Merry Christmas

Lots of new and good things have been happening in the new studio. I am
here today to finish up my last custom order before Christmas. It’s an
anniversary gift. There are different objects represent each year, but
why so cliche and following the tradition? My customer decided to have a
bookmark made for his girlfriend. Its a paw symbolizing their cat,
Mellon with a blue gem in 10K White Gold. As I was saw and piercing out
the paw, I discovered that it could be worn as a pendant! It wasn’t intentional so doubled thrilled! Now there is
no one she would loose the bookmark. 

If you haven’t seen my website, here it is.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


New Neighbourhood, New(ish) JE Goldsmith

Hello there!

This is Amanda! Nice to meet you. I started at Jewel Envy in August, and, how rude of me, I haven’t introduced myself. I like pizza, cats, and long walks on the beach… No, but really, I am the designer/goldsmith of Jewelust. I make mustache-themed jewellery, called Sweet Movember, and I donate a portion of all sales to Movember for prostate cancer research and support. I also make a line of Whirl jewellery, it’s kind of like curled ribbon on a nicely wrapped gift, only made out of silver!

I was fortunate to start at Jewel Envy just before the exciting move to 151 Marion Street. We are now set up and open for business! And what an exciting time for it to all happen. I’ve been meeting the local LoRo residents and, while our Spadina location was right in the middle of the bustling downtown activity, Roncesvales is proving to be a friendly, welcoming neighborhood.

Do you know about the LoRo Block Party? This is just one example of how great this neighbourhood is! On Thursday, December 13th, Lower Roncesvales (LoRo) – that means Roncey south of Galley Ave, is having a block party. Stores will be open late, until 10pm. We’ll be here with special treats. So come on by, say hi, finish that gift shopping, and have a treat!

See you Thursday!
And I can introduce myself properly, in person.

Here is my Movember Gala Party Special Sparkle ‘Stache

And here is my kitten modeling it.

A Splash of Colour

During the summer I spent a lot of time perfecting my spray painting technique on my Instinct series. I was lucky enough that at our old studio on Spadina we had this giant encased fume hood that was already messy so I didn’t have to worry too much about getting spray paint everywhere. Here in the new studio, it’s a different story. We ended up having to leave behind our large encased fume hood and trade it in for a smaller one that lays flat on the table. This is still perfect for other types of chemical finishing but doesn’t give me room for the sweeping range of motion used in spray painting. So, what’s a girl to do? Turn to the Pinterest Gods of course! I found two different solutions, one using a portable canvas wardrobe (too big!) and one using a cardboard box (bingo!). Now to test it out and try not to make a mess in the shiny new studio 🙂

Pinterest’s suggestion – My solution

Instinct series with spray paint

Glass is fantastic!

            I love to
incorporate glass into my jewellery. Glass allows me to experiment with
splashes of colour, and texture in ways that are not possible with other media.
Flame work (lampworking) and enamel are two of my favourite jewellery-making
Here are a few examples of my experiments with glass.
This pendant is made from borosilicate glass (the sturdy
glass used in scientific lab-ware). I created the interesting shape using an
oxygen-propane torch. Working with glass in this way feels a lot like pulling
sugar taffy. The glass needs to stay hot enough to be manipulated, but not hot
enough to melt completely and loose its form. Finding the balance between
heating and cooling a piece can be quite challenging.
This bead was made using Italian soft glass (104 Coefficient
of Expansion). This glass is used most commonly in bead-making. The iridescent
sheen of the bead was created by using glass fused with a dichroic coating.
Once again, the balance between heating and cooling the glass bead is quite
important. If the temperature of the glass bead changes too abruptly, the glass
will shatter and pop. To prevent this from happening, a kiln is used to slowly
bring the bead down to room temperature. This process, called annealing, gives
the glass a lot more strength and durability.
This last pendant was created using powdered glass enamel
over fine silver. The glass powder is fused to the metal using a kiln that
reaches temperatures between 1400-1500 °F.
The delicate shading of this piece was the result of over fifty kiln firings
and weeks of work. While creating enamel jewellery is time consuming, and often
frustrating, I find it to be very rewarding.

Christine Woollacott

Our new friend!

Very exciting studio news today! Better than a new piece of equipment or anything else you think jewelers are wishing for–we are going to have a studio puppy! Well, the puppy is actually Gilian’s, but she will be getting lots of love and attention from everyone. We met her briefly today and she will be coming back to stay in a few days!

Okay this is not the lucky puppy–but she looks something like this–though even cuter if you can imagine that!

Jewel Envy is (re)open for business!!

Grand opening parties are so much fun!!!

We will be posting more pictures from our big night over the next week or so, for all those who could not make it in person.

Today was my first day working in the studio during retail hours, and it was great to see so many curious people from the neighbourhood walking in to take a look.  Roncesvalles is such a wonderful community of small and creative businesses, and it has been refreshing to meet so many like-minded individuals.

Thank you for welcoming us into your neighbourhood, and we look forward to getting to know all of you!!

Loving our new space!

Last night was the grand re-opening party for the lovely new Roncesvalles location!  We are all loving the beautiful new retail space and our MUCH bigger work space!  🙂 Here is a small sneak preview of the new space.

One of our fabulous students modeling some of her work at the opening!

Our fun new retail space with funky “pods” holding all of our jewels!

Even our windows have bling. 😉

Our stunning new retail counter!

My new work bench. 
Ellen(left) and I (right) enjoying ourselves at the opening!          

 We have all been exploring the neighborhood and discovering all of the amazing local businesses in this area!  My next blog will showcase my favorite finds thus far. 

Come on by for a visit and to see everything first hand.

Til next time,
Kathryn Rebecca

New Studio Sign

Friday was an exciting day at the new studio as both of the signs were installed!

The other is at eye level and is a QR code you can scan to take you to the website.
We are getting close to moving time so stay tuned for details!
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