Here is a new ring made by Darija Radic. Start your fall off right with this elegant yet earthy style with some bling of course!!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
It is that time of year again... the Roncesvalles Polish Festival! I thought it would be fitting to take a look the jewellery that is coming out of Poland. Now I know what you are thinking... amber jewellery, right? Well, I am here to report that there is more to Polish jewellery than amber!
|Dorota Kos | gold plated silver, cubic zirconia | www.dorotakos.blogspot.ca|
|Jan Suchodolski | silver rings with synthetic stones | www.suchodolski.pl|
I feel I shouldn't completely leave out the great Polish amber jewellery. Here are a couple great examples where the goldsmiths have used amber in a very non-traditional way.
|Amberwood | amber, drift wood, hazel, silver, magnetic clasp | www.amberwood.pl|
|Art7 | sterling silver, amber | www.art7.com.pl|
If you've enjoyed this, you should come out and enjoy some perogies in one of the vodka gardens after some free wax carving lessons here at Jewel Envy!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
It is once again time for some friendly in house competition between the jewellers here. This year we decided to focus on earrings. You can view the online exhibition by clicking on the page to your right called In Studio Bridal Competition. Once you have viewed the exhibition be sure to click on the link to place your vote for your favourite design. The exhibition is also on display in the studio so we encourage you to come in to see these fabulous pieces in person! You can also vote in person at the studio but we will only count one vote per person. The winner will be announced after the exhibition closes in mid October.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Come celebrate Polish Festival with Jewel Envy. On this coming Saturday, everyone will have a chance to try your hand at wax carving for Free! Then you can take a special 1/2 day casting class on Sept. 20th to cast and finish your work. It's a dream come true to make your own piece of jewellery!
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Hi! Just a quick post, to show you some of the work available here at the studio. On display, for your viewing pleasure, are a few pieces that showcase the wire working skills of our talented goldsmiths.
Wire work is a form of fabrication that uses (surprise!) wire to create intricate and finely-detailed pieces. This kind of work is typically quite lightweight, but the perceived volume and added visual interest really pack a heavy stylistic punch. Pow!
Here is a pendant by Alexis Kostuk of Glaciale.
So pretty! I think it has a very romantic and elegant flow.
Earrings by Gillian Batcher of Pash. These are part of her Twig collection.
The asymmetry and uniqueness of each piece adds the perfect amount of carefree superstyle.
Brooch by Hweyon Yang of H Jewellery. I love the pastel palette, and the contrast between the dainty pearls and the heavier wire.
Ring by Young Ko of Koko Bijoux.
This is the perfect example of volume without weight. So cool!
There are definitely a lot more wire work pieces available here, but you'll have to come down for a visit to see them in person:)
Saturday, September 6, 2014
|To remove the pieces from their wood bases I simply soaked them in water, here you can see all five designs.|
|The show needed to have replicas of the props, which meant making multiples. I made molds directly from the wax carvings to duplicate the designs.|
|Here you can see that all the pieces casted well, I even have the extras that worked on the left. I filed and polished them up before eventually goldplating them.|
|Here are the final pieces with antique looking goldplating. Duotang-like tabs were added to the back so that they could easily be attached to the book props as the emblems on Mary, Queen of Scots personal bible.|
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