Polish Festival

Dear Sunday readers,

The annual
Roncesvalles Polish Festival is back on September 15
th 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

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!

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  

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

 

 

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!