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What's the Point of Jewellery?

It is true, although it is hard for me to say it, there are some people who don’t see the point of jewellery – imagine that! Obviously I disagree with this so I will put forward, what I hope to be, three compelling points for the case of jewellery: 1. Connection to family2. Investment – for long term gain3. Style – elegance and sophistication (These two words alone are enough to rest my case!)...

October 31, 2018

Cameos

When the word cameo is mentioned, many people conjure up an image of their grandmother or an older lady wearing one in the form of a brooch, the cameo usually being the side profile of a pretty woman, with soft ringlet hair and frequently set in a surround of ornate yellow gold. If people have this image in mind, it is perhaps harder to encourage them to view cameos in a different light and to see that they can have a place in today’s jewellery wardrobe....

January 12, 2018

Competition Design

Not so long ago, I went with my husband to one of his work functions. A professor engaged me in conversation.  He was intrigued to learn that I was a goldsmith and he proceeded to quiz me on the subject. His final question was, “Are you any good?” I don’t mind a straight up question, but this one caught me off guard. A good friend told me how he had grown up with a saying from his father, “Son, if you are good at something people will tell you, you do not need to tell them.”...

September 3, 2017

Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 5, Divers and Bunnias

'A thing of breathtaking beauty', a currency of old, more valuable than a city, a symbol of status and from the words of Pliny, the world’s ‘most exquisite and beautiful.’...

August 10, 2017

Swirling Fish Clasp with Tahitian Pearls

A design idea is often sparked for me after seeing something. What that something is, could be anything! The anything then mulls around in my mind morphing into various designs. For this particular piece of jewellery the something sparked from seeing a beautiful carpet specifically designed for a company. Part of the carpet had a few large tropical fish with flourishing fins and tails on a sea of deep blue – quite spectacular. ...

April 2, 2017

Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 4

It's hard to imagine, but pearls have been a part of Chinese culture for as long as four thousand years....

February 8, 2017

Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 3

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears." ' I hereby decree pearls to be Rome's most precious commodity!' ...

January 1, 2017

Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 2

When the authors of the book, from which I draw reference, decided to write about Pearls, they were amazed at the scope of the topic. Their book is impressive in size and they note that they have only covered a mere ' sampling of the data' out there. So let us head back to my meagre sampling of this illuminating subject! ...

September 29, 2016

Pearls, Power, Wars - Part 1

The discovery of pearls is so far back in time that it can only be surmised as to how it happened. The banks of the Persian Gulf, Red Sea and Indian Ocean were rich with pearl bearing molluscs. As the molluscs were so plentiful & located in relatively shallow waters, it made them an easy food source. Undoubtedly, the removal of the mollusc meat would have revealed pearls. ...

September 8, 2016

Empty Work Room, Study and 1 Pearl Diploma

An unexpected event required my work room to undergo repairs and temporary closure. The thought of not being able to be creative & make jewellery for some time, was not an appealing thought. And so it was, per chance, luck, fate, divine intervention, 'the force', - choose your alignment, ...

May 20, 2016

Hong Kong Trade Fair, Precious Gems and 4 Hikes

A favourite aspect of my job is attending trade fairs in Hong Kong. The trade fair at Asia World Expo and the Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, is acres of booths, one lined up after the other, filled with pearls, diamonds, precious stones and exquisite jewellery. It's an Aladdin's cave filled with treasures. Attending these trade fairs is hard work and to help me through the week my wonderful Mr Secretary comes with me. As well as being responsible for carrying all the money, tracking do...

March 19, 2016

Jewellery, Clothes, Model, Photographer, Action!

A photograph of a piece of jewellery on its own, lacks perspective. It is difficult to determine its true size, where it will sit or the effect it will have on us, until it is worn. In order to bring some perspective to the creations I make, I enlist the help of an excellent photographer and model. ...

February 13, 2016

Hands, Rings, The Romans and Cleopatra's Bath

Hands are one of the most expressive parts of our body. ...

January 31, 2016

Fashion, Style, Julius Caesar, Coco Chanel and Pearls

First Friday of the month is evening work drinks for my husband & I decided to gate crash. I was sitting next to 3 learned gentlemen, and one of them said. "Lynaire, give us a topic of conversation, aside from work, politics and religion" Having just shared with them a recent indulgent purchase, a sense of mischief played across my mind…. so I said 'Fashion'...

November 22, 2015

Pearl Mythology; Aphrodite & South Sea Pearls

The beginnings of a sticky hot day in Darwin led me to thinking I should like to find a cool place in which to sit....

October 26, 2015

The Process

Centre diamond setting and small marquise setting...

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