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Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring Handmade Bezel Set White Gold Yellow Gold

So excited to have created my sister in law’s pear shaped diamond engagement ring!

This ring has been handcrafted out of 18ct white and yellow gold with a beautiful bezel set pear shaped diamond.

 

Australian opal earrings crystal opal yellow gold chain earrings Andamooka crystal opal Rare Earth Australian Made
Australian Opal Earrings
23 October 2017

Australian opal earrings in 18ct yellow gold with a delicate removable chain. These opals were handpicked from the opal town of Andamooka in South Australia last year.

Marina Antoniou My Marathon Australia Pulmonary Embolism
My Story
6 October 2017
Now here’s my story. This is reason why I am taking part in MyMarathon this month. The reason why I am so passionate about making people aware of their heart health. The reason why looking after my health always comes first.
 
It was in 2009 at the age of 23, when I first became aware that something was seriously ‘not right’ with my body.
 
What started as months of breathlessness and struggling with basic physical movement, like walking up a flight of stairs, developed into a general sense of feeling tired and being generally unwell. I also developed a niggling chest pain. Following investigations involving an x-ray and a few tests, my GP put my symptoms down to a chest infection and assured me that I’d be better soon. My mind was immediately put at ease, however my symptoms continued. Assuming that nothing serious was going on in my body, I continued with my daily routine – until the day I couldn’t! Weeks following the chest infection diagnosis, I woke with excruciating pain in my chest. Finding it difficult to move or breath, I knew at this point that something other than a chest infection was at play.
 
Returning to my GP, I was sent for a CT scan. What followed was a nightmare, fully lived. Within an hour, I was in hospital being treated for multiple dangerous and deadly bloods clots in my lungs – or pulmonary emboli, a circulatory system related form of cardiovascular disease.
 
I was put on life-saving medication in hospital and after 6 months of taking daily blood thinners, was given the all clear. Whilst there was some scarring on my lungs, the blood clots appeared to have completely dissolved. 
 
My sense of elation however was short lived. A few months after my seemingly miraculous recovery, I started to feel unwell again.
 
My intuition told me that something was ‘not right’. This time, I wasted no time in having another scan. To my dismay, I discovered that my lungs were once again filled with multiple clots. Doctors also discovered that I was a carrier of multiple thrombophilic factors or “blood clotting genes” (Factor V Leiden, MTHFR, Prothrombin 20210GA). These factors, combined with taking a third generation oral contraceptive pill significantly increased my risk of developing blood clots. Whilst only on the pill for less than 6 months before the clots were found, my doctors advised that they believe the pill “activated” my underlying “blood clotting genetic factors”. I was advised that short term blood thinning medication was no longer an option and that I would need to take Warfarin for the rest of my life.
 
Fast forward six years and I am is still taking my medication daily and have not had any further blood clotting.
 
I wake every day with a feeling of gratitude and a burning desire to prevent other young women from experiencing the devastating effects of heart disease. I live with my illness under control and for that I am grateful, every day. I am healthy, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. If however I can help stop one other young woman from experiencing cardiovascular related illness, I will be eternally happy.
 
You can support me during MyMarathon by donating to my fundraising page here. To find out more about how you can care for your heart, visit the National Heart Foundations website here.
 
Image courtesy of Magnum & Co.

 

Black Opal Lightening Ridge Necklace White Gold
Black Opal Necklace
5 October 2017

A 2.08ct Australian black opal from Lighting Ridge in 18ct white gold.

No two are ever the same when working with opal, so it’s always such an exciting (and nervous) challenge when deciding the best way to incorporate them into a piece.

Here is a custom piece completed a few months back!

Australian Opal Sapphire Diamond Necklace Space Junk Yellow Gold
Space Junk
5 October 2017

An opal, sapphire, diamond and yellow gold necklace.

When Sydney based artist Lauren Webster wants to you to make her a piece of space junk to wear around her neck, this is the result!

