Sunday, September 9, 2018

Every Day Brings Its Own Magic!




Hello Sunday Readers,



Every Day Brings Its Own Magic!

This is a saying, well know, in my South American Culture.

Simple things are magical, and we must always remember the simple things.

Like getting a new pair of shoes, even if they are too tight at first, the first day of school even 
if we are afraid, or just getting a lemonade on a perfect summer day.

We have to be mindful to enjoy each experience as it is happening.  

When I moved to this country, I took the opportunity to try something new and  I became a 
goldsmith in my second and incredible life in Canada, I love jewellery, the magic of knowing
how incredible it’s to make a gorgeous piece you can appreciate time after time and find it 
amazing!  It’s magic to see my ideas come to life. But what surprised me the most, is the joy 
I feel helping others, capture their dreams in a custom pieces.

Creating fine jewelry is that brings magic into someone's life.  It’s also incredible to think that 
piece may become a family heirloom.  

Artists obtain inspiration from all types of sources. My inspiration recently arrived in the form 
of my lovely grandson, Simon, I translate the love and happiness he inspires in me into the 
pieces that I design.  

The magic of being a grandmother is indescribable.  I loved being a mother and having a 
close relationship with my daughter Laura.

I realize every day, that being a mother is an honor, but being a grandma is a privilege! 
Simon has changed my life.

I made Laura a ring, among many other pieces,  that matches mine with diamond and rubies. But my most loved pieces now for her are simple, and mindful.  

18 karat white gold, 10 mm 3.87 ct. Diamond
Two baguettes of diamonds 3 mm x 1.5 mm 0.06 ct. Three rubies and six accents diamonds


This  bangle, that she doesn't take off,  has only one charm with Simon’s date of birth.

I say only one charm because I hope to fill the bangle with many more! 



  Sterling Silver Bangle with Charm


The pendant, in a short chain has a plate with Simon name on it.




  Sterling Silver Pendant, 16" chain

It's the small little things surrounded by big,  incredible ones, like my daughter, son-in-law 
Brendan, Simon and creativity that make my life so rich and marvelous.

I love what I do, I’m very lucky.  I have my head full with ideas. I think Simon brings the best 
of me, He make my life so rich and wonderful.  He helps me see the world with new eyes.

I thank God for this great and unique magic, to have this two wonderful things in my life at the 
same time.  

Have a nice Sunday.

Helena



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Polish Festival



Dear Sunday readers,


The annual Roncesvalles Polish Festival is back on September 15th and 16th.  It features dance, live music, buskers, vendors and more, all celebrating Polish culture. 
The festivities run through the whole weekend.  Over 40 restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and bistros, along with  traditional Polish fare: pierogi, kubasa, bigos, and cabbage rolls will be offered all along Roncy.
At the south end of Roncy is the stage featuring Polka Song  and Dance more highlights of Polish culture. Saturday night enjoy the ever-popular Dance Under the Stars polka party. Check out the Polish Art Walk and Car Show.
We are excited to announce that Jewel Envy at 151 Marion Street, will give you that chance to experience Lost Wax Casting and make your own piece. Adults and teens will make rings and kids pendants.   

The 1- hour wax carving workshops is FREE.  
Jewel Envy teachers and Jewel Envy artist will help make your great and unique piece come to life.
You will consult with the instructor about your design, and shown how to use the wax carving tools. The teachers are there to help you along, and show you how to finish the wax, which is then ready for casting.

People can take the wax home with them, which is still free.  It will last a little while, but not long.  However, for a small fee your creation will last forever.  Jewel Envy will sprue, invest, cast and finish your ring/pendant.  

Don’t miss out on this rare event.    For _____ a fee, based on weight you can choose to to have their wax ring/pendant cast into bronze or sterling silver.

The Goldsmiths at Jewel Envy Celebrate the Polish Festival with a friendly competition between our Artist and you are our judges.   Our Asymmetric Exhibition is officially launched before traveling to other Ontario Galleries.

We welcome you into the store to view our Goldsmiths’ eclectic design in silver, gold, brass, bronze. Please feel free to bring in any jewellery you want to discuss having repaired or redesigned.


Have a nice Sunday!

Helena


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Green Diamonds!

Colored diamonds are rarities among the most brilliant and usually expensive of all gemstones, but green diamonds are even more rare; different natural phenomena combined to give this diamonds the shade to stand out among the others, and has become a recent interest in gemmology fields.

Diamonds with a green hue are found in Brazil and Zimbabwe and are defined by the type of process for their formation.

A recent article published by the Gemological Institute of America on their Gems and Gemology quarterly publication details everything there is to know about the rarest of diamonds, and makes for an interesting short read. Check out the PDF for the article!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

shoes that are gems, gems that are shoes.

I can say that as a goldsmith my focus about accessories crosses over into shoes. I was recently reminded of these gem like shoes from a company called United Nude 








 This lead to a google search of gem shoes, in which I came across these:


Marina Abramovic's crystal Shoes for Departure

Marina Abramovic's crystal Shoes for Departure, worn.

