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A sapphire and opal ring – a  beautiful cluster of three.

I designed this precious piece for my friend Paree a few months back and it is finally complete!

Featuring an Australian blue sapphire, an Australian white opal and a single golden granule in 18ct yellow gold, this piece has been so special to make.

Here’s a very sweet half halo wedding ring that I just recently finished. This 18ct rose gold ring has five white diamonds, which are slightly graduating in size to fit perfectly around the base of Tonia’s pear shaped diamond ring.

Opal and sapphire earring – a new piece complete. This single stud was handcrafted from 18ct yellow gold and set with three white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and a blue sapphire from Tasmania. I collected all four gems on my recent trips to both Andamooka and Tassie!

Here’s another photo of this beauty, which has found itself a home!

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I am so honoured to be part of this powerful piece for the National Heart Foundation’s current campaign ‘Making the Invisible Visible‘. This video which you will see on Foxtel during the month of June shares an incredibly important message delivered by real women (including myself) who have experienced cardiovascular disease in one form or another.

This month the National Heart Foundation are encouraging us all to draw a heart on our bodies to help make heart disease in women, visible. It’s crazy to think that heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women, yet public awareness is extremely low.

Heart disease does not discriminate, so this month let’s shine the spotlight on womens hearts.

Visit my online store to purchase your very own ‘From the Heart’ necklace or head www.invisiblevisible.org.au to find out more about how you can protect your heart.

 

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Something a little different – a pear diamond in rose gold! This custom 18ct rose gold engagement ring handcrafted in my Sydney studio and claw set with the most beautiful bright white pear diamond.

Time to get started on the matching wedding band!

Australian Sapphire Engagement Ring Yellow Gold Claws Set Marina Antoniou

I am excited to share this recent Australian sapphire engagement ring. This custom ring was handcrafted out of 18ct yellow gold and claw set with a beautiful sea blue round sapphire.

I made this ring for the coolest client up in Byron Bay. A massive congratulations to B&C on your engagement over the weekend!

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A few weeks back I was invited to take part in the very first Precinct 75 design pop up. This three day event saw permanent tenants such as Uashmama, Garlands, and Society Inc at creative hub Precinct 75 in St Peters play host to visiting creatives such as Jason Grant, Mr and Mrs White, Bailey Nelson and myself!

Precinct 75 is a vibrant creative precinct comprising 12 character buildings set over nearly 1.5 hectares at St Peters. It has a has a rich heritage dating back to the early 1900’s and the character of the original site has been maintained, offering the period charm of high ceilings, exposed timber, raw finishes and bold creative spaces.

For the event, I moved my entire studio and set up my jewellers bench over at the Crank Furniture where for three days I made jewellery for you to all see.

Thank you to everybody that visited during the event – it was lovely to meet and speak to you all and give you an insight into my jewellery practice. Thank you to Precinct 75 and especially Crank Furniture for having me!

 

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Bespoke Yellow gold and diamond wedding band

These bespoke wedding bands for Courtesy of the Artist are complete! Custom made in my Sydney studio, I made a textured yellow gold wedding band for the groom, and a scatter of Australian argyle diamonds in white gold for the bride.

Congratulations Luke and Bridie!

For more of my custom engagement and wedding rings, visit here.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday I will be moving my studio to creative hub Precinct 75 in St Peters for a very exciting design pop up.

For these two days, I will be working from my jewellers bench at Crank Furniture alongside Bailey Nelson and giving you an insight into my creative practice. For those of you who’d love to see what I get up to at the bench or to just say hello, pop in between 2pm – 8pm on Thursday 20th, 10am – 6pm on Friday 21st, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday 22nd. There will also be a limited selection of jewellery available to order on the day.

Find me at Crank Furniture, Suite 7.04, 75 Mary Street, St Peters.

 

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Australian Opal Ring
9 April 2017

I recently made this very special Australian opal ring for my lovely friend Matilda. This opal was handpicked by Matilda and I in Andamooka, South Australia on my visit to this desert town last year. I took it back home with me and handcrafted it out of 18ct white gold in my Sydney studio. Once complete, I delivered it to Matilda at her new home in Goulds Country in the forest of north-eastern Tasmania. Such a special piece!

Take a closer look at the opal. I see desert, I see forest, I see the sea. See the opal before it was set into the ring here

Oval Australian Sapphire Ring Marina Antoniou White Gold Blue Sapphire

Here is one of my favourite creations from last year! This oval Australian sapphire ring was handcrafted out of 18ct white gold and surrounded by four white gold granules.

