Spring is in the air

Which means it’s a perfect time for nature themed jewellery. Aurora Simmons of Handmade Revolution has a wonderful selection of nature themed pieces like the studd earrings and tourmaline cabochon ring shown in this image. Stud earrings are perfect for every day wear to add a little something to every outfit and make a day feel special. Come visit us in store to see her work in person.

Beautiful Bead Settings!

Bead setting is a versatile style of setting which can be applied as an accent to a centre stone, or be the star of the show in its own right!

All below examples are custom pieces made by Alex Kinsley of Kinsley Vey Designs

Sapphire and Diamond eternity band
Diamond engagement ring with bead set accent stones
White & Rose gold pendant with bead set diamonds

See the magic happen on our Instagram

We have been excited to be able to launch videos in our reels over the last few weeks. You can now see some process videos, as well as fun, transformation videos for our works in progress. To view all our reels at once you can go to our instagram and go the the second button from the left, which we have circled in the image below or just scroll our feed. We hope you enjoy this new content! Feel free to comment on our Instagram if there are any processes you’d especially like to see.

Work In Progress – Diese Ist (Mein) Opa

By Alex Kinsley Vey

Oscar Vey, London Ontario
1950’s

Recently I’ve been invited to participate in an exhibition with the theme and title Memento Mori. The usual tropes are skulls, hair, references to time, but I decided to respond to this theme in a less direct way.

My Opa (Grandpa in German) was unfortunately a man I never got to know well while he was alive. He passed away in 2012, and suffered a stroke shortly after I was born which made it incredibly difficult for us to communicate. As I’ve gotten older I’ve regretted that we were never able to talk much.

Well after his passing I began to learn more and more about the man he was, the things he liked and disliked, and trials and tribulations both during and after the Second World War.

Memento Mori made me think of my Opa, all the black and white pictures of him in his youth, frozen in time, and how eventually that will be me, only surviving through memory and photography.

Oscar Vey, early 1990’s
And yours truly rocking the bowl-cut

I decided to memorialize him and create work that acts as a reminder that when we pass all that is left are pictures and memories. By taking these images of him, translating them into a solid wearable form, I hope to remember his life, and process my own eventual death.

I’ve begun by creating paper mockups glued to left over steel sheet. This allows me to play with size, see how they interact with the body when worn, and play around in Photoshop with different colours or oxides.
Cut out to size!
On the body!

This series of work is still very much in progress, but I thought it would be fun to share! The next step will be to create the final etchings on steel. Decide on a framing system for the brooch findings. And to finalize how I will treat the steel once it’s been etched.

I’m Aurora, it’s nice to meet you…

I am really excited to have started out at Jewel Envy this September. I’ve been working as a goldsmith since 2008 and it feels like a wonderful progression in my career to be working around so many vibrant and talented goldsmiths. I am nothing if not eclectic, working with metal of course, but also in leather and fabric to create jewellery, belts and costumes for historical reenactors.

A heraldic raven pendant

I also love working with clients to make their dreams a reality. If you have an old piece of jewellery sitting around that needs a revamp, or some gems that you haven’t quite figured out a plan for, I am your gal.

A custom project made with a smoky quartz provided by the client.

I am looking forward to see what the future brings and getting to know the Jewel Envy client community better. I will be here most Tuesdays and Wednesdays if you ever want to swing by and say hello!

A sapphire ring in 14k gold.

You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook @handmaderevolution_TO and to see my historical antics you can check out my tiktok @captainswordface

A Rings Journey

From Wax to Metal

First the rings are carved out in jewellers wax. Often by hand, but sometimes using processes such as 3D printing.
Next our rings are cast using a process called centrifugal casting. The wax rings are put into a flask (a steel tube) and filled with a plaster like material. The flask is then set in a kiln for a number of hours and the wax is melted out, leaving a void in the shape of the rings.

The flask is then loaded onto the machine pictured above, metal is melted in the crucible, and a lever is pulled the entire thing spins incredibly fast, making use of centrifugal force to push the metal into the flask and cool in the shape of the waxes.
After the rings are cast and the metal has cooled slightly, the hot flask is dunked in water. This rapid cooling removes the plaster and the cast rings are fished out.
Freshly fished out rings!
The rings are next cut from the excess metal (called a sprue) and are now ready for files, sanding, and eventually polishing!
Black oxides have been removed using files and sanding paper, revealing the gold beneath.
The rings have been polished and await final buffing.
The finished gold bands!

if ( !is_woocommerce() ) { get_sidebar(); }