Saturday, December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas

Lots of new and good things have been happening in the new studio. I am here today to finish up my last custom order before Christmas. It's an anniversary gift. There are different objects represent each year, but why so cliche and following the tradition? My customer decided to have a bookmark made for his girlfriend. Its a paw symbolizing their cat, Mellon with a blue gem in 10K White Gold. As I was saw and piercing out the paw, I discovered that it could be worn as a pendant! It wasn't intentional so doubled thrilled! Now there is no one she would loose the bookmark. 

If you haven't seen my website, here it is.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TIJF: Online Exhibition!

For those of you who couldn't make it to the Toronto International Jewellery Festival online exhibition launch last month, here is the website where you can check out the online catalogue! Mark your calendars for all the jewellery exhibits happening in Toronto in May 2013, and drop by Jewel Envy as one of the 18 exhibition venues!

"Just wear it!"


Saturday, December 8, 2012

New Neighbourhood, New(ish) JE Goldsmith

Hello there!

This is Amanda! Nice to meet you. I started at Jewel Envy in August, and, how rude of me, I haven't introduced myself. I like pizza, cats, and long walks on the beach... No, but really, I am the designer/goldsmith of Jewelust. I make mustache-themed jewellery, called Sweet Movember, and I donate a portion of all sales to Movember for prostate cancer research and support. I also make a line of Whirl jewellery, it's kind of like curled ribbon on a nicely wrapped gift, only made out of silver!

I was fortunate to start at Jewel Envy just before the exciting move to 151 Marion Street. We are now set up and open for business! And what an exciting time for it to all happen. I've been meeting the local LoRo residents and, while our Spadina location was right in the middle of the bustling downtown activity, Roncesvales is proving to be a friendly, welcoming neighborhood.

Do you know about the LoRo Block Party? This is just one example of how great this neighbourhood is! On Thursday, December 13th, Lower Roncesvales (LoRo) - that means Roncey south of Galley Ave, is having a block party. Stores will be open late, until 10pm. We'll be here with special treats. So come on by, say hi, finish that gift shopping, and have a treat!

See you Thursday!
And I can introduce myself properly, in person.

Here is my Movember Gala Party Special Sparkle 'Stache

And here is my kitten modeling it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Splash of Colour

During the summer I spent a lot of time perfecting my spray painting technique on my Instinct series. I was lucky enough that at our old studio on Spadina we had this giant encased fume hood that was already messy so I didn't have to worry too much about getting spray paint everywhere. Here in the new studio, it's a different story. We ended up having to leave behind our large encased fume hood and trade it in for a smaller one that lays flat on the table. This is still perfect for other types of chemical finishing but doesn't give me room for the sweeping range of motion used in spray painting. So, what's a girl to do? Turn to the Pinterest Gods of course! I found two different solutions, one using a portable canvas wardrobe (too big!) and one using a cardboard box (bingo!). Now to test it out and try not to make a mess in the shiny new studio :)
Pinterest's suggestion - My solution

Instinct series with spray paint