Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sasha Oda - Today's Artist Spotligh

  Sasha Oda from Archerade

  Today's spotlight is on Sasha Oda,

Sasha is an amazing goldsmith and teacher. She has been a resident goldsmith at Jewel Envy for some time but still has the drive and renewed energy and creativity of newbies combined with her experience to details and beautiful quality of craft that only time and experience can give you. 

She is driven and hardworking goldsmith with a definitely recognizable style such as her bullet shaped gemstones bracelets, earrings and necklaces with sharp angles and forms but still feminine for the elegant and strong woman of today. 

 Her style is sharp, edgy and rock&troll in my view. I love all her pieces and can not wait to have my own..

You can find most her pieces here at Jewel Envy or get your own custom order for a definitely more unique piece. Sasha will also be participating to the "Handmade Spring Pop Up Show"  May 1st - May 15th

 See below a sample of her creations, and if you want to see more, you can check her website,


 Ivane For Jewel Envy!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Fashion Entrepreneurship for Youth aged 20-29!

Hello Readers,

Jewel Envy was contacted by the Toronto Fashion Incubator to see if we might know people who would qualify for their entrepreneurship program this summer. I had a look at the information and it is a really exciting opportunity to obtain mentorship to help launch an accessory business. Successful applicants will even receive some funding to help create their line and press to help launch it. What could be better in this competitive field?!

So have a look below and go to an information session right away. We hope some amazing careers get started here this summer.

Best of luck to all applicants, maybe we'll see you when you are looking for a home to run your successful business from in the future!


The Jewel Envy Team

·         I'm 20 - 29 years of age
·         I have a Canadian SIN number and can legally work in Canada
·         I'm available July 4 - August 3 and want to attend a FREE, full-time summer boot camp
·         I want up to $3,000 to launch an accessory business
·         I am not a full-time student
·         I live and work in Ontario


·         Wednesday, April 26 5:30pm U for Change, 563 Dundas Street East, Toronto
·         Tuesday, May 2 5:30pm Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St West, Toronto
·         Tuesday, May 9 5:30pm Metro Hall, 55 John Street, Toronto
·         Tuesday, May 16 5:30pm Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Etobicoke
·         Tuesday, May 24 5:30pm North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St, North York
·         Wednesday, May 31 5:30pm U for Change, 563 Dundas Street East, Toronto
·         Tuesday, June 13 5:30pm Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

S-town Treasure

If you are interested in podcasts and haven't given S-Town a chance, please do - I don't think you will regret it.

I have been searching for images of things John B. McLemore created since listening to S-Town and especially wanted to come across the handmade astrolabe that John created for a friend; I just came across these yesterday:

 - Alexis

Carefully removing the astrolabe from it's handmade containment.

Tom Moore posing with the astrolabe - a handmade piece created by John B. McLemore.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Upcoming Casting Class April 18th

 There is still space to sign up for our next upcoming 8 week Casting Class. CLICK HERE to register.

Check out our class samples!
Each student makes a ring, a cuttlefish casting and one final project using the carving skills we teach.
Samples of rings carved out of jeweller's wax.
Samples of metal rings cast in sterling silver and bronze using the lost wax process and centrifugal casting.
Samples of cuttlefish castings (sterling silver/bronze).

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shop at Jewel Envy...ONLINE!

We always LOVE seeing our customers' happy faces in person here at the Big Blue House but we know you can't always make it in person to shop at Jewel Envy. 

Luckily for you we at Jewel Envy have solved that problem for you: now you can shop specific pieces from our resident goldsmiths online! Every month we will feature a jewellery line from one of talented resident goldsmiths. All you need to do is point your browser to and click on the SHOP tab to see what incredible pieces we have on offer!

This month we are featuring Amanda Henderson of Jewelust's "A Crack In Space and Time" rings.

Plain sterling silver $225 plus HST
Sterling silver with oxidized crack $225 plus HST
Sterling silver with 14K yellow gold plated crack $250 plus HST

Inspired by Dr. Who and loved by Whovian's everywhere, now is your chance to shop the collection from home.

Each ring is made from a special blend of sterling silver that is recycled and tarnish resistant. There are three versions available: plain sterling silver, sterling silver with the "crack" oxidized, and sterling silver with the "crack" 14K yellow-gold plated. All styles are available in mirror polish or matte silver. Each ring is 6.5mm wide. The rings are available in sizes 6 -11 (full and half sizes).

These will only be available online through Jewel Envy for a limited time so place your order today! 

To make sure not to miss out on our time-limited monthly shop feature make sure visit our online shop regularly or better yet, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cullinan Diamond

We are continuing our blog travel beauty, loveliness and incredible things. 

The Cullinan Diamond  the largest  rough diamond ever found, weighing 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g), discovered at the Premier No. 2 mine in Cullinan, in Pretoria, South Africa on 26 January 1905. It was named after the chairman of the mine, Thomas Cullinan.

The diamond was presented to the King Edward the II on his birthday. The original rough diamond was split and cut into nine major stones, called Collinan I, Collinan II all the way up to Cullinan IX.
The Cullinans have been in The Royal House of England ever since.

These great photos show the splendor of the Cullinan I, II, III and IV

Cullinan I


   Cullian II


Cullinan III and IV


Diamonds have been treasured as gemstones since their use as religious icons in ancient India
and related for centuries to true love and eternal beauty. We've never come across a diamond in person of this size and quality, however we often come across family heirlooms that a worth more than physical attributes of a gem can encompass.