To see a photo of this stunning blue beauty on, head over to my Instagram page here.

Pear Australian Opal Ring White Opal Andamooka Marina Antoniou

A gift from one sister to another marking a special occasion in their lives. This pear Australian opal ring features a glistening white opal from Andamooka in South Australia in matte 9 carat yellow gold.

For more of my opal jewellery, visit here.

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South Sea Pearl Earrings
1 February 2017

A very special pair of 18ct yellow gold and Australian South Sea pearl earrings. These beautiful pearls are from Cygnet Bay in Western Australia and have been paired with glistening Australian blue sapphires.

The Australian South Sea pearl oyster – Pinctada maxima – is the largest and rarest of all pearl oysters, and produces the finest and most beautiful pearl nacre of any mollusc. It is said that 1 pearl is produced per oyster every 2-3 years!

These one off pair of earrings are now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Today’s Reminder
24 January 2017

When diagnosed with pulmonary emboli (blood clots in my lungs) at the age of 23, thinking back, I really didn’t understand what was going on. I fought the clots off, but when I was hit with another lot six months later I realised that this was something I was going to have to live with for the rest of my life.

Over the last six years I have spent a lot of time worrying about my health. My medication (warfarin) prevents any clots from reoccurring, which puts my mind at ease. But then I worry about being on warfarin everyday, for the rest of my life. When my levels are low I am at risk of developing clots, and when my levels are high I am at risk of bleeding. This constant balancing act is one I’m not just playing with my warfarin, but with everything that life throws my way.

The best thing that has come from my health experiences is that I have realised the importance of living a balanced life. I’ve learnt to try and let go of small things that bring on stress and sleepless nights. Weekly pilates and painful but rewarding sessions of F45 training have made me physically and mentally stronger.

When it comes to work, I work late into the night running my business on my own, designing new pieces for smaller collections, creating bespoke rings for clients and making each and every piece by hand. I try my absolute best to stay as organised as I can with orders and deadlines, I don’t take on last minute jobs that I know will bring on stress and spend as many weekends as possible (unless a deadline looms) away from the bench.

The one thing though that has helped me the absolute most (aside from support from my family and friends) has been my travels. I truly believe that all the adventures I have been on have healed me in a way that no doctor or medicine could. These trips continue to put things into perspective and make me realise how lucky I am to be in control of my health and therefore my life.

Thank you to the team over at the National Heart Foundation for giving me strength and a platform to tell my story not just through my necklace but also through words, out loud. 

Shop ‘From the Heart’ here.

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Green and Gold
16 January 2017

Warm, textured yellow gold paired with a deep teal 1ct Australian parti sapphire from Rubyvale in Central Queensland. This ring found itself an owner a few weeks ago and is back in the studio for a resize!

Something Blue
3 January 2017

A very special pair of custom earrings I made just before Christmas for a bride for her upcoming wedding in Alice Springs. These studs were handmade out of 18 carat yellow gold with two Australian white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and finished off with two blue Australian sapphires.

Congratulations LiAnn!

Visiting Andamooka
3 November 2016

I have just arrived home from an inspiring six nights in Andamooka.

Located 600km north of Adelaide in the South Australian desert, Andamooka is one of Australia’s oldest opal mining townships and is known for producing white, crystal opal.

I was invited to Andamooka by Matilda and Kurt of the Andamooka Yacht Club to run two beading workshops as part of the Andamooka Workshop Week. This week of activities aimed to promote and encourage wellbeing throughout Andamooka and surrounding outback communities. I ran two classes with the local school children and both were a great success! It was so wonderful to see each and every one of the kids excited to learn and to create something with their own two hands. It was extra special to hear that the majority of the children were creating their necklaces and bracelets for loved ones at home.

On this trip, I also had the pleasure of finally meeting opal miner and cutter Hellmut Frittum who arrived in Australia from Vienna in 1961. I have been sourcing all my white opals directly from Hellmut for over a year now, so it was really great to finally put a face to his name. He took me through his mine and shared the most fascinating stories and opals with me. Meeting Hellmut was really so special – not only was he a genuine, kind man, but my connection to each and every one of his opal is now much stronger. I look forward to sharing Hellmut’s stories to those of you who wear his opals in my jewellery.

I have documented my journey through a series of photos on both my Instagram and Facebook pages, so if you would like to see more, please do check them out!

 

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Emerald Cut
1 November 2016

Rare beauty.

A recent custom order for Courtesy of the Artist. This 18 carat white gold engagement ring features the most magnificent untreated Australian blue sapphire from Lava Plains in Queensland.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Cygnet Bay Pearls
5 October 2016

All the way from Cygnet Bay, WA.

