the picture are part of the great ones Jewel Envy has in display.


          
                                                                  Judith Noldin, IN

A key-chain in Sterling Silver it's another option, you can have in mind, as a gift!




                                                    Helena Perez Lafaurie, h.p.lafaurie


Lovely bands in gold or Sterling Silver are available in different shapes and designs.
From left to right,


  

            Gold plated band, Sasha Oda, Archerade. Yellow-White gold, Alexis Kostuk,Glaciale.
                                                  Sterling Silver band, Amanda Herdeson, Jewelust.


                                    For all the fathers, grandfathers, and great big brothers!
                                                            HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!



Have a nice Sunday!

Helena 





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Asscher vs. Radiant Cut Gemstones

These gemstone cuts work well in both modern and antique inspired designs. If this gem shape catches your fancy we would love the chance to search for the perfect colour and type of gem and work with you to create a one of a kind design.

Which cut do you like? Let us know!

-Alexis


Asscher cut sapphire

Asscher cut diamond

Radiant cut
Radiant cut pink diamond

Radiant cut sapphire

Sunday, May 28, 2017

PRISMATIC GEMSTONES - TOURMALINE

Hello friends! If you are a lover of gemstones, then you might be familiar with tourmaline. Oh, beautiful tourmaline. It is a semi-precious gemstone with elongated prismatic crystals, and depending on the elements present, it comes in a multitude of different colours. The most common colours are shades of pink and green - my favourite tourmaline is of the watermelon variety, which is a beautiful combination of the two.

Here are some tourmaline crystals.

 Some beautiful watermelon tourmaline crystals. I especially love the deep pink colour of the stone second from the right. Sooo pretty!

A stunning watermelon tourmaline ring in gold, with diamond accents

We love doing custom work here, and it is even more exciting when we get to work with beautiful stones! It's probably time to start thinking about your new tourmaline jewellery collection:)