Marina Abramovic's written instructions: "With naked feet enter the shoes. Eyes closed. Motionless. Depart. Duration:limitless Material: amethyst"

From The In-Between: Shoes for Departure "offer to transport the viewer into an altered state of consciousness. With the artist's written instructions functioning almost as a hypnotic suggestion, the shoes provide the means to enter a space of trance and contemplation."

It was exciting to come across this vastly different examples and sit in contemplation for a few moments about the perception of materials as well as the function and purpose of accessories. Materials have different value to individuals; there is definitely a common thread of meaning attached to gemstones in jewellery that for a majority of people is connected to value. We do often get customers who are searching for meaning and connection through specific gemstones, which I always love learning and hearing about.

-Alexis  

Sunday, August 5, 2018

2 Days Wedding Band Workshop

Hello Sunday Readers,

Jewel Envy, a retail space and working studio at the blue house on Roncy, has a select group of goldsmiths, that not only have they personal lines of work on site, but also teach classes to the public.

Classes are a fun way to learn, and at the same time you can make meaningful pieces like your wedding bands.

You don’t need to have any experience in jewellery making, you come to our studio and one of our teachers will give you all the knowledge you need to make one of the most important and significant pieces of jewellery of your life, your wedding bands.

 

                         Alexis Kostuk (glacialegoldsmith.com) with a student, Emma


Couples interested in our 2 day Wedding Band Workshop select two weekend days (that are at least a week apart) that suit their schedule to create their very own wedding bands. Get in touch to sign up!

 

 

 

Jewel Envy looks forward to seeing you in one or more of our classes, the fun, good time, sharing knowledge, learning of new things, they are just the beginning of a great experience.

 

Have a nice Sunday

 

Helena

 

 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Bijoux Missodey

While Patrick Missodey is on holiday from working in the studio we still have loads of his fabulous work for purchase available here at Jewel Envy. Scroll down to check out some of his work and then be sure to drop into the studio to try some pieces on!
















Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pearls


I came across a great diagram showing a cross section to show the difference in the makeup cultured and natural pearls. A cultured pearl has a nucleus of a bead (usually plastic) that the nacre grows onto, which will vary in thickness - ideally around .4mm. A natural pearl is layers upon layers of nacre that grow around natural debris. From the outside they may look the same, but the structure is definitely different!



While scrolling through pages of pearls today for the blog I definitely had in my mind that natural pearls are more expensive than cultured pearls; however I also learned that apart from a very small collectors market in natural (wild pearls), all pearls bought and sold on the retail market are cultured pearls. If interested you can read more about the varieties of cultured pearls HERE

I came across this beautifully gradation of pearls necklace. If you have $50,000 to spend on a necklace, then look no further!  


In my heart my love of whimsy always drives attraction to pieces, and when a friend tagged me in a post of theirs on Instagram I remembered that I should share what I can assuredly say is one of my favourite use of pearls in jewellery by Petrolnilla

Alexis 





Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summer Party at Jewel Envy


Hello Sunday Readers,

The eclectic goldsmith group that work at Jewel Envy is not only a group of creative and talented people but it is a great team, too!
We come from every corner of the globe, and we get together everyday at the blue house on Roncy to work hard to make the best jewelry we can to enrich your life. 
Every single one of us has a different background, with our own way to see and design pieces - we are unique!
We not only share a great space, and an incredible and specialized studio, we share our time and our work, too. We love that we do this all together!
Two weeks ago, we had a lovely dinner on the front yard of Jewel Envy. We always share moments with each other for a variety of events in the Blue House. The evening was warm, full of light and we enjoyed every single minute of it.
You can see below a group of photos from the lovely dinner.




From left to right: Patrick Missodey (Bijoux Missodey) from Togo, Africa, with his lovely wife Yolanda, Jerell Reichert (Urban Metal) from Canada, Michiline Roi (Atelier J) from Canada, Shafiq Sarwari (Shafiq Sarwari) from Afghanistan, Zef Radi (Radi Brothers Jewelery) from Croatia, Alexis Kostuk (Glaciale Goldsmith) from Canada, Ivane Thiebaut (It) from France, Helena Perez-LaFaurie (hplafaurie) from Colombia, Akatsuki Siu from Hong Kong with us for her internship.





Alexis, Ivane and Gillian E. Batcher (Pash Jewellery Desing)

Missing in the photos Parul Shrivastava (Paruli Desings) from India, Mauricio Franco (Mutable Jewelery) from Colombia, Jessica Nehme (Jessica Rita Jewllery) from Canada and Hoi Yi Lai (Hoi Yi Lai) from Hong Kong.
I told you before, we are one of a kind!
It was so lovely to socialize and enjoy being together, looking forward to more great time together before the winter comes!
Come and visit us at the Blue House, we are always thinking of you!

Have a nice Sunday

Helena



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?!
-Alexis

 
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

Hello!

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!