Contemporary jeweller Ari Athans opened her gallery workshop in 2004 after twelve years of exhibiting and selling her jewellery nationally and internationally. Ari Jewellery is located in the heart of New Farm on bustling Brunswick Street, Brisbane, Australia. The long, narrow white space displays an evolving range of limited edition neckpieces, earrings and rings.
Ari exhibits three new seductive jewellery ranges a year and welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively on commissions. The gallery space also exhibits established and emerging ceramic artists.
Ari works primarily with stone and precious metal with a strong preference for unusual gemstone cuts and raw geologic samples such as basalt, rough diamonds, emerald crystals, natural coral, quartz crystals, serpentine, hematite, black tourmaline and pearls. She sources her stones from around the world and locally through gem fairs and likens this process to fossicking. Her minimalist approach to design enhances the raw geologic samples and gemstones in each piece and reflects randomness and order in crystal growth.
Ari studied geology at the University of Technology, Sydney and worked in the mining and exploration industry. She then went on to study jewellery and object design at Randwick TAFE, Sydney and never looked back. Geology to jewellery was a very natural progression and is almost always the starting point for all projects outside of jewellery. Since her move from Sydney to Brisbane 18 years ago Ari has built up a strong local and international following of her work.
Ari’s jewellery has appeared in solo and major group shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh, London, Munich, Singapore and Tokyo and most notably ‘Australian Freestyle’ at Triennale Museum in Milan. Her work is held in public and private collections. Ari also exhibits her paintings at Edwina Corlette Gallery.