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Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

Cinnabar Pendant

I came across this beautiful antique Chinese cinnabar cabochon and knew I had to make it into a pendant for my best friend for her birthday.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

I even added some detail to the back of the pendant, to match the front.

Carved Cinnabar and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

This domed pendant was a one-off creation for my dear mother-in-law, who is so good to me.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant.

I wanted it to be an everyday piece that has interest, simplicity and clean lines.

Sterling Silver Domed Squares Pendant

I think it got there!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created this opal pendant for a lovely client to give to her mother-in-law.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

The stones were found by my client’s husband’s grandfather in the 50s.

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

What a fabulous family heirloom!

Opal Duo and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The lovely Rusty of Vance Custom Guitars had me create a bespoke guitar pick pendant for one of his artists.

Sterling Silver Guitar Pick Pendant

The spec was for the pendant to be the same size as an actual guitar pick, and for it to have some “pillow depth” i.e. not to be flat but to have a bit of curve to both sides. The pick has the Vance “V” logo, and the artist’s initials on the reverse. There are actually three layers of metal in this piece. It was fun to build, and both Rusty and Samantha were very complimentary about it!

 

 

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

This little bee pendant flew off to a new home recently ~ a custom piece from one person named Deborah to another.

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Deborah is Hebrew for bee apparently. I love that we learn something new every day!

Sterling Silver Bee Pendant

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Not many people with children have escaped hearing about Pokemon and Minecraft, and my dear friend Sarah is no exception!

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

She let me know that Santa wanted to commission me to make her two boys a pendant each.

Pokemon and Minecraft Pendants

Love you all, and good on you Santa for supporting indie businesses! xxxx

Ghost Pendants

Ghost Pendants

My smaller son asked if I could make three ghosts for he and his friends.

It’s handy when your mum can whip you and your besties up something special to wear!

 

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Green Seaglass Pendant

A client asked me to turn this gorgeous piece of sea glass into a pendant for his partner.

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sea glass is always so beautiful, and how lovely to be able to wear a piece you found yourselves!

Green Seaglass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

Emoji Bear Pendant

My son asked me to make him a pendant to give his girlfriend for a special occasion. He wanted the emoji bear symbol:

I think it turned out ok!

Sterling Silver Emoji Bear Pendant

I love those cutie pies!

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

Rhodochrosite Teardrop Pendant

A lovely client from Paris got in touch and asked me to find the perfect stone to make her mother a pendant.

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

This amazing and unusual piece of rhodochrosite fit the bill!

Rhodochrosite and Sterling Silver Teardrop Pendant

I love knowing that my pieces are scattered around the world – it’s a great feeling!

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

Harper Pendant

This pendant was a custom piece I created for a client to give to his wife.

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

They are Dungeons and Dragons fans, and this is the symbol of the Harpers.

Sterling Silver Harper Pendant

Their daughter’s name is Harper, so it’s a lovely and meaningful gift!

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

Sterling Silver Friendship Pendant

I created this pendant for a lovely client as a going away present for her friend. The symbol has significance to them both. DSCF7860

I love making special keepsakes for nice people!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Some of the gorgeous ladies from Alderley Post Office commissioned me to create this pendant for their lovely boss Maria for a significant birthday.

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

I happen to know that Maria loves orange, so this carnelian gemstone was just the thing! Happy birthday again, Maria!

Carnelian and Sterling Silver Pendant

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

This custom piece I made is a depiction of a character named Haro from the Japanese animation series ‘Mobile Suit Gundam’.

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

There is a romantic story behind this pendant – a guy commissioned me to make it for his girlfriend because they randomly first met one another due to of a shared love of this character; then randomly met again because of these animations and fell in love with each other. So sweet!

