Lapis Lazuli

Blue is one of my favourite colours, and of all the blue stones, I’m currently enamored of lapis lazuli. One of our resident goldsmiths, Shafiq, has some lovely lapis, which he cuts, shapes and polishes himself, before incorporating it into his jewellery.

Artifacts of lapis have been found that are as old as the 7th century BC, and during the middle ages, it was used ground up to make ultramarine paint pigment, the most expensive of all blue paint hues! The largest source of lapis is Afghanistan, and it yields lovely pyrite (which is gold coloured) included stones, like this example from Shafiq’s collection.

Lapis Lazuli “bird” set in a sterling silver brooch.

What’s your favourite colour of stone? Whatever it is, you’re sure to find some beautiful examples in the studio. Wander in if you’re passing by and see!

Robin (House of Cassady)

Learn about adding texture to metal

In our classes at Jewel Envy we teach several ways to add texture onto metal transforming the surface. Check out some images below for descriptions of what is used to create texture

Hammered textured band rings. The dappled texture on these was created by using a ball peen hammer across the surface. This is close to the final step in creating a ring!

You can learn how to make a band ring in either a one day class, or as the first (of three) projects in our 8 week introductory fabrication; upcoming class dates:

Monday September 26th – 8 Week Introductory Fabrication

Saturday October 15th – One Day Band Ring

Cuttlefish castings. The ripples are the natural texture of the cuttlefish. After carving a shape into a cuttlefish bone you pour molten metal into the cavity capturing the unique patterns of the material.

You can learn how to make a cuttlefish casting as the second of three projects in the 8 week casting class; upcoming class:

Tuesday October 18th – 8 Week Casting

Roller printed earrings. For these pieces the texture is added to the metal first using a rolling mill and fabric. After the pieces are shaped and made into their final form.

You can learn how to roller print for the second of three projects in our 8 week introductory fabrication class; upcoming class:

Monday September 26th – 8 Week Introductory Fabrication

Visit our website to check our event calendar for dates, browse to see class descriptions, or drop by to see class samples in person.

Please note we are still requiring all class participants to show proof of full vaccination for COVID 19 at or before the start of class unless you have a signed medical exemption. For us this means 2 shots and any boosters that are recommended and available to your age group.  Masks are also still required for the duration of the time spent inside Jewel Envy.

Fall Festival Fun

Toronto always has unique and exciting events going on through the summer, but we really get excited about the community festivals and fairs that happen in the fall.

This coming weekend (Sept 17th and 18th) marks our neighbourhood’s yearly celebration, the “Roncesvalles Polish Festival”. The organisers have planned a stage for our street, highlighting a tuba quartet, an Elvis impersonator, a pipe and drum band, plus a family DJ party. We are anticipating lots of music and a lot of fun just outside our doors, all weekend.

If you are planning a trip down to check out the festivities, you can be assured that we still require everyone to wear their masks inside Jewel Envy, and we will make sure that you have ample space for your shopping experience before we let in the next customers. If you have a big project you’ll need time to discuss, feel free to book a time this week, so that we can give you all of the time and attention required. We have lots to look at and try on, all made by our in house jewellers!

Whether you come down to Roncy to celebrate with us, or just to eat pierogies and watch some wonderful entertainment, we hope you have a safe, wonderful time.

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