Burn baby burn!

So I dropped some very very hot wax on my arm the other day. It is not a big deal in the grand scheme of potential-goldsmith-injuries, but it is a bit of an eyesore:
 ouch!
So what is a goldsmith to do? Cover it up with jewellery of course! Big and bold bracelets are the perfect disguise, and here is the proof:
(L-R) Arrowhead bracelet in sterling, Archerade by Sasha Oda
Open studded cuff in sterling, Jewelust by Amanda Henderson
Twig cuff in sterling and gold plate, Pash by Gillian Batcher
Wrap bracelet in sterling, Tete Designs by Fatima Tataragic
If delicate is more your thing, we also have a great selection of dainty bracelets that are beautiful and intricate distractions from any offensive scar tissue:)
(T-B) Plain and hammered bangles in sterling, HP Lafaurie Jewelry Design by Helena Lafaurie
Paisley links and cherry blossom bracelets in sterling, Koko Bijoux by Young Kyoung Ko
Lotus charm bracelet with sapphires in sterling, Ellolite by Chia-Chien Tsai
Open shapes bracelet with moonstone beads in sterling, Glaciale by Alexis Kostuk
 
 
Obviously you can arm yourself even if uninjured, so come on by today and try on some bracelets!
We are open until 6pm tonight, you can help me put some aloe on my burn.
~sash

Wedding band class

Hello everybody!
Are wedding bells in your future? If so, then perhaps you are in the market for a wedding band. In that case, look no further because we offer ring-making classes. Yay!
 These rings are fabricated from metal sheet. We have a 1-day band ring class where we teach you the skills and techniques to make one of these beauties yourself. Wowza!

These rings have been carved in wax, and are ready to be cast in the metal of your choice. We will teach you how to carve a ring, and once it’s cast we will show you how to make it shine:) This is a 2-day casting workshop. How coooooool??!
If you are loving the ‘custom’ aspect, but not interested in getting your hands dirty, never fear, because we love doing custom work for you:)
Come by and say hello, and sign up for a class or a consultation!

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

Custom work

Hello friends!
I know that the temperature has only begun its descent down the thermometer, but just a reminder that the holiday season is not that far off. Yikes!
If you’ve ever considered having jewellery custom-made for you, or for a loved one, now is a great time to get started. No time like the present, for getting presents haha! We love working one-on-one with you to create something special and unique; whatever your vision, we can help you make it a reality.
 
Made by Sasha Oda of Archerade, these gold stacking rings were designed for a very special friend. They were made using the gold and diamonds from sentimental jewellery, accumulated over a lifetime of birthdays and graduations. It was a wonderful way to incorporate special treasures into new pieces, instead of keeping them locked away in a jewellery box somewhere.
Of course, you don’t need to use old pieces to make something new. All you need is an idea, and we can take care of the rest!
Stop by the studio, or call to make an appointment. 
See you soon!
~sash

Forever Young

Young Ko is one of our resident goldsmiths here at Jewel Envy.  She loves working with cocobolo wood, and I thought I would share a few of her super pieces with you.
Take a look!
 

So interesting and unique, and I love the contrast between the cool silver and warm wood.  She has lots of other pieces available at the studio as well, but you’ll have to come in to see them for yourself!
Happy Saturday y’all
 -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!

Archerade Spotlight!

 
Just wanted to shine a little sun on Sasha Oda and her company, Archerade.
 
She has been a resident goldsmith here at Jewel Envy for about 2 years now.
 
Take a look at some of the pieces she has on display here at the studio.
 
 

Arrowhead Bracelet in sterling silver
GoGo Ring in sterling silver 
Hoodie Earrings in sterling silver with turquoise 
Snake Wrap Ring in sterling silver with rubies
 
 
Come visit us at the studio to check out the rest of her pieces!
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