Make a statement

I love blue! One of our members- Shafiq Sarwari-cuts and polishes his own lapis lazuli, and then sets it in lovely forms of jewellery. (As well as making other things, of course!). He currently has some stunning pieces that really make a statement, here for your viewing pleasure!

Trio of rings in sterling silver. I admit it, the flower is my favourite!

Two amazing necklaces, with slightly different looks, but I guarantee you’d get comments on them, if you were wearing them!

Best seen in person, if you’re in the area, wander into the blue house and have a look at the other pieces available- whether you’re looking to make a statement, or something fabulous for everyday!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Robin (House of Cassady)

New work happening….

Wow, so I think the sunny weather at least, is definitely here. It’s another sunny Saturday, and I’m inside (but this time I’m telling you about something outside!!).

As you may have noticed, things are starting to return to “normal” (whatever that is!), including in-person art and craft shows. This time next week, I’ll be sitting in my booth at the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair in Nathan Phillips square (Booth 292), along with my colleague Alexis Kostuk (Booth 229).

We’re always working on new and exciting work in the studio, but I always like to have a couple of new things that debut when I’m doing an exhibition or show, so I thought I’d share a few of them with you today :).

Sterling silver patterned Vessels and Cells triple necklace with seed pearls– hot off the bench, this is the next in a series of work with these units.

These sterling silver M pendants are super colourful with their torch fired enamels!

This sterling silver necklace is derived from my larger Defense of Life necklace, and has 3 blue topaz for that extra sparkle!

I’d love to see you, and answer all your questions about my work and inspiration (or, you know, you can read a bit more here). And don’t worry, if you can’t make the Toronto Outdoor, some of it will make an appearance in the studio bubbles after the show!

Enjoy your weekend!

Robin (House of Cassady)

Show season….it’s here.

It’s a sunny Saturday, and I’m in the studio–come visit us if you’re hanging out on Roncy!

With the nicer weather, and with things opening up more than they have in two years, alot of the summer craft shows are back live and in person…including the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair! There are usually at least a couple of the members from the studio that participate, and I’m very excited to be one of them this year (Alexis- Glaciale Goldsmith will also be there).

I try to always have some new work, and I’m not entirely there yet, but I’ve got a few things that are in process, so I thought I’d give you a sneak peek!

These little elegant pendants have proven to be popular….

…so, I’ve been working on a new necklace and earring design to add to this series….

…I’ve also been working on some new stacking rings– a wider band with an elevated pearl, and some 10kt yellow gold gemstone rings with some more interesting gemstones (this one is a tanzanite).

Finally, I have this one-of-a-kind necklace based on part of my Defense of Life necklace (if you’re interested, you can read about it here)…it’s very nearly finished, just need to add some gems to it, so I’ll keep you guessing on which ones I’ve chosen!

I also finished this earlier this year, but the TOAF is the first opportunity to see it for the first time in person. I wrote about the motivation and creation of this exciting ring here.

I’m just so glad to be doing a show in person again. This is the second time I’ll be participating, but last year, it was mostly online. I’m most looking forward to interacting with people in person, although I’m pretty happy that it’s an open air show (I’m still a bit uncertain about being indoors with large crowds of people!).

So, if you’re around Toronto next month (July 15-17th), I hope you’ll visit us at Nathan Phillips Square and say hi!

Catch you soon!

Robin (House of Cassady)

Statement Piece- Earrings

Well, winter has definitely disappeared (okay, I won’t tempt fate, so I’ll say-for the moment). It’s supper sunny, so you’re probably all outside! In any case, I thought I’d take the opportunity to tell you about a new piece I made, that is currently on exhibition in BC (yes, it’s done some traveling!), at the annual Craft Council BC Earring Show (you can browse the exhibition catalogue here, extra points if you spot fellow member goldsmith Edna Milevsky’s contribution too!).

I made these specifically to put forward for the Earring Show. In fact, I had intended to put them in last year, but I had some serious Covid malaise going on, and didn’t manage too. That’s okay, it meant my motivation this year was even higher to get them done!

Introducing Tumbling- sterling silver, cast and fabricated, with garnets, roller-printed texture and needled felt. They’re pretty epic at almost 12 g each, and about 3 inches long-they make a statement!

I’m guessing you all are acquainted with my immune cell obsession by now, so I’m sure it’s no big surprise that my piece is science-inspired!

All species have some form of immune system, however, the details are subtly different. The base of my Tumbling earrings is inspired by the shape of chicken red blood cells (which are nucleated, unlike mammalian red blood cells), and mammalian lymphocytes and monocytes. Each earring is constructed in two parts, joined by a hinge. The kinetic movement, and their asymmetric design are meant to give the impression of flow, reflecting the idea that cells in the blood are constantly on the move, and also attach and “tumble” along the inside of blood vessels.

Wax forms before casting for the individual base components.

Auditioning placement of the fabricated components.

I had to get a bit creative when I set the garnets to make sure the piece was supported enough! Lots of improv and making your own widgets in jewellery-making!

So, like I said, they’re currently on the other side of the country, but they’ll probably be back in June, so you can eyeball them in person! In the meantime, if you like the concept, but think something on a slightly smaller scale would suit you, come in and browse other work, or let’s have a conversation!

Enjoy your Saturday!

Robin (House of Cassady)

Best Art Jewellery Store in Toronto? (yes, that’s us!)

I don’t know if you caught our studio reel yesterday, but Gillian, the studio owner (organiser? one-woman motivating band?) announced that the shop has won an award for 2021/2022: Best Art Jewellery Store-Toronto.

As you may know, we really strive to build relationships with our community. As a group of goldsmiths, we bring an eclectic aesthetic to the retail area of the studio, as well as high standard of quality. With our dedication to our own unique work, our commitment to helping clients realise their own vision for custom pieces, and our never-tiring pursuit of renewing and repairing your jewellery that you just want to keep on loving, it’s really nice when that dedication is recognised.

Here it is, in it’s new home at the studio!

Of course, it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community- clients, students and my fellow goldsmiths, so thank you all for helping to contribute to our success, we really do appreciate it, and, as always, we hope to see you around the studio soon.

Enjoy the sunny Saturday!

Robin (House of Cassady)

It’s a blue day!

Okay, actually, it’s sort of a snowy day, but white has blue in it too :). Blue is my favourite colour, and it fits my mood this week, so here’s a curated collection of blue from the studio (all available for sale!).

Left, moving in a circle: Blue lapis rings (round and diamond) by Shafiq’s Jewelry, Blue acrylic flower earrings (with sterling hooks) by Edna Milevsky, Blue sapphire/sterling leaf ring by Handmade Revolution, Lapis bead T-bar pendant with needled felt by House of Cassady, Blue topaz flower bracelet by Frekkel Designs, Lapis seashell wrap ring by Glaciale Goldsmith.

Enjoy your Saturday, whatever you’re doing, and hope to see you soon!

-Robin. (House of Cassady)

Baby, it’s cold outside (but it’s always warm in the studio)!

It’s a bit blustery outside, but if you’re making a foray out, come see us at the studio, there’s lots of cool jewellery to peruse, including some new versions of these quirky asymmetric earrings by Robin (House of Cassady).

Sterling silver, with needled felt, Asymmetric M earrings

Fancy, a different colour? These are the common ones you can request, and other options are available too!

Interested in the story behind these earrings? As some of you may know, my background is in immunology, and alot of my pieces take inspiration from the shapes of cells of the immune system, cells which are commonly found in blood, tissues and specialised systems in the body.

Stay warm, and safe, and we hope to see you soon!

Robin (House of Cassady)

Winner winner jewellery dinner!

Ok so it’s not quite appropriate to eat for dinner but jewellery can certainly be worn during dinner or really any other time you feel the need to add some sparkle on your body.

December 2021 marked our 15 year anniversary as a boutique retail and working studio space. We started off a lot smaller on Spadina Ave but have made Roncesvalles our home for the last 9 years. If the times were different we would have had a big celebration but alas it was not to be last year so we got creative and asked you our amazing customers to share a special memory about the shop or a piece of jewellery from here and as a thank you we did a random draw for a little shopping spree in the store on us.

We deeply appreciated everyone who wrote in. All names were entered into an excel spreadsheet and we used a random number generator to pick the winner. There were far to many lovely notes to share in just one blog post so I have chosen the winner and one more.

Yesterday our lucky winner had the opportunity to come and shop in person and you can read her entry as well as see a selection of her jewellery from here below.

How can I show my love for Jewel Envy and all the talented, creative artists?   Buy their jewelry, of course!  Over the years my collection has grown, many of these pieces are near and dear to my heart as they were made for me, while partnering with the artists.

I absolutely love every one of these jewels and will definitely be adding more from Jewel Envy to my collection.

Your social media page is one of my favourites as I get to see a glimpses of beautiful, sparkly, unique creations.

Janet k.
Janet chose this Scorpio pendant by Aurora Simmons of Handmade Revolution and these moonstone and quarts earrings by Karyn Houston of Sticks vs Stone. They both made lovely additions to her growing collection of contemporary jewellery!

From the many other entries I chose this one because it truly highlights the sentiment of jewellery and what we do here. Please enjoy the touching story by a customer we started working with just before the pandemic began.

This is about memories and what you’ve done to enrich them.

My mother died and left behind dozens of pieces.  There was a blind auction for the four heirs.  In English, it meant that no one got every item they wanted.  Horse trading was allowed – and that helped.  That said, most of the settings were dated.  I found out about you guys totally by accident – from a woman working across the street from you.

We have relied on you to reinvent pieces that retain our memories of the stones, my mother’s love of baubles and my father’s love of buying gems for our mother. 

I’ll share one backstory.  My father never smoked cigarettes.  But his 5 sisters sent him cigarettes during WWII that he could use for barter.  He bought diamonds.  I wear the largest engagement ring diamond as a pendant every day.  And think of everyone involved in getting it from Holland to around my neck.  And you – Jewel Envy – is a part of that story.

Carla C.

Sunny Saturday!

After the warm weather we’ve had, it’s pretty wickedly cold out. But still sunny, yay! So, in honour of a Sunny Saturday, here’s a bit of a sunny curation of pieces from the Jewel Envy goldsmiths to enjoy!

Exciting earrings by (clockwise from top left): H jewellery, Urban Metal , Sticks v Stones and Glaciale Goldsmith

More exciting stuff! (Left to right) Top : Handmade Revolution, Kinsley Vey Designs Bottom: House of Cassady and Pash

We’ve got lots more exciting stuff in the studio, so drop in if you’re out and about. In any case, enjoy the sunny weather (but I suggest wrapping up warm!).

-Robin

Share your studio memories with us!

Since we’ve turned the corner into December, the end of the year is fast approaching, with all the usual feelings (and probably a few more than usual!!). For us all at the studio, it’s a special milestone this year–December marks fifteen years of being open! In recognition of this, we are running a Share Your Memories event.

As you (hopefully) know, we do a fair amount of re-imagining of jewellery for our clientele, where you bring in older jewellery that often has some sentimental value attached to it, and remodel it into something more contemporary, but still with meaning. In addition, we’ve also shared so many special days with you- birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirements, celebrating milestones, and helped to restore broken or damaged jewellery to full health. We love them all! And we’d love to hear from you about them.

To that end, we’re asking you, our amazing customers, to share a memory of the studio with us–this might be a particular piece, a particular interaction, really, anything memorable about you and the studio. You can send it to us by email (info@jewelenvy.ca), or through Instagram or Facebook by DM. Pictures also welcome!

In recognition of our customers (and a slight incentive to share your stories with us), anyone who sends us a memory will be entered in a draw for a $200 gift certificate, good for online or in store shopping with the studio (good for jewellery in stock in the studio-so in the cases, or available through the online shop!).

The Share Your Memories event will run until December 24th, 4pm (which, incidentally, is when we will close for the official holidays). So, warm up those typing fingers, and send us a message!

Hope to hear from you, either on line or in store, and have a great Saturday!

Robin (House of Cassady)

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