Although originally a Whanganui girl, I spent most of my professional life in a science career working in the Renal departments of several London teaching hospitals, having extended what should have been a short overseas trip into a 26 year stay. However, I have always been an artist at heart, and whilst in London I took the opportunity to train at the Sir John Cass School of Art (now part of London Metropolitan University) to obtain a Diploma in Art and Design, specializing in silversmithing/jewellery fabrication.
After returning to New Zealand in 2005 I made Nelson, in the South Island, my home and base for my own jewellery business. I create unique hand made pieces of jewellery that are both stylish and wearable, and incorporate precious stones in most of my pieces, sometimes in combination with natural materials such as pearls and New Zealand paua shell. I am continually exploring new techniques, and am inspired by the colours, forms, patterns and textures of the beautiful natural environment of the South Island. I strive for balance in my work, rather than mere symmetry, and seek to create pieces which are elegant, without being overly complex. My work now features in galleries throughout New Zealand and Rarotonga, and I hope you have enjoyed looking at a small selection of my jewels on this website. My husband Andy (who was actually a Professor of Medical Microbiology in London before we came home) started working for my business a decade ago, and has 're-trained' to become something of a gem expert - he is now responsible for sourcing most of our wonderful gems and looks after all our social media output. Please don't forget to visit (and like!) my Facebook and Instagram pages (links below) which has even more examples of my work.