Sterling Silver Gundam Pendant

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

One of the lovely mums from school had inherited this gorgeous piece of smoky quartz, and asked if I would be able to make it into a pendant for her to give to her mum. The stone even came to me in a cute little vintage box!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created the setting so that the stone would be protected, but the maximum amount of light would come through – I always aim to make the stone the star of the show!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Thanks, Emma, and I’m so glad your mum loves her new pendant!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

Opal and Sterling Silver Gum Leaf Pendant

A friend from circus training needed a gift for a girl about to have her bat mitzvah in the US. He wanted something that was age appropriate, timeless, and Australian without being tacky.

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I designed this pendant for him, the gum leaf and the opal both being very Australian!

Opal and Sterling Silver Gumleaf Pendant

I love boulder opal, so many fabulous colours.

Sterling Silver Spiral Seashell Necklace

Style – Necklaces

In part one of a series of tips about the basics of jewellery wearing, I’m looking at necklaces. A necklace is a piece of jewellery which (as the name would suggest!) is worn around the neck. If the necklace has a primary hanging feature, it is called a pendant. If the pendant is a small container, that is called a locket.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

Necklaces come in various lengths to suit different styles and different occasions. Some standard lengths are:

Necklaces Length Guide

When you’re trying to determine the right length necklace for you, use a measuring tape to measure your neck. Standard necklace measurements as shown above assume a 35 cm (14 inch) neck, but of course we all vary wildly, so calculate accordingly! Add 5 cm (2 inches) to your neck measurement for a comfortable length for chokers; add 10 cm (4 inches) to it for princess length. Alternatively take a favourite necklace, or use a piece of string to measure around your neck from the desired level; then lay the string or necklace out straight and measure how long it is. That measurement will be the length you’re after.

Black Star Diopside and Stering Silver Extraterrestrial Pendant

Choker: suits a garment with a high neckline. Chokers can work well for people with long necks.

Princess: sits just below the throat at the collarbone. This is the most common necklace length, and is a good length for a pendant. This style works with most necklines as it can sit above or on top of the garment.

Matinee: sits below the collarbone and just above the bust. People with larger necks may choose this length for a pendant style necklace too. Matinee length draws attention to the center of the bust area, so bear that in mind when choosing this style. Women with larger busts may want to opt for a longer necklace to create a more balanced look.

Opera: hangs below the bust, and elongates the torso. This length works well with high necklines and evening wear. If you have a fuller bust, an opera length necklace can be an issue as it may not hang properly. You could try a necklace that sits slightly higher on the body, such as a princess length necklace.

Rope: can reach all the way to the waist. A versatile length, in that you can double and layer it, or wear a pendant on it. Looks great for business and evening wear.

Flat Coin Clear Handblown Glass Bubble and Sterling Silver Necklace

When deciding what material your necklace should be made from, sterling silver is a good choice – as well as being beautiful, it is usually hypoallergenic, so you avoid allergic reactions and green skin (problems usually brought about by the nickel in inferior quality metal). Stainless steel can also highlight your pendant choice. Leather or ‘pleather’ (pretend leather) is another good option.

Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Long Claw Set Pendant

If you are planning to wear a pendant on your necklace, take into account the size and weight of the piece you will be wearing when you choose the necklace you will be suspending it from. This is important both physically to support the weight; and aesthetically to balance the piece.

Sterling Silver Belcher Chain with Handmade ClaspBear in mind that in a similar way to sunglasses, a necklace helps to frame your face, so try out different lengths and see what they do for you.  A long necklace may flatter a taller frame where a smaller frame might need a shorter style. A good thing to consider is that people’s eyes will stop at the point where your necklace ends. And remember, really, a necklace is a personal choice – with a little trial and error you will work out what suits you and your wardrobe.

I am always happy to create you a made to measure silver necklace, whatever size you require. You can contact me here!

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

Black Onyx Statement Necklace

Rosie, one of my lovely clients, commissioned me to create this necklace for her. It is completely handcrafted from sterling silver and black onyx, and the cabochons were cut specially for this commission by the lovely and talented Annaig from Annaig’s Gemstudio.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

I’m often wowed by the ideas and requests I receive, and this was one of those times.

