- December 4, 2012
Celebrate ‘Small Works and the Art of Christmas’ at Edwina Corlette Gallery this Sunday Dec 9th 1-3pm.
Making these works was a nice diversion from the sheer amount of jewellery that needs to be produced this time of year. Pot 1 and 2 in oil and graphite is an exploration of domestic objects such as enamelware and doilies collected over the years.
- October 26, 2012
Last Wed night I attended the launch and signing of Megan Morton’s new book ‘Things I Love’. The book is filled with tons of interesting people and their spaces like Paula Hayes and Martyn Thompson. Our old house is featured in the ‘Houses I Love’ chapter. Books are available at ARI Jewellery and all signed by the beautiful Megan Morton.
My mood board – on the inside cover. This board is usually dripping with jewels in the shop front window or at the back of the workshop covered in sketches and samples for new pieces.
- October 21, 2011
- October 18, 2011
This ring is Roseanne’s gift to self. A 2 carat diamond ring – that’s about an 8.2 mm diameter stone. Set in 9k white gold in signature playdough style, it has 26 black diamonds (2+6=8 for luck) randomly scattered around the base. From the top, the brilliance of the diamond is the only distraction. Just imagine – this diamond is approximately 3-4.5 billion years old and has travelled from the earth’s mantle to the surface via a volcanic eruption to form kimberlite pipes. That blows my mind! Thank you Roseanne for giving me the opportunity to transform your beautiful stone into a jewel to be enjoyed for ever more!
- October 11, 2011
Brilliance is how I would best describe this 2 carat cubic zirconia silver cylinder ring. Whilst I have always preferred to work with natural materials, I’m becoming more and more attracted to this synthetic material. Cubic zirconia is the crystalline form of zirconium dioxide occurring in the cubic system. It can also occur naturally as baddeleyite but it is very rare. With a hardness of 8.25 it is harder than say amethyst or aquamarine, making it good for rings. It is also very dense (1.8 times the weight of diamonds). But what makes cubic zirconia so special is its very high dispersion – higher than diamonds. They are so sparkly that they have invented a diamond like carbon coating (DLC) to tone down the sparkle. Cubic zirconias are always colourless – equivalent to a perfect D on diamond colour grading scale. They are flawless and have no cleavage planes. It’s main competitor is moissanite another interesting synthetic material. The chunky stone setting in this ring is completely pared back and the matt silver balances the sparkle perfectly. Available in 2 carat round (8mm) or oval shape. $399
- October 4, 2011
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor’ was launched at Gallery Artisan last Thursday to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day. 100 great Australian women paired up with a jeweller to produce a brooch in response to their stories. I was paired up with Dr Dorothy Hill a geologist that worked extensively in Queensland. I really enjoyed this project as there were some lovely connections. I choose mica from Mt Isa and sapphire from Rubyvale. The simple claw setting allows the materials to speak for themselves. If you are interested in contemporary jewellery this is a must see show. ‘Tinker Tailor’ continues to 12th November and will continue on a National Tour.
- August 29, 2011
On the 9th September I am launching a new show called ‘The Diamond Series’. Every month (until the end of the year) I will be presenting an evolving range of diamond jewels. This will include a Friday morning talk on everything you wanted to know about diamonds like geology/geography/economics/design and so much more. I am in awe of diamonds. Their hardness is like no other mineral. It’s high dispersion makes them very sparkly and it’s pure carbon. Also they have formed in the most amazing way and I love the conspiracy theories surrounding black diamonds. So come on down for a glass of champagne and chouquettes to kick start ‘The Diamond Series’
FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 20011 10AM – 12PM
- August 18, 2011
I am pleased to announce my upcoming new show ‘The Diamond Series’ opening on Friday 9th September. Stay tuned.