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Luna Lindsay x Anice Jewellery

Luna Lindsay x Anice Jewellery

Anice is a business that has been built from a place of passion. Every step of the way, we have worked to build a place where people are free to dream, to share, and to explore the passion that comes from a creative work environment. One of our favourite parts of growing this business and poring our heart and souls into the dream that is Anice, is connecting with like-minded individuals who share this passion. 

The stars were aligned when we met Luna, as she represents Anice in all of it's Bohemian-Dreamer glory. Connecting with people who truly embody everything that Anice Jewellery is about, is something that we can only describe as magic. 

Read about our shoot with Luna below, reposted from her blog "www.lunalindsay.com" and get familiar this this Anice Babe who you'll see popping up with us over and over again. 

xo, 

Katie 

 

Read on for Luna's Blog Post: 

Welcome to what my dreams are made of. Just a casual Wednesday hanging out in High Park in the most whimsical set up a boho babe could dream of with a group of amazing girls, henna, flowy dresses, and stacks of beautiful handmade jewels.

Anice Jewellery was first opened here in Toronto by the radest chick Brittany Hopkins. Her obsession and dedication to designing jewellery is for her grandmother Anice, who inspired all of her creations making what she does that much more special <3. 

My good friend Katie (who also modeled/works at Anice/and is a stylist) reached out to me asking if I wanted to be a part of their next shoot. Lately I've been going through a really tough time with a big change happening in my life. I don't know about you guys but when I'm sad all I want to do is stay in bed and hide from the world. After pushing myself to go, I can 100% say that it is so important to force yourself to do the things you love, even when it seems like it's the last thing you want to do.  

Britt told Katie and I to look for "the big dreamy looking thing" in the park when we got there. Eventually after roaming around the park "the big dreamy looking thing" was easily spotted. I've alway wanted to create a cute little set up like this one in my backyard, so it was a dream come true. 

All Anice jewels are handcrafted and made with so much love. Britt had a blanket laid out with all of her recent creations and designs. I love seeing people succeed at what they do and have what they envision come to life. If you're in the Toronto area or ever visiting make sure to check out her whimsical boutique located at 102 Ossington Avenue. 

Do the things you love, create with every inch of your soul, and surround yourself with the best kind of humans.

Love,

Luna

 

 

Photos: @soundslikeyellow

Jewellery: @anicejewellery

MUA: @_jc_mua

Models: @k_goodfellow & @vanessapaxton

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The Moroccan Dreams Collection: An Interview with Anice Owner, Brittany Hopkins

The Moroccan Dreams Collection: An Interview with Anice Owner, Brittany Hopkins

Introducing…  The Moroccan Dreams Collection


Recently, our shop Owner and Creative Director, Brittany Hopkins, visited Morocco on a buying trip to find vintage treasures to re-work the ‘Anice way’. Upon her return, we had a chance to sit down and chat about her adventures and the upcoming collection, set to launch this Friday, July 14th.


What inspired you to go to Morocco to buy treasures?

I was inspired to go to Morocco because I really love their traditional style of jewellery. I am obsessed with vintage jewels, and I knew I would find lots of beautiful pieces. In Morocco, jewellery is not just an accessory; it represents stature and family. The pieces I saw while I was there really speak for themselves because they have so much detail and character.


What influenced you most while you were there?

If I had to pick one word to really encompass the trip, it would have to be colourful. It was always sunny and loud, and I was surrounded by so many exciting colours and smells. The overall energy of Morocco was contagious.


Tell us about some of the people you met.

I met so many amazing people while I was away. The shop owners really stood out to me in particular because their work ethic was so impressive. They worked so hard to take care of their families, staying in the shop from sun up to sun down.


What do you want people to know before they see the collection?

The pieces I brought back with me are stunning. I think that they flow really wonderfully with my style and the style I create here at Anice. Working with the Moroccan treasures has really reminded me how much I love statement jewellery. I am really excited for people to see the diversity of this collection. We are mixing soft and ornate, chunky and dainty, and creating a beautiful juxtaposition of pieces. This collection is in your face and different, but regardless of your personal style, everyone will appreciate these pieces for the unique story they tell.


The Moroccan Dream Collection will be launching in store this weekend, July 14th-16th . Make sure to stop by to get first dibs on all the goodies!  

