15 fun and informative gemstone facts!

Today I wanted to share some interesting gemstone facts that will (hopefully) be of interest to you and also solve some questions you were afraid to ask!.

Here we go:

1- Gemstones are categorized in 3: Precious Gemstones, like diamonds, rubies and sapphires come in this category; Semi-precious Gemstones, like garnet, alexandrite and peridot; and the last is Organic Gemstones, this special category is for non mineral gemstone materials like amber, pearls and ivory.

2- Precious and Semiprecious stones are defined by the scarcity and value of the mineral.

3- The color of mineral stones varies from stone to stone due to the uneven concentrations of the chemical components present inside the crystalline formation, this makes every single gemstone unique.

4- Some gemstones are exposed to different procedures to enhance their color, but some of this procedures lowers the value of the gemstones.

5- Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone was the Peridot, the queen favored green gemstones.

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6- Garnets were given their name due to their similarity with the pomegranate’s red seeds.

7- Gemstone hardness is measured by a number on a system called Mohs Scale, diamonds are perfect 10, they are the hardest gemstone and only another diamond can scratch it; the softest being amber with a rating of 2, pretty easily scratched and it even floats in salt water!

8- Pearls are product of different layers of closed mollusk’s saliva on grains of sand and other external agents that make their way inside the clams mouth, they take a lot of time to form.

9- Star sapphires and rubies are rare occurrences, a 6 pointed star appears as a shine on the top of the stone due to the presence of rutiles inside.

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10- Gemstones can be made in laboratories under controlled circumstances.

11- Contrary to popular believe, lab gemstones are not fake, they have the same components of the natural occurring ones, and are perfect alternatives for mined gemstones; if you find a gemstone too expensive, go for lab gems!

12- And talking about star sapphires, they can also be made in a laboratory.

Image result for tourmaline13- Opals and Tourmaline are known as the most colorful gemstones, Opals hold an array of colors inside due to light refraction on their components, and Tourmaline can come in every color possible.

14- And going back to Opals, its very beneficial to wear them next to your skin, Opals have water inside and the moisture of your skin keeps them from drying and cracking.

15- Amethyst, the beautiful purple stone and one of my favorites, was once considered a precious gemstone, related to royalty, but then huge amounts were discovered in Brazil, lowering it’s price and rarity considerably.

I hope you had fun reading some gemstone facts, we will share more in the future!

Mauricio F.

 Introducing Jessica!

Jessica Nehme, one of our newer goldmiths, joined our team at Jewel Envy in 2017. She is over-the-moon excited as she is currently in process of preparing a line of pieces to display in our studio. Her designs are inspired by her passion in studying world religions, metaphysics, spirituality, sacred geometry and nature.

Stay tuned for the launch date of Jessica’s unique line!  


Custom Orders, 

Made just for You

Jewel Envy, most goldsmiths can make your dream piece, just the way you want
are a few important steps to follow though to avoid disappointment and make
sure you get what you want and give your piece of jewellery with this very more
special and unique feel.
a first discussion about the project we would then send you a quote and
drawing, once agreed and a deposit paid, we would them start working on the piece. 
of my lovely customer wanted three brooches. She was thinking of something with
the eternal knot symbol which has different meaning in different cultures and
has been around Since 2500BC (yes it’s true). I do wear myself a bracelet with
this  sign on my arm everyday as a reminder of various symbols in my life,
therefore as such I was also well inspired.  This particular customer and
I share something as both lived in HK, maybe that why we both like this
symbol…. anyways…back to the custom order process 
me personally making this brooch was something new, and I tried a few methods
before deciding how to go about it. At the end I decided to fabricated the brooches
from thick metal sheet rather than carve them out of wax. I showed the prototype
(in brass) to my client and we agreed to make it ticker and keep it to the same
then started working on making all three pieces for her and I believed she was
very happy with the final pieces, one which I believe was for her to keep two
to give away the special people in her life.
 are a few of the pictures (I really need to make a mental note to myself
to take a good picture of every piece before selling them!!!!!).
Jewel Envy we thrive to offer our clients with unique service and beautiful
jewellery pieces just the way they want them….  open communication is
key in order to achieve this. 
goldsmiths here all have different experiences and each custom order is a
different as our lovely customers,
and talk to us about what we can make for you, 
Have a lovely beautiful Sunday,
Ivane Thiebaut Goldsmith at Jewel Envy

Upcoming Classes!

Dear Sunday Readers,
There are so many things going on at Jewel Envy right now, we have our
in studio exhibition, “Asymmetric”, on
display. Help us to find out who made the best piece of jewellery for the show
by voting in the store in person or by viewing our 
blog and voting online!
Among many other classes, that you can check on our
web site, like Earrings on October 28th or Band Rings on November 3rd,
our last 8-week classes for 2018 are Casting-intro and intermed on October 18th
and Introductory Fabrication on October 23rd

Register for classes here!

I love the opportunity to give you a quick and
illustrative information about casting with one of my own pieces.
In the lost wax casting process, the casting in
created using a centrifuge.

Ones the wax model has been invested in a flask
mold (you can see more than one wax on the pic bellow), it’s embedded in
investment plaster, then the wax is eliminated from the mold by heat, after
been on the kiln for than 8 hours, the flask mold in mounted on the centrifuge
in a crucible in which metal is pour in an amount sufficient to fill the mold.

wax tree

covering with plaster


The centrifuge does its work and after a couple of
minutes you can take the flask and poured it on the water.
The result is amazing, you have now the pieces in
metal ready to be attached and polish!
casted pieces

casted pieces cut apart

The final piece of jewelry is done! do not miss the
great opportunity of doing it yourself and enjoy one of the most incredible
process in jewelry making!
finished piece!

This and more are what we do at Jewel Envy, come to
visit us and become a part of our great and incredible daily life!
Have a nice Sunday!


Fall coloured gems

I love LOVE love LOVE love LOOOOOOve fall! If fall were a gemstone my pick would be garnet. I made a collage from images I found on google of the range of garnet colours to show off garnet’s potential as the official gemstone of fall.

Green is tsavorite garnet, orange is spessatite garnet, red is almandine, purple is rhodolite.

 There are so many different variations of red garnets specifically and most people associate garnets with a red coloured gem, there are also other colours! I love letting people know about less common colours – such as the bright green of tsavorite garnets, or the range of orange hues found in spessartite garnets.

What would you choose as the gemstone of fall?

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