Black Onyx and Sterling Silver Statement Necklace

It’s a real statement piece, and I envisage it being worn by generations. It’s a privilege to do this kind of work for such wonderful people. Thank you, Rosie!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

Moonstone Claw Set Pendant

Tina came to me with this most gorgeous chunk of moonstone that her husband had brought her back from Chile, to find out if it was possible to turn it into a pendant. We decided the best option was to set it very simply so that the beautiful stone was the focus, and I designed this claw setting for it.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

The stone is gorgeously asymmetrical, both in shape and thickness!

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

It could almost be worn either way I think.

Moonstone and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

I love the way the moostone glows and glimmers – very magical!

Morenci Chrysocolla Pendant

You might recall this fabulous olive green titanium coated drusy ring I created – I made this divine pendant for the same lovely client.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

I was able to make this pendant in the same style as an existing pendant that she loved.

Morenci Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

This chrysocolla comes from Morenci, Arizona, in the USA. Isn’t it gorgeous!

Faceted Black Onyx Jewellery Set

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

One of my clients fell in love with faceted onyx (as have I!), and she asked if I could make her this matching ring and pendant set.

 

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

I was thrilled to! I love that she matched the set with a pair of coal black Czech glass earrings, too.

 

Faceted Onyx Jewellery Set

 

Love the whole set. Thanks, Ash!

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

My lovely friend Margaret is an artist, and I met her when she commissioned me to create this coherent wave pendant for her to wear to her art exhibition, Bliss.

 

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

 

The symbol is for infinity, of course, and also represents the number eight, which is a very lucky number in Asia and kept cropping up throughout Margaret’s painting journey!

 

Sterling Silver and Amazonite, Chrysoprase, Topaz, and Turquoise Infinity Pendant

 

We selected the turquoise, chrysoprase and amazonite as they were such delicious water colours, and I added the sparkling white topaz which reminds me of the sparkling water too.

 

Flirting with the Light (painting by Margaret Ingles)

Flirting with the Light (painting by Margaret Ingles)

 

Thanks, Margaret, your visions are lovely, and you’re a joy to work with!

Indigo Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

Toni fell in love with the indigo beads on these earrings, and after she had purchased herself a pair, she wondered if I could create her a matching bracelet and necklace.

 

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

 

I love getting custom requests, so I was happy to oblige!

 

Indigo Blue Cube Czech Glass and Sterling Silver Jewellery Set

 

Toni loves them, and has received lots of compliments. Happy all round!

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amorphia Pendant

Theresa was the lucky winner of one of my second anniversary giveaway prizes, a custom made piece from my Amorphia collection.

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

 

She loved the shape of one of my existing pieces, so I mirrored that for her!

 

Green Quartz and Malachite Amorphia Pendant

 

Theresa chose two lovely milky aquamarines from my gemstone collection, to match a ring that her husband had given her.

 

Aquamarine and Sterling Silver Amophia Pendant

 

I hope that Theresa likes wearing her piece as much as I liked making it! 🙂

** OOPS! My bad. If you’re surfing in from the August newsletter, and looking for the ‘Metal’ Feng Shui pendant, you can find that here. **

Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Rose Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I created this for my bestie’s birthday. We had been laughing about how I’m not a fan of mustard coloured things. She is! 🙂

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

And it will be divine with her colouring, too.

 

Regency Plume Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

Happy birthday, dearest Morgan!

Smoky Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

My dearest friend commissioned me to create a smoky quartz pendant for her mum’s birthday – I was so pleased, as her mum is one of the reasons I began silversmithing – her collection of wonderful statement pieces stayed in my mind from when I was small!

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I found her the most amazing faceted cabochon, which inspired my design.

 

Smokey Quartz and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

It is one of my favourite pieces to date, and I was honoured to create it! 🙂

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

 

Jeff contacted me to see if I could create a pendant using an opal that he got in the opal fields.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

The pendant was to be a birthday gift for his wife.

Sterling Silver and Opal Pendant

 

I was glad to be able to help, and I think the end result is great! Thanks, Jeff!

