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Introducing my “Convertible” collection

When budget is tight I sell more convertibles… No I am not crazy and yes I am still making jewellery! I am talking about pieces of jewellery you can change around easily to wear in a lot of different ways.

Here you have a simple pair of sterling silver sleeper with various “dangly options”. You can also most likely convert your earrings to this style as most of them have a loop at the top of the dangly element. You just need to check if it is big enough to fit your sleeper and Voila!

Sterling silver sleepers with various gemstone options
Sterling silver sleepers with various gemstone options

The pendants shown here are a good example. They can be worn as a pendant on a large range of chain sizes but also as an enhancer of a classic pearl strand, multi strand or even gemstone beads.

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Enhancers

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Tips on how to buy the perfect present

With Mother’s day in a couple of weeks I thought it would be a good time to list all those tips I have worked out through the years at the market helping people choose a present for someone special.

The best way to start is by looking at what the person wears on a regular basis because they obviously like that style!

Colour

The person wears predominantly one colour like black, white, grey, blue

→ go for a simple design in a contrasting or complementary colour

 

Style guide 1
Short, medium & long necklaces with matching or complementary earrings.
While the black & white colours and designs are classics the gemstones and their shapes gives these necklaces a contemporary look that will easily blend in with your existing jewellery pieces.

 

The person wears a lot of different colours

→ you can go for a wilder look and choose from a broader colour range

Brightly coloured pieces made with unusual material. Bolder designs.
Brightly coloured pieces made with unusual material. Bolder designs.

Accessories & Shapes

The person tends to wear one type of accessory (earrings, necklace, rings, bracelets…) in one main shape or variation on the same theme

→ stick to that accessory, shape and / or theme

The person wears sets of matching accessories

→ get a set or add to one, for example a bracelet added to a set of earrings and pendant.

Size

Simple really if they wear big things or smaller things stay within that size range.

This is a simple check list to keep in mind when you start looking for that elusive perfect present. Happy shopping!

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Manu Scriptum Collection

This series of jewellery pieces have been developed in response to my Honours research at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney where I looked into the aesthetic and use of writing in craft practice, particularly in a European context.

Communication is a very important part of our modern world and writing (in its electronic form) is one of the prominent means of keeping in touch with friends and relatives. Handwriting shows personal characteristics and requires a little more effort and / or thought before it is sent. It is not an instant way of communicating but rather more personal. Using handwritten letters to be photo-etched onto the metal surface became my area of focus to reflect the close connection between the writer and the addressee. By wearing an extract of a personal hand written letter the addressee shows the importance of the message and beyond that the connection between two particular people. The piece becomes a constant reminder of that connection and bond.