July 12, 2012

    ‘LUSTRE’  A new capsule collection of pearl jewellery. Opening Saturday 28th July 2-4pm. Join us for champagne and a slide presentation and discussion on pearls. Stay posted on the blog to view new works!

  • Swarovski is Back

    July 12, 2012

    Swarovski was founded in Watten,Tyrol, Austria in 1895 by Czech-born Daniel Swarovski. He invented an automatic faceting machine that allows precision cutting of crystal and went into rhinestone production. Rhinestones were named after the tiny quartz crystals that were found on the Rhine River.  Pure lead/glass crystal is made with 18-38% PbO (Lead Oxide). Ordinary glass has calcium oxide instead of  lead. The higher the lead content the higher the specific gravity (weighs more), refractive index (high dispersion which means more sparkly), higher lustre and clarity. Swarovski glass composition is a secret formula reputed to contain 32% lead.  Crystals with perfect geometric shapes, faultless edges and polished surfaces are rare in nature. This is why I like to use Swarovski crystal from time to time. I only use the clear, black or smoky uncoated colours however they have thousands of products. It is one of the most recognisable crystal brands in the world and they are still made in Austria.  I am waiting for a shipment of the clear crosses due to come out  next week but in the meantime I have some black crosses $99 and lovely long shapes $139 as well as the classic chandelier drops $179.

  • Our School Holidays

    July 10, 2012

    Yagoona in Sydney’s southwest is a top suburb with a fantastic variety of foods. The Hume Highway runs right through the middle of it so it’s easy to find. My favourites include the Lebanese Bakery (Ya Beirut!), Rodriguez Brothers (salami heaven) and the giant St Vinnies. We spent a day on Cockatoo Island as part of the Sydney Biennale which was like a little mini holiday in itself. You catch the free ferry to the Island and enjoy art immersed in old industria. Lot’s of dining options with beautiful vistas of the Harbour. Ahh Sydney!!! We finished off the school holidays at North Strabroke Island. Feeling very inspired and ready to hit the bench.

  • New Aquamarine Cabochons

    June 26, 2012

    Just started on a batch of aquamarine rings with my new stones!  There are some lovely icy chequerboard cut cabochons as well as smooth transparent stones, all varying in size from 5mm – 40mm. I also have a few sea green faceted aquamarines with some interesting inclusions. Green aquamarines tend to be heat treated to remove the green and enhance the blue, so when I come across green aquamarines it’s always a treat. Trace quantities of iron in the crystal structure of beryl is what gives aquamarine it’s blue colour. The inclusions that you see in the above stones are growth tubes, common in beryl’s hexagonal crystal system. .The most common deposits are Brazil, Russia, China and Burma. Aquamarines can also be found in Queensland at O’briens Creek,Mount Suprise,North Qld.

    I usually set the cabochon cut stones in a silver or 22k gold bezel with a flat asymmetric band, whilst the faceted traditional cuts look best set in killer claws. If you have ever coveted these stones, now is the time to come in and view the diverse selection.  Everyone loves aquamarine because it simply reminds us of the sky and sea. Aquamarine silver ring above $380.


    June 6, 2012

  • Fossicking in New York Part 2

    March 19, 2012

     In no particular order Paula Rubenstein, Jonathon Adler, DeVera, Alexander Wang, LeLabo, Bergdoff Goodman, Anthropologie, Pearl River, H.Stern, Alexis Bittar, Jill Sander, Purl, Dean and Delucca, Opening Ceremony, Toho Shoji, Orla Keily in UniQlo, lots of little shops on Elizabeth  and Mott St, and lots of bric-a-brac shops in Chelsea.

  • Fossicking in New York Part One.

    March 12, 2012

    Tenement buildings mainly on the lower east side and Lower Manhattan really blew me away. Built for the working class in the mid to late 1800’s. Looking up at the steel fire escapes, I liked conjure up a studio I may have had in another life. Downstairs would be a chinese restaurant with a cafe on the corner of course.
    Empire State building – It did snow a little (which was surreal at night) but the snow you see here is in a snow dome from the Empire State gift shop. Don’t forget to book entry tickets online before you leave – so worth it when you see the qeues.

    Katz’s Deli – Since 1888. Maybe it’s a New York cliche, I don’t know but I had the best Reuben sandwich ever. I shared this with my friend Sarah because it was massive. Open all hours. 205 East Houston St.

    What a wonderful way to spend the day. Walk The High Line stopping at the endless galleries around Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. Best walked in the afternoon to enjoy the western sun on the lounges that dot the path.

    The Guggenheim Museum fulfilled all my expectations of this iconic architectural masterpiece. It was a perfect gallery to view sculptures by the late collagist John Chamberlin. Nearly 100 sculptures were arranged chronologically down the ramp, a perfect way to view these manipulated car parts. Just beautiful.

     Downtown, uptown, crosstown on the subway. Great for people watching.

    Natural history museum – the rock section. An excellent selection of meteorites, rock specimens from the moon and Mars and gems of course. Don’t try to see everything, instead go for row in Central Park Lake just across the road.

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