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Kerens Remodel

Keren approached me a while back to create a remodel using some inherited rings of great sentimental value.The main ring (which comprised of sapphires) was previously her Nanas, gifted  to Keren after she passed away, the other diamond ring (with the two small diamonds either side) was from her mother.
We began by figuring out what liked l and did not like.Referring to my many styles on facebook ,instagram,and the website we were able to come up with a design that used the elements from a few  of my designs.
Because Keren lives outside Dunedin up in Moutere ,we did this via facebook ,through the message box on my page.Facebook business messenger is great for this as it’s was just like having a real conversation and we could bounce ideas off each other pretty instantly.Keren then couriered the rings down to Dunedin.
I have to say Keren was an absolute dream to work with -I really appreciate a woman who knows what she wants!This absolutely makes my job much, much EASIER.
Never be afraid to tell me what you want!!!
From the information gathered I sketched out a rough design to make sure we were completely on the same page before starting.
Then began the painstaking task of carefully removing all the stones from their old settings ,sometimes this can take hours.Once that was done all the gold was sent up to a refinery I use in Auckland to be refined and returned as pure gold granules ,clean and alloy free to be used in the new casting!

 

Keren’s original rings
The finished creation in a very solid 18ct gold.We added a large central 1ct Forever brilliant moissanite and 3 smaller diamonds amongst the diamonds and sapphires either side to balance out the design.
*I go into full detail in my FAQS about the process,base costs etc-click below!

Love love my new ring, thank you so much Deb 


Mystic Topaz -What Actually Is It?

Mystic Topaz is a stunningly beautiful gemstone!
Mystic Topaz has been on the market since 1998, and the first time I saw it WAYYY back then,I was… Well, Mystified!
Mystic topaz looks like no other  gem in the world due to the Insane Iridescent Rainbow Colours that the stone exhibits.
It is  Brilliant, Bright, Sparkly, and Beautiful ,all rolled into a single gemstone!
Being the Magpie that I am ,I adore Mystic Topaz ,and feature it in a large selection of my work.It is a relatively cheap gem (when compared with say sapphires ,or other precious gems) yet carries a huge “wow” factor
Originally the only variety of Mystic Topaz available was the classic green/pink shade(As featured in the ring above),but now it is being created in a myriad of shades (see below)-although often the more unusual shades are difficult to find .
Most of the Mystic Topaz I purchase is created in the USA from white Topaz mined in Brazil .
So what is Mystic Topaz?

Mystic Topaz is actually an Enhanced, however still real , Topaz GemstoneWhite Topaz isCoated with a Layer of Titanium on the Pavilion to Create these Wonderful Colours. It is only Microns Thick, and only Coats the Pavilion or Base of the Stone (Never the Top or the Table).
The Result is a Multi-Color Effect that’s Breathtaking and Surreal.

How hard wearing is Mystic Topaz ?

Mystic topaz is an 8 on the Mohs scale and very suitable for everyday wear in rings, pendants or earrings.
One should take the same care as one would when wearing a diamond.
Like a diamond it has perfect cleavage and it can break, chip or form straight cracks if one were to hit it in just the right place.
So protect it from hard knocks.
As with all gemstones, one should avoid using chemicals like bleach or chlorine or abrasive polishing cloths when wearing your Mystic Topaz.
I always state “common sense prevails”

“Talk to me anytime about creating your dream ring in MYSTIC TOPAZ “

INTRODUCING MY LATEST BANGLES

INTRODUCING MY LATEST BANGLES

Whilst it is  definitely  common knowledge I am more a “ring” gal, last month I finally grabbed some time to craft some fabulous new bangles from designs I had had swimming in my head for quite sometime.

These are solid,bold and edgy -and would make amazing timeless gifts,for young and older woman alike-future heirlooms to pass down no less!

Some are inspired by my ring collections ,whilst others such as the ARAMOANA bangle is based upon morning walks along beautiful Aramoana beach with Maia (our rescue Pitbull) and  my husband Dean.
I am  completely fascinated by the curvature and flow of  the long kelp strands strewn  on the beach, I have always been  attracted to nature with it’s complexity and simplicity at the same time.
My other new favourite is the new RELIC bangle ,showcasing my darker side and  love of textural elements,erosion and decay.

Most have a BUY NOW option on the website -head to the WRIST section to check them out!

I am slowly working on increasing the amount of ready made items available on the website,but it is difficult due to the high demand for my custom pieces,and only one pair of hands!


Our new monthly blog”Romancing the Stone”

Lisa and Paul

We came across Debra’s website quite by chance and immediately knew she was the woman for us. Debra is clear, direct and an awesome creator – and all that made her super easy to work with. We wanted wedding rings that were special, well considered, expertly created, and crafted by someone we really respected. After all, we’re planning to wear these every day for the rest of our days and wanted someone who would really put a lot of energy into our jewelry.

My husband loved one of Debra’s rings at first sight, so he was an easy fix…me, a little more complex (!). After just a few emails back and forth (we’re not in Dunedin), Debra sent through a design concept and I loved and we were full steam ahead. We found out part way through the design process that we were expecting twins, so we wanted five little gems to symbolise each member of our little family. I wanted a ring that complemented my husband’s – but in a subtle way – so Debra incorporated some of the texture from his ring onto the back of mine. I’d shown Debra a photo of a ring I wear daily from another awesome NZ designer, and she was somehow able to *seemingly magically* pull together my eclectic tastes and interests to create a ring which is just perfect! It’s practical for home life with three small children, and for running and mountain biking, yet also timeless and whimsical and girly. We couldn’t be more delighted to have worked with Debra. Such an easy and delightful process – even from afar!


