- October 11, 2012
Glorious minerals from my recent fossicking expedition. These are beginnings of the StoneWear collection in store RIGHT NOW. Also on display on the new exhibition plinth are stone bracelets, chunky mineral samples, Anna Varendorff cufflinks, silver stone stick drops and eclectic gemstone lariats. See you soon.
- October 8, 2012
- July 22, 2012
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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