Sunday, July 15, 2018

Latest Gem Dream

Lately in our instagram feed a lot of beautiful tourmaline gems have been popping up that I have been drooling over. While I have seen watermelon tourmaline in person, I have yet to come across intense bicolour or tricolour gems cut into baguettes. I think normally baguette or rectagular shaped gems don't normally catch my eye, but when they are these colours, they're hard to look away from. They would be a dream to combine with a halo of small gems that transition in colour all the way around - can you imagine it?!

Indicolite is my favourite blue colour of any gem, it is a distinct colour of tourmaline - a unique and intense deep turquoise blue. We have been following Doug Menadue gems on Instagram for a while and I have noticed he has quite a few drool worthy indicolite gems.

We have just recently started following Imperial Gems Collection, and there you'll spot some lovely bicolour tourmalines.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Dear Readers,

I would like to introduce myself - I am Parul, goldsmith and jewellery designer at Paruli Designs and currently working at the fabulous jewellery studio, Jewel Envy!
Please check out some of my work and stop by at the studio to try out one of my pieces on!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Helena's windows

Hello Sunday Readers,

I love beautiful things, we all do! I had the chance of getting in a second hand shop this three nice posters. When I saw them a couple of months ago, I was sure they will be great for my display in the windows on Ronci.
Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. It was a 19th century art movement.
Two of my posters were painted by Maurice Brazil Prendergast an American, born in Canada in 1858.

The first poster by Maurice Brazil Prendergast called Bathing, Marblehead, is a great watercolor over graphite pencil on paper.
It's a great background for my Shining Fall Collection, at h.p.lafaurie Jewellery Design.
This painting makes me think of the warmth and sun of Springtime, I LOVE little things that shine and make noises.  My silver necklace, pendant and earrings are in constant motion and make sounds when you wear them. Like the Bathing, Marblehead , the sea, the kids, my collection is full of light and warm.

The second poster by Maurice Brazil Prendergast called Sunlight on the Plaza, is another great watercolor over graphite pencil on paper.
In this window I display a necklace in Sterling Silver, 36 inches long. My long necklace has several charm-links, small fishes, stars and more. The green of the watercolor remembers me nature, renewal, energy, those are ones of the many things that I think about when I make jewellery, always something new, something different, something that show my state of mind.

The last window has a canvas with sunflowers. It's not painted by Van Gogh, or Monet , but this sunflowers have the same color and force but on the table you can see pieces of watermelon. The well known sunflowers from the impressionism has on the table only the vase for the flowers.
Maybe I'm wrong, but they are beautiful and the color is strong and gorgeous.  My rings are full of color, very simple in design and look beautiful with the sunflowers too.

 I love my pieces and my displays, I hope you like them too. Come to see us, enjoy the work of a group of goldsmiths that work hard to make the best they can to enrich your life.

Have a nice Sunday


Friday, June 29, 2018

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Hello our lovely readers,

I cannot believe it is already the end of June! Is everyone ready for the long weekend? Well today, I have an exciting event to share with you to prepare you for July!

The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is happening on July 6th - 8th! It is Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair. This free public event showcases works by over 340 contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting, photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

I will also be showcasing my jewellery works for the first time at the TOAF. Please come by and check out my works!

@ Nathan Phillips Square

Friday July 6  10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday July 7 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday July 8  10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

I will be located at Booth A23 in Zone A! Hope to see you all there! Here are some of my works below.

Thank you for reading and I hope everyone will have a fantastic long weekend! Happy Canada Day!

Hoi Yi

Sunday, June 24, 2018

You are gorgeous!

You are gorgeous!

Hello Sunday Readers,

Maybe today you are under your favorite blanket with a nice cup of coffee and a great book, but for now I'm still enjoying the sunny days of earlier this week, until the summer is here to stay!
Today is a good day to remember,  we are:  Fresh, Fierce, Frivolous, Fun, Fancy, Fast, Flirty, Fantastic, Gorgeous, we are....unique.

Come visit us at Jewel Envy, where we can help you choose a piece that reflects your uniqueness.

See you soon and have a great Sunday!


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Let's use your old jewellery to create something new!

One of the things we tell new visitors to the studio is that along with custom work we do repairs and redesigns. I always get excited when people have follow up questions. I find its common for people to have a few pieces that they are keeping, but are not wearing because the style isn't something they are excited to wear. We can assess old gold jewellery and let you know what can be melted and reused and anything that cannot be reused can be taken to a refinery and be used as payment towards creating a new piece.  

The exciting part is discussing ideas and direction for how you would like your jewellery transformed. We encourage people to check out work created by the onsite goldsmiths and we can set up a consultation with them. Otherwise, whomever is on retail can discuss and take down details with you. After an initial consult you receive sketches and quotes for style options and once you are happy with a design we start creating for you.

We removed the diamond and melted the gold to make our client a new ring.

If you have jewellery that is not getting to see sunlight we encourage you to drop in and start the process of redesigning with us. We love transforming pieces into something you are excited to wear and show off!

- Alexis

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Fossilized gemstones

Fossilized coral. Rough variations and polished cabochons.

Opalized wood variations.

Fossilized pharyngeal plates from fish. The rough variation shown above with cabochons below. Commonly called "snakeskin cabochons."

