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.