A recent 18 carat yellow gold necklace with an Australian South Sea pearls from Cygnet Bay and two Australian sapphires.

A recent 18 yellow gold and Australian sapphire custom engagement ring for Courtesy of the Artist is complete.

This beauty is heading to Darwin!

The next instalment of Rare Earth: Australian Made at Courtesy of the Artist is here!

Over the last few weeks I have been busy putting the final touches to some new pieces created especially for this show. I’ve been working with beautiful Australian sapphires, Australian opals and for the first time, Australian south sea pearls.

Join the team and I next Thursday 25th August 2016 between 6pm – 8pm in the Strand Arcade for opening night celebrations!

“To celebrate The Strand Arcade’s 125th year of creating and craftsmanship, Courtesy of the Artist is excited to be sharing with you the latest incarnation of Rare Earth: Australian Made.

Come join us on Thursday 25th of August from 6:00pm – 8:00pm to see new work from resident artists Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Todd Turner, Marina Antoniou and master gemcutter Doug Menadue. We are also very excited to be introducing Fealofani Elisara as the newest member to our creative team of artists, who will be presenting her own unique flavour to the show.

Included in this collection are gemstones from all around Australia, such as sapphires from Lava Plains and Rubyvale, smokey quartz from O’Briens Creek, zircons from Harts Range, pearls from Cygnet Bay, opals from Quilpie and Andamooka and diamonds from the East Kimberely region.”

Visit the Courtesy of the Artist website to RSVP or for more information.

Copper and Brass
29 July 2016

Some things in the studio that I have made, bought, found in copper and brass…

A recent custom engagement ring for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Handcrafted 18 carat white gold set with an Australian sapphire and two Australian argyle diamonds.

 

Collective Hub
27 June 2016

I am so thrilled to see my necklace ‘From the Heart’ for the Heart Foundation on page 28 of the Collective Hub’s latest magazine issue.

Thank you to Collective Hub and Lisa Messenger for sharing this important heart health message to all your female readers!

WATCH – ‘Women with Heart Luncheon’ by Bon Journo Media

The ‘Women with Heart Luncheon’ held in March this year was an inspiring, informative and eye-opening day held by the National Heart Foundation​ in Sydney. At this special charity lunch, the Heart Foundation put the spotlight on women’s heart health issues and raised vital funds for the women we love.

Each and every guest went home with a sterling silver ‘From the Heart’ necklace which I designed and made for this special event.

You can see what happened on the day by watching the video captured by the talented folks over at Bon Journo Media below.

This June, join the Heart Foundation in making heart disease, the invisible disease, visible. You can find out more by visiting www.invisiblevisible.org.au.

Some new studs!

Handmade out of 18 carat yellow gold and set with two white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and a sapphire from Rubyvale in Queensland.

These will be available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade soon.

Sunrise on 7
4 June 2016

It was so great to see Natalie Barr cover such an important topic on Sunrise this week.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women and in this story Natalie reflected on her father’s experience with heart disease and spoke to two women who have experienced heart disease at first hand. Natalie asked some important questions which we should all take the time to find the answers to – do you know your risks, do you know your family history and have you had a heart health check?

Thank you Natalie for wearing and mentioning the yellow gold ‘From the Heart’ necklace which I designed and made for the Heart Foundation. 

You can watch the segment here.

You can explore the Courtesy of the Artist Australian gemstone project by searching the hashtag ‪#‎rareearthaustralianmade‬ on instagram.

Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Todd Turner and myself have documented our processes, the gems themselves as well as our finished jewellery creations.

This 1.23ct untreated Australian sapphire is from Lava Plains in Queensland and has been photographed by Cesar Cueva.

Claire and Michael
27 May 2016

I absolutely love seeing photos like this!

I met Claire and Michael back in 2014 at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade and since then designed and made Claire’s engagement ring and both her and Michael’s wedding bands.

A seriously cool couple who recently got married on the coast of South Australia. Congratulations to you both, it was so lovely to be part of your special day.

Photograph (left) by Alice Bell Photographics.

Black Opal
6 May 2016

A very special Australian opal passed down from a father to his daughter Daphne.

“My late father’s gift of over 35 years ago will finally be created into a piece that can be enjoyed and then passed down with the same amount of love my father affectionately showed me.” – Daphne

I have the honour of continuing this family’s story and look forward to transforming this opal into something Daphne can cherish and pass down to her children.

