August is Peridot Season

“Is it peri-dott, or peri-doh?” the inquisitive August-born asks.

The answer, just like the glowing green color of this gemstone, comes from within. What a perfect gift for those who are loved for who they truly are.

The word has French origin, so most jewellers will drop the t, but we accept both pronunciations.

Drop by Jewel Envy and start your journey to having an exquisite custom peridot piece that shows its inner beauty in any situation.

Pearls Aren’t Just for Barbie Anymore!

Barbie and her pearls have always been an iconic image, but here at Jewel Envy, we want to show you that pearls can be for everyone!

Pearls are a great way to add a little extra pizazz to any outfit!

Good quality pearls are also something that you can feel good about with wearing! Today, properly cultured pearls are ethically and sustainably sourced. The most beautiful pearls require the best living conditions which means that the environment in which they are grown in have to be pristine. That means protecting the waters in which they are grown in, and taking care of the animals that produce these marvelous little gems.

Many of our goldsmiths already incorporate the use of pearls in their work, but you can always come in and ask for a custom pearl piece as well!

Acrylic, sterling silver, and pearl earrings by Edna Milevsky and a sterling silver nautilus pendant with a cute little pearl by Aurora Simmons.

More pearl studs and earrings by Edna Milevsky.

Various pearl and gemstone necklaces in both sterling silver and gold by Edna Milevsky.

Lastly, a few tips for keeping your pearls so they last for many years!

  1. Pearls should be the last thing that you put on and the first thing that you take off when leaving and returning home. Spray your perfume and hairspray before you put on your pearls in order to protect the nacre from harsh chemicals.
  2. Pearls love moisture! So do not store them in an airtight plastic bag or in a safe or safety deposit box! The best place to keep them is wrapped in a soft cloth and then stored in a soft pouch.
  3. Maintenance! It is important to restring your pearls every few years in order to keep them looking their best and so you have less chance of breakage. (We offer pearl re-stringing here at Jewel Envy!)


Hydro stone is a light weight plaster which can be used to create very tough wearable objects with a very similar feel and working properties to stone. It’s similar to the investment compound we use in casting. Mix with water and let set and it quickly becomes a stone like material.

Check out these jury-rigged molds I’ve been playing around with! Simply created using foam board and a glue gun.

They look pretty rough, but they work!

Why are the Cardinals red?

There are so many different types of alternative finishings for jewellery. Today, I want to introduce to you ceramit enamel. Ceramit is basically low temperature curing, hard enamel. It has a ceramic like surface. Ceramit comes in 14 colours. The beautiful cardinals with their vibrant red colour is red ceramit.

Earrings – Sterling silver with black spinels and red ceramit. By Gillian Batcher.

Enamel? What’s that, you say?

Who doesn’t love a bit of colour, when it comes to jewellery? Mixed metal colours (eg silver/high karat gold), gemstones that make a rainbow, and enamel. Enamel is so fun, and versatile. So, what is it? There are a few things that are considered “enamel” (more about that in a bit), but traditionally, enamel is a silica-based colour– that’s right, it’s glass! This means that, like soft stones, you do need to be a bit careful with it, but the effects are totally worth it.

free form sterling silver ring with purple, white and black eggcup sterling silver ring, red enamel flat disc pendant with a cutout, enameled jewel shapes in a split sterling silver ring, yellow enamel oval concave cufflinks in sterling silver, five multi coloured enameled chunky hearts on a large ring chain bracelet in sterling silver
Sterling silver with traditional glass enamel and ceramit, a ceramic-like enamel. (L to R: sterling silver growth ring by Alex Kinsley Vey, Egg shell ring by Edna Milevsky, Red enamel on sterling silver flat M pendant by Robin Cassady-Cain, Enamelled Gems ring by Alexis Kostuk, enamelled heart bracelet by Jerell Reichert, yellow cufflinks by Gillian Batcher.

Another type of enamel, Ceramit, gives a ceramic and glass-like finish, but is used in liquid form, and solidifies at much lower temperature than traditional glass enamel requires to melt. Personally, as a goldsmith, I like the versatility of traditional enamel, as well as the potential for unpredictability, depending on how you use it when making a piece of jewellery!

Come in and explore colour in the retail area at the studio. Or, if you fancy having a try at enameling yourself, come in for a workshop! We do a one day workshop, and if you’re interested, if you don’t see it on the schedule, drop us a line (, and we’ll put it up!

Happy Saturday!

Silver for Summertime

I love the versatility of silver jewelry and the way it glistens in the sun! It’s no secret that silver jewelry is on trend and becoming an increasingly popular choice this year. Cool and light, it makes the perfect summer statement as it looks great with breezy summer outfits – it can be casual enough to sport dock-side, or dressed up for an event!

Here are some fun breezy prices that would make a stylish addition to your collection, yet are simple and timeless enough to continue wearing throughout the seasons and for years to come ☀️

Heart Ring by Jerell Reichert

Silver Ring by Kathy Winfield

Silver Studs by Maddie Kingston

Silver Loop Bracelet by Natalia Naranjo

Unique layering options with silver chains in various styles!

The Basics of Jewellery Cleaning

Caring for Pearl and Opal Jewellery

Pearls are one of the few gems that benefit from wear and touch. The oils from your skin help pearls keep their lustrous appearance. Even if you do not wear your pearls often you should hold them on a regular basis to transfer the unseen oil from your skin to onto them. If their oils dry out, pearls begin to crack and will break.

You must take the utmost care when cleaning jewellery with pearls in it. They cannot be exposed to many chemicals or heat. Chemical solutions will eat away at the lustrous finish and can eat through the layers of nacre that a pearl is made up of. A gentle plain cloth is the best way to polish pieces with pearls. This means they require regular care to minimize tarnish and ensure surface oils are present.

Opals are considered an unstable gemstone but are valued for the vibrant colours that are produced inside of them. The colours are a result of water held within the stone. Opals should never be exposed to extreme temperature changes or chemicals. When the water inside the opal dries out, the stone cracks and loses its fire. Chemicals use for cleaning, which would not affect harder stones, can leach into opals and change their colours.

’20 Tips on maintaining our Jewellery’, Gillian E. Batcher, 2013

Sterling silver and pearl earrings by Kristen Vittorini

New Window Installation!

We are excited to announce that our newest window installation at Jewel Envy has been completed by our two interns, Anna and Laura!

The installation is intended to evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity among our visitors. We believe that art should be accessible to everyone, so we have placed the installation in our store windows for all to appreciate.

Our latest window installation at Jewel Envy is not just one work of art, but three! The installation consists of three separate displays, each with its own unique and personal theme that has been inspired by the sumptuous jewellery we have here in Jewel Envy made by our amazing goldsmiths. 

Come see the installation in person and let us know what you think. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on these stunning works of art!

Got ya! These are the sneaks, you need to come in person to see the finished set up and work!

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