Sunday, July 15, 2018

Latest Gem Dream

Lately in our instagram feed a lot of beautiful tourmaline gems have been popping up that I have been drooling over. While I have seen watermelon tourmaline in person, I have yet to come across intense bicolour or tricolour gems cut into baguettes. I think normally baguette or rectagular shaped gems don't normally catch my eye, but when they are these colours, they're hard to look away from. They would be a dream to combine with a halo of small gems that transition in colour all the way around - can you imagine it?!

Indicolite is my favourite blue colour of any gem, it is a distinct colour of tourmaline - a unique and intense deep turquoise blue. We have been following Doug Menadue gems on Instagram for a while and I have noticed he has quite a few drool worthy indicolite gems.

We have just recently started following Imperial Gems Collection, and there you'll spot some lovely bicolour tourmalines.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Dear Readers,

I would like to introduce myself - I am Parul, goldsmith and jewellery designer at Paruli Designs and currently working at the fabulous jewellery studio, Jewel Envy!
Please check out some of my work and stop by at the studio to try out one of my pieces on!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Helena's windows

Hello Sunday Readers,

I love beautiful things, we all do! I had the chance of getting in a second hand shop this three nice posters. When I saw them a couple of months ago, I was sure they will be great for my display in the windows on Ronci.
Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. It was a 19th century art movement.
Two of my posters were painted by Maurice Brazil Prendergast an American, born in Canada in 1858.

The first poster by Maurice Brazil Prendergast called Bathing, Marblehead, is a great watercolor over graphite pencil on paper.
It's a great background for my Shining Fall Collection, at h.p.lafaurie Jewellery Design.
This painting makes me think of the warmth and sun of Springtime, I LOVE little things that shine and make noises.  My silver necklace, pendant and earrings are in constant motion and make sounds when you wear them. Like the Bathing, Marblehead , the sea, the kids, my collection is full of light and warm.

The second poster by Maurice Brazil Prendergast called Sunlight on the Plaza, is another great watercolor over graphite pencil on paper.
In this window I display a necklace in Sterling Silver, 36 inches long. My long necklace has several charm-links, small fishes, stars and more. The green of the watercolor remembers me nature, renewal, energy, those are ones of the many things that I think about when I make jewellery, always something new, something different, something that show my state of mind.

The last window has a canvas with sunflowers. It's not painted by Van Gogh, or Monet , but this sunflowers have the same color and force but on the table you can see pieces of watermelon. The well known sunflowers from the impressionism has on the table only the vase for the flowers.
Maybe I'm wrong, but they are beautiful and the color is strong and gorgeous.  My rings are full of color, very simple in design and look beautiful with the sunflowers too.

 I love my pieces and my displays, I hope you like them too. Come to see us, enjoy the work of a group of goldsmiths that work hard to make the best they can to enrich your life.

Have a nice Sunday


Friday, June 29, 2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Hello our lovely readers,

I cannot believe it is already the end of June! Is everyone ready for the long weekend? Well today, I have an exciting event to share with you to prepare you for July!

The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is happening on July 6th - 8th! It is Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

I will also be showcasing my jewellery works for the first time at the TOAF. Please come by and check out my works!

@ Nathan Phillips Square

Friday July 6  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday July 7 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday July 8  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

I will be located at Booth A23 in Zone A! Hope to see you all there! Here are some of my works below.

Thank you for reading and I hope everyone will have a fantastic long weekend! Happy Canada Day!

Hoi Yi

Sunday, June 24, 2018

You are gorgeous!

You are gorgeous!

Hello Sunday Readers,

Maybe today you are under your favorite blanket with a nice cup of coffee and a great book, but for now I'm still enjoying the sunny days of earlier this week, until the summer is here to stay!
Today is a good day to remember,  we are:  Fresh, Fierce, Frivolous, Fun, Fancy, Fast, Flirty, Fantastic, Gorgeous, we are....unique.

Come visit us at Jewel Envy, where we can help you choose a piece that reflects your uniqueness.

See you soon and have a great Sunday!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Let's use your old jewellery to create something new!

One of the things we tell new visitors to the studio is that along with custom work we do repairs and redesigns. I always get excited when people have follow up questions. I find its common for people to have a few pieces that they are keeping, but are not wearing because the style isn't something they are excited to wear. We can assess old gold jewellery and let you know what can be melted and reused and anything that cannot be reused can be taken to a refinery and be used as payment towards creating a new piece.  

The exciting part is discussing ideas and direction for how you would like your jewellery transformed. We encourage people to check out work created by the onsite goldsmiths and we can set up a consultation with them. Otherwise, whomever is on retail can discuss and take down details with you. After an initial consult you receive sketches and quotes for style options and once you are happy with a design we start creating for you.

We removed the diamond and melted the gold to make our client a new ring.

If you have jewellery that is not getting to see sunlight we encourage you to drop in and start the process of redesigning with us. We love transforming pieces into something you are excited to wear and show off!

- Alexis

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fossilized gemstones

Fossilized coral. Rough variations and polished cabochons.

Opalized wood variations.

Fossilized pharyngeal plates from fish. The rough variation shown above with cabochons below. Commonly called "snakeskin cabochons."

More and more we are finding interesting gems online. The exciting thing about online finds are the breadth of possibilities and unique pieces that would be overlooked by most gem suppliers. There are so many options that overlap with people that collect fossils and minerals that can easily be used to make unique jewellery pieces. If you are interested in a unique piece made into jewellery we can work together to source the perfect specimen!
- Alexis