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Wire and Pliers and Beads, Oh My!



There’s a lot that goes on in our jewel world. Our everyday routine involves a whole bunch of chain, beads, and sparkle, but one of the main ingredients to our bowl of jewel dreams are our workshops! We love giving you the tools to spark that imagination and nothing prides us more than seeing you proud of your first accomplished piece.

These workshops have been running for quite some time now. We’ve had the honour of hosting your bachelorettes, your anniversaries, your birthdays, or even your date nights and we’ve decided that it’s time to stir things up a little bit. We will still offer our workshops (and alcohol!) for any occasion but the type of workshop you book depends on your vibe and the experience you’d like to have. Our new workshops will be divided into 3 levels:

Beginner 

The beginner beading workshop is catered to creators of all ages! In this workshop, we will guide you through the process of making your own beaded piece. Think of it as a meditative jewel night. Choose your beads (plastic or semi-precious stones available) and string your way to jewel town.

 

Intermediate

This workshop is where we teach one of our classic techniques called wire-wrapping. This is the magic that adds sparkle, jewels, and charms to your piece. We use this technique in many of our pieces in store, you’ll get the chance to search through our treasures (or bring some of your own!) and create magic!

 

Advanced

So now you have the skills it takes to make your own jewellery! In our advanced workshop, you get to add to your repertoire by learning how to stamp (hammering letters or numbers onto a flat metal piece) or how to work with leather (Finishing leather with clasps or chain to turn into a necklace, bracelet or other types of jewellery). Additionally, we’ve added 30 minutes of extra time to work on those masterpieces.



So whether or not you’re new or from our Kensington days, we invite you to explore your creativity with us as we embark on this new jewel journey!

Can’t wait to see what you create



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What "Making Magic" Means to Us

What "Making Magic" Means to Us
Let’s Make Magic: It’s painted across our Instagram and sprawled across our walls; some days we toss it around with more reckless abandon than glitter! But what does “making magic” really mean to us? It’s more than just a slogan or a brand; it’s an idea, an invitation, a possibility. In short, it begins and ends with you.

 

To us, making magic embodies that warm, frothy feeling that fills our chests when a customer comes in with something broken and goes out with something whole. By this, we do not mean just jewellery. Sure, we can replace lost stones or repair a broken chain; but so often we find that when our every-day necklace snaps or we lose a favourite earring, it can feel as though we’ve lost so much more than just a thing.

  

Jewellery (in our world, at least) is a part of who we are. It is the art we choose to lay across our skin to announce to the world “here I am, this is me”. It can be a way to carry what we need: labradorite on a hard day or citrine when we’re craving the sun. It can be fun and playful or something that is steady and routine, a go-to. So often, our jewellery is steeped in the meanings or memories that we choose to give to it. Sometimes, wrapping our wrists in moonstones can serve as gentle reminder of us just how much power we hold. When that necklace breaks or that earring hides, it can feel like we’ve lost a little piece of ourselves. It can feel like a link has broken in what was once whole.  

  

This is even more true when our pieces are living legacies to those who have passed. A grandfather’s watch, a mother’s engagement ring, a bracelet from your best friend – when significant people in our lives are no longer with us, their favourite jewellery can feel extra charged. It can be a powerful comfort to stay connected to them through the treasures that they wore and loved. If we think of the peaks and valleys of their time in this world, the pieces they carried with them through it all have so much life soaked in them. By reviving their jewellery, we just may find that we can keep their memory alive too.

 

This is how Anice first began: as a dream to bring new love to old treasures, to breathe life into things that may have been forgotten or overlooked, the things that may have grown dusty with many years and layers of life. Because those years and layers can wear on us. This life isn’t always easy and sometimes it can leave us feeling wilted or buried. But when we take a moment to sweep off that dust, we find that there is always an abundance of beauty and good to work with, it might just need to take new form. For us, it’s about gratitude for what we have. It’s about gathering the pieces of where we are and making something beautiful from it.

