Saturday, January 19, 2019

Goldsmiths - A journey through time!

Hey everyone, Jessica here! I figured a snowy Saturday seems like a good time to take you on a journey through time in the art and history of the Goldsmith.

Goldsmithing is the practice of working with gold and other precious metals to create objects of adornment, especially jewellery. Goldsmiths have existed ever since gold itself was determined to be of value. We have seen the products of goldsmiths all throughout history in utensils, ceremonial and religious items, talismans, jewelry and art.

A Goldsmith possesses the knowledge and ability to forge, solder, cut, cast, file, and polish metal - just to name a few skills of a potentially much longer list! Historically, these skills were typically passed down within family and under apprenticeship. Although apprenticeship is still a common practice today, there are now many jewelry arts programs available throughout various schools around the world.

According to Bulgarian archeologists, the oldest known gold artifact is a gold bead discovered under a small house of a prehistoric settlement outside of Pazardzhik - the bead is said to date back 6500 years!

Check out these images below of goldsmiths through different eras - and be sure to visit us at 151 Marion Street, Toronto to see what the goldsmiths of today are creating at Jewel Envy!

 BULGARIA ~ Gold bead found in prehistoric settlement
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  EGYPTIAN ~ Gold from King Tutankhamun’s Tomb
Gold from King Tutankhamun's Tomb  

GREEK ~ A Gold Earring From the Etruscan Period
A Gold Earring From the Etruscan Period 

 ROMAN ~ An Early Roman Christian Reliquary
An Early Roman Christian Reliqaury
 CANADIAN (@JEWEL ENVY) ~ The work of Helena Perez Lafaurie

Sincerely, a Happy Goldsmith,


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Velentine's Day

Valentine’s day.

After celebrating Christmas, one of the best times of the year with family and friends, Valentine’s day is again an opportunity to show love and admiration for the people that is cherished to us.

Valentine's Day, is celebrated annually on February 14. It's  recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

Jewel Envy has this year incredible pieces from incredible goldsmiths from all over the glove, we have pieces for all budgets and all of them have been done having you , our costumers in mind.

In this first photo a galore of earrings, every one of them  make for a different goldsmith, but all are great pieces to show  your love and let them know how much they mean to you.

From left to right and from top to bottom, Amethyst and Enamel earrings from Glacial Goldsmith, Alexis Kostuk. Sterling Silver earrings from Vera Wei.  Sterling Silver and Gold plated earrings from Pash, Gillian Batcher. Yellow Gold and Amethyst from Radi Brothers Jewelry, Zaf Radi. Sterling Silver earrings from Urban Matel, Jerell Reichert. Sterling Silver, gold plated earrings from hplafaurie Jewellery Design, Helena Perez-LaFaurie.

The second group has rings to celebrate anniversaries , engagement , even the blessing of a new baby. Each one will be custom made to fit you and your love one!
Valentine's Day can be a memorable day to get engaged with your other half!

Necklaces are one of the pieces women love the most, Jewel Envy has a great variety at incredible prices, a good example is this necklace with coins in sterling silver from hplafaurie, Helena Perez-LaFaurie.

Jewel Envy always works and designs new pieces thinking on you and the people you love!

Happy Valentine's day from all of us at Jewel Envy

Have a nice Sunday!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Forgotten History of Female Scribes

I will forever be obsessed with lapis lazuli. No matter what gemstones I come across I am always drawn the most to anything blue. A while back I posted interesting facts about gemstones including that lapis lazuli was ground into powder to create ultramarine blue paint pigment... the colour was so beautiful and coveted that lapis lazuli was worth it's weight in gold.

YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE about a recent study analyzing the plaque on the teeth of remains found at a women’s monastery in Dalheim, Germany. Check out the article about the implications of this study and an exciting avenue for sociology and archealogy, what a ride!


Tumbled lapis lazuli.

Ground lapis lazuli.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Jewelry for the Holiday Hangover!

New year, new everything,

We sincerely hope your holidays were full of love and care from family, friends and all those around you. May 2019 bring even more peace, love, happiness and fulfillment to your life, and of course, more jewelry!

But now, holidays are over, and most of us are going back to our daily routines; school, work, both or neither! but one thing is sure, 2019 brings new opportunities for all of us, and what a better way to start the new year than getting a new piece of jewelry.

going back to work and show your coworkers you're brilliant new pair of earrings, or showing your classmates that special necklace that was made just for you, or share pictures of that new engagement ring; those are little pleasures that will definitely make your day and make you a bit happier at the beginning of the year!

All the best for you on this new year,


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Last Minute Shopping!

Christmas is almost here and I bet there are some that are still looking for a gift, well fear not! we are working to make this season special.

Today from 12 to 6pm and tomorrow, yeah we are not usually open on Mondays but we will be at the shop expecting you to send you home with amazing gifts from 10am to 3pm.

None will be left without a gift!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Did someone say FREE GIFT with purchase?! Yup! 'Tis the season of giving at Jewel Envy!

Tonight is the night, we are open until 10 PM just for you, AND we are giving away an amazing Mini Jewellery Care Kit with a purchase of $75 or more!

Don't miss out on this sweet give away - there are some amazing goodies inside (see below) to keep your jewels as SHINY as YOU!

#jewelenvy #bigbluehouse #openlate #tistheseason #freegiftwithpurchase #openlate

See you tonight!



Sunday, December 9, 2018

My type of Winter's Jewelery

Hello Sunday Readers,

In winter days, cold and gloomy, it’s when your lovely and dear jewelry takes a central stage! It’s now more important than ever to wear earrings, they will make you shine, and you will feel beautiful.
The hat and the scarf keep you warm, but a great pair of earrings are the magic touch to make you feel unique!
I have here a pic of one of my favorite pairs, I made this one’s a couple of winters ago, big pearls, shine little diamonds, all I needed to make my winter less cold and sunnier!

White Gold Earrings with Pearls and Diamonds, hplafaurie

I love long and statement necklaces, a couple of weeks ago I made a gorgeous short one with a sparkly diamond!
It’s difficult to wear necklaces in winter, the sweaters and the coat are bulky, this little necklace make me feel whole again!

36" Sterling Silver Necklace with charms, hplafaurie     
36" Sterling Silver Necklace with Coins, hplafaurie

14 K Gold Chain with a Diamond, hplafaurie

My bangles are part of myself, in summer time, or in winter time, they are my best friends, I have many, I make one for me maybe ones a year, they are incredible nice and go with any outfit, its noise keeps me alive!
This is part of my collection, I can make one for you any time!

Sterling Silver Bracelets, hplafaurie

Rings are forever! little ones, big ones, all of them are for any occasion, these three ones can make your winter memorable, I wear mine with three gold bands.

    Sterling Silver Rings with CZ, hplafaurie
               Sterling Silver Rings with CZ, Gold Bands, hplafaurie

Sun and happiness can be in your heart if you let them in! 

Have a nice Sunday!