Heart Week!
2 May 2016
It’s heart week! 
 
Most heart disease is preventable, so take control and make changes to your life. Here is a little reminder of the most common risk factors of heart disease that you can do something about – smoking, your alcohol intake, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, high stress levels, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
 
My necklace  ‘From the Heart for the National Heart Foundation is my little reminder to you all to look after your own hearts. I have just added this 9 carat rose gold and diamond necklace to the collection which you can purchase online here.
Tools of the Trade
2 May 2016

Being a jeweller I work with my hands all the time – filing, sawing, polishing, emerying metal. I am never without Aesop’s Resurrection Hand Balm in the studio. It is my absolute saviour!

White Opal Love
28 April 2016

Here is another angle of my latest white opal ring. Handcrafted out of 18 carat white gold and featuring a magical opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

This ring is available exclusively in store at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Pear Sapphire Surprise
18 April 2016

From Alex to Georgia.

I just recently completed these 18 carat white gold wedding and engagement rings for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade. The engagement ring features a deep blue sapphire and the wedding band has an Australian argyle diamond.

via The Heart Foundation. 

A new partnership between boutique jewelry designer Marina Antoniou and the Heart Foundation NSW was launched at the inaugural Women with Heart lunch in Sydney.

Influential women from the corporate and professional services sectors, major supporters, and media personalities were presented with a bespoke necklace that Marina has created, which will also be available for purchase, with a contribution of the proceeds going to the Heart Foundation’s NSW Women and Heart Disease program.

Heart disease, and more broadly cardiovascular disease, can affect women of all ages and can take many forms. Marina’s health issue was triggered by a combination of an underlying genetic blood clotting condition and taking the oral contraceptive pill.

“It was in 2009 at the age of 23, when I first became aware that something was wrong. What started as months of breathlessness and struggling to walk up the stairs developed into fatigue and feeling generally unwell,” Marina said.

“I was told I had a chest infection and that I’d be better soon, but my symptoms continued. Weeks later, I woke with excruciating pain in my chest,” she added.

Marina went straight to hospital and was found to have multiple blood clots in her lungs. After 6 months of taking daily blood thinners, she was given the all clear, but a few months later her condition returned and she now be on medication for the rest of her life.

Fast forward six years and Marina is still taking her medication daily, has not had any further blood clotting, and now she feels like she wants to raise awareness to help other women.

Heart Foundation CEO Kerry Doyle said she was delighted that Marina had reached out to the Heart Foundation to share her story and to become actively involved.

“What has developed from that initial contact has become so much more – Marina is now an integral member of our Women and Heart Disease working group, injecting her ideas, energy and talent to help make other women aware of the risk factors, warning signs, symptoms and proactive prevention related to heart disease. Marina is living proof that heart disease takes many forms and that this is a condition which can impact women of all ages, including younger women. ” she said.

Marina said that the necklace, entitled From the Heart, was inspired by the ideas of connection, support and balance – three things that helped her go from struggle to strength in her own personal health journey.

“With this necklace, I hope to start a conversation and educate women about the importance of their own heart health,” she said.

“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 heart related illness, I will be eternally happy.”

“Finally, I hope that this necklace brings light and positivity to those that have been personally touched by cardiovascular disease,” she added.

The pendant is made up of two tear shaped halves, which overlap and come together to form a sculptural shape resembling a heart. Made in Marina’s Sydney studio and available in sterling silver, 9 carat rose gold, yellow gold and white gold, each pendant is given a soft, satin finish by hand.

The necklace can be purchased online at www.marinaantoniou.com and www.courtesyoftheartist.com.au with a percentage of the sale going to the National Heart Foundation’s Women and Heart Disease campaign.

Jewellery Boxes
2 April 2016

Custom kraft and silver foil jewellery boxes for my ‘From the Heart’ necklaces.

New Opal Ring
1 April 2016

Moving patterns and colours of the rainbow.

Here is a ring I just completed. It’s handmade from 18 carat white gold and features a captivating white opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

This ring is a one off and is available to buy at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

 

 

Rose Gold
20 March 2016

A 9 carat rose ‘From the Heart’ necklace order in progress.

Available to buy online or in store at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

From the Heart
17 March 2016

My necklace ‘From the Heart’ for the Heart Foundation launched at the first Women with Heart luncheon today!

Held at View by Sydney in Walsh Bay with Natarsha Belling as MC I designed and gifted a sterling silver necklace to the 80 guests who attended the lunch in the hope of starting an important conversation on womens heart health.

