Brooches are cool!

I know it doesn’t seem like it today with this amazing post (or almost post!) summer weather we’re having, but autumn is approaching, and with autumn, my mind starts to remember all my……brooches! I think they’re often an overlooked adornment, and they can be sooooo useful too, and not just in a “dress up your outfit” kind of way!

This is the first brooch I ever purchased for myself, I love the whimsical blend of tech and more conventional jewellery components. Made by hand, I purchased this about 25 years ago at the Cabbagetown Fall Fair, made by a duo of women who called themselves JADS.

You can use them to jazz up a plain-ish shirt, or to pin a scarf in place as the weather gets a bit cooler, but my favourite, it to wear them on one of my many jackets (I do have alot of them!).

They can be fun and whimsical (like the ones below), or more substantial. Also, you know, once you have one, people start giving them to you!

A friend of mine gave me this one-it’s enamel on brass, I think it probably came from Fair November in Guelph.

the two on the bottom (the cat and origami) were stocking stuffers, and the tweedy one was a leaving present when I left Scotland last year (very appropos!)

This one is pretty cool, it’s silver wire and beads, with twirled paper, and I think it’s made from Architectural Digest pages–It’s a lot of fun! And orange, which I don’t wear much of, but I love!

There are lots of cool forms you can get, especially in metal. And I like them because although I don’t necessarily want huge jewellery, I do like a nice substantial metal brooch.

This is a multi-layer enamel panel that I made some years ago, it’s about 2 inches by 1.5 inches, and it’s fairly heavy, so I sent it in a sterling frame, making it very wearable as a decorative brooch.

This is a copper brooch made with the Repousse and chasing technique.

A couple of examples of whimsical animals. the one on the bottom left is a little wren (although I like to think it’s a robin :), made for me by my good friend Morag Hickman, in the UK.

Although I have to admit, my all time favourite is this one:

I bought this in an auction as part of Ready, Steady Jewel, a number of years ago, which was pretty cool (and not just because I love this brooch!). A UK goldsmith called Deme Wolfe-Power made it, it’s sterling silver , cubic zirconia and leatherette. All told it’s about 3in by 4in, and it really makes a statement!

So, hopefully I’ve encouraged you to think about brooches! Come into the studio and check out our selection from our resident goldsmiths, including Helena, Vera, and Fiona. Can’t see quite what you’re looking for, but like the style of something in the studio in particular–that’s okay, we do that too!

Have a great Saturday, and I hope to see you soon!

-Robin (House of Cassady)

Spring is almost here and brings gemstones and more with it!

We are more than prepared to say goodbye to the winter and welcome a warmer season full of plants and animals, but that’s not all for us here at the studio; Spring is bringing us new Goldsmiths, new awesome gemstone events (more on that will be addressed on the monthly email) and new classes.

New jewelers will be joining our family soon, and  we cant wait to have their work available on the store for you.

There are also plenty of events to come, but those will be unveiled when the time is right, so I will not ruin the surprise. 
Last but not least, our gemstone setting course is running and personally has me excited, after months and months of planning, sketching, writing and thinking, the course has a starting date and will be running, if you ever wanted to learn about gem setting, this is your opportunity. The course will require previous experience with jewellery, but good news, you can take fabrication courses here at the studio and be ready to take the course. go to https://jewelenvy.ca or give us a call at the studio to learn more about the courses.

That is it for now,

Mauricio

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Hello our lovely readers,

I cannot believe it is already the end of June! Is everyone ready for the long weekend? Well today, I have an exciting event to share with you to prepare you for July!

The annual Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is happening on July 6th – 8th! It is Canada’s largest and longest-running contemporary outdoor art fair. This free public event showcases works by over 340
contemporary visual artists and makers, ranging in medium from painting,
photography, and mixed media to jewellery and ceramics, and attracts
115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

I will also be showcasing my jewellery works for the first time at the TOAF. Please come by and check out my works!

@ Nathan Phillips Square

Friday July 6  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday July 7 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Sunday July 8  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

I will be located at Booth A23 in Zone A! Hope to see you all there! Here are some of my works below.

Thank you for reading and I hope everyone will have a fantastic long weekend! Happy Canada Day!

Hoi Yi

Harem Royal

I just came across a jewellery design house called Harem Royal, and wanted to share some of their work with you. The richness of the colours is so amazing, and softens the sharp lines and somewhat mechanical nature of the pieces. The style makes me think of steampunk insects, beautiful yet dangerous. What inspiring work! It is so refreshing to come across artists whose style is so vastly different from my own – it reminds me that this world is filled with so many talented people, and so many beautiful things. 
Happy Sunday everybody!

