Saturday, September 9, 2017

SHOP SATURDAY - IN THE BOX


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!

Helena

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.


                                                                        R.E.M

                                                                    

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

SAVE OR SPLURGE - BELLE OF THE BALLS

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.  
$70



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.
$125
 

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.
$105
Buy online, stop by the studio, or call to make an appointment, Jewel Envy is always ready to serve you!
Have a nice Sunday!
Helena

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!


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