Shop at Jewel Envy…ONLINE!

We always LOVE seeing our customers’ happy faces in person here at the Big Blue House but we know you can’t always make it in person to shop at Jewel Envy. 

Luckily for you we at Jewel Envy have solved that problem for you: now you can shop specific pieces from our resident goldsmiths online! Every month we will feature a jewellery line from one of talented resident goldsmiths. All you need to do is point your browser to www.jewelenvy.ca and click on the SHOP tab to see what incredible pieces we have on offer!

This month we are featuring Amanda Henderson of Jewelust’s “A Crack In Space and Time” rings.

Plain sterling silver $225 plus HST

Sterling silver with oxidized crack $225 plus HST

Sterling silver with 14K yellow gold plated crack $250 plus HST

Inspired by Dr. Who and
loved by Whovian’s everywhere, now is your chance to shop the collection from
home.

Each ring is made from a special blend of sterling silver that is
recycled and tarnish resistant. There are three versions available:
plain sterling silver, sterling silver with the “crack” oxidized, and
sterling silver with the “crack” 14K yellow-gold plated. All styles are
available in mirror polish or matte silver. Each ring is 6.5mm wide. The
rings are available in sizes 6 -11 (full and half sizes).

These will only be available online through Jewel Envy for a limited time so
place your order today! 

To make sure not to miss out on our time-limited monthly shop feature make sure visit our online shop regularly or better yet, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter!

Happy Shopping!
-Micheline

The secret to Jewellery Success!

The secret to Jewellery Success!

One jeweller-many roles!

When becoming a jewellery designer one imagines sitting quietly in your very own studio sketching ideas followed by bringing your sketches to life effortlessly after which your adoring (and wealthy!) customers flock to you to buy every piece as soon as you make them.

The reality–as always–is different than the dream.  A successful jeweller wears many hats: designer; maker; bench jeweller for others; jewellery repair-person; wedding-band maker…in short, a  jack-of-a-trades.


It is hard to get the balance right but when you do–success!  As a resident goldsmith of Jewel Envy, I have been very fortunate to learn this by watching one of our successful goldsmiths, Amanda Henderson, in action.


Amanda fits the formula for successful jeweller to a T: she designs and manufactures for a friend’s jewellery business, she teaches, she does custom work, and she designs and makes jewellery for her two, yes, you read that right, TWO jewellery lines: Jewelust and Fandom Regalia (with her art partner Zsolt Szekely).

In her latest work Amanda has, “embraced her inner (or maybe outer) geek,” in her Elf Deco line.

Elf Deco Necklace in Sterling silver by Jewelust


Elf Deco Earrings in Sterling silver by Jewelust




If you are interested in seeing Amanda’s work in person you can find her work at Jewel Envy, 151 Marion  Street, Toronto, or at one of the many shows she does.  She will be exhibiting (and selling) at two shows this summer at Wychwood barns, 601 Christie St, July 22 + Aug 19, 8am-2pm.


I don’t know how Amanda does it, but she does, and it is a joy to witness!


–Micheline

Happy Movember!


It’s that time of year again – Movember! To be more specific, we’re about two-thirds of the way through that time of year. I’m sure you’ve noticed the normally-clean-shaven-but-currently-mustachioed men, sporting the extra facial hair in support of prostate cancer research, but perhaps you haven’t seen too many ladies with staches.

Well this is Amanda Henderson. She has an Etsy shop called Sassy Septum Rings, which specializes in mustachioed septum rings for those who are follically challenged, but still want to show their support. She donates a percentage of every purchase, so go ahead and support a fantastic cause!
Here is the link:
https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SassySeptumRings

  Amanda also does custom work through the studio, so if you have a specific mustache in mind, get in touch with us and we can help make it happen!

Go for the ‘mo!

Jewelust by Amanda Henderson

 This is Amanda Henderson:
 
 She is one of the resident goldsmiths here at Jewel Envy. Her company is called Jewelust, and she designs and creates amazing jewellery that you should definitely come in and check out and wear home!! 
Here is a little sneak peek of the work that she has here in the studio:
 These are her square-top stacking rings. Some are in rose-gold (oooh!!) and some have simple texture, and some have pretty little roses adorning the tops.
 
 The profile is so unique, and they are just as lovely from the side as from the top. They are sold individually, but I think they look best stacked in different colours and styles, so I would definitely have problems choosing just one!
 This is from one of her signature collections – the Whirls. She creates these graceful ribbons of metal and uses them in different ways. This is a simple pendant style, but she has been known to add the whirls to more elaborate pieces.
 Here are some bar pendants. These look so great together, don’t they??! I really like wearing sterling and gold together, so I would probably get the top one custom-made with yellow gold, and a white diamond. Or rose-gold with a black diamond. Or both!

Amanda is a great designer, but she also does incredible custom work. Come by the studio and get to know her a little better, and get something pretty for yourself at the same time!
~sash
ps – all of her social media handles are @jewelust, so you can check her out on Instagram and Facebook as well.

So many winners to announce!!!!

Last week was a busy week at Jewel Envy! We wrapped up our In Studio Wedding Band Competition with a social all about rings. Best Ring on the Hand was juried at the social. And finally we drew the winning names for a free class from the 250 plus entries in our wedding band competition.

I would like to say congratulations to everyone that made something, wore something, or even just showed up! Our events and competitions are successful because of your participation so thank you for taking an interest in what we do at Jewel Envy.


Now to unveil winners…

The winner of the In Studio Wedding Band Competition is Lauren Hanham of Lauren Hanham Jewellery Designs for Chrysanthemum Reflections. Her design received the most votes and now she gets to brag about it to everyone!

It really was a tight race and second place is tied by Alexis Kostuk of Glacial for Leaves 

with Carolyn Cathcart of Cathcart Designs for Layers.

Excellent work everyone! It seems we may need to bring back a little more friendly competition and try this again with a different theme. Stay tuned for details on the next one.

Have a look at the blog entry for the competition to see who made what as we have now added names under the images.

As a thank you for voting in the competition all entrants names were put in a random draw for a free half day class. Congratulations to Deborah and Christine. We hope you enjoy your pendant class with us this coming weekend!

Next up we have our winners from the jewellery social. Everyone that attended the party was encouraged to wear their favorite ring and all rings were judged to choose the “Best Ring on the Hand”. Thank you to Mary McIntrye and Charles Funnel, Metal Arts Guild of Canada board members, for choosing our winners.

There were no places, just three awesome rings awarded prizes based on who would benefit from the use of each prize.

Congratualtions to Sarahjane Lynch for “Four Seasons”. Sarahjane has just moved to Toronto from Ireland and we thought she would benefit from a free day of studio use so she could get back to working at a bench! Her tools are en route from Ireland but we look forward to seeing what she makes while here.

Jay Joo won for his ring “Hex”. Jay is a current resident at Harbourfront Center which is a fairly well equipped studio. The only thing they are really missing is casting so lucky for Jay his award is for studio use which he can use to do his own casting. You might wonder why casting yourself is such a perk. For those who wonder, it is because you can use all of your own scrap metal and control the process for better results.

Our very own Amanda Henderson is the final winner. When I was discussing the prizes with the jurors I said to exclude the jewellers at Jewel Envy. Their response was, we don’t even know who they are….so we thought it was ok to include them instead of singling them out. Amanda won for her ring “Love/Hate” and will receive a one year membership to the Metal Arts Guild of Canada.

Well done jewellers at Jewel Envy and beyond! Stay tuned for more exciting events this winter.

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