Roncesvalles Gets A Reno

I’ve been working at the Roncesvalles store for almost two years now and I recently got the urge to create something new and special in the store, especially for the holiday season. For those of you who have been into Roncesvalles, you know that I love to change things around.

While talking to Laura-Jean about my love of change, we came up with the idea to freshen up the jewellery displays and create an easier way for our guests to find the perfect piece for their favourite outfit.

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Jewellery has always been a major attraction at the Roncesvalles store, with such great designs from Curious Oddities, BurfurtART, Vanessa Yanow and Sailor Girl. At this store, the jewellery displays were along one wall, mounted in place. Laura-Jean and I started the wheels turning on how to change up the cases for the season and give the store a new feel.

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After a couple months of planning and then changing our minds, I came up with an idea that allowed us to have more product in the store, and keep the cases while showing the product in them, in whole new light.

during

On December 2nd, we closed up the store early and along side our handyman, I got to work on the transformation.  I had no idea what kind of fun I was in for!  What was supposed to take four hours to complete, resulted in us being at the store until after 1am, but the result is fantastic. Man, those cases are heavy and there was a lot of dust but the pain and the sneezing was worth it!  Handyman Geoff even let me use the power drill!

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The store looks and feels amazing and the new homes for the jewellery cases add to the clothing. You can now find that perfect dress and matching jewellery all in the same place!

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Come check out the hard work and love that went into this project and experience the new Roncesvalles Fresh Collective.

– Joe

Help Sailor Girl name her new line

We’re trying to help Catherine from Sailor Girl name her new line! Head on over to our facebook page and leave your suggestions for this beautiful design:)

The Swagger Coach: JEWELLERY JAM

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I spend far more money on jewellery than on shoes. Far more. Simply put, the jewellery which surrounds me daily is hand-crafted by the lovely folks I love and work with, plus is far more affordable than a new pair of wedge heels, double plus will likely leave my feet feeling better at the end of the day. So this week, I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of our most on-trend items and give kudos and shout-outs to the folks who made them with love. Oh, and FYI, the top that I’m wearing in ALL of these pics is one of my new favourite arrivals in-store! This is the Kyle top by Melow par Melissa Bolduc. Its actually TWO one-shouldered tops which can be worn a variety of different ways to take you from casual to athletic to flirty! I’m wearing it in black (to let the jewellery shine, of course!) but we also have it in emerald green, navy blue, and black and white jailhouse stripes!

1) SPRINGTIME BRIGHTS

Dreary winter days are gone, girls, and so should be your neutral winter accessories. With a season so full of colour, one simply can’t help but to totally bathe themselves in lush colours and bold shapes. Spring fashion is coming in like a lion with vivid colours, glossy finishes and a strong nod to mod themes. Splashing up your wardrobe with vivid accessories can be a great way for colour-shy girls to dip a toe into the fashion pool, or can be a way to take your notice-me dress to a whole new level of awesomeness. (Psst, that white oxford shirt in your closet is screaming for some of these, as you read this. Just so you know.)

Turquoise beaded earrings from Sugar Rush. Featuring antiqued brass fixtures and lever-back fasteners. Available in other colours!

Turquoise beaded earrings from Sugar Rush. Featuring antiqued brass fixtures and lever-back fasteners. Available in other colours!

Hand-layered glass pendant from SailorGirl. Large domed glass pendant featuring swirls of transparent and opaque tangerine glass, hung on a sterling silver chain with lobster-claw fastener. Also available in other colours including blends of sterling silver sheets within glass, and multi-toned glass.

Hand-layered glass pendant from SailorGirl. Large domed glass pendant featuring swirls of transparent and opaque tangerine glass, hung on a sterling silver chain with lobster-claw fastener. Also available in other colours including blends of sterling silver sheets within glass, and multi-toned glass.

