Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Butterfly Brooch by Helena Perez Lafaurie/HPL Jewellery Design: $380, Sticksss Earrings & Druzy Dream pendant by Sasha Oda/Archerade: $95/$305, Branch pendant by Micheline Roi/Atelier J: $200, Leaf and Flower Ring by Ivane Thiebaut/IT Jewellery Design: $250.

Earrings by Zef Radi/Radi Brothers: $1400, Double Rose Pendant by Amanda Henderson/Jewelust: $99, Petal Cluster Necklace by Gillian Batcher/Pash Jewellery Design: $600.

Big Amethyst Ring by Gillian Batcher/Pash Jewellery Design: $600, Lapis Lazuli Drop Earring by Alexis Kostuk /Glaciale Goldsmith: $185, Large Rorschach Earrings by Micheline Roi/Atelier J: $95, Box Clasp with Blue Topaz Pearl Necklace by Judith Noldin/IN: $520 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Radi Brothers by Zef Radi

Happy Sunday everyone!
I woke up this morning thinking it would be grey and overcast all day, but this beautiful sunshine has proven me wrong. And I have something else to brighten your day - introducing the gorgeous and detailed work of the Radi Brothers, by Zef Radi.

Zef has brought his family-born love of jewellery to Jewel Envy, and I strongly encourage you to come by and take a look at what he makes - the craftmanship is beautiful and refined, and lets the design work really shine through. The shapes are quite simple, but the filigree, contrasting metals, and gemstones add so many layers of colour and depth. Your ears are begging to try these on!

 Teardrop earrings - $1,175
Sterling silver with 24k gold, 18k gold accents, and moonstones

 Petal earrings - $1,400
Sterling silver with 24k details and 18k gold earwires

Round earrings - $1,130
Sterling silver with 18k gold details and amethysts

 Square earrings - $335
Sterling silver with 14k gold and rubies

Burst earrings - $1,575
24k gold, sterling silver filigree, amethysts and moonstones
 
I didn't put these earrings in order of preference, because I'm having a hard time choosing a favourite pair. But if I HAD to choose... actually the first pair would be my favourites after all. I really like the shape of the Petal earrings, but I really love the colour of the gemstones so I'm going with the Teardrop earrings as my personal faves.What about you???

Drop by the studio to drool over these beauties in person, and maybe you'll be lucky enough to meet the goldsmith himself:)

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Shop Saturday—Art Jewelry!



We at Jewel Envy are always looking for new and interesting ways to present jewellery.  In 2016 we launched the Jewel Envy Vitrines—a street-side, window-based gallery space used for presenting our resident goldsmiths' work.

Everyone is LOVING the space: customers, the neighbourhood, and people walking and driving on Roncesvalles. The three-window space is representative of the inner creative workings of the BIG BLUE HOUSE. This year the gallery has presented a group exhibition for Toronto Offsite Design,  one-of-a-kind jewellery by Helena PĂ©rez-LaFaurie, and production and custom work by Alexis Kostuk and Ivane Thiebaut.

We close out the exhibition year with Micheline Roi's solo exhibition "Wayfinding." Relatively new to goldsmithing—she is two years into her new profession, Micheline presents a selection of her work from 2015 to the present. Coming from her first career of classical music composing—a mostly intellectual process—Micheline has spent the last two years finding her way within the physical discipline of  goldsmithing.

"Ancestry I" 2016 by Micheline Roi, brooch mixed media
Ancestry I is a momento mori in the form of a brooch.  Constructed around a tintype discovered in a family archive, the piece explores mortality through the use of Christian iconography: the halo, the cross and the symbol of trinity in juxtaposition with the image of a defiant young man seated beside a table bearing a bottle of whisky.

Rorschach I, 2016 by Micheline Roi, w
all mirror with removable brooch, mixed media

Rorschach I was made for The Contemporary Jewellery Exchange, an international exhibition in which jewellers are paired and make a piece of jewellery for the other to wear. This is what Micheline says about Rorschach I in her artist statement:  The making and sharing of a piece of jewelry is a communicative act. As artists we impose our ideas on our materials and in turn the wearer—our work is a reflection of ourselves. But the wearer of our jewelry isn’t a static plinth in service of our idea(s). In the act of wearing our piece, they become the curator of our idea(s) actively recontextualizing and interpreting our work ex situ.

