I have spent the last couple months mulling over the idea of superstitions and how to represent them in jewellery for Zilberschmucks annual jewellery competition and exhibition. When I really started to think about them I realized just how integrated they are in our daily lives and although we may rationally know they are not true we often take precautionary steps just in case our small actions can effect our future.
I thought about the superstitions I subscribe to and if could protect myself what would be the one I wish my actions could actually affect. This lead me to think about the heart and how to protect it from failure of both the literal and figurative kind. From here it seemed natural to design a piece of armor to protect the heart. Stay tuned for an image of my interpretation of heart protection.
About 4 years ago, I was a student in my second year at George Brown College. I needed broken pieces of jewellery to fix in my repair class I was taking. My mother handed over a bag full of jewellery, mostly pearls to restring, some things that actually just couldn’t be fixed, and a 10ky gold ring with a broken shank at the bottom and a missing stone (an amethyst she tells me). It was much too big for her as a child when she got it. She told me she used to pinch the bottom of the ring to make it fit. At .5mm thick, it’s no surprise it cracked! In a timid attempt, I filed the broken edges flat and poorly soldered it back together. I was so unimpressed I just never gave it back to her.
During that epic room clean I did a couple months back, I actually found the bag of broken jewellery, ring and all! I thought to myself, wouldn’t this be a lovely birthday present to surprise mom with? I knew that I would have to cut it open and redo the soldering job so I figured I should make it an adult size at the same time. I also found a tiny little amethyst to bring it all back together. This time, I was still terrified of ruining it but I took my time and ended up pretty happy with the results.
Plus my mom was happy and totally surprised!
The opening night to our Second Student Show was a huge success, with lots of great food,conversation, and of course the
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!
I’ve always thought of Valentines Day as a day to celebrate the love of your life, a great friend, or even yourself. To me Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, whether that be a romantic love, the love you have for friends and family or the love you have for yourself.
There are a lot of beautiful pieces to help you express your love this month at Jewel Envy…
Sterling silver with purple flocking, purple freshwater pearls and swarovski crystals. $60.00 by Glaciale
Sterling silver with hand rolled fimo balls in deep and pale pink set with clear resin. $185.00 by Primula
Sterling silver woven bracelet. $300.00 by tete jewellery
Stainless steel with 18k yellow gold wire and genuine rubies. $95.00 by Pash Jewellery
Gold plated sterling silver with removable lemon quartz drop. $220.00 by Kathryn Rebecca
Oxidized sterling silver “Lady slipper”. $135.00 by Lauren Hanham
Enameled copper, sterling silver and white freshwater pearls. $125.00 by Lianne Friesen
Sterling silver with hand carved york gum wood. $180.00 by Koko Bijoux
To get a closer look at some of these items please stop by 10-6 Monday-Friday and 11-5 Saturday. Or come on by this Friday evening until 9PM as we will be open late for our 2nd annual student exhibition! Hope you enjoy the month of celebrating Love with those you love!;)
xoxo *Kathryn Rebecca at Jewel Envy Studio