 

*Until then… keep an eye on our Instagram where we’ll be sharing sneak peeks of the collection!!*


Xoxo,

Rachel & Katie

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(S)he who seeks beauty will find it: Showcase by Katie Goodfellow

(S)he who seeks beauty will find it: Showcase by Katie Goodfellow

Katie Goodfellow is the Content Manager, Jewel Dreamer & Assistant Designer of Anice Jewellery. At the end of her fourth year at Ryerson University, she focused her final showcase around her love for design, jewels, styling and female empowerment. For the showcase, Katie created a collection of pieces that would launch through Anice for International Woman's Day. Along with the collection, she directed and styled a shoot, shot by creative counterpart and incredible talent, Riley Janes. The collection launched within Anice for International Women's Day, with pieces that were stamped with "GRL PWR" and meaningful quotes, all documenting the strength and resilience of women. 

The showcase included customized jewellery, sketches, photo curation, an artist statement and written work that went alongside her art. It was laid out in a sequence, documenting the process. 

 Read on to get to know a little bit more about our Assistant Designer, her creative process, and why Anice is special to her.

 

Artist Statement:

My love for jewellery stemmed from an attraction to pretty things. I vividly remember walking into Anice Jewellery and stopping dead in my tracks. I felt as though I had found a place that spoke to me as if I had dreamt it and built it myself. Anice was filled with beauty, and I had an overpowering sense that if I left without talking to the owner, I would miss my chance at being a part of something that I could only describe as magic. Fast forward 3 years, that same jewellery store owner has become my dear friend and my biggest mentor. The shop that used to be a small hub of magic has grown in size but has never lost it’s sparkle. The magic has yet to subside.

Life brings you back home in waves, and I thank the rise and fall of this life’s water for bringing me home to the shop I create my best self within. Recently I’ve been working on incorporating my creations with my love for styling and fashion direction. I am endlessly thankful to Brittany Hopkins, owner of Anice Jewellery, for teaching me all I know about jewelling and for allowing me to have creative input in the entirety of the store. This life would be nothing without human beings who dedicate their lives to creating the beauty that we see, that we feel and that we remember. Please join me in celebrating the women in our lives, the warmth in our lives, and the art in our lives, in its many forms.

- Katie

 

 

Photos by Riley Janes, @rileyalexandra.

Header photo by Naim Jutha, @naimjutha.

 

(S)he who seeks beauty will find it.

I have always been attracted to the idea of art as a personal experience. That something so beautiful and breathtaking to one person, might be something that another person just passes by, without having any sort of impact. I love this idea, because it means that the person who experiences its beauty and see’s its depth, has seen something so personal that no one else will experience in quite the same way. Isn’t it a beautiful idea that in a world built upon repetition, a person could have such a personal interaction, that needs no words or explanation? Isn’t it a beautiful idea that art’s inclusiveness allows for an open conversation that can be contributed to by all?

Something that I love about creating custom jewellery for Anice is that when a piece is made, it is often made with no specific person in mind, but sometimes people are so drawn to something, it’s as if it were meant for them. The way someone will walk into the shop and be instantly drawn to a piece is my favourite observation. The way person after person will pass by a piece, and then all of the sudden the right one will walk in, stop dead in their tracks and pick it up. It’s the personal connection that can manifest through art.

This outlook on art has given me the ability to see creation as a universal existence. The ability to create and make “art” in any sense of the word sees no gender. Creativity is blind to its creator. As we fight for a world where being kind and being generous is more important than the gender that you identify as, I will continue to fight for females everywhere who are strong and powerful and who have been seen as less for too long. Female empowerment is not something I stand for because I am a woman. Female empowerment is something I stand for because I am a human.

I spend my days day-dreaming of creative work. I work hard to make these endeavours possible because when I am creative I am whole. I thrive off of passion; both others and my own. I create because I love to. Although, I recognize that many women around the world create because they have to. They are forced to create in order to survive. To those women, and to the women who are strong and powerful and brave enough to bare their souls in their work, I share this with you.

 x 

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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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Wedding Feature: Scarlet and Anthony


Wedding Date:  Sept 21, 2016

Wedding Location: High Park... shhh... ;) It was a little guerilla style as we didnt have a permit and no one knew it was there but a select few. We bused in our guests and then left before we got caught. It was exciting.

Favourite wedding day moment: My favourite moment was listening and watching Anthony during his vows. We were pretty emotional that day which to be honest was a total surprise as I was worried we wouldn’t be considering I'm a wedding photographer and I see more than a few weddings a year.  It was the happiest and most emotional day ever. Anthony told me his was, “when we were walking around our neighbourhood taking photos. We passed by a school near Argyle and Shaw and these elementary school kids started to cheer for us until we smooched and they screamed out ‘eeeeeeewww’ as they would especially considering they are still at an age of cooties.”