Layered glass Carnival charm bracelet from SailorGirl. Each bead is hand formed and layered, then suspended on a sterling silver bracelet. Style also available in other collections including Tuscan Vineyard and Ocean Wave.

Layered glass Carnival charm bracelet from SailorGirl. Each bead is hand formed and layered, then suspended on a sterling silver bracelet. Style also available in other collections including Tuscan Vineyard and Ocean Wave.

Fused glass pendants from Leila Cools. Each unique pendant features a one-of-a-kind colour and image combination. A Fresh Collective best-seller for years, these are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and images to suit every wearer.

Fused glass pendants from Leila Cools. Each unique pendant features a one-of-a-kind colour and image combination. A Fresh Collective best-seller for years, these are available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and images to suit every wearer.

2) BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

The advantage of springtime is the lack of necessity in bulking up with layers of heavy fabrics and stiff textures. We start to see chiffon, linen, goslin and light cotton weaves making their much-welcomed comeback, and we crave the warm breeze of a calm summer’s day. Hey, soul sister, its time to appreciate the art in the world around us, and that spills right over into the jewellery you choose to adorn yourself with. Get in touch with your artsy earthy side this summer with some of these! Pair these with flowwy skirts, tunic tops and your very favourite denim jeans.
A Printed Brass cuff from Odd Bird. Featuring this classic image layered sheerly over a lightweight brass cuff. Fully adjustable!

A Printed Brass cuff from Odd Bird. Featuring this classic image layered sheerly over a lightweight brass cuff. Fully adjustable!

This Esmerelda-inspired set is hand-crafted from the Sugar Rush spring romance collection. Featuring verdegrised brass hardware and coins, turquoise and seafoam beads and lever-back style fasteners. Similar styles available in other colour collections.

This Esmerelda-inspired set is hand-crafted from the Sugar Rush spring romance collection. Featuring verdegrised brass hardware and coins, turquoise and seafoam beads and lever-back style fasteners. Similar styles available in other colour collections.

Hand-crafted glass Tree of Life pendant from SailorGirl. This piece is created using many consistencies, layers and textures of glass to create realistic bark and a textured finish to the touch. Soon available in Cherry Tree colour combo as well.

Hand-crafted glass Tree of Life pendant from SailorGirl. This piece is created using many consistencies, layers and textures of glass to create realistic bark and a textured finish to the touch. Soon available in Cherry Tree colour combo as well.

Double-long kelly green beaded necklace from Curious Oddities. Soft green faceted beads set on a hand-linked brass chain featuring intricate patterns and fixtures. Can be created to order in many custom colour combinations and lengths.

Double-long kelly green beaded necklace from Curious Oddities. Soft green faceted beads set on a hand-linked brass chain featuring intricate patterns and fixtures. Can be created to order in many custom colour combinations and lengths.

3) PUT A BIRD ON IT
Birds have claimed their place in the hearts of fashionistas everywhere. Symbolic of freedom and peace, birds have been ruffling some feathers (see what I did there?) lately, and we’ve got the most adorable accessories to compliment your springtime wardrobe… no chirping included! If realism is your thing, we’ve got you covered there too, but my very favourite of the birdy jewellery is cartoon-inspired, charming and playful. Wear these with a cute summer dress with a matching cardigan, a bright blouse or a co-ordinating purse!
Hand-inked jay bird studs earrings and hairpins from Odd Bird. Printed on tiny slices of fallen branches, these colourful jays are retro-licious and just a tiny pop of cheekiness. Earrings on coated brass backings, hairpins on brass crimped pins.

Hand-inked jay bird studs earrings and hairpins from Odd Bird. Printed on tiny slices of fallen branches, these colourful jays are retro-licious and just a tiny pop of cheekiness. Earrings on coated brass backings, hairpins on brass crimped pins.

Wood-cut owl brooch from Odd Bird. Featuring argyle wings, this laminated piece is attached to a slim-fit silvertone pin backing. Adorable on blazers, jackets, scarves, hats and bags.