Thank you to cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp, Women and Heart Disease Project Manager Angela Hehir and the extremely brave and inspiring Miranda Hill for sharing their professional knowledge, advice and personal stories with us all. A huge thank you also goes out to the team at the Heart Foundation for their hard work, enthusiasm and ongoing support in the lead up to the event! I could not have done it without them. Volunteering at the Heart Foundation over the past five months has been such a heartwarming and rewarding experience. A very special thank you also goes out to Alfio of Bon Journo Media for filming my story which was showed at the lunch.

Finally, thank you to my family and friends for always being there for me.

For those who would like to purchase my necklace, it is available to buy online or at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, with a percentage of sales donated to the Heart Foundation’s Women and Heart Disease campaign.

For those who would like to find out more, you can read my story here.

White gold white opal
29 February 2016

I’ve recently finished making this custom opal ring! Handcrafted in 18 carat white gold and set with a gorgeous white opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

“Here’s our pick of Australian designers who don’t necessarily specialise in engagement rings, but which are making beautiful ones anyway.”

Thank to Broadsheet for featuring my work in their recent article ‘Otherwise Engaged’. You can read the full article written by Elisha Kennedy here!

Lava Plains
24 January 2016

A recent custom engagement ring featuring the most vibrant untreated Australian sapphire from Lava Plains. Lava Plains is a working cattle farm in Northern Queensland. The small deposit of sapphires that have been found in this region are recognised for their high quality and rich blue colour.

This marquise was fossicked and cut locally and set in 18 carat yellow gold for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Congratulations to Paul and Eve!

Jervis Bay
14 January 2016

Over the Christmas/New Year break, I escaped to Jervis Bay. Here a couple of snap from one of my favourite beaches.

You can see more of what I got up to by visiting my instagram page.

Textured Rings
14 January 2016

One for him, one for her.

Textured wedding rings handcrafted out of 18 carat yellow gold. A recent custom order for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Tools Down
23 December 2015

Sore hands. Aching back. Bung knee. What a week!

Tools down.

Merry Christmas everybody! See you all in 2016 x

‘The High Line’
17 December 2015
‘The High Line’ editorial by Backyard Opera was styled by Maria Maung and features a selection of my fine gold Australian opal and Argyle diamond earrings, necklaces and rings.
 
Visit backyardopera.com for the full editorial. All pieces are now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.
 
Photographer Brad Mawby, model Stella from Priscillas Model Management, styling and creative direction by Maria Maung and hair and makeup by Chisato Chris Arai.
White Gold Pear Diamond
16 December 2015

A custom 18 carat white gold pear diamond engagement ring and 18 carat white gold and diamond wedding band for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

This Christmas
9 December 2015

I have just completed an all-Australian Mini Granule collection for Christmas! This series was first made in 2013 in yellow gold with each trio of granules set with the most vibrant blue Australian sapphire.

This time around I have handmade the collection in rose gold with Australian argyle white diamonds, white gold with Australian argyle cognac diamonds and again in yellow gold with Australian blue sapphires.

This collection will be available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade this December!

Black Diamond
7 December 2015

A custom 18 carat yellow gold engagement ring set with the most spectacular 2 carat black diamond. Congratulations Steve and Kat!

Pearl & Diamond Studs
2 December 2015

18 carat yellow gold, two Japanese Akoya pearls and four Australian argyle diamonds. These golden studs are headed to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

True Blue
26 November 2015

18 carat yellow gold and Australian sapphire ring. This ring is headed over to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Celebrating the Opal
31 October 2015

Its been so much fun celebrating October’s birthstone the opal this month. I can’t wait to share some of my custom orders with you all real soon.

You can find all of my opal jewellery at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade and a select few pieces at Andamooka Yacht Club in South Australia.

 

Kato Koufonisia
12 October 2015

One of the most memorable days from our Greek island adventure. A day of sailing and swimming into the fokospilies (seal caves) of Kato Koufonisia.

Eternity Ring
1 October 2015

This is my take on the traditional eternity ring. Featuring eight cognac diamonds from Western Australia and set in 18 carat yellow gold, my eternity ring is a celebration of Australian argyle diamonds.

October Birthstone
24 September 2015

Over the past few months, I have been working with the most beautiful white opal from the remote town of Andamooka in South Australia.

Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, so over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing images of my opal jewellery on Facebook and Instagram

For those of you who would like to see my pieces in the flesh, you can find my opal jewellery at Courtesy of the Artist in Sydney as well as a few select pieces at Andamooka Yacht Club in Andamooka, South Australia.

Time Slows Down
22 