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!

Helena

Saturday, December 8, 2018

making your own cookie cutters

When time for a holiday break rolls around I start thinking about what I can be making if I am not at my jeweller's bench making jewellery. A few weekends ago I set aside time to make a couple hundred pierogies to freeze for holiday get-togethers and I'll be making meat sticks soon. 

After watching The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell on Netflix in October I have got it in my head that I want to make a gingerbread house. 


Christine McConnell and her gingerdead house.

I have started my scheme to create a winter gingerbread house starting with a list of materials I need and creating a cardboard template. I don't even want to eat the gingerbread - which is surprising for someone who likes cookies as much as I do. I am looking forward to the hours I will use creating something elaborate. It has occurred to me that family and friends might be bummed if I do not want them to break off parts of my gingerbread house, so I want to throw a custom cookie shape into the mix as well. I came across a great and simple tutorial. I will have to snap some pics of my cookie cutter progress, because I think I will make them a bit differently (my La Croix cans will make beautiful cutters ;o)

https://mylovelyfrench.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/diy-homemade-cookie-cutters/

I'm thinking of making a Rose shaped cookie (Rose as in the muppet character from Christine McConnell's show, just below). If you have any other ideas, let me know! Are there any family treats or eats that you love to make?

-Alexis


Since I have cookies on the brain I wanted to include a shoutout to my favourite cookies available nearby Jewel Envy, click images to check them out:


https://www.craigscookies.com/


https://www.instagram.com/munchemunch/



Sunday, December 2, 2018

Budget friendly gifts

We like to help people find the perfect gift for their loved one. Never be shy about asking to stick to a budget. For this time of year we curate a selection of price points and whomever is helping you on retail can pick a selection of ideas depending on how much you would like to spend. 


Here is a small selection of handmade jewellery
Items $50 & under


Barnacle and sea anemone earrings by Alexis Kostuk of glaciale goldsmith, $50+HST per pair



Twig earrings by Gillian Batcher of Pash Jewellery Design, $40+HST



2 in 1 pearl earrings by Micheline Roi of atelier J, $45+HST per pair

 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Christmas's presents

Hello Dear Sunday Readers,
 
 

The most incredible holiday of the year is only one month away, Christmas!
 
Time to extend Peace, Love, Joy, Happiness and much more to all.  A time to share with family and friends. 
One of the many things we do at Christmas is to show our love and appreciation to the most important people in our lives.
 
This year some of my costumers had asked me to make some lovely presents for their friends and family.
 
To begin with this cuff-links in Sterling Silver made with Hong Kong coins, and the second pair in Sterling Silver and Agates. Cuff links are a great present for any occasion, and even more as a Christmas present.
 
 
Cuff-links in Sterling Silver. Hong Kong coins.

 
Cuff-links in Sterling Silver and Agates
 
 

A pair of earrings in 14K gold, very glamorous present to make this Christmas a very especial memory. They can be made in Sterling Silver or gold-plated too
 
14K Gold Earrings

 
 
I have for you too a small collection in Sterling silver, gold-plated, earrings and pendants.
Three of them in this photo, the whole collection will be on display at Jewel Envy in December.
Be able to buy for other is a blessing, the power of giving and making others happy is one of the best feelings on Christmas!
 
 
 
New Christmas Collection, hplafaurie
 

From all of us at JEWEL ENVY, we wish you Wonderful Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 

Have a nice Sunday!


Helena

Sunday, November 18, 2018

My Favorite Piece

Being a jewelry designer for me opened many ways of expressing myself in tangible objects; we are essentially metal artists, and as so, we convey messages with any decision we take when creating a jewelry piece.

My favorite piece, and one of the most unique I have made, was never meant to be wore, but was meant to be carried with me always, a silver sword I created during one of the hardest moments in my life, to remind myself that there is always a fight to be won, and victory against the odds in life is won with courage, will and most importantly, with self care.




Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and I'd like to hear all the stories behind your favorite pieces, online or better, visit us at the studio!