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant and Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earring Set

Pale Green Drusy Agate Pendant and Aventurine Earring Set

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant

 

I created this pendant and earrings set in collaboration with a beautiful customer. We worked together to match the stones and come up with the design idea.

 

Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earrings

 

The shape of the pieces mirror the pattern in the drusy. The pieces are for a gift for Sonia’s daughter, a Taurean – the stones are both birthstones for the sign of Taurus, so very fitting!

 

Pale Green Drusy Agate and Sterling Silver Pendant and Aventurine and Sterling Silver Earring Set

 

Thanks so much, Sonia, it was such a pleasure and an honour to collaborate with you.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Granulation Pendant

I’m always pleased to create custom pieces for people using gemstones from my ever-growing collection, and this was no exception!

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

What made this chrysocolla pendant special is that it’s for a birthday girl, from a group of her friends – and I got to meet the person who commissioned it.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

Chrysocolla is one of my favourite stones at the moment – if you’d like your very own chrysocolla piece, just let me know!

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Claw Set Pendant

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

Alana had me create this seaglass and sterling silver pendant for a friend of hers a little while ago, and she asked me if I would be able to create her a pendant using a piece of seaglass that she had found.

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

It’s a lovely heartshaped piece, beautifully soft from its time in the ocean!

Heart Shaped Sea Glass and Sterling Silver Pendant

I think it looks as good from the reverse as it does from the front. I hope Alana enjoys it!

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

I had a request for a Captain America themed pendant for a daughter’s 16th birthday.

Captain America Winter Soldier Sterling Silver Pendant

She loved the new Winter Soldier breastplate – so I recreated it in silver. It went off to California, and I hope it was well received!

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

When I came across this beautiful piece of chrysocolla, I just knew I had to have it! My mum has a gorgeous close-up print of the bark of a gum tree hanging in her house, and this reminded me very much of that.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

After some deliberation, and some collaboration, I created this pendant for her.

Chrysocolla and Sterling Silver Pendant

I was really happy with the way this piece turned out – I think it is one of my favs so far!

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Intials Pendant

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

My good friend Narelle asked if I could create a pendant for her to give to a good friend of hers.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

Narelle sent me some sketches of ideas she had, and we agreed on this design, which incorporates the first initial of the name of each of the members of the family.

Peridot and Sterling Silver Family Initials Pendant

I’m pleased with the way this one turned out, I think it’s effective – and I do love peridot! Thanks, Nez!

Seraphinite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Seraphinite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Seraphinite and Sterling Silver Pendant

I created this pendant for my best friend. Her lovely father passed away recently, and she needed something to wear close to her heart. Seraphim were angels, and seraphinite is named because of the feathery appearance of the stone, so is a lovely choice for this piece.

Seraphinite Pendant

I designed it to have six feathery figures gathered around the stone, to represent Mick’s six children. Morgan said the pattern also reminded her of olive branches, which was lovely, as her dad used to take her walking in olive groves.

Seraphinite and Sterling Silver Pendant

Seraphinite is believed to promote self healing and aid with contacting the spirit world.

Seraphinite and Sterling Silver Pendant

I love you my dear friend, and I hope some gentle peace comes your way.

Sterling Silver ‘Gone Home’ Pendant

I created this pendant for Talitha, who wanted a piece to wear in memory of her father.

Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

The symbol is a Scouting one, which means ‘Gone Home’. Talitha will have these words engraved on the pendant when she receives it.

Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

I hope this piece brings comfort and fond memories!Sterling Silver 'Gone Home' Pendant

Thanks, Talitha, it was a pleasure to create this for you.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan Pendant

Sterling Silver Ljiljan PendantI created this sterling silver ljiljan pendant for a customer as a gift for her partner.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan PendantThe Lilium bosniacum is a lily native to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the is national symbol of the Bosniak people.

Sterling Silver Ljiljan Pendant

 

This design is also known as a fleur-de-lys, often used in heraldic imagery. Thanks, Caitlin. I hope it was well received!