Lauren came to me a while ago with a couple of old pieces of jewellery passed down to her that she no longer wore. There was a pair of diamond studs and a ring with a scratch up blue Australian sapphire which has brought back to life by gem cutter Doug Menadue.

With these two stones and the addition of an Andamooka opal which I got when in Andamooka with Lauren, I’ve made this 18ct yellow gold cluster pendant with some golden blobs of course!

Check out another image of this piece here.

Michelle Hampton Ellie Bayliss My Marathon Heart Disease
Michelle and Ellie
3 October 2017

MyMarathon kicked off on Sunday and I am looking forward to getting started on my first leg (once I get over this nasty virus!)

Over the years of volunteering over at the National Heart Foundation, I have met some incredible people with heart-aching yet inspiring stories along the way.

These two women, Michelle Hampton and Ellie Bayliss are just two of them and today I’d like to share with you their stories, as they are the perfect example that cardiovascular disease can strike anyone, of any age.

Michelle and Ellie are true fighters, who although have hit the lowest of lows, are using their health experiences to raise awareness and help make a difference. It’s so incredibly special that our individual health battles have bought us together and I am so excited to be tackling MyMarathon with them both!

ŸMichelle’s Story

In December 2016, Michelle (37) discovered she had a hole the size of a ten-cent piece between the two chambers of her heart. With minor and common symptoms such as breathlessness, dizziness and a few heart palpitations Michelle simply thought she was feeling stressed and rundown. After taking herself to hospital and after series of tests, specialists explained that Michelle would suffer from heart failure by the age of 45 and irreversible damage within a few months if she didn’t act. As a result, Michelle had to endure something that no one in their 30’s would ever expect to experience – open heart surgery. Michelle’s story is remarkable and less that 12 months after her surgery, she is taking on the MyMarathon challenge to raise funds and awareness of congential heart disease, with the hope of improving early detection.

Read more of Michelle’s incredible journey and road to recovery here or visit her fundraising page here.

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Ellie’s Story

This time last year, Ellie (27) suffered a cardiac arrest. Ellie left work, walked to Redfern train station in Sydney and was standing on the platform, when without warning her heart stopped beating. Through sheer luck, an off duty paramedic and a life guard were standing nearby and together, with a third bystander, they performed emergency CPR on her until an ambulance arrived. At the hospital, Ellie was placed into an induced coma for three days which was followed by a long road to recovery. She now has a device under her skin near her rib cage that will provide a shock to her heart if it fails again. Coming up to one year since her cardiac arrest, Ellie, who could barely walk to the end of the driveway will also be walking MyMarathon this month!

Read more of Ellie’s experience here or visit her fundraising page here.

Images courtesy of Magnum & Co.

My Marathon Heart Foundation Ellie Bayliss Marina Antoniou Michelle Hampton

Pear diamond ring with ruby in white gold

A recent pear diamond and ruby ring.

Creating for fellow craftspeople who truly understand and appreciate the hand made is always so wonderful. Here is a recent ring  commissioned by Sydney based craftsman Wayne Mavin

There have been so many variations of this design over the years and I love how every single time it has been customised to suit each individual client. This one was handcrafted out of 18ct white gold, with a pear diamond and a bright red ruby.

No two have ever been the same!

Pink diamonds grey diamonds rose gold white gold hidden diamonds rings wedding bands
Pink and Grey Diamonds
2 October 2017

Pink and grey diamonds, for nobody else to see…

A scatter of pink diamonds in 18ct white gold for Kirstin. And the reverse for Luke, grey diamonds in 18ct rose gold

A special custom anniversary ring set for Courtesy of the Artist with hidden diamonds.

Australian black opal australian sapphire white gold necklace

A beautiful black opal, sapphire and white gold necklace complete!

This custom white gold pendant was designed and made for a lovely client in Melbourne. For this piece, I incorporated Jane’s own Australian opal with a bright blue Australian sapphire set in my signature trio of granules. 

