Monday, February 23, 2015

JET of the Day - VenusVelvet

Hello and welcome to our JET Team blog once again!

Donna is taking a well-deserved day off today the team is inviting you to join us in one of my favorite Etsy jewelry shops, venusvelvet. Owner Carolyn handcrafts truly unique and covetable contemporary jewelry in her Toronto studio, making each piece of jewelry individually by hand. She uses only high quality materials including sterling silver, gold and mixed metals, and prefers to use ethically sourced and recycled materials whenever possible.

Carolyn's most popular designs are characterised by a minimalist aesthetic, which reflects her love of nature, sculpture and architecture. Her formal art training is also evident, in the distinctive lines and deceptively simple beauty of much of her jewellery.



One particularly striking collection (and my personal favourite) is Constellation, which features dots carved into the surface of the metal, giving an effect that Carolyn describes as looking like "sparkling stars in the night sky". And they really do! For the romantic at heart, how about a unique set of His and Hers Wedding Bands (1). These matching sterling silver rings have a refreshing contemporary feel, and are specially designed for star struck lovers! Carolyn's rings are available in a widths from 3mm band to 18mm, so she is certain to make a ring to suit you.

The Constellation collection is available in a choice of 14k gold, sterling silver with a brushed matt finish, or sterling silver with a mottled black oxidized finish. The black finish really does make the pieces look like the night sky! This is especially true of the convex Night Sky Pendant Necklace (2), which looks like it is covered in randomly twinkling stars. There are several co-ordinating earring styles to choose from, including the Square Stud Earrings (3), which have an industrial feel to them.



You will also find modern classics in venusvelvet, like Carolyn's effortlessly chic Simple Modern Leaf Earrings (4), made from recycled solid 14k gold. In addition to being kinder to the environment, these minimalist earrings will look fabulous with any outfit, daytime or evening. Another stunning modern piece is the Sterling Silver Wave Bracelet Set (5). This set of three bangles is made from random ripples of sterling silver, designed to be worn stacked together. As Carolyn says, "the more you stack the more dramatic the look!"

This innovative designer's work also reflects her Baltic ancestry. Amongst many pieces in her shop showing Baltic, Nordic and Pagan historical influences is the geometric Brass and Sterling Silver Amulet Necklace (6), which reinterprets ancient Baltic design elements. This mixed metal piece has gold and mustard patinated brass pieces alternating with sterling silver, and triangular shaped charms to catch the light and create fluidity of movement.

Very few minimalist jewellery designers can tempt me away from my preference for Regency to Victorian designs, but Carolyn's work does - in spades! To me, her pieces demonstrate a tangible affinity with nature, and a wonderful timeless quality. I do hope you've enjoyed this quick look at Carolyn's jewellery, and I suggest you drop by venusvelvet soon to see her work for yourself!





25 comments :

Keystring said...

A truly beautiful shop filled with high quality creations!

capitalcitycrafts said...

Lots of wonderful unique designs !

Urban Pearl Studio said...

Carolyn is one of the most creative artisan metal smiths I have seen in a long time. Just look at her shop and notice how sultry and dramatic the photos are. I mean, WOW.

Gaiana said...

Love the designs! So unique and creative!

mjsee said...

Stunning designs, beautifully executed!

Michele said...

Carolyn's design are unique and very elegant!!!

Donna Arena said...

It is truly a pleasure to see such design savvy from as friend and team member! On as personal note Carolyn brings the same savvy helping team members with social media promotion and has been essential to us realizing our goals!!

Heather Morgan said...

Oh my goodness what gorgeous items in this shop!! I especially love the Constellation collection. I am fascinated by the technique applied to these items. Such talent!! :)Congratulations!

Beadsme said...

Very sleek designs. Love them.

SendingLoveGallery said...

love the elegant and sophisticated designs in this shop!

jemsbyjb said...

Such innovative and beautifully made jewelry.

Brooke said...

So many lovely and modern jewelry pieces in Carolyn's shop!

Carolyn Jankovskis said...

I am both thrilled and honoured to be today's JET of the Day!

Thank you Erika for such a lovely post and everyone for your enthusiastic comments and support.

Much Love,
Carolyn

SatinDollCo said...

Each piece is uniquely one of a kind.

Lori Taggart said...

Gorgeous creations!

WanderingJewel said...

Amazing unique jewelry

MadeByTammy said...

I'm so in love with Carolyn's Constellation collection jewelry!

Bev Feldman said...

Carolyn's work is absolutely stunning!

Tracy said...

I just adore the aesthetic of these pieces! LOVE!

Nancy Russell said...

Carolyn's work is so aesthetically pleasing and so professional. I love the way her Constellation pieces look almost as though tiny diamonds are set into each piece. Magnificent craftsmanship and artistry!

Mollie Ann said...

I can honestly say that I LOVE everything in Carolyn's shop. Absolutely everything. And those photos! Wow!

Erika said...

Glad you liked the post, Carolyn - it was a real pleasure writing about you, and I'm in total awe of your beautiful designs!

Gloria Flynn - EarthEnergyGemstones said...

I could spend eternity in Carolyn's shop. Her pieces are unique and so well made. I love everything!

LoveStoneArts said...

Carolyn! I just love what you do, girl! Your special flair is evident in each and every design.

Ribasus said...

One of our best designers! I love Carolyn's work♥