Who is Debra Fallowfield?
Juxtaposing rough with smooth, fine with contemporary, Debra Fallowfield has been at the forefront of jewellery in New Zealand for near on 23 years, with work that continually pushes the boundaries between contemporary and fine jewellery.
Debra specialises in truly unique one of a kind handmade jewels, that are created with care, immense skill and intent.
Her work is “Miles away from the mainstream” – A refreshing change in a jewellery market saturated with cheap mass-produced replicas.
Signature pieces include unashamedly bold and solid wedding/commitment bands in gold, set with diamonds or rainbow-hued gemstones, alternative engagement rings, wide bangles with inspiring inscriptions and anything that pushes the envelope of traditional jewellery design and techniques.
Debra in today’s age of technology still chooses to create everything by hand, preferring the tactile nature and process of handcrafting over CAD designed and produced jewellery * ( which is what the majority of jewellery companies choose these days to increase their production capacities ).
This is “slow jewellery ” for the appreciators of the unique, and for those who prefer one of a kind, over one of many…
Inspiration for her work is as varied as her designs, from ancient civilisations to landscapes and often showcases her love for New Zealand and Australia (having lived in Sydney for nearly 12 years in her 20’s).
In recent years Debra’s Husband Dean has come on board, leaving a successful career in Construction to join her in the studio and has found his niche!
“I have made things for as long as I remember, I’ve always been a magpie, attracted to bright shiny things”
In 2011 Debra’s world came crashing down and she lost her city studio/gallery with much of her tools in Christchurch’s devastating Feb 22nd Earthquake – however, she was incredibly lucky not to have lost her life.
For nearly 3 years after the event, she worked in a tiny closet-like space off the laundry and held wedding ring consultations at her kitchen table.
In 2014 Debra her husband and teenage son decided to move to Dunedin where Debra grew up, settling in creative Port Chalmers – just out of Dunedin.
Debra still works from home – but also has a beautiful gallery store on George Street, Port Chalmers.
Debra’s shop in Port Chalmers (just 15 minutes drive from Dunedin) is as custom made as her creations.
Designed and built by her equally as a creative husband, it features sweeping curved walls and inset round cabinets to mirror her work.
Here you will find a huge selection of amazing pieces!
Open most Saturdays 12-4 pm or via appointment *
We do advise you call/text us first to check we are open.
26A George Street, Port Chalmers