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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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Anice Owner, Britt Hopkins, on CBC's The Goods



Last month, Anice Jewellery owner Britt Hopkins was interviewed for, and featured on, CBC's The Goods. The new daytime television talk show, hosted by Stephen Sabados, features segments on culture, fashion, design, home decor, relationships/sexuality, and food. 

Describe your current job/role.
Owner and head Jeweller of Anice Inc. (operating as Anice Jewellery) 

Give us a little history on how you got there. (What were the steps? Did you take any risks?)
I was obsessed with jewellery from a young age and it was a hobby I just couldn't shake. I worked in a bead store in my teens, started learning different kinds of basic techniques and started selling in some local shops back in Edmonton, (where I am from). I then went to business school and majored in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I moved to Toronto in 2008 to go to school for Goldsmithing and Jewellery Arts at George Brown College. 

While learning more advanced jewellery techniques and expanding on what I saw my own brand becoming, I sold in various shows and markets, and began honing into custom jewellery. 2 years after graduating the jewellery program, I had developed a customer base and was in need of a space to meet with them to design and consult on their custom pieces. In December 2011 I decided to make the leap to launch a shop of my own, and in June of 2012, the Anice jewel boutique opened in Kensington Market. 

It was a big risk for sure to dive into my own business. I knew my concept was good and I had a huge passion for what I do, but just like anything: it was hard to know what will happen, if people would like it, and also just how much it would really take. 

In the summer of 2015 I opened our second location, on Ossington. We grew really fast in the first 3 years and needed more space for our workshops, and office for back end work and an opportunity to focus on our higher end custom designs like engagement rings and wedding bands. 

It's so hard to sum up the emotion of the last 5 years of business and the risk that has come with it, but it has been the most thrilling, joyous and terrifying experience and I can't wait to see what more is to come. 

What ignited your interest in the industry you work in? 
The love of finding old treasures with a story, the incredible variety of jewellery styles from ancient times to now, and the fact that jewellery can really be whatever you, the individual, want it to be. The industry is such a huge one and the fact that there will always be something new to learn and discover, ignited the passion for me to be part of it. It's so exciting to know that just when I think I've seen or learned it all, theres a new (old) style that I discover, or a new design never been done before is being developed. 

What is your advice to other women to achieving career success and working a job they love.
Be true to you. Go after what you want, what you feel you are the best at and what really motivates you. 

For me, owning my own business has been the greatest gift and greatest challenge I could have ever imagined in my life, so far. I feel it is very important to understand your window in which to make your mark, and then be willing to work as hard as it takes to get there. I also believe that if you love something and are willing to go above and beyond to see it through, success will follow that passion.  


Describe your general style at the office (professional, casual, conservative, etc?)

My general style at the workplace is a blend of bohemian, "girly" and professional. I love flowy dresses and tops, big cozy knits, fun patterns and anything that offers a great canvas to showcase a whole lot of jewellery! 

Do you have your own do and don'ts for office wear? 
In my line of work, the balance of blending comfort with professional is very important. My work can be very physical and messy at times in the making process, but on the consultation and sales side we are dealing with clients who may be spending a fair amount and need to see we are serious about our quality and represent the brand professionally.

Do's at the workplace for me include having your own style, rocking the pieces that make you feel confident and fabulous, while being sure not fall into comfy or lazy mode. I believe that if my customers can see I take pride in myself, they will get the impression that I do the same with my work. It is worth it to make the effort! Generally, sweat pants, yoga wear or messy hair do not give off the greatest impression nor convince anyone that you are the one for the job! 

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