  

Whether it is a reminder to yourself, a story, or a life that you want carry with you, the part of yourself that you bring to us is why we do what we do. We are always humbled and grateful when you come to us with these pieces that you hold so close. We are humbled and grateful that you trust our hands to handle not just the jewels but the stories they carry with the soft that they deserve. We are humbled and grateful that you choose us to bring your dreams to life.

  

To put it simply, each day with you leaves us full. So, this is our why. This is the thing that tugs us from bed each morning and draws us into 102 Ossington. This is the reason we’re here, why we do what we do. This is Making Magic. This is Old Treasures, New Love.
 
With love,
Lauren

 

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The Anice Holiday 2018 Gift Guide

The Anice Holiday 2018 Gift Guide

The Anice Gift Guide 2018

Not knowing what to buy someone for Christmas can be daunting and we know it. There is nothing worse than having zero idea what they’ll like!

We have an absolutely hate-proof guide right here. Let us do all the thinking for you or with you. You got this!

The Teacher/The Boss/The Neighbour

Wine Glass Charms

Nothing worse than going to a social gathering and forgetting which wine glass is yours. Introducing the brand new, completely customizeable Anice wine glass charms. Ranging in sets of 2 to 24, we can work with you to pick the chains, charms and stones that will make any wine drinker fall in love with you - and their glass of pinot noir - just a little bit more!



$20 each or $15 each when you buy 3 or more.

The Teen Girl/The Niece/The Girl You’re Sort Of Dating

The Sparkle Choker

These chokers can be dressed-up or down and have adjustable lengths to be worn in a tighter or looser option, depending on their mood of the day. Available in sterling silver and sterling silver with yellow or rose gold-plating. They add just a little more pizzazz to any outfit and will make any girl (or guy!) shine that much more.



$60 each

The Parents/The Students/The Dreamers

Dreamcatchers

A brass ring dripping with completely unique, never-repeated designs that hang, reflect light, and watch over you while you dream - awake or asleep. Custom-design these beautiful pieces for a nursery, an office, a nook or a bedroom with elements of the person you’re buying for: birthstones, crystals with different intentions, stamped charms with names or initials: the possibilities are truly endless. Come in and #dreamwithus.



Beginning at $100+, depending on materials


The Girlfriend

Name Necklace

Which girl doesn’t love a necklace with their own name on it? We can work with you and your budget to choose a chain length, font choice and metal type - sterling silver or gold-filled - that best suits the person you’re buying for.



Beginning at $120 for sterling silver, $150 for gold filled and $350 for 10K yellow or rose gold.

The Boyfriend

Men’s Metal Bracelets



These simple, yet bad-ass bracelets can be tailored to your man’s unique taste: sterling silver or gold plated chains, your choice of charms and stones, or maybe even a tag with his (or your) initial on it. Now he can be just as jeweled-out as you are and look a little cooler while standing beside you, too!

Beginning at $40+, depending on materials
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Anice is Moving on UP! Introducing: The Apartment

Anice is Moving on UP! Introducing: The Apartment

Although it’s only been Fall for a few weeks now, we’ve been experiencing some major growth this season here at Anice. New products, workshops and partnerships, along with a few things we can’t quite spill the beans on yet. However, our latest news is truly one of the most exciting things to happen for us (and you!) this year.


Anice is moving on up - literally. We’re taking over the entirety of 102 Ossington Avenue!


Introducing The Apartment, a two storey loft space just above our jewel town that you’ve grown to know and love. With this expansion, we are truly elated to be able to offer larger and more frequent workshops, a pop-up retail space, events and so much more. Best of all, you can book The Apartment for your own soirée via This Open Space!


Whether you’re looking to throw a holiday party, a jewel-themed bachelorette, or an intimate wedding reception...the only limit is what you can dream up! Think twinkly lights, vintage decor, and of course, tons of sparkle.


