Up close and personal

Jewellery photography is a tricky and time-consuming endeavour that makes me curse and grit my teeth and shake my fist at the heavens. Despite all my best efforts, every image seems to be slightly off, be it the focus, or the colour, or the weirdo reflections.
 Recently I decided to cut my losses and purchase a macro lens. I haven’t
had a chance to really test it out, but today I took some practice
shots. I didn’t use a lightbox or proper lights, just a white piece of
paper, a tripod, and an ordinary desk lamp.
What do you think?
 

Rose stud earrings by Amanda Henderson (Jewelust)
 Textured earrings with sapphires and aquamarines by Ellen Tsai (Ellolite)
 Africa pendant with emerald by Hyewon Jang (H Jewelry)
Art deco pendant with marcasites by Lauren Hanham (Lauren Hanham Jewellery Designs)
Five-band ring by Sasha Oda (Archerade)
So far so amazing, right!? The detail in the close-ups is great, and getting the pieces in focus was a breeze. This might not be as exciting for you, but if you knew the hours I have spent trying to get just half-way decent images… well you’d probably feel sorry for me, but then you’d start feeling the excitement too. Excitement for the future of my jewellery photography yay!
~sash

Holiday Countdown!

It’s that time of year again –  holiday wish list time!
I have put together a list of things that you may gift to me – or more appropriately, your own someone special:) – at a range of different prices.
So if you’re still scratching your head, wondering what to do, we can help you out no matter your budget. Stop by the studio and say hello, and take a look at some of our shiny, lovely jewellery for yourself!
From left to right (ish):
Sterling silver drop earrings with granulated texture, sapphires and aquarmarines, Ellen Tsai / Ellolite, $603 a pair
10K rose, yellow, and white gold stacking bands with hammered texture, Zsolt Szekely, $495 each
Sterling silver drop stem earrings with texture, Young Ko / Koko Bijoux, $125 a pair
Sterling silver oxidized, art deco pendant with marcasites, Lauren Hanham Jewellery Designs, $125 (incl. chain)
Sterling silver initial pendant (other letters upon request:), Alexis Kostuk / Glaciale, $195 (incl. chain)
10K rose gold rose studs, Amanda Henderson / Jewelust, $225 a pair (incl. backs)
Sterling silver oxidized cufflinks, Hyewon Jang / H Jewelry, $170 a pair
Sterling silver keychain, Helena Lafaurie / HP Lafaurie Jewelry Design, $148
Sterling silver twig rings, 3 rings shown here, some have gold plating detail, Gillian Batcher / Pash, $75 – $125 each
Sterling silver skull pinky ring with andalusites, Sasha Oda / Archerade, $180 each
Sterling silver ring with texture, Darija Radic Designs, $80 each
Sterling silver and leather cord safety pin bracelet, Fatima Tataragic / Tete Designs, $80

Happy shopping, friends!
xx sash

Juicy Gemstones

Oh hey, hai you guys!  
I just wanted to share a bit of a sneak peek.  I have decided to add a lot more colour to my jewellery, 
so I picked up a few pieces of rough gemstone this week.
Getting stones custom-cut isn’t necessarily cheap, but it adds so much to the design and value of the piece.  Plus, I love getting EXACTLY what I want.  You know?
Take a look at these beauties:
Rainbow obsidian, rhodochrosite, amazonite, chrysoprase, ruby, larimar, lapis, and orange calcite.
Can you tell which is which?!
Stay tuned, I will definitely update with the finished products within the next few weeks.  Yay!
xx sash.
PS – I want a million dollars to spend on more gemstones!

Happy weekend!!

We are so lucky to live in a city like Toronto.  Diversity, in all its forms, is such a wonderful way to share and experience different ideas and perspectives.

To celebrate this weekend, here is a snapshot of some of the rainbow-coloured jewels available here at the studio.

Happy pride everyone!

Gemstones

The goldsmiths
of Jewel Envy love sourcing gemstones for custom creations.  Whether you
want a sapphire that matches the colour of someone’s eyes, a birthstone, or even simply a favourite colour.  We can find it for you to make a unique piece of jewellery.

To have something made in time for Valentine’s, drop in or call (647) 436-6709 to book a
consultation:

Jan. 19th,
12-5
Jan 20th,
5-8    

Jan 21st,
5-8

Budget

You have a number in
your mind, let’s start from there!  Let
us help you chose a piece from our goldsmiths’ work or custom create something
with your budget in mind.  Regardless,
we want to make someone special smile on the 14th.  

To have
something made in time for Valentine’s, drop in or call
(647) 436-6709 to book a consultation:
Jan. 19th,
12-5
Jan 20th,
5-8

Jan 21st,
5-8
   
Custom Art Deco Inspired Ring by Hyewon Jang


Collaboration

It starts
with an idea.  You have a sketch, an
image or perhaps even a memento that you would like to incorporate into a one
of a kind piece of jewellery.  Sounds
like the beginning of a great creative partnership!  We can take you through step by step and help you design and
create something you can’t find anywhere else.

To have
something made in time for Valentine’s, drop in or call (647) 436-6709 to book a consultation:
Jan. 19th,
12-5
Jan 20th,
5-8 

Jan 21st, 5-8  
Custom Ring made by Amanda Henderson.  Made using the customer’s gem.


The Next Jewellery Social!

The Jewellery Social was originally an event created to get the jewellers in Toronto all excited about SNAG the jewellery conference that took place in May of 2013. It was an effective way to get us together and acting as a group to help put on this extensive conference but post SNAG it did not seem to have a purpose anymore. 
It took a few months but we realized it was an event the jewellery community was crying out for so we made some tweaks to the format and relaunched it at Jewel Envy in October. 
This new format has rotating venues and themes to make it exciting and inclusive to jewellers, students, industry suppliers and jewellery lovers alike. 

For the next little while it will be four times a year but maybe will become a monthly fixture again in the future. We have big plans for this little event so be sure to sign up for the emails here. or ask to join the Jewellery Social -Toronto group on Facebook


The next social is called “SHOP Studio” which is an art jewellery
show and sale. This event will represent the work of six artists including Ivanne
Binetruy, Shao-Pin Chu, Charles Funnell, Emily Gill, Heba Kandil and Elizabete
Ludviks.

The opening reception will be on Saturday, December 7th, from
6pm to 10pm.
What is really exciting about this event is the artist’s talk
with Charles Funnell at 7pm so be sure to drop in early so you do not miss
it!

The exhibition will run from the opening date until December
24th.
Location: Shao Design Studio, 35 Golden Avenue, Toronto. (416)777-1313. 

Please call Shao Design Studio for opening hours during the scheduled
event.
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