 

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Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring Handmade Bezel Set White Gold Yellow Gold

So excited to have created my sister in law’s pear shaped diamond engagement ring!

This ring has been handcrafted out of 18ct white and yellow gold with a beautiful bezel set pear shaped diamond.

 

Australian opal earrings crystal opal yellow gold chain earrings Andamooka crystal opal Rare Earth Australian Made
Australian Opal Earrings
23 October 2017

Australian opal earrings in 18ct yellow gold with a delicate removable chain. These opals were handpicked from the opal town of Andamooka in South Australia last year.

Marina Antoniou My Marathon Australia Pulmonary Embolism
My Story
6 October 2017
Now here’s my story. This is reason why I am taking part in MyMarathon this month. The reason why I am so passionate about making people aware of their heart health. The reason why looking after my health always comes first.
 
It was in 2009 at the age of 23, when I first became aware that something was seriously ‘not right’ with my body.
 
What started as months of breathlessness and struggling with basic physical movement, like walking up a flight of stairs, developed into a general sense of feeling tired and being generally unwell. I also developed a niggling chest pain. Following investigations involving an x-ray and a few tests, my GP put my symptoms down to a chest infection and assured me that I’d be better soon. My mind was immediately put at ease, however my symptoms continued. Assuming that nothing serious was going on in my body, I continued with my daily routine – until the day I couldn’t! Weeks following the chest infection diagnosis, I woke with excruciating pain in my chest. Finding it difficult to move or breath, I knew at this point that something other than a chest infection was at play.
 
Returning to my GP, I was sent for a CT scan. What followed was a nightmare, fully lived. Within an hour, I was in hospital being treated for multiple dangerous and deadly bloods clots in my lungs – or pulmonary emboli, a circulatory system related form of cardiovascular disease.
 
I was put on life-saving medication in hospital and after 6 months of taking daily blood thinners, was given the all clear. Whilst there was some scarring on my lungs, the blood clots appeared to have completely dissolved. 
 
My sense of elation however was short lived. A few months after my seemingly miraculous recovery, I started to feel unwell again.
 
My intuition told me that something was ‘not right’. This time, I wasted no time in having another scan. To my dismay, I discovered that my lungs were once again filled with multiple clots. Doctors also discovered that I was a carrier of multiple thrombophilic factors or “blood clotting genes” (Factor V Leiden, MTHFR, Prothrombin 20210GA). These factors, combined with taking a third generation oral contraceptive pill significantly increased my risk of developing blood clots. Whilst only on the pill for less than 6 months before the clots were found, my doctors advised that they believe the pill “activated” my underlying “blood clotting genetic factors”. I was advised that short term blood thinning medication was no longer an option and that I would need to take Warfarin for the rest of my life.
 
Fast forward six years and I am is still taking my medication daily and have not had any further blood clotting.
 
I wake every day with a feeling of gratitude and a burning desire to prevent other young women from experiencing the devastating effects of heart disease. I live with my illness under control and for that I am grateful, every day. I am healthy, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. If however I can help stop one other young woman from experiencing cardiovascular related illness, I will be eternally happy.
 
You can support me during MyMarathon by donating to my fundraising page here. To find out more about how you can care for your heart, visit the National Heart Foundations website here.
 
Image courtesy of Magnum & Co.

 

Black Opal Lightening Ridge Necklace White Gold
Black Opal Necklace
5 October 2017

A 2.08ct Australian black opal from Lighting Ridge in 18ct white gold.

No two are ever the same when working with opal, so it’s always such an exciting (and nervous) challenge when deciding the best way to incorporate them into a piece.

Here is a custom piece completed a few months back!

Australian Opal Sapphire Diamond Necklace Space Junk Yellow Gold
Space Junk
5 October 2017

An opal, sapphire, diamond and yellow gold necklace.

When Sydney based artist Lauren Webster wants to you to make her a piece of space junk to wear around her neck, this is the result!

