The 4C of a Diamond
Hello Sunday Readers,
The 4Cs, or most important qualities on a diamond are; Cut, Color, Clarity and Carats
The cut is the most important of all the qualities on a diamond because it has the greatest influence on a diamond’s sparkle.
Not
only do well-cut diamonds appear more brilliant, they also tend to
appear larger than other diamonds of the same carat weight. 
 

The Beers Centenary Diamond, at 273,85 carats

The color.
A chemically pure and structurally perfect diamond is
perfectly transparent with no 
hue,
or color. However, in reality almost no gem-sized natural diamonds are absolutely perfect. The color of a diamond may be affected by 
chemical
impurities
 and/or structural defects in the crystal. Depending on the hue and intensity of a diamond’s coloration, a diamond’s color
can either detract from or enhance its value
.
The Cullinan Diamond, weighing 3,106.74 carats. It was cut on 105 stones of assorted cuts.
The Clarity.
Diamond
clarity is the assessment of small imperfections on the surface and
internally. The surface flaws are called blemishes,
and internal defects are known as inclusions. These tiny, natural
blemishes and inclusions are microscopic and do not affect a diamond’s
beauty in any way. 
Diamonds with
the least and smallest inclusions receive the highest clarity grades.

Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much a diamond weigh. A metric “carat” is defined as 200 milligrams….. This allow very precise measurements to the hundredth decimal place. A jeweler may describe the weight of a diamond  below one carat by its “points” alone.


The Golden Jubilee Diamond. 545.67 carats brown diamond.
Diamonds come in many different colours; yellow, blue, black, white and
many more. The shape can be round, oval, rectangular, square, along with many other shapes! They can be small
or big. They are one of the most beautiful stones. They have always
symbolized love and richness.
The one that you have is the most incredible one! (Assuming you have a diamond ;)) Treasure it every day! You know what they say… “they are a girl’s best friend”……
Come
to see us, we can enhance what you already have, or change the design of
an old one from a loved one. Jewel Envy works to make the best of what you
have or to create
the incredible piece you are dreaming of.
Have a nice Sunday!
Helena

Diamonds Forever!

It’s Saturday and I am here at the studio dreaming about designs, and my mind keeps going towards GLAMOUR. In search for inspiration, I decided to take a dive onto the red carpet. What was confirmed for me? Diamonds never go out of style! Check out these gorgeous gems on the red carpet, both vintage and today.

 

Would love hear your opinion on these beauties! If you free like a personalized piece of frosting for yourself – come see us at Jewel Envy and we will be sure to design something that makes you feel like a million bucks!

Happy Weekend Everyone!
Jess

Unusual and Creepy Jewellery

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but some times we question if the beholder has lost it’s glasses (or it’s mind). for a fun Sunday, I made a small recompilation of creepy and unusual jewellery around the internet.

Insects and small animals
 Personally, I don’t like it, for the sake of the animals (even tho some are made with already dead critters), but this is not a new trend, as insects trapped in amber are found in jewellery pieces around the world for many centuries.

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Teeth and other body parts
Some decide to remember friends and family (pets included) by carrying with them some piece of the deceased, a reminder of their child’s first teeth, others just had their wisdom teeth removed and wanted to do something with them; either way, its very common to get this kind of requests as a goldsmith.

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Food
Not literal food, but make hyper realistic looking jewellery reminiscent of  our favorite dishImage result for ugly jewelleryweird jewelry

Dolls
To be honest, I find this one the most disturbing, carrying effigies of decapitated heads, I know they are made of plastic but still… no

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Unusual and creepy or unique, you decide.

Mauricio.

Enameling in jewellery

Hello there!  Saturday has somehow come around again, I don’t know where the week goes sometimes!  Today I wanted to talk a bit about enameling and jewellery.  Most people are aware that traditionally, enamel referred to powdered silica (or glass), fused to a substrate, in jewellery generally copper, silver or gold. There are many different styles of enamel, and it can be a great way to include colour in jewellery, instead of, or in complement to gemstones.

If you’re interested in a bit more information, you can read more here.

photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:France_Jabot_pin_with_rhinestones.jpg

 

photo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Belt_buckle_by_W._H._Haseler,_Birmingham,_1907-1908,_silver,_enamel_-_Hessisches_Landesmuseum_Darmstadt_-_Darmstadt,_Germany_-_DSC01107.jpg

With advancing technology, new types of enamel have been developed, and new and inventive ways of applying enamel to different effects.  Here are a couple of examples of more contemporary designs incorporating enamel from goldsmiths at the studio:

photo: https://jewelenvy.ca/node/403

photo: https://jewelenvy.ca/node/6

Interested?  Come in and talk to one of our goldsmiths about commissioning an enameled piece of jewellery.  Or, if you think you’d like to try it out, check out our classes in enameling and come explore this fascinating technique for yourself! (We have lots of classes that don’t need any prior experience!)

Happy Saturday, and see you soon!

Benitoite, the rare blue gem

Benitoite is regarded as one of the rarest gemstones on the planet, it is formed in high pressure and low temperature conditions. Originally found on the San Benito Mountains in California, where it got its name, but it can occur in a number of isolated locations across the globe like Japan and Australia.

It’s also the State Gem of California!

The resemblance of color makes this gemstone almost indistinguishable from a blue sapphire,
although there is a trick to recognize this gem, put it under a UV light and see how this translucent gemstone becomes a glowing solid rock out of a Sci-Fi movie.

 

 Pretty nice stone, with a really nice trick.

Studio’s a buzz buzz buzzin’

Although the studio is at full capacity Gillian Batcher the studio’s scheduling guru (and Owner) is able to map our time for maker’s visiting from far and wide this summer. Today there is a class is full swing, goldsmith’s working away, and a temporary visitor creating in the studio today. 


Jade Dumrath, object and jewellery maker extraordinaire is in Toronto to celebrate her sister’s wedding and needed some time to make some special somethings before the big day. Check out more of her work here. And some of it just below ;o)  – Alexis

 

Slim ring box, as pictured on Jade’s Instagram