Linked Together

At Jewel Envy, we see lots of chains. We sell chains, we make chains, and we repair chains. Here are some observations and tips from the goldsmith’s bench:

Most people concentrate on style, length and price when choosing a chain. However, one of the most important considerations is strength! The required strength depends on how often the chain will be worn, what conditions it will endure, and the size/weight of any pendant it is expected to hold. It is vital to the lasting enjoyment of a new or newly repaired necklace or bracelet to discuss a chain’s tolerance with a goldsmith. You will be glad you did!

When the required size or preferred look of a gold chain is out of the budget, there are options that meet a multitude of needs without compromising aesthetic.

Gold plated means that a microscope layer of genuine gold has been added, though an electric process, to a more affordable metal. It will need re-plating as it wears with time and use, but it is a great way to showcase a special piece or a special outfit.

Gold filled means that a layer of gold has been fused to another metal, completely covering it so that it looks like a solid gold piece. It contains more gold and costs more than a plated piece, but the gold endures longer and looks great!

Hollow chains are made through a process that allows for larger looking genuine gold links without the weight and cost of solid gold. The links are completely empty behind their very thin gold walls. They will not hold up to pulling, stretching, or squishing, but with gentle care, they provide beauty and style for moderate budgets.

The most versatile is solid gold. It keeps it’s colour, it can be repaired, and it holds value. As long as the correct chain is chosen for the correct job, it can endure a long time.

If you have any questions, drop by and have a chat with one of our Goldsmiths. This is what we do!

Rope Chain
Cable Link Chain
Paperclip chain
Curb Link Chain
Singapore Chain

Custom Gift Ideas

The goldsmiths at Jewel Envy have worked on such a wide range of ideas for custom gifts and after combing through some of our creations I wanted to put together a small group of great starting points for gift ideas for when you want to get someone something special and don’t know where to start!


Think about colour

A great starting point is favourite colour. A typical go-to for a jewellery gift would be to select a person’s birthstone and create a piece of jewellery design with that. BUT, what if your person doesn’t like their birthstone? We suggest going with a favourite colour! Colour can be added into jewellery in so many ways: gemstones, enamel, inlay, metal surface treatments, adding fibre such as felt. We have done it all!

Custom pendant inspired by the recipients favourite colour, using bright red enamel alongside a gem. Designed and made by Alexis Kostuk of glaciale goldsmtih.

Think about turning a keepsake into something precious

We have been trained by years of advertising and marketing that the penultimate way to show love and sentiment is with a diamond. One of the most unique (and we would say precious) ways to create a custom piece of jewellery is to bring us a momento from a time spent with someone that holds sentiment and meaning beyond the material value. We have worked alongside customers to transform small rocks and pebbles from memorable life moments into something wearable.

Whether it is transforming a small pebble into a simple pendant with a skillfully drilled hole and bail, or hand carving one of a kind settings to hold them in a necklace/earring set.

Top: Jewellery set made by Gillian Batcher of Pash Jewellery Design
Bottom: Pebble pendants by Alexis Kostuk of glaciale goldsmith

Think about their fandom

Do they have a favourite book/movie/tv show character?

We can go the extra mile to replicate or design something that reflects their fandom and give them a one of a kind collectible.

Lightsaber Pendant by Gillian Batcher of Pash Jewellery Design.

It’s the Polish Festival!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. it’s the Polish Festival in Roncevalles. The weather is amazing, the street is buzzing, lots of good food, things to see and hear. Not to mention the usual Big Blue House excitement with all the pretties!

Here at the Blue House, there’s a garage sale in support our fundraising for our colleague, Shafiq Sarwari.

Here’s Gillian with the masses of preloved clothes for sale (I might get in trouble for this one :).

There’s even some cool art by Everly (Gillian’s daughter) for sale!

The paintings are particularly cool! If you’re wandering by, I hope you’re able to stop off and browse, the prices are all *very* reasonable!

Of course, if you’re coming this way, we hope you’ll stop into the studio, say hello, and browse what’s new in the bubbles!

The Basics of Jewellery Cleaning

When should I have my jewellery cleaned by a professional?

Have you tried some of the methods mentioned in our earlier blog posts without positive results.? Does your favorite piece of jewellery have an alternative materials in it? Would you feel better if someone else cleaned it for you? These are all valid reasons to leave the cleaning to the professionals.

Clean your Jewellery regularly

Clean your Jewellery regularly, Part 2

Cleaning is a service often offered on site by most goldsmiths but not at all jewellery stores.

You may want to ask if it is done in the shop or elsewhere. Yu will probably get better service if it is done onsite by the person with whom you consult or by someone who can contact you directly if they  have questions.

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

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