Wood-cut owl brooch from Odd Bird. Featuring argyle wings, this laminated piece is attached to a slim-fit silvertone pin backing. Adorable on blazers, jackets, scarves, hats and bags.

Sterling silver bird earrings from SailorGirl. These hammered silver birdies are affixed to fish-hook posts. Also available in a matching pendant on a sterling silver ball chain.

Sterling silver bird earrings from SailorGirl. These hammered silver birdies are affixed to fish-hook posts. Also available in a matching pendant on a sterling silver ball chain.

4) PRIM AND PROPER
Maybe it’s the release of the Great Gatsby (I <3 Baz Luhrmann). Maybe it’s the general “in-ness”  of retro-current fashion, or maybe folks are simply falling in love with romantic side of feminine jewellery. Sweet, ladylike accessories are IN, in a big way. This generation’s take on the prim styles feature more volume, whimsical details and unexpected splashes of colour. Paired with lace and chiffon, clean ivories or petal pinks, these feminine pieces will make you feel like YOU’RE the only girl in the world!
Layered brass necklace with capsuled brass key from Vanessa Yannow. Each unique necklace features a capsuled vintage charm or a vibrant feather.  This style available in silver, and with several different capsule pendants. Matching earrings also available.

Layered brass necklace with capsuled brass key from Vanessa Yannow. Each unique necklace features a capsuled vintage charm or a vibrant feather. This style available in silver, and with several different capsule pendants. Matching earrings also available.

Pearl Burst ring from Sugar Rush. Pearlized beads fastened alongside glass and crystal beads to create a burst of texture and shine, reminiscent of fireworks exploding in the sky. Ring is fully adjustable, wide band style made from antiqued brass. Also available in soft pink pearls, and seafoam pearls.

Pearl Burst ring from Sugar Rush. Pearlized beads fastened alongside glass and crystal beads to create a burst of texture and shine, reminiscent of fireworks exploding in the sky. Ring is fully adjustable, wide band style made from antiqued brass. Also available in soft pink pearls, and seafoam pearls.

Filligree heart pendant from Sugar Rush. This large hand-verdegrised heart pendant is set upon a powder blue chain, and complimented by pearlized and crystal beads. One of a kind, but similar items are available from the Summer Romance collection.

Filligree heart pendant from Sugar Rush. This large hand-verdegrised heart pendant is set upon a powder blue chain, and complimented by pearlized and crystal beads. One of a kind, but similar items are available from the Summer Romance collection.

5) PINUP PERFECTION
What’s more fun than circle skirts and adorable kitten heels? Vamping up like their bad-girl counterparts and getting in touch with your retro-rockabilly rockstar side! Polks dots, bold florals and juicy cherries are always a sure sign of fabulous weather, and this spring will be no exception. Hollywood’s hottest IT girls are rocking blatantly 50s style digs, and style queens like Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, Christina Hendricks and Dita Von Teese are all fans of the throwback styles. Get girly with us!
Resin rose pendant by Curious Oddities. Set on an antiqued brass chain, this necklace is the hottest selling piece of the season. Available in a rainbow of colours, and a variety of sizes, these flowers are also available on rings and lockets as well.

Resin rose pendant by Curious Oddities. Set on an antiqued brass chain, this necklace is the hottest selling piece of the season. Available in a rainbow of colours, and a variety of sizes, these flowers are also available on rings and lockets as well.

Red-on-white polka dot studs by Curious Oddities. Brass-framed studs are hand-set with glass domes and fused for durability. Brass is coated and long-wearing, and nickel-free. Butterfly backings. These are available in a variety of colour combinations and prints, plus matching pendants, bangles and hairpins!

Red-on-white polka dot studs by Curious Oddities. Brass-framed studs are hand-set with glass domes and fused for durability. Brass is coated and long-wearing, and nickel-free. Butterfly backings. These are available in a variety of colour combinations and prints, plus matching pendants, bangles and hairpins!