Mauricio F.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Remembrance Day

Hello Sunday Readers,



Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day many states commemorate since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. 
Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918.
Today we commemorated 100 years of the end of one of the most devastated and dreadful wars the humanity had to endure.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Poppies were worn for the first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony. These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of  Flanders in World War I; their brilliant red color became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
At the beginning real poppies were worn, but at a conference in 1920, the National American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance. At this conference, Frenchwoman Anna E. GuĂ©rin was inspired to introduce the artificial poppies commonly used today.
This unique and important familiar emblem of Remembrance Day has been represented by many artists as a piece of jewellery. 

This beautiful brooch in crystals and alloy from RHao.


Lovely examples like this gold brooch from Klaritta Jewellery from UK.


This poppy stud earrings in alloy from Canex50



Take pleasure and enjoy this cold and sunny fall Sunday 
I found this words from Billy Graham: "Courage is contagious”, I want to share them with you today in memory of our heroes!

Helena





Saturday, November 10, 2018

How to select the perfect gemstone for you?

Today I wanted to answer a frequently asked question about gemstones, how to select the perfect gemstone for you?; essential in the composition of many jewelry pieces, gemstones usually platy a major role on the aesthetic of a piece, its price, value and wear and it's important to know all this facts in selecting the gemstone that will finish your jewelry piece.

this questions are just superficial, and many more can appear in the process of getting a custom style.

Three main questions for selecting a gemstone are:


1. How I want my gemstone to look like?

This one is essential to the goldsmith or jewelry designer to get to know exactly what you want. Do you want a green stone, maybe blue? Do I want it shiny or opaque?, color and aspect important to define the kind of gemstone you want, as most of them are different and defining exactly what you like on its visual aspect will determine the type, color and cut of your gemstone.

Questions you have to ask yourself on this are:

  • What Color do I want it?
  • Translucent or Opaque Stone?
  • Which Shape should it have?
  • Where is my stone going to be Placed?
  • Do I want it partially covered or uncovered?

Here we leave a very helpful image that will help us select our ideal gemstone's shape.
 Image result for gemstone shapes
Image: https://www.rocksandco.com/gemstone-information/gemstone-cuts/ 


2. How much do I want to pay for it?

Everyone's lest favorite topic when it comes to purchase, our budget determines the kind of stone we can get, the classification of the stone can affect it's price, Precious gemstones being usually the most expensive; the purity (presence or absence of inclusions inside the stone) can also influence in it's price. The color intensity of the stone, the cut, the rarity of the mineral and the mining region also influence in gemstone prices.

Questions you have to ask to define what the price are:

  • How much is my budget?
  • Do I want inclusions inside my gemstone?
  • Do I want a natural gemstone or a laboratory one?
  • What kind of stone is it (Precious, Semi-precious, Organic)?
3.  How long and where I'm going to wear it?

 Our final determinant we have to ask ourselves where the stone is going to be and for how long I'm going to wear it. Stones wore in wedding rings or everyday jewelry need to be hard and resistant, as they will be exposed to the risks of everyday activities like friction, hits, scrapes, chemical products and sweat; on the other side, stones dangling from earring will be mostly protected from the wear risks and can be as delicate as Emeralds.

Gemstones are classified in different hardness coefficients, and those help us determine if the stone is up to the task of our regular jewelry wear.

Questions that will help define the kind of stone for the task are:

  • For what activity I'm going to wear my piece?
  • How frequent I'm going to wear my piece?
  • Is it in constant contact with other pieces/objects?
  • Where is the stone located in the piece?
  • Which part of my body I'm going to wear the piece?


All this questions will help you and your goldsmith to find the perfect gemstone for your jewelry piece, and determine factors and characteristics of that gemstone. The best way to answer this questions is to visit a jewelry studio and work along an experienced goldsmith to help you create the piece of your dreams!

I hope you had an entertaining read and that it motivated you to get that jewelry piece you always wanted!


Mauricio F.