Sunday, February 19, 2017

Artist Spotligh on Hyewon Jang

Today artists spotlight is on  Hyewon Jang

Working along Hyewon in the studio is always a pleasure as she is has an inner peace and happiness that transpires to people's around her. Hyewon is a true aesthete with a profound sense of appreciation of beauty in nature, art and architecture around her. Every year she is lucky to travel to Europe and attend design shows in Italy.

Hyewon pieces are a reflection of her attention to details, her travels, and her inner strength combined with her soft and feminine side.

One of her recent collection representative of this in my view are her pieces combining silver and pearls as shown in the picture here.  

Do come and visit us at Jewel Envy to see more of this amazing colletion and others from Hyewon!

Remember to stop next time you walk by the Blue House!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Love in the air!

Valentine's is around the corner!

Did you know Valentine's day origins are of Christians and Romans traditions. It's a time a to celebrate love and romance. Handmade cards became the "token-du-jour only" in the middle ages and it's only in 1900 that the tradition came to the "New World". Then cards started to be mass produced in the US. The older Valentine's poem was written  back  in1415 by the Duke of Orleans to his wife as his was prisoner in the Tower of London. This letter can still be found at the British Library in London.  Today over 1 billion Valentine cards are being sent every year!

Let's get back into the tradition of having something handmade!
Come and meet the jewelers at Jewel Envy and have something made just for you or your loved one!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The secret to Jewellery Success!

The secret to Jewellery Success!

One jeweller-many roles!

When becoming a jewellery designer one imagines sitting quietly in your very own studio sketching ideas followed by bringing your sketches to life effortlessly after which your adoring (and wealthy!) customers flock to you to buy every piece as soon as you make them.

The reality--as always--is different than the dream.  A successful jeweller wears many hats: designer; maker; bench jeweller for others; jewellery repair-person; wedding-band short, a  jack-of-a-trades.

It is hard to get the balance right but when you do--success!  As a resident goldsmith of Jewel Envy, I have been very fortunate to learn this by watching one of our successful goldsmiths, Amanda Henderson, in action.

Amanda fits the formula for successful jeweller to a T: she designs and manufactures for a friend's jewellery business, she teaches, she does custom work, and she designs and makes jewellery for her two, yes, you read that right, TWO jewellery lines: Jewelust and Fandom Regalia (with her art partner Zsolt Szekely).

In her latest work Amanda has, "embraced her inner (or maybe outer) geek," in her Elf Deco line.

Elf Deco Necklace in Sterling silver by Jewelust

Elf Deco Earrings in Sterling silver by Jewelust

If you are interested in seeing Amanda's work in person you can find her work at Jewel Envy, 151 Marion  Street, Toronto, or at one of the many shows she does.  She will be exhibiting (and selling) at two shows this summer at Wychwood barns, 601 Christie St, July 22 + Aug 19, 8am-2pm.

I don't know how Amanda does it, but she does, and it is a joy to witness!


Saturday, February 4, 2017


Hello friends! Hope you are having a wondering February. If you're anything like me, you're just glad that January is out of the way, because that month was a real stinker.

But onwards and upwards! Pretty excited about the sunshine today (even though it's freezing), and also really excited about today's save vs splurge.

It's a 3-parter though, because these pieces are all from the same collection by Mia Shen, goldsmith-in-residence. The pieces are geometric, but the shapes are surprising and eye-catching, and make good use of negative space. The texture is is very tactile and adds a lot of depth, and contrasts amazingly well with the non-textured, high-polished areas.

 First up are these drop-stud earrings. Really amazing shape, and great use of balanced asymmetry, a term we used often in jewellery school haha. These are at a low, save-save-save price of $180.

 Ooooh this ring! It's so great, it almost looks like an object you want to keep in your pocket so you can touch it throughout the day:) The cinched sides lets it sit very comfortably, without getting in the way of your other fingers. This one is middle-of-the-road at $295.

Last but not least is this toggle bracelet. It is substantial and has a lot of visual dimension, but it isn't heavy or clunky at all. This beauty comes in at a cool splurge-worthy $640.

So spend a little or spend a lot (or spend it all!), whatever suits your fancy!
Enjoy your weekend!!!! xx

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Designs growing in the quiet of January

New Designs growing in the quiet of January

Helena Perez Lafaurie's new work

January is a quiet time for goldsmiths.  The Christmas rush is over and Valentine’s Day seems a long way off.  But don’t let our quietness fool you.  Like so many things in winter we are working quietly away in the dark and cold ready to spring forth with new growth.

One such goldsmith is Helena PĂ©rez Lafaurie. She has spent January working on new pieces for her eponymous jewellery line. Like many of us Helena can’t keep her mind off of the warmth and sun of Spring and this can be seen in her new work called, of course, “Spring.”

"Spring" bracelet in silver and Agatha, length 7 inches, price $165

"Spring" necklace in silver and Agatha, length 33 inches, price $220

 The line was inspired by the agate stones seen in both the necklace and bracelet, “The agate looks like blossoms to me, I miss the spring so much, the flowers, the sun…,”she trails off, misty eyed.  Between you and me, I think the line is inspired by her soon-to-be-born first grandson!


Helena’s second set of new pieces is called “Charms.” As all of us at Jewel Envy can testify, Helena LOVES little things that shine and make noises.
Necklace in silver, length 33 inches, price $166
Bracelet in silver, length 7 inches, price $105

When Helena is in the studio, her ever-present stacked silver bracelets are in constant movement and making sound much like this new necklace and bracelet will when worn—they are sure to attract the attention of the new grandson!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dear Sunday Readers,



Today is Artist Spotlight on Ivane Thiebaut.

Jewel Envy is participating in the Toronto Offsite Design Festival with an exhibition called “Building Blocks.” This exhibition runs until January 31 this year.  You are very welcome to take a look of our basement windows on Roncesvalles. They will be showing great and unique pieces from the goldsmith at the studio.
One of this pieces is a pendant made by Ivane Thiebaut, French from birth and Canadian from marriage, she brings her shining and very personal sense of design to her jewellery line.
Her lovely pendant called “Mother Earth” is made by hand and is an incredible medallion in mist blues and shows her finest and very personal work.

You can see her at her best in her Web site, “color, and materials are joined together in a beautiful adornment for you to wear everywhere, everyday...”

These three lovely pieces and more can be seen if you come to visit her at the studio.

Stop by, say hello, and support your small local businesses!
Have a happy Sunday!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Micheline Roi

Today is Artist Spotlight on Michelin Roi of AtelierJcontemporary

Micheline is a talented and true Canadian artist!

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

She is always exploring and learning new techniques and her attention to details is amazing...she is a perfectionist and you can rest assure that all her jewellery are perfect for you to wear! Micheline is also a really lovely and bubbling lady full of joy and happiness! Whenever she is working here at JE the studio is filled with laughter, and when she is not we do miss her!

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).

Here area few of the sample of work that we currently have at JewelEnvy,
I personally have my eyes set on those amazing black beauties above, which include gold leafs and gemstones.

Looking forward to meeting you in person at Jewel Envy!

Ivane Thiebaut