The Holidays are Here!

Hi everyone! Today’s blog post is about my summer/ fall and holiday season. My name is Eunice Lin and I’m a member at Jewel Envy and have been since Summer. I love working in this space. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and helpful. (not trying to make this sound like a review)

So for the past few months I have been attending all shows to sell my work. Some were in Toronto, some were further away from Toronto and my furthest one was in Hamilton at Craftadian. When I wasn’t attending shows, I was making jewellery. It has been a very busy few months so it’s nice to finally have a break.

You can find all my jewellery now at Jewel Envy! Come visit! And you can follow me on my journey at

IG: eunice.l.designs .

It’s the countdown!

We have about 7 more days of shopping opportunities until the studio is closed for the holidays! Never fear, though, there’s still time to bag a beautiful, handmade piece of jewellery for someone special (including yourself 🙂 from the studio. We have a great range of styles and price points from 15 designers, and there’s some exciting new work that has gone out just before the holidays to tempt you! Come in and browse for your last minute gifts. And we love it when you stop in and say hello too!

A (very) small selection (teaser) of what you can find at the studio.

starting top left: folded sterling silver with pearls, small bead studs, hammered sterling silver circle pendant with lapis beads, 14kt yellow gold pendant with two colours of sapphire, sterling silver circle flower bracelet

Don’t forget, we’re open Sunday 12-6pm, then Tuesday/Wednesday 10-6pm, Thursday-Saturday 11- 7pm, and we’ll be open our regular hours (12-6pm) on Christmas Eve. Then we too will be taking a break until January 2nd, when we’ll be open our regular hours again.

What type of clasp should my necklace have?

Chapter 3 – What type of clasp should my necklace have?

There are many types of clasps and not all of them are created equally. Spring rings are the most used clasp in commercial jewellery, and the cheapest clasp with the highest rate of breakage.

If you want to upgrade a chain without buying a new one, have a jeweller change your   spring ring to a lobster clasp. It operates in a similar way but is just a little heftier and more reliable for keeping your clasp safely attached.

Toggle clasps are often used as accents in the design of a piece and are strong provided they have the correct proportions.

At toggle clasp is most commonly a ring with a bar that goes through it but they can be other shapes as well.

The bar must be at least two times the inside diameter of the circle they are pushed through. For non -geometric shapes take the longest diameter of the space and multiply it by two for the length of the bar. There must be some weight to the chain for this clasp to work as it is held in place by both sides of the chain pulling away from each other.

Magnetic clasps can be perfect for people who have a hard time manipulating regular clasps. They have rare earth magnets inside, which are stronger than regular magnets. Beware they can interfere with things like pacemakers and hearing aids, if you have either of these you must check with your doctor before wearing them.

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

Vintage Revamp

We had a client come across an exciting vintage piece with their initials – it was a bit worse for wear, but an exciting piece with possibilities. The original was made with a yellow base metal with a build up of a patina and the chain along the right edge had fallen off. To secure the chain back in place I created a thicker base with wider loops; I mounted the original in the center using rivets. After a vigorous clean the majority was silver plated and as a final touch gold plating was added to the letters. A vintage revamp done right! now it is ready to be worn once again. – Alexis

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