Spanning over two floors, this stunning space features gorgeous details throughout - like exposed brick, a bay window, full kitchen, and a spacious outdoor patio. The top floor loft featured vaulted ceilings, having been converted from a former attic! 


We also plan on offering catering, options as well as other preferred vendors to help you plan the ultimate event. Click here to email us for details!


December 1st is the big reveal. Our official launch. The day we open our doors and welcome all of YOU! With that being said, if there's anything you’d like to see happen at The Apartment, please let us know. We believe our jewel babe community is the best in the world, so we’d love to hear your feedback and ideas. Our team is so excited about this growth, and can’t wait to share more with you. For now, follow along on Instagram and keep an eye on our stories for updates!


Without further ado, here’s a sneak peek of the space.

 


If you have any questions or want to learn more about The Apartment, leave a comment below or send us an email!


With love,
Anice

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The Adventures of Jewel Town - We're back baby!

The Adventures of Jewel Town - We're back baby!

What an incredibly dynamic, wild, and exciting journey this jewel life is. 

For those of you that have been visiting our online store and wondering what the heck is up with the lack of products or update, and for those of you who are arriving for the very first time: welcome to the beginning of the very exciting next phase for Anice Jewellery. We have a full site of new products available and so much to tell you about. 

Since the beginning stages of opening this business, I have always felt it important to be honest and real about the journey and to share the ups and downs. Although things may appear sparkly and dreamy on the outside, there are hurdles and hard days when it comes to running a business, and the people and all of the rest that comes with it. Especially when half the time it feels like you don't have a clue what you're doing. Here is a little bit about the last chapter and what has brought us to today.  

It has been a year of learning and with that learning came the realization that there is only so much that I can control. What is most important is what is right in front of us. But how do you find the balance of prioritizing the right in front of you, with all the other very important parts that make up a business? With an amazing team of smart people, that's how!

Something I have learned about myself is that if it's something I don't understand or can't accomplish with the skills I have already, I tend to avoid it and focus on what I can control. This, as I now understand, is not my best business quality and could actually hinder the growth that I dream of for Anice. Thankfully, the big learning is that if you can get out of your own way, let people in and TRUST, the possibilities are endless. This is my new reality. There is power in letting go and putting people in place that have the skills that I don't have. Letting the people who are good at specific things do those things and do them the best. Rather than getting down on myself because I don't know what the heck I'm doing, or worse: avoid the important things completely because I don't want to be bad at them. Sounds a little cookoo right?! My take away: it's ok to not be the best at everything. It's ok to admit that. And it is so inspiring and amazing to watch those who are good at something you are not, do what they do so well, and know they are on your side. 

The last chapter of the Anice story involved running two shops, growing at a pace that caused a burnout, closing a shop, making thousands of pieces of jewellery, working on so many amazing custom projects, making a bazillion mistakes, and lots of tears (both happy and sad). As I sit here today feeling like I've come out on the other side, reflecting as most of you know I love to do and share with you about, I am ecstatic to say that the future is looking beyond beautiful. We have never had a team quite like this before. Made up of talented jewel babes creating the magic with you in store, an operations team that is literally the glue keeping the foundation of the business strong, a marketing and web team that are innovative and brilliant, and metal-smiths that totally kick butt - I feel the luckiest to call these incredible and devoted people my squad.

So what's the plan now? 

We have been working hard the last few months to create and photograph a totally new catalogue of products for you. In these collections you will find #limitededition pieces which mean there are 5 to 10 available and when they are gone they are gone forever. You will also find #oldtreasuresnewlove pieces that are either old pieces revived and reworked with new love, or vintage treasures that are perfect just the way they are and just needed a little clean up. Last but not least you will see #dreamwithus pieces that are customizable and made extra special by YOU. 

