Ok so it’s not quite appropriate to eat for dinner but jewellery can certainly be worn during dinner or really any other time you feel the need to add some sparkle on your body.
December 2021 marked our 15 year anniversary as a boutique retail and working studio space. We started off a lot smaller on Spadina Ave but have made Roncesvalles our home for the last 9 years. If the times were different we would have had a big celebration but alas it was not to be last year so we got creative and asked you our amazing customers to share a special memory about the shop or a piece of jewellery from here and as a thank you we did a random draw for a little shopping spree in the store on us.
We deeply appreciated everyone who wrote in. All names were entered into an excel spreadsheet and we used a random number generator to pick the winner. There were far to many lovely notes to share in just one blog post so I have chosen the winner and one more.
Yesterday our lucky winner had the opportunity to come and shop in person and you can read her entry as well as see a selection of her jewellery from here below.
How can I show my love for Jewel Envy and all the talented, creative artists? Buy their jewelry, of course! Over the years my collection has grown, many of these pieces are near and dear to my heart as they were made for me, while partnering with the artists.
I absolutely love every one of these jewels and will definitely be adding more from Jewel Envy to my collection.
Your social media page is one of my favourites as I get to see a glimpses of beautiful, sparkly, unique creations.
From the many other entries I chose this one because it truly highlights the sentiment of jewellery and what we do here. Please enjoy the touching story by a customer we started working with just before the pandemic began.
This is about memories and what you’ve done to enrich them.
My mother died and left behind dozens of pieces. There was a blind auction for the four heirs. In English, it meant that no one got every item they wanted. Horse trading was allowed – and that helped. That said, most of the settings were dated. I found out about you guys totally by accident – from a woman working across the street from you.
We have relied on you to reinvent pieces that retain our memories of the stones, my mother’s love of baubles and my father’s love of buying gems for our mother.
I’ll share one backstory. My father never smoked cigarettes. But his 5 sisters sent him cigarettes during WWII that he could use for barter. He bought diamonds. I wear the largest engagement ring diamond as a pendant every day. And think of everyone involved in getting it from Holland to around my neck. And you – Jewel Envy – is a part of that story.
Here’s a little something for your weekend visual enjoyment. Earrings by Caroline Deacon that make me really happy, and that will make you really happy too. That’s just the amazing effect that beautiful things have on people like us:)
textured studs, save at $65 a pair
attention to detail: handmade backs!!!!
drops with opal cabochons. a bit of a splurge at $275 for the pair,
Happy weekend everyone! It’s a beautiful sunny day, so I hope you are out and about and enjoying yourself! If you feel like treating yourself to the sunshine and some jewellery, I have a few suggestions😊 It’s save vs splurge saturday of course, so you can treat yourself a little, or you can treat yourself a lot.
These amaaaaazing druzy rings are by Alexis Kostuk of Glaciale Goldsmith. Druzy is a fine coating of crystals on the surface of a gemstone – in this case it’s quartz druzy.
First up is this little gem. Simple and classic, but with some sweet detail around the stone to complement that sparkle. Sterling silver with quartz druzy, $125+hst.
And for the splurge – nobody will miss this bad boy on your hand! It’s a showstopper for sure, with one gorgeous freeform centre stone, and square accent stones on either side. Sterling silver with quartz druzy, $590+hst.
And here they are side by side. The big stone on the left photographed quite dark, but it is much lighter in person – you really must come in to take a look yourself!
Hi all! Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer weather these days – it sure took its sweet time getting here! If you’re anything like me, then you love getting outdoors this time of year. Enjoying nature without the confines of parkas and mitts and hats and scarves (etc…) is just the best. There is so much beauty to be found once the snow melts!
There is also so much inspiration to be found in nature, especially for designers like us. These pieces are just a few examples of the jewellery that use nature as their muse, and of course they are all available here at the studio:)
Perfect little sterling fish, standing guard over an oceanic turquoise.
Pendant by Glaciale by Alexis Kostuk $250
Sweet little golden hummingbirds, with blue diamond eyes.
Stud earrings by Pash by Gillian Batcher $775
If leaves can’t be green, let them be silver and gold!
Gold-filled drop-chain earrings $90 and sterling pendant $75, both by Ivane Thiebaut
Wear nature on your sleeve (or your lapel, collar, etc…)
Sterling silver leaf brooches by Jerell Reichert, $180 each
Hi all! It’s a beautiful (and very chilly) Sunday afternoon here at the studio, and I thought I would warm you up by showing off some pretty sterling pieces by resident goldsmith Jerell Reichert.