Lauren came to me a while ago with a couple of old pieces of jewellery passed down to her that she no longer wore. There was a pair of diamond studs and a ring with a scratch up blue Australian sapphire which has brought back to life by gem cutter Doug Menadue.

With these two stones and the addition of an Andamooka opal which I got when in Andamooka with Lauren, I’ve made this 18ct yellow gold cluster pendant with some golden blobs of course!

Check out another image of this piece here.

Michelle Hampton Ellie Bayliss My Marathon Heart Disease
Michelle and Ellie
3 October 2017

MyMarathon kicked off on Sunday and I am looking forward to getting started on my first leg (once I get over this nasty virus!)

Over the years of volunteering over at the National Heart Foundation, I have met some incredible people with heart-aching yet inspiring stories along the way.

These two women, Michelle Hampton and Ellie Bayliss are just two of them and today I’d like to share with you their stories, as they are the perfect example that cardiovascular disease can strike anyone, of any age.

Michelle and Ellie are true fighters, who although have hit the lowest of lows, are using their health experiences to raise awareness and help make a difference. It’s so incredibly special that our individual health battles have bought us together and I am so excited to be tackling MyMarathon with them both!

ŸMichelle’s Story

In December 2016, Michelle (37) discovered she had a hole the size of a ten-cent piece between the two chambers of her heart. With minor and common symptoms such as breathlessness, dizziness and a few heart palpitations Michelle simply thought she was feeling stressed and rundown. After taking herself to hospital and after series of tests, specialists explained that Michelle would suffer from heart failure by the age of 45 and irreversible damage within a few months if she didn’t act. As a result, Michelle had to endure something that no one in their 30’s would ever expect to experience – open heart surgery. Michelle’s story is remarkable and less that 12 months after her surgery, she is taking on the MyMarathon challenge to raise funds and awareness of congential heart disease, with the hope of improving early detection.

Read more of Michelle’s incredible journey and road to recovery here or visit her fundraising page here.

Ÿ
Ellie’s Story

This time last year, Ellie (27) suffered a cardiac arrest. Ellie left work, walked to Redfern train station in Sydney and was standing on the platform, when without warning her heart stopped beating. Through sheer luck, an off duty paramedic and a life guard were standing nearby and together, with a third bystander, they performed emergency CPR on her until an ambulance arrived. At the hospital, Ellie was placed into an induced coma for three days which was followed by a long road to recovery. She now has a device under her skin near her rib cage that will provide a shock to her heart if it fails again. Coming up to one year since her cardiac arrest, Ellie, who could barely walk to the end of the driveway will also be walking MyMarathon this month!

Read more of Ellie’s experience here or visit her fundraising page here.

Images courtesy of Magnum & Co.

My Marathon Heart Foundation Ellie Bayliss Marina Antoniou Michelle Hampton

Pear diamond ring with ruby in white gold

A recent pear diamond and ruby ring.

Creating for fellow craftspeople who truly understand and appreciate the hand made is always so wonderful. Here is a recent ring  commissioned by Sydney based craftsman Wayne Mavin

There have been so many variations of this design over the years and I love how every single time it has been customised to suit each individual client. This one was handcrafted out of 18ct white gold, with a pear diamond and a bright red ruby.

No two have ever been the same!

Pink diamonds grey diamonds rose gold white gold hidden diamonds rings wedding bands
Pink and Grey Diamonds
2 October 2017

Pink and grey diamonds, for nobody else to see…

A scatter of pink diamonds in 18ct white gold for Kirstin. And the reverse for Luke, grey diamonds in 18ct rose gold

A special custom anniversary ring set for Courtesy of the Artist with hidden diamonds.

Australian black opal australian sapphire white gold necklace

A beautiful black opal, sapphire and white gold necklace complete!

This custom white gold pendant was designed and made for a lovely client in Melbourne. For this piece, I incorporated Jane’s own Australian opal with a bright blue Australian sapphire set in my signature trio of granules.