Opals? Wait there’s more!

Do you you have a favourite opal? Have you seen enough types of opal to choose? There are:

Peruvian opal, white opal, Mexican fire opal, boulder opal, black opal, wood replacement opal, Ethiopian opal, semi-black opal, jelly opal, and the list goes on.

Depending on the stone, they can be polished smooth in a cabachon, or faceted, or even carved.

Opals can come from Australia, Mexico, Ethiopia, or Peru. Their stability can depend on how/where they naturally formed, as some can be susceptible to water. Some opals have been shaved thin and attached to glass or another gemstone to make a more affordable option.

At Jewel Envy, we have the experience and expertise to guide you to an option you will absolutely love. Let us know your opal preferences, and we will go from there!

Stay Cool – Come view jewellery

Well, it seems that summer is well and truly here, with the summer solstice a couple of days ago, the recent strawberry moon (I didn’t know such a thing existed!) and the heat wave we’ve had, we hope you’ve all been keeping your cool! It’s nice and cool in the studio – so if you’re out and about in Roncy, it’s a good time to come see what’s new in the bubbles, or have a chat to us about your repair or custom piece you’ve been thinking about for a while!

Have a piece you’ve been thinking about for a while? A client had this lovely coffin-shaped lapis kicking around their drawer at home, and decided it was time to do something with it, so we made them this lovely statement ring in sterling silver!

Happy Saturday!

Mokume Gane (wood grain metal)

Mokume Gane is a Japanese metalworking procedure. What you see is a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns like the photo above. (Cufflinks made by Gillian Batcher).

Mokume Gane looks like wood grain and is closely translated from Japanese as “wood grain metal”. It has the appearance of natural wood grain.

With Mokume-gane, you fuse several layers of differently coloured precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys called a “billet.” Then the billet is manipulated in such a way that a pattern resembling wood grain emerges over its surface. There are many many ways of working mokume gane to create diverse patterns.

I thought i’d share what mokume gane is today as two customers came in and were really admiring the patterns on the different rings using Mokume gane.

New Window Display!

Happy Saturday!! With the summer, has come a change in the windows display at Jewel Envy. It’s a bit different from our recent displays: one window is a fibre art collaboration piece, and the other two contain some fibre/silver jewellery pieces.

What’s that? You say? Well, about two years ago, I met a lovely fibre artist, Carolina Reis, when I was doing a studio tour show. I was a guest in her house, and we got to talking about all things fibre. One of Carolina’s interests is in networks (mostly social, community, etc.). Well, I like fibre art, and there are lots of networks in immunology, so I suggested we do a collaboration. This piece entitled (IMM)UNITY was the final result!

This is a bit of a teaser – it’s really better to see it in person! Also, there’s quite a long explanation about the intentions and concepts of the piece that is posted along with it. Made from quilted embroidered panels, and joined with crocheted cotton elements to make a whole, it incorporates (among other things), the feeling of togetherness, connection, and conflicting ideas, as well as representations of different cells, systems and concepts around vaccination and the immune system.

In the other two windows, I’ve placed a complementary series of necklaces and brooches, that I’ve called Portholes on Immunity, and mostly (but not entirely) is an homage to different cell types of the immune system. When I was thinking about making this series, I was reminded of various sci-fi films where you see people shrunk into miniature, along with their little submarine, journeying through the blood. So, these are how I imagine cells would look from the porthole window on a teeny tiny vessel in the blood.

This is a large multi-panel necklace. Again, the pictorial elements are embroidered quilted panels that I made, with some trapunto effects (this is a quilting technique where you add additional batting layers in selected parts to raise the profile). The panels are inset into sterling silver frames, or portholes.

This is the last window – a series of four brooches, and a single pendant necklace, using similar techniques to the above necklace. And bonus – there I am trying to take a picture without too much reflection (clearly that wasn’t entirely successful!).

If you’re passing by the studio this month, I hope you’ll try and take a look – they are all much more interesting in person! The large necklace is not for sale, but if you’re interested in any of the brooches, or the single panel necklace, stop in and ask us about them! Given the fabric nature of the pieces, they won’t be up for long, they will probably come down by the middle of July at the latest to avoid any sun damage.

Enjoy the nice weather, whatever you’re doing, and hope to see you soon!

Juried Shows

Summer is about to start and a few of the goldsmiths at Jewel Envy will be doing some shows selling their one of a kind creations.

Starting with June, I will be attending 2 shows in June where you can find my work.

The first show is Signatures at The Beaches – Kew Gardens show on June 8th and June 9th from 10am to 6pm on both days! Here is the link ! https://beachesartsandcrafts.com/ Not only will you find me but also other Canadian handmade!

The second show in June I will be attending will be Artistry-by-the-lake at the picturesque Niagara on the Lake. It will be on June 29th, 30th and 1st from 10am to 6pm each day. https://www.niagaraonthelake.com/artistry-by-the-lake

That’s it for June! I hope to see you all there. :))

Have a great day,


This way to a day of family fun and cool SciArt jewellery!

You might already know about this, but Science Rendezvous is happening a week today at the U of T St. George campus. If you don’t know about it, it’s a fun, family-friendly day out with lots of STEAM-related activities and exhibitions, including a Science Fair, a Science Chase (a science experiment obstacle course, how cool is that), something called SR Hacks (a coding and engineering competition), and, of course, the SciArt Gallery – which is where you’ll find me (Robin of House of Cassady)! 

I did the SciArt Gallery last year, too, and it was amazing. It was so fun meeting loads of the public, talking about my work, and finding new people to geek out with about science and immunology. What more could I want? I also met other fascinating sciartists and enjoyed their art. So, I am excited about exhibiting again this year, on May 11th.

Brooch – Sterling silver/embroidered quilted panel, brown oakshott cotton. Inspired by ultrastructure of the intestines and the lymphocytes that circulate there (ask me more if you’re interested!)

Whenever I do an exhibition or a show, I try to have some new work. This year, I’m hoping to share the collaboration I did with Carolina Reis last year (you can read about it in another blog entry), called IMMUNITY. Alongside the art piece, I made a series of mixed media jewellery (like the brooch above). I hope that many will see it and experience it. If you miss it next Saturday, it will take up residence in the windows along Roncevalles at the studio for a couple of months. Keep a look out for it, and stop in and tell me what you think about it!

In the meantime, enjoy the lovely weather that we’ve been having :).


Prepping for Show Season

It’s been a busy month at Jewel Envy for me! Aside from custom orders, I am preparing for my first show of the year at Craftadian in Hamilton on April 6th and 7th.

I still have many pieces of make and lots and lots of wire to draw down.

Attached is a sneak peek of my new designs as well as where i’ll be at Craftadian.

If you have time, pop by!

Enjoy the sun today!


Glovely Choices

Now that the holiday breaks are over and we find ourselves outside in actual winter weather, it is time to bundle up each day we leave our door. Cold means gloves. Gloves mean slick ring choices to fit easily inside those gloves. Here are some beautiful choices for everyday winter wear, from fashion to commitment rings:

As for the gorgeous rings you already have, it is also a good time to come by and get the prongs holding in your stones checked. Scarves, hats, sweaters, mittens and gloves can have just the right type of thread to pull back an unchecked, worn tip, and have you frantically looking for your precious gems. From experience, we can tell you that the stones can be launched, drop out right away, or hang in for weeks before a bump lets them loose. It costs nothing to have us take a look and do a quick, simple check. If you find your jewellery is feeling “catchy” lately, or you’ve already lost a stone, or you want to make sure everything is alright ahead of time, we are happy to help!

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.

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