This is just phase one. Over the next 2 months we will be loading up the online store with regular product turnover bi-weekly, and introducing a new custom online experience. Our mission is to bring the magical and personable attention you get in store, online. Think last minute custom gifts delivered to your door same day. Think a variety of special stones with meanings available by just a click of your mouse. Think your jewel dreams, made easy, within your budget accessible any time of the day or night. 

Thank you for sticking with us. Thank you for continuing to check back. Thank you for your patience and love. You make this dream possible and it is our commitment to you to work our jewel butts off to keep improving and to deliver you the best product, customer service and unforgettable shopping and creating experience. 

Stay tuned. SO MUCH MORE to announce. SO MUCH MORE magic to make. I better go now before I spill all the beans at once. 

xo

Britt 

 

 

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How Anice Makes Your Jewel Dreams Come True With Custom on the Spot!

How Anice Makes Your Jewel Dreams Come True With Custom on the Spot!
We absolutely love creating custom pieces (it's truly the heart and soul of our business!), and the only real limit is what you can dream up. Perfect for gifting - even if it's for yourself - we can design something to be worn every day, or as a bold statement piece for a special occasion. 
  
If you're in a pinch or live out of downtown Toronto, no worries - give us a call or send us an email outlining what you're looking for, and we'll take care of the rest. We're happy to share photos of previous custom projects (you can also check out the "custom" highlights section on our Instagram), or show you samples of the chains and treasures we have here in store. Our dream is to bring the custom process right to you, no matter where you live. We ship ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE! 
 

Here's how it works:

 

Step 1: Choose your chain. Metal colour, type, length, style (sterling silver, gold plated, rose gold, gold filled, we've got it all!).

 
 

Step 2: Choose your treasure(s). Stone, bead, vintage charm, stamped tag with initials/daily mantra/special date. Keep it simple or make a totally unique statement piece!

 

 

Step 3: Let our jewel team work their magic right before your eyes.

 

 
 

Step 4: BOOM. Take home your perfect, completely one of a kind custom piece!

 
 

 

Check out the process in action below: 

 
Anice Custom Process
 
And there you have it! On the spot custom jewellery, any way you like it. Pop into our shop at 102 Ossington Avenue and chat with a member of our jewel team to get started! We've helped #jewelbabes from all over the world create the most magical pieces imaginable, so whether you're near or far, we'll make it work!
 
Can't wait to dream with you.
 
XO Anice
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Our Jewels in a Hotel Wedding Style Shoot!

Our Jewels in a Hotel Wedding Style Shoot!

Back in the spring, we lent some sparkle to an incredible team for a wedding photo shoot at The Walper Hotel in Kitchener. A gorgeous day with the most talented babes, and we are totally obsessed with the end result.

Take a look at the photos + video below!

Photography: Cloud Nine Photography
Venue: The Walper Hotel
Robes: By Catalfo
Florals: The Girl Floral
Hair: Studio So Lara
Make-up: Missy Costa
Jewellery: Anice Jewellery

 

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Mothers Day with Anice 𝑥 Gardiner Florals!

Mother's Day is just around the corner!
Celebrate the most important Women in your life with them, at The Anice 6th annual ♡ Mama Love Workshop 

Sunday, May 13th 
102 Ossington Avenue 
Morning session: 10am - 12pm 
Afternoon session: 1pm - 3pm 
Evening session: 4pm - 6pm 

Choose from all our magical treasures, stones & beads to create personalized, one-of-a-kind pieces with the guidance of our awesome jewel babes.
Mimosas and treats will be offered during the workshop and a photo booth for a polaroid takeaway will take place at the end! 

This year we're also teaming up with @gardinerflorals to make your Mama feel extra special! Add a floral arrangement to your workshop and we will have Mom's bouquet ready and waiting for her when you arrive. 