Why you chose your wedding band design:  We wanted the bands to really represent us in all facets of us as a couple and individuals. Being a wedding photographer, it was important that my band wasn't like anyone else's and I seen sooo many. And I think we did just that. I'm so in love with the bands and play with them all the time. 


Photography:
Nessa K
Website / Instagram

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Engagement Feature: Gillian & Michael

Names: Gillian & Michael

Engagement Date: September 3rd, 2016

Engagement Story: I (Michael) had worked a 12 hour day and Gillian had also just finished photographing a beautiful wedding. I knew it would be a lovely evening for her to come home to so I ran to get some flowers and made sure all of the notes and little mail Gill had sent me over the last three years were framed. I lit every single candle we had in the house and waited for Gill to get home, sweating. Once I heard her come in I started to get shaky and so excited - I played our song on my phone. When Gill walked into the living room with that smile across her face I knew I had made the best decision on this moment. I asked her on one knee, she said YES! We sat in the candlelight and stared at the ring while she literally screamed to people walking by on the street "I just got engaged!" it was the most special night of my, and our life!

Why you chose your engagement ring design: This specific design is such a classic, I knew Gill wouldn't want an ice rink for a ring. Something much more simple and minimalist would make Gill so happy.

Why she likes the ring: Gillian loves the fact that the ring is vintage, but has been updated by Anice and me, her finacé! I know she loves yellow gold and the morganite stone is probably her favorite part. The gem is so soft, just like her! Britt helped me so much with creating this ring, and I couldn't be more thankful for her help and genuine excitement for us. We can't wait to get our bands from Anice!

 

 



Ring Photography: 
Sounds Like Yellow Photography
Website / Instagram

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wedding Feature: Wendy & Christopher





Wedding Date:
 October 8, 2016 

Wedding Location: Toronto Reference Library

Favourite wedding day moment: We wrote our own vows which made the ceremony very special and personable.

Why you chose your wedding band design: I knew immediately that I didn't want a "cookie cutter" wedding band. I've always wanted to be 'different' :) So I did my research and found Anice Jewellery in the city (and they're not even very far from where we live!). Our initial consultation really made us feel at ease with the whole process. The entire team at Anice were welcoming and always helpful. They worked with what we wanted and our budget. We couldn't be happier with the final product! It was unique; my bands look good on their own but also compliment my engagement ring when worn together. 

 

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Wedding & Engagement Feature: Ellen & Troy



Date:
Sunday September 11, 2016

Location: We were married at East Room, a co-working space for artists. We wanted a place that felt like our home, if we lived in a really trendy NYC loft. It was an old sugar and/or pie factory (I get mixed information), so that's fun! We also opted for a daytime brunch. Apparently brunch weddings are becoming more trendy, but it was the first we had been to!

Favourite Wedding Day Moment: My favourite part of the wedding weekend was sharing my favourite things with my family and friends—from sharing my love for Troy to a phenomenal locally-sourced dinner the evening before with our family at Evergreen Brick Works' Café Belong. Chef Doug McNish who owns one of our favourite restaurants catered our healthy vegan brunch for us and everything looked absolutely stunning. Food was a big theme! Troy's favourite part was the "first look" reveal we did before the ceremony. He says he loved seeing my wedding look come together. Of course, we also both liked the intimate ceremony too, with 50 of our closest family and friends. It's too hard to pick one thing 'cause we tailored our wedding to be 100% of everything we like, with no extra frills or traditions just because.

Wedding Bands: As far as the bands are concerned, we both opted for something simple. We've been together for nearly 10 years, and our relationship isn't that flashy, and neither are we. I think the bands reflect the ease about our relationship. We're each others' best friends. The engagement ring was an opportunity to be a bit quirkier and showcase some organic stones, but we wanted the bands to have a more timeless feel. 


Photography: 
Bryan Batista Bettencourt & Ryanne Hollies
Facebook  / Instagram

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Wedding Feature: Vickie & Colin


Wedding Date:
August 20, 2016

Wedding Location: Hotel Ocho, 195 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Favourite Wedding Day Moment: We decided to do a “first look” reveal before the ceremony because we wanted to share a private moment together before celebrating with our families and guests. This was our first time seeing each other all put together. Colin looked dashing as ever and his reaction of me was priceless!

Why You Chose Your Wedding Band Design: Colin and I wanted something traditional with a modern twist. My engagement ring is white gold with a traditional setting. I knew I wanted something to contrast, yet complement the engagement ring. We decided to go with 14k yellow gold bands for both our rings. Colin wanted a rustic gold look, while I went with a hammered design.

 
Photography:
Shelly Spithoff Photography
Website / Instagram

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