As artists can we better understand our work through relinquishing control to the wearer?

To explore this dynamic, I started first with form—specifically a Rorschach inkblot—an historical allusion to the act of interpretation. I then chose to use reflective material—mirror acrylic—in reference to the pretence of self reflection in creation. The reflective inkblot brooch is mounted in its own negative space contained within a framed wall mirror. When the brooch is removed from the mirror to be worn, (or recontextualized), the wearer is confronted with the absence of reflection in the shape of the brooch they are now wearing, creating a communicative loop between maker and wearer.



The last Vitrine in the "Wayfinding" Exhibition is a winter scene featuring pendants from Micheline's (Atelier J) production line. The powder-coated, gold-leaf pendants hang from gold-filled chain and their shape is reminiscent of holiday tree ornaments.


Remember it is shop Saturday and all these pieces in the vitrines are for sale!  The exhibition is open 24/7 and can be viewed from the sidewalk on the Southeast corner of Roncesvalles and Marion in Toronto until December 23, 2017. Come for a visit  to peer in the windows and pop into Jewel Envy to inquire further!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

sunday in the studio


Here's a little something for your weekend visual enjoyment. Earrings by Caroline Deacon that make me really happy, and that will make you really happy too. That's just the amazing effect that beautiful things have on people like us:)

textured studs, save at $65 a pair

 attention to detail: handmade backs!!!!

drops with opal cabochons. a bit of a splurge at $275 for the pair, 
but come one! these are just the best

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday Funday in the studio


It's Amnesty Day today! The studio hosts this day a couple times a year, for students to get some extra (and free!) benchtime outside of regular class hours.

Lots of fun and creative projects are taking form before my eyes. Here are some images of our amazing students hard at work:

  Using the flexshaft and a ring clamp like a pro

Soldering an earring with a bit of third-arm help

 Forming some very special bezels for some very gorgeous stones

We teach a variety of one-day and 8-week workshops here at Jewel Envy. Whether you are looking to build a foundation of goldsmithing skills, or walk away with a handmade piece of jewellery (or both!), we can help you out. Take a look at our calendar of upcoming classes and get in touch!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

SHINING FALL COLLECTION


SHINING FALL COLLECTION





Hello Sunday Readers,

Like many of us I am often thinking of the warmth and sun of Springtime and this can be seen in my new work called, Shining Fall Collection, at h.p.lafaurie Jewellery Design.

For a close up look at the magic Shining Fall collection, shop online or at our studio

This series was inspired by the transition to fall. The nights get cooler but summers embrace has not been forgotten. These pieces will help you twinkle into the next season and keep the days of Fall shining along with you!


                                               




I LOVE little things that shine and make noises.  My silver necklace, pendent and earrings are in constant motion and make sounds when you wear them.

On a wet and dreary day, like today which is the perfect day to stay inside, reading a good book and sharing time with friends and family, I invite you to take the time to enjoy my collection online. Feel the reassurance that the sun and good times are always in our hearts.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed making it.
Custom variations are available.

Have a nice Sunday


Helena

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Special Event Sunday!

We at the Big Blue House on Roncy in Toronto are always up to special things!

Earlier this year we started to curate our Roncesvalles Avenue windows and the results have been VERY SPECIAL. We feature a new goldsmiths' work every six weeks and they have a chance to design the windows of their dreams featuring their very own spectacular jewellery.

This month we unveiled Ivane Thiebault's work in our three street-side windows—and they are deliciously eye-catching!

Ivane Thiebault's Monstera Leaf drop earrings in sterling silver


A native of Paris and truly a citizen of the world (she came to Toronto via Australia AND Chicago!), Ivane brings her unique worldview to her jewellery line.

Having travelled the world, Ivane identifies with the idea of home which is reflected in her Canadian line.

Ivane's Antler pendant in solid sterling silver
Ivane is in Paris right now for a little business, research and r and r before the holiday rush.  We miss her and wish her a safe journey back to studio.  Maybe we should send her one of her very own Love Letter from Toronto bracelets to speed her journey back!

Love Letter from Toronto bracelet
If you would like to see the windows in person come on by the big blue house on Roncesvalles—you have until November 16 to see these eye-catching displays!

Even better, pop into the store to pick up your very own IT Designs piece.

--Micheline