Choose from these 4 beautiful packages:

Package #1: Jewellery workshop + single rose - $35.00/person

  

Package #2: Jewellery workshop + jar/posy - $40.00/person

Package #3: Jewellery workshop + medium bouquet - $45.00/person

Package#4: Jewellery workshop + large bouquet - $60.00/person

🌷 Flowers just for Mama 🌷

Sign up here!
To pay for bouquet please call
647-351-5526

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International Women's Day 2018

International Women's Day 2018

Here at Anice, we are fortunate enough to work in an environment that has been built, grown and nurtured by women. Everything we do and everything that we stand for, is because of and inspired by the beautiful and strong women who walk through our door on the regular. We would be nothing without the creativity and passion that the women around is exude, and in turn, inspire us to exude alongside them.

To celebrate International Women's Day, and as an ode to women in general, we have created pieces that can be ordered custom for yourself, your mama, your bff, etc. 

Scroll down to see this limited edition collection xo 

 

The Lady Bum Signet 

 

Stand Up Pendant with Of Love Studio Card 

 

Strong Women Pendant with Of Love Studio Card 

 

 

Dear Women, I love you Pendant with Of Love Studio Card 

                                                                                                                                   

 

Change the World Pendant 

 

 

Forgive Yourself Pendant 

                                                                                                                                 

 

The Future is Female Pendant 

 

Call or email us directly to order your International Women's Day Piece... #THEFUTUREISFEMALE <3

XO,

The Anice Team                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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Emeiko & Karl Engagement Story

Emeiko & Karl Engagement Story

Here at Anice, we understand that a man who walks into a shop filled with jewels and glitter can be a little overwhelming. One of our absolute favourite parts of the job is working with our clients to customize a gift for their partner that they feel good about. Sometimes, that gift is a stamped necklace or a pair of earrings she's been talking about. Other times, we are honoured with the privilege of designing a custom engagement ring. It's always such a beautiful gift to hear someones story and feel the love that exists between two people. 

We are thrilled to share with you the engagement story of Emeiko and Karl, and how Karl popped the question with a ring that we were lucky enough to create for the beautiful couple. 

Names:

Emeiko Yuen-Boyer and Karl Werleman

Engagement Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Engagement Location/Story:
Sometime in July, Emeiko and I made plans to visit our favourite city in the fall - New York. At the time, I had no idea this was where I was going to propose. However, as the summer progressed, it became clear to me that this would be the perfect weekend. And the more I began to ponder the idea, the more I started envisioning proposing on a beautiful fall afternoon in Central Park - in a rowboat with the woman I love and a bottle of wine.

Alas, as we arrived in NYC on the Friday, the plan changed. The day turned out to be very cold and extremely windy, not to mention the Park was filled with thousands of locals and tourists, making it very difficult to find an intimate spot for our very own private moment. I decided I would propose the next morning since waking up next to her is my favourite time of day. I hid the ring and came around to her side of the bed and got down on bended knee. Not only was my heart pounding, but my arm was trembling as I was leaning it on the bed. And Emeiko noticed. She suggested I ‘re-adjust.’ Nothing was going to stop the shaking until I said what I had planned and came here to say. I grabbed the box and presented her with the engagement ring, and then, for what felt like 15 seconds (but was more like three or five), we just stared at each other... until I finally asked her. And she said YES!

Cue the floodgates.

Why you chose your engagement ring design:

I was fortunate to have my grandmother and her grandmother’s rings to work with. Not having designed an engagement ring for the love of my life before, I went straight to Anice, Emeiko’s favourite jewelers. With Britt, we got started on ideas for the ring. She suggested we blend the gold from both rings and take the diamonds from her grandmother’s ring for the engagement band, and make two diamond earrings taken from my grandmother’s ring. And now for la pièce de résistance... Britt added a small diamond in the side of the engagement band, which Britt said represents me. The perfect design. From the perfect store. By the perfect person. I am forever grateful.

Why she likes the ring:

She LOVES the ring. It’s perfect because it blends our two families together. It’s personal. It’s delicate. And it’s a beautiful sparkle of love!

 

Thank you to this pair for sharing their lovely story - we wish them endless happiness. 

Big love, 

The Anice Team xo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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