(all images via http://athousandfacets.tumblr.com/ and www.haremroyal.com)

Hello Patrick!

It’s a very happy SUNday indeed!🌝 Everyone is in need of that good vitamin D, hope you are likewise out there getting a whole long winter’s worth!
Here’s something else to make you smile – a small selection of the amazing work by Patrick Missodey of Bijoux Missodey.
Such beautiful details and quality in each and every piece – lots of pattern, and texture, and depth with gemstones for that perfect pop of colour – some of my favourite things:)
The artist himself, hard at work in the studio. 
 
 Dangling teardrop filigree earrings with little flowers in sterling silver – $320/pair
 Three delicate filigree rings in sterling silver – $350 each

 Textured bangle bracelet in sterling silver – $730
 Filigree necklace with large centre ruby and black diamond accents, hanging on a handmade rattail chain – $3,000

Here’s a closeup because, come on it’s stunning.
Patrick has more work on display here at Jewel Envy – I highly encourage you to come and see his work in person, you will not be disappointed!

SHOP SATURDAY

Saturday has come and brought the sunshine. What a lovely day out there!
But if you prefer to stay indoors and look at pretty things online, here are a few things for youπŸ˜™
These are from a collection by Judith Noldin, of IN Jewellery. Her pieces are bold and eclectic, and the unique stones and accent colours she uses in her work definitely stand out from the crowd.
Here are some of my favourites:
Each stone is so unique, and the irregular shapes and colours really catch the eye. These pieces are stunning on their own, but they also look so great together – not too matchy matchy, but not not matching, you know??

 These three rings contain stones found along Lake Ontario, and are set in sterling silver with either 14k or 18k gold accents. Left to right: $410 – $380 – $410

This pendant is set in sterling silver on a long snake chain. The stone is opalized wood with a small dangling citrine $540
Stop by shop this weekend and take a look at the rest of Judith’s collection on display. She is happy to do custom work as well!

Zef Radi of Radi Brothers

Happy Sunday! It’s a beautiful day out there, hopefully you are out and about and getting 
some much needed Vitamin D🌞
Some of us are inside though, working hard in the studio. Here is one of our worker bees, 
getting busy at the polishing lathe↓
It’s Zef Radi, of the Radi Brothers. He makes wonderfully delicate and detailed pieces, with 
mixed metals, lacy filigree, and vibrant stones.
 Here is a sneak peek of some of the pieces he has here at the studio:
 Sterling silver ring, with 18k/24k details $520
Sterling silver pendant, with 18/24k details and blue apatite $540
 Sterling silver dangling earrings, with 18k/24k details and pink sapphires $790
Drop by during store hours to see the rest of his collection in person. 
See you soon!
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(We love love love love etc…)
So you may have noticed that it’s coming up on Valentine’s DayπŸ’ And as you may imagine, it’s pretty difficult to blog from a jewellery store without posting at least a few images of lovely love-inspired pieces… it just can’t be helped!
In my esteemed opinion, hearts are good any time of the year, but especially relevant in the first few weeks of February. So here are just a few suggestions, from my heart to yours:

This is a dainty art deco bracelet by Jewelust (Amanda Henderson), but if you ask me it looks like two intertwined hearts. Sterling silver on chain $145
This ring by Urban Metal (Jerell Reichert) is solid sterling silver, and super substantial. It strikes the perfect balance between rough and smooth, and hand to heart you will love wearing this $110
Pale dusty pink is the perfect colour for Valentine’s Day (or any day really), and this rose quartz stunner is pretty hard to miss. It is quite the statement stone, perched atop a podium of intricate lacy sterling silver. By HPL Jewellery Design (Helena Perez Lafaurie) $380
 Obviously these two hummingbirds are in love, and they flutter around sharing this lovely chalcedony bead, while staring into each other’s gleaming sapphire eyes. How romantic! By Pash Jewellery (Gillian Batcher) $195

 These stunning pendants are actually lockets – the daggers slide out to reveal super romantic treasures within (*treasures not included). Accented with 14k yellow gold, these are the perfect pieces to wear close to your heart. By Glaciale Goldsmith (Alexis Kostuk) $880 top; $1470 bottom
 
What a lovely roundup, if I must say so myself! But by no means do you have to wait for someone to bring a heart to your door – go out and get your own! And by that I mean, come here and get your own, or anything else you feel like gifting yourself, because you’re worth it! xx
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