These bracelets are not only beautiful, but a great example of metal forming. That’s right, the detail and texture and shapes that you see are the hard work of a little lady with a big hammer. Jerell has hand-forged each of these bracelets by hand, working the metal bit by bit, using fold-forming and anti-clastic techniques. All in sterling silver, top to bottom $640, $295, $395.
These long earrings are so simple, but they look great on and they are light as a feather, too. The spheres have a perfect matte finish that almost look like pearls in the right lighting. Sterling silver $115.
These bean pendants remind me of Barbapapa, in a round and squiggly kind of way:) The top bean has a black diamond accent, the middle bean has a pink tourmaline, and the bottom piece is classic. All sterling silver on silver chains, top to bottom $190, $180, $130.
These band rings are pretty bubbly too, with the pattern running all the way around. More barbapapa feelings:) Sterling silver, left to right $125, $115.
Come by and say hi to Jerell, and see what else she has going on!
As I write this, the weekend is sadly coming to an end. Luckily, I have some beautiful pieces by Judith Noldin to turn your sad frown upside down, and brighten your dark winter night.
I actually thought these were bookmarks – very glad I asked Judith because they are little forks! Beautiful and special forks, when you want to impress your guests as they dine on your delicious appetizers. Also a wonderful gift for someone who loves entertaining, don’t you think?!
Solid sterling silver $180
I love these rings. The colours and shapes are very unique, though they work perfectly together as a collection. The ring on the left is sterling silver with an 18KY bezel and the stone is black flint for $410. The centre ring is also sterling silver with an 18KY bezel, and the stone is a green and red lakeshore gem for $410. The ring on the right is my favourite (because I love the pink, salmony colour the most), and it is sterling silver with 14KR little accent balls on the either side of the pink lakeshore gem for $380. *full disclosure I don’t know what a lakeshore gem is, but I will ask Judith the next time I see her! **UPDATE!!! A lakeshore gem is a stone that Judith finds while walking along the Lakeshore!! Amazing**
Judith makes very unique pieces that have the most interesting shapes, colours, and textures. I am always surprised (in a very good way!) by all the different elements she brings to her craft. She is also a whiz at doing repairs and redesigns and of course custom work, so if you’re looking for a real conversation-starter of a piece, ask for Judith!
It’s that time of year again – Movember! To be more specific, we’re about two-thirds of the way through that time of year. I’m sure you’ve noticed the normally-clean-shaven-but-currently-mustachioed men, sporting the extra facial hair in support of prostate cancer research, but perhaps you haven’t seen too many ladies with staches.
Well this is Amanda Henderson. She has an Etsy shop called Sassy Septum Rings, which specializes in mustachioed septum rings for those who are follically challenged, but still want to show their support. She donates a percentage of every purchase, so go ahead and support a fantastic cause!
Here is the link:
Amanda also does custom work through the studio, so if you have a specific mustache in mind, get in touch with us and we can help make it happen!
It’s a beautiful day – the sun is shining and there is still some warmth in the air. Basically, a perfect day to come inside and try on some jewellery, haha! But actually it is…
You all know Alexis, studio manager extraordinaire, and I’m sure you’ve seen her work before. I just thought I would gather some of my favourite pieces that she has here on display. There is quite a wide range of techniques that she uses to create her collections – she really is an artiste:)
The ‘Whoops’ pendant is enamel, set in a sterling heart.
The gemstone stud earrings, and the oval floral pin, are also enamel.
The shark pendant is carved and cast in sterling, with green tourmaline eyes.
The two wedding bands are sterling silver, with nickel silver polka dot inlay for contrast.
The three bands in front are also part of the polka dot collection, also with nickel silver polka dots but with gemstones for added colour. Choose between blue tourmalines, black spinel, or green tsavorites.
The beaded tassel pendant has a periwinkle blue enamel centre, with a small oval onyx set above it.
The initial pendant (which can be customized in a variety of styles, for every letter of the alphabet) is carved by hand and cast in sterling silver.
Stop by today and try something on! We’re open until 6pm this evening, see you soon!
Every once in awhile, we like to shine spotlight on an artist in particular. This week’s edition features
Jade is a resident goldsmith here at Jewel Envy, who comes to us by way of the jewellery program at NSCAD. A stint as an Umbra product designer has resulted in the merging of these two different design worlds in her metalsmithing work. She manages to create objects and wearable jewellery that are both functional, and easy on the discerning eye.
Take a look at some of her pieces:
A trivet that becomes a bowl. A lovely geometric piece that combines workworking and metalsmithing and fruit. A winning combination!
Another awesome trivet. I like the way the angular metal contrasts with the lighter, softer colour of the natural wood.
Vases! The linework is just great, I really like the depth and texture that it creates.
Really interesting bracelet! I tend to gravitate towards pieces with texture and pattern. I like how the detail here is also functional.