Saturday, January 19, 2019

Goldsmiths - A journey through time!

Hey everyone, Jessica here! I figured a snowy Saturday seems like a good time to take you on a journey through time in the art and history of the Goldsmith.

Goldsmithing is the practice of working with gold and other precious metals to create objects of adornment, especially jewellery. Goldsmiths have existed ever since gold itself was determined to be of value. We have seen the products of goldsmiths all throughout history in utensils, ceremonial and religious items, talismans, jewelry and art.

A Goldsmith possesses the knowledge and ability to forge, solder, cut, cast, file, and polish metal - just to name a few skills of a potentially much longer list! Historically, these skills were typically passed down within family and under apprenticeship. Although apprenticeship is still a common practice today, there are now many jewelry arts programs available throughout various schools around the world.

According to Bulgarian archeologists, the oldest known gold artifact is a gold bead discovered under a small house of a prehistoric settlement outside of Pazardzhik - the bead is said to date back 6500 years!

Check out these images below of goldsmiths through different eras - and be sure to visit us at 151 Marion Street, Toronto to see what the goldsmiths of today are creating at Jewel Envy!

 BULGARIA ~ Gold bead found in prehistoric settlement
Image result for gold bead bulgaria
  EGYPTIAN ~ Gold from King Tutankhamun’s Tomb
Gold from King Tutankhamun's Tomb  

GREEK ~ A Gold Earring From the Etruscan Period
A Gold Earring From the Etruscan Period 

 ROMAN ~ An Early Roman Christian Reliquary
An Early Roman Christian Reliqaury
 CANADIAN (@JEWEL ENVY) ~ The work of Helena Perez Lafaurie

Sincerely, a Happy Goldsmith,


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Velentine's Day

Valentine’s day.

After celebrating Christmas, one of the best times of the year with family and friends, Valentine’s day is again an opportunity to show love and admiration for the people that is cherished to us.

Valentine's Day, is celebrated annually on February 14. It's  recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance and romantic love in many regions around the world.

Jewel Envy has this year incredible pieces from incredible goldsmiths from all over the glove, we have pieces for all budgets and all of them have been done having you , our costumers in mind.

In this first photo a galore of earrings, every one of them  make for a different goldsmith, but all are great pieces to show  your love and let them know how much they mean to you.

From left to right and from top to bottom, Amethyst and Enamel earrings from Glacial Goldsmith, Alexis Kostuk. Sterling Silver earrings from Vera Wei.  Sterling Silver and Gold plated earrings from Pash, Gillian Batcher. Yellow Gold and Amethyst from Radi Brothers Jewelry, Zaf Radi. Sterling Silver earrings from Urban Matel, Jerell Reichert. Sterling Silver, gold plated earrings from hplafaurie Jewellery Design, Helena Perez-LaFaurie.

The second group has rings to celebrate anniversaries , engagement , even the blessing of a new baby. Each one will be custom made to fit you and your love one!
Valentine's Day can be a memorable day to get engaged with your other half!

Necklaces are one of the pieces women love the most, Jewel Envy has a great variety at incredible prices, a good example is this necklace with coins in sterling silver from hplafaurie, Helena Perez-LaFaurie.

Jewel Envy always works and designs new pieces thinking on you and the people you love!

Happy Valentine's day from all of us at Jewel Envy

Have a nice Sunday!


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Forgotten History of Female Scribes

I will forever be obsessed with lapis lazuli. No matter what gemstones I come across I am always drawn the most to anything blue. A while back I posted interesting facts about gemstones including that lapis lazuli was ground into powder to create ultramarine blue paint pigment... the colour was so beautiful and coveted that lapis lazuli was worth it's weight in gold.

YOU HAVE TO CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE about a recent study analyzing the plaque on the teeth of remains found at a women’s monastery in Dalheim, Germany. Check out the article about the implications of this study and an exciting avenue for sociology and archealogy, what a ride!


Tumbled lapis lazuli.

Ground lapis lazuli.


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Jewelry for the Holiday Hangover!

New year, new everything,

We sincerely hope your holidays were full of love and care from family, friends and all those around you. May 2019 bring even more peace, love, happiness and fulfillment to your life, and of course, more jewelry!

But now, holidays are over, and most of us are going back to our daily routines; school, work, both or neither! but one thing is sure, 2019 brings new opportunities for all of us, and what a better way to start the new year than getting a new piece of jewelry.

going back to work and show your coworkers you're brilliant new pair of earrings, or showing your classmates that special necklace that was made just for you, or share pictures of that new engagement ring; those are little pleasures that will definitely make your day and make you a bit happier at the beginning of the year!

All the best for you on this new year,