Australian sapphire prices are about to rise dramatically

Australia has had a reputation for top quality Sapphires for a long time. Sri Lankan and kashmir Sapphires take the prestigious top place for their beautiful quality sapphires but Australian sapphires have been popular to those in the know because of their deep blue colours and general good quality.Australian Sapphire Prices Are Set To Boom.

Stock Supply

Australian supply of sapphires is small compared to many international gemstones. Many Australian mines have closed down since 1990 when more treated gems were marketed in Asia. The Australia Sapphire could not compete against the price of these treated stones.

Sapphire mines in Madagascar, who supply the majority of the worlds Sapphires, until 10 years ago have been exhausted and old stocks have already been sold. Production of Sapphire in this region is now limited

Sir Lanka has also not increased production and Gem guide tracking shows prices have increased 20-30% per annum since 2011.

Kashmir blue sapphires have already increased 100% in price due to low availability of this deep blue sapphire.

We are now at a cross roads where demand overtakes production. No large sapphire mines have been started and all countries including Brazil now have high environmental studies to complete before production. With current requirements it can take up to 5 years to bring new mine into production.

Chinese Demand

This new emerging market does appreciate deep blue Sapphires and could greatly increase price of Australian blue sapphires.Chinese buyers have steadily increased since 2011. Originally they purchased yellow and parti sapphires but now they prefer deep blue colours.

In 2015 Chinese buyers were strong but they have slowed down recently with strong Anti Corruption Policies being rolled out in China. This  lead to many rich Chinese having stopped or slowed down buying expensive items.

However with hundreds of millions of middle class now emerging from the farming sector it is obvious that demand pressures will build up rapidly for sapphires.

The bottom line is if you are thinking of having a custom sapphire ring made -do it sooner rather than later!


GIFTCARDS

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Gift cards are now available to purchase in ANY amount-they can be sent online or via post just ask!!!

They are valid for LIFE !!!


THE BIG DESIGN MARKET

I am super excited to be exhibiting once again at the Big Design Market ,in Australia.

I will be attending both the Sydney and Melbourne events ,and bringing a wide variety of work.

SYDNEY :25-27 NOV

MELBOURNE :2-4 DEC

http://www.thebigdesignmarket.com/

The Big Design Market is a three day design market featuring the very  best of Australian and overseas designers.

Over 200 stands selling goods ranging from fashion to Homewares.

A once a year event not to be missed!

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Tourism Dunedin do a video..

Tourism Dunedin do a video..

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Thanks for the cool vid Dunedin NZ!

 

https://www.facebook.com/DunedinNZ/videos/10154319781775090/?pnref=story


PRECIOUS -shop opens!

PRECIOUS -shop opens!

As you can see I don’t use the news section much on this site-mainly because it is a pain in the @ss to use!! But… I just opened a fabulous little shop in Port Chalmers Dunedin You have to come visit Hours are a bit variable-currently mainly weekends ,or just call to see if I am going to be in,027 201 4835 PRECIOUS-26A George St Port Chalmers Dunedin SOOOO EXCITING!!!


GEMS AND HARDNESS-‘What gems are good for everyday wear?

GEMS AND HARDNESS-‘What gems are good for everyday wear?

There are a few things to consider when choosing a gem for you jewellery piece.
I LOVE gemstones,so many choices,colours,cut..Sapphire,diamond,ruby-or more unusual like Alexandrite,sphene,Spinel.
Even garnet does not solely come in the jewellery store red,but Mali(vivid chartreuse ,Spessarite)bright orange),colour change,bi colour
Gemstones never fail to surprise me!

Often when gemstones are talked about their “hardness” is also mentioned,this is in basic terms how “scratch able” a stone is,and is something you should really consider when purchasing jewellery(especially things like wedding and engagement rings that may be subject to heavy wear).
This is deemed as the MOHS scale..No,no..Nothing at all to do with Homers drunken buddy in the Simpsons.
At the top is diamonds,followed by sapphires,two gems I thoroughly recommend for everyday”never take off” rings..But if your a little careful(unlike me!) a garnet or tourmaline will give you so many options at a cost effective price,or think moissonite ,the fabulous diamond replacement.

Diamonds are known for being one of the hardest substances on earth. A diamond is so hard it ranks as a 10 on the Mohs scale–the highest level of hardness. But what is the Mohs scale?

The Mohs scale (pronounced MOZE) rates the hardness of gems and minerals. The hardness of a stone indicates the stone’s resistance to scratching or how the surface of the gem will respond to contact with a sharp point. This differs from a gem’s toughness, which is defined by how well a gem can survive an impact or resist breaking, chipping or cracking.
Introduced in 1822, the scale originated when Friedrich Mohs chose ten minerals and assigned numbers to them based on the relative ease or difficulty with which one can be scratched by another. His studies resulted in the scale below, which is still used today.
When looking at the Mohs scale, it is important to remember that the difference in hardness between minerals, or the hardness numbers, is not actually equal, even though the minerals look to be equally spaced. The diamond is only one number away from the Corundum mineral (which includes rubies and sapphires), however it is many times harder then the gems in the Corundum family.
The Mohs scale helps to identify what makes a gem durable. The more durable a gem is, the more suitable it is for use in frequently worn jewelry.

Hardness
6-Apatite too soft for rings
6.5 -tanzanite,peridot
7 -amethyst,citrine,agate
7.5-garnet,amythest,morganite,tourmaline,rubellite
8-topaz,aquamarine,beryl,spinel
9-sapphire,moissonite,ruby
10-Diamond
Diamond Used in jewelry and cutting tools. Four times as hard as corundum.


Debra Fallowfield makes jewellery to fall in love with … Crafting every piece entirely by hand..