More and more we are finding interesting gems online. The exciting thing about online finds are the breadth of possibilities and unique pieces that would be overlooked by most gem suppliers. There are so many options that overlap with people that collect fossils and minerals that can easily be used to make unique jewellery pieces. If you are interested in a unique piece made into jewellery we can work together to source the perfect specimen!
- Alexis

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer in Toronto

Summer in Toronto

Dear Sunday reader,

It's the time of year when Torontonians spill out onto the streets, filling parks, patios and bike paths. Summer in the city means food, music and cultural festivals nearly every weekend.

Among many great things to be part of this summer, we have CANADA DAY July 1st, a celebration of  joy and pride for all Canadian; you can stick around for spectacular fireworks in the evening.
The renowned TD Toronto Jazz Festival returns with jazz artists performing in and around the city. Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin will be in Toronto among many great artists.

Summer in Toronto means seeing Canada’s longest-running outdoor theater event, Shakespeare in High Park. 

The internationally acclaimed entertainment company Cavalia brings its latest production, Odysseo to Mississauga this summer, a great opportunity to enjoy the summer with our kids.

Toronto is a city full of activities, do not miss the great outdoors, SUMMER IS HERE.

At the corner of Roncesville and Marion is Jewel Envy.  We are excited to share our new ideas for the summer and explore new creations:  for redesigning your jewellery or custom making something special that you have been dreaming of.

                                                 Custom Diamond ring.

You are always welcome to browse and be inspired at Jewel Envy.

Have a nice Sunday!


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Tips from a goldsmith

One of the pieces of info that we give customers continuously is about white gold. Gold starts out yellow and to change it to white either nickel or palladium is added. Rings in North America are most commonly a mixture of nickel and gold. *The EU actually has a nickel directive to restrict the use of nickel in jewellery* The benefit of nickel is that it is less expensive; the downside is that you can have an allergy that you may not be aware of, or even develop an allergy overtime to it. Rhodium plating is most commonly used to serve as a barrier and gives the metal a bright white colour. However, all plating eventually wears off dependent on the thickness of the plating, your own skin acidity, how you treat and wear your rings exposing the nickel to your skin. This could mean maintaining your ring by rhodium plating when needed. 

Another alternative is selecting a metal that is hypoallergenic (see above image). Palladium and platinum are white metals that will not aggravate your skin. Palladium is part of the platinum family of metals and shares the same hypoallergenic properties and can be added to gold to create white gold (just as nickel is added to create nickel white gold).

Sometimes even having a ring made with a hypoallergenic material is not enough, then what?!

Irritation can also be caused by build of soap or lotions that are being caught underneath the ring. Surface irritation dermatitis is often associated with moisture being trapped between the ring and your finger, causing unpleasant friction and the breakdown of your skin’s protective layer. To help prevent this, make sure you dry your hands thoroughly after washing them. This will reduce the chance of unwanted friction. We always recommend that you take your jewellery before showering, swimming, and before you go to bed so you are not trapping any moisture under your ring and to give your finger a bit of a break.

If your finger has developed an irritation be sure that you are exploring all your options. Also be sure that you are taking your ring off (please don't just leave it on!) Switching fingers if necessary and allowing your skin time to heal. Hydro cortisone can help with reactions to nickel combined with keeping the skin moisturized to help it heal. Another tip that I've come across lately is using a barrier cream which can also help to reduce irritation. Regardless, as a goldsmiths we are always happy to field questions like this. 


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Pre-Columbian Jewellery

Hello Sunday Readers,

Today I will talk a little bit about one of my favorite themes, jewellery history.
It is very special to me because the theme is Pre-Columbian Jewellery, and I’m Colombian.
One of the four most advanced civilizations of the Americas apart from the AztecsMayans, and Incans, was the Muisca civilization on the Altiplano Cundiboyacense in the Eastern Ranges of the Colombian Andes

The Muisca (or Chibchacivilization flourished in ancient Colombia between 600 and 1600 CE. Their territory encompassed what is now Bogotá and its environs, and they have gained lasting fame as the origin of the El Dorado legend. The Muisca have also left a significant artistic legacy with their superb gold work, and much of the excellence of this work has never been reached by any other Americas culture.

The most well-known piece of this civilization is The Muisca Ralf, which is exhibited at the Gold Museum in Bogota. It is a lost-wax casting in gold with a small amount of copper.


                                                           The Muisca Raft

It represents the ceremony of investiture of the Muisca chief, which used to take place at Lake Guatavita.

The raft was found by three farmers in early 1969 in a cave in the village of Lázaro Fonte in the municipality of Pasca (Cundinamarca), Colombia, in a ceramic pot, adorned with a human figure whose face has sharp teeth.

Typical Muisca designs include spirals and other geometric, inter-locking forms. Also produced were ceramics (including clay figures) and carved semi-precious stones. 

                                      Muisca's Charms Braceler. Sterling Silver.

All this heritage full of meaning and unavailable richness has been passed down through generations and is part of the pride of being Colombian. And in a miraculous way, it has come to my hands and imagination to help me transform materials into wonderful things!

Have a nice Sunday!


Muisca Raft, Wikipedia
Ancient History Encyclopedia