Cherry Lever-back drop earrings. Framed in the same setting as their polka dot counterparts above, these drops hang about a centimeter down and feature a levered back. Cherry background shown in light blue, also available in black and white, and in pendants, bangles and hairpins.

Cherry Lever-back drop earrings. Framed in the same setting as their polka dot counterparts above, these drops hang about a centimeter down and feature a levered back. Cherry background shown in light blue, also available in black and white, and in pendants, bangles and hairpins.

See something you love? Drop me a line at Jamie@freshcollective.com to chat about the items shown here. All items available for purchase, and may be able to be customized or adjusted for preference and fit. Many of our designers can accomodate custom items, and offer full collections of beautiful, locally made treasures. Looking forward to seeing you all in-store!

All You Need is Love… and a little sparkle…

Valentines Day is around the corner, and Fresh Collective has you covered with beautiful love-themed jewellery and accessories (maybe you want to accidentally leave this blog post open on your significant others’ computer? hint hint)! Whether you’re seeking a gift for a special someone in your life, or a little something sweet for yourself, we’ve got the goods – handcrafted by local designers and made with LOVE!

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Sterling silver heart necklace – handmade by Andrea Apa (Apa Designs) – $42

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Hand-beaded bracelet from BlackJam: Objects of Designed Happenstance – $50 (take an additional 20% off now!)

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Rose pendant and stud earrings from Curious Oddities – Necklace: $25, Earrings: $16  (available in multiple colours!)

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Rose Quartz statement necklace from Elementals Jewellery – $169

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Sterling Silver rose earrings from new FC addition Sailor Girl Jewellery – Only $20!

Which of these stunning pieces do you hope finds it’s way to you this February 14th? See more great Valentine’s jewellery on the FC Facebook Page!

Meet Sailor Girl!

We’re excited to welcome another talented and amazing designer to the FC fold! We now carry Sailor Girl Jewelry at our Roncesvalles location.

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Designer Catherine Winter on her process:

I make glass beads using a technique called lampworking or flameworking. I use a gas/oxygen torch to melt rods of glass. My raw glass is Moretti glass from Italy. The melted glass is wound around a thin steel rod (called a mandrel), then shaped and decorated with thin rods of glass (called stringers). Some of the beads have silver leaf added inside. There is no paint on any of my beads, they are all layers and layers of glass.
All of my beads are annealed (baked) in a kiln at approximately 950 degrees F. This removes stress from the glass and prevents the bead from cracking. Because my beads are annealed, they are durable. Try not to drop them on cement or marble. They will hold up well under normal, everyday wear.
As they are handmade, each bead is unique. While I do my very best to produce exactly what you see on the screen, there will be some slight variations in the beads.

Catherine Winter, creator of Sailor Girl

My goal is to live an inspired, adventurous, creative life.

I love sailing. I spend a couple of months every year on my small white sailboat in warm waters. I make glass beads. I design and sell jewelry with my glass beads. I ride my bike everywhere.
Once upon a time I rode my bike around Ireland. I’m learning Spanish (it’s been 20 years). I love to cook.
I believe every meal should be garnished. I’m a cat girl. I like pretty coloured fish and birds. I love flowers. Hanging out in coffee shops watching the world go by is one of my favourite pastimes. Blue and green should always be seen. I have a weak spot for bonnet dramas on the BBC. I love radio plays, audiobooks and podcasts. My toenails are painted bright metallic blue. I’m a sun bunny. I was born in New Zealand, moved to Australia, and immigrated to Canada when I was 11. I love vegemite on toast. If I had 2 heads, 4 hands and never slept I still wouldn’t get everything done on my list. I love small business. I can never have enough colour around me.

Join us at our Roncesvalles Store on Saturday, January 19th  to welcome Sailor Girl Jewellery. Meet designer Catherine and see a live glass firing and jewellery creation demo in store between 1-5pm!