I’m adding new work to my bubbles at the studio this week, and I’m pretty stoked about it. These are a series of pieces designed around the red blood cell (yes, it’s my ongoing obsession with the immune system coming out again!).
This is an picture of a field of red blood cells. Essential carriers of iron, among other things, did you know they don’t have a nucleus (brain of the cell!), giving them that characteristic “donut” look.
These are the base series (all done in sterling silver!): a short and longer element done as: bracelet, pendants, ring and 3 earring styles. (backdrop postcard done by Leonie Schoen– don’t you love it??)
I have plans for some other, slightly more elaborate pieces in the future, but these first pieces will be available in the studio from next week. I’ve decided to call them “Rolling”, since I feel like I can see them rolling along a blood vessel.
Wondering how big they are? Here’s some scale photos:
My favourite are the half hoops, I think–how about you?
Visit the studio to see them in person, and try them on! With their simple elegance, and undulating curves, they’re sure to be a new favourite!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we’ll put it up!
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!
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
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!
In some of our earlier blog posts, we have covered the basics of jewellery care, including some content on cleaning. There are a variety of methods that can be used to clean your jewellery.
Using a dip may seem like the easiest method. If you choose to use a dip, you must have some knowledge about the jewellery.
Does it have gemstones? If the answer is yes, they need to be non-porous stones. Porous stones will soak up the chemicals. This can lead to discoloration as well as contributing to a complete disintegration of the stone. Some porous stones include pearls, opals, lapis lazuli, turquoise and coral. But there are many more.
You also need to know if your jewellery is plated. Dips work by removing the top layer of a piece which is the metal that has the tarnish on it.. If your pieces are plated, you will remove plating over time with repeated dip cleaning.
’20 Tips on maintaining our Jewellery’, Gillian E. Batcher, 2013
Want to see other content on Cleaning and Maintaining your Jewellery? See this recent post from May