Christmas’s presents

Hello Dear Sunday Readers,
 
 

The most incredible holiday of the year is only one month away, Christmas!
 
Time
to extend Peace, Love, Joy, Happiness and much more to all.  A time to
share with family and friends. 
One of the many things we do at Christmas
is to show our love and appreciation to the most important people in
our lives.
 
This year some of my costumers had asked me to make some lovely presents for their friends and family.
 
To
begin with this cuff-links in Sterling Silver made with Hong Kong coins,
and the second pair in Sterling Silver and Agates. Cuff links are a great
present for any occasion, and even more as a Christmas present.
 
 
Cuff-links in Sterling Silver. Hong Kong coins.

 
Cuff-links in Sterling Silver and Agates
 

 
A
pair of earrings in 14K gold, very glamorous present to make this
Christmas a very especial memory. They can be made in Sterling Silver or
gold-plated too
 
14K Gold Earrings

 
 
I have for you too a small collection in Sterling silver, gold-plated, earrings and pendants.
Three of them in this photo, the whole collection will be on display at Jewel Envy in December.
Be able to buy for other is a blessing, the power of giving and making others happy is one of the best feelings on Christmas!
 
 
 

New Christmas Collection, hplafaurie

 


From all of us at JEWEL ENVY, we wish you Wonderful Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
 
Have a nice Sunday!
Helena

My Favorite Piece

Being a jewelry designer for me opened many ways of expressing myself in tangible objects; we are essentially metal artists, and as so, we convey messages with any decision we take when creating a jewelry piece.

My favorite piece, and one of the most unique I have made, was never meant to be wore, but was meant to be carried with me always, a silver sword I created during one of the hardest moments in my life, to remind myself that there is always a fight to be won, and victory against the odds in life is won with courage, will and most importantly, with self care.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post, and I’d like to hear all the stories behind your favorite pieces, online or better, visit us at the studio!

Mauricio F.

Remembrance Day

Hello Sunday Readers,

Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a
memorial day many states commemorate since the end of the
First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the
line of duty. 

Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in
most countries to recall the end of hostilities of
World War I on that
date in 1918.
Today we commemorated 100 years of the end of
one of the most devastated and dreadful wars the humanity had to endure.
The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar
emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem
“In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian physician Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae
Poppies were worn for the
first time at the 1921 anniversary ceremony. These poppies bloomed across some
of the worst battlefields of
  Flanders in
World War I; their brilliant red color became a symbol for the blood spilled
in the war.
At the beginning real
poppies were worn, but
at a conference in 1920, the National
American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance. At
this conference, Frenchwoman Anna E. Guérin was inspired to introduce the
artificial poppies commonly used today.
This unique and important
familiar emblem of Remembrance Day has been represented by many artists as a
piece of jewellery. 

This beautiful brooch in
crystals and alloy from RHao.

Lovely examples like this gold brooch from Klaritta Jewellery from UK.

This poppy stud earrings in
alloy from Canex50

Take
pleasure and enjoy this cold and sunny fall Sunday 
I
found this words from Billy Graham: “
Courage is contagious”,
I want to share them with you today in memory of our heroes!
Helena

How to select the perfect gemstone for you?

Today I wanted to answer a frequently asked question about gemstones, how to select the perfect gemstone for you?; essential in the composition of many jewelry pieces, gemstones usually platy a major role on the aesthetic of a piece, its price, value and wear and it’s important to know all this facts in selecting the gemstone that will finish your jewelry piece.

this questions are just superficial, and many more can appear in the process of getting a custom style.

Three main questions for selecting a gemstone are:

1. How I want my gemstone to look like?

This one is essential to the goldsmith or jewelry designer to get to know exactly what you want. Do you want a green stone, maybe blue? Do I want it shiny or opaque?, color and aspect important to define the kind of gemstone you want, as most of them are different and defining exactly what you like on its visual aspect will determine the type, color and cut of your gemstone.

Questions you have to ask yourself on this are:

  • What Color do I want it?
  • Translucent or Opaque Stone?
  • Which Shape should it have?
  • Where is my stone going to be Placed?
  • Do I want it partially covered or uncovered?

Here we leave a very helpful image that will help us select our ideal gemstone’s shape.
 Image result for gemstone shapes
Image: https://www.rocksandco.com/gemstone-information/gemstone-cuts/ 

2. How much do I want to pay for it?


Everyone’s lest favorite topic when it comes to purchase, our budget determines the kind of stone we can get, the classification of the stone can affect it’s price, Precious gemstones being usually the most expensive; the purity (presence or absence of inclusions inside the stone) can also influence in it’s price. The color intensity of the stone, the cut, the rarity of the mineral and the mining region also influence in gemstone prices.

Questions you have to ask to define what the price are:

  • How much is my budget?
  • Do I want inclusions inside my gemstone?
  • Do I want a natural gemstone or a laboratory one?
  • What kind of stone is it (Precious, Semi-precious, Organic)?

3.  How long and where I’m going to wear it?

 Our final determinant we have to ask ourselves where the stone is going to be and for how long I’m going to wear it. Stones wore in wedding rings or everyday jewelry need to be hard and resistant, as they will be exposed to the risks of everyday activities like friction, hits, scrapes, chemical products and sweat; on the other side, stones dangling from earring will be mostly protected from the wear risks and can be as delicate as Emeralds.

Gemstones are classified in different hardness coefficients, and those help us determine if the stone is up to the task of our regular jewelry wear.

Questions that will help define the kind of stone for the task are:

  • For what activity I’m going to wear my piece?
  • How frequent I’m going to wear my piece?
  • Is it in constant contact with other pieces/objects?
  • Where is the stone located in the piece?
  • Which part of my body I’m going to wear the piece?

All this questions will help you and your goldsmith to find the perfect gemstone for your jewelry piece, and determine factors and characteristics of that gemstone. The best way to answer this questions is to visit a jewelry studio and work along an experienced goldsmith to help you create the piece of your dreams!

I hope you had an entertaining read and that it motivated you to get that jewelry piece you always wanted!


Mauricio F.

 

fall classes

Hi,

I am Jerell Reichert.  I started taking silver jewellery classes in Edmonton while in high school, when Sterling Silver was $80 ounce.

I loved the process of coming up with an idea and seeing it executed.  The truth is that there were

some very simple projects that were taught to learn the different techniques.  The first thing that I

remember were making a twisted pickle fork and a jade rings.

I am excited to be working at a studio that offers classes, as working at a craft has changed my life.

It is a place that I can expand my knowledge, meet new people, continue to grow and the ability to make my own holiday gifts myself.

Working with your hands and being really focused is as powerful as meditating.

Over the next few weeks Jewel Envy is offering 2 classes.

Saturday November 10th and Sunday November 11th, 2018- (2 Day Open Class- perfect for making gifts!)

This class is open to people previous jewellery making experience.  Student will bring in their own ideas and our instructor will work with you to help you execute your projects.

Our next 1 day classes will be starting on:

Sunday November 18th, 2018 – (Nameplate) 

This introduction class will teach the process of sawing, solder, piercing and polishing metal.  Students will make a pin with a custom findings or a .

Design
and pierce your name out of a sheet of precious metal. In this class
you will create a stylized version of your name (or a short word) and
learn to pierce it from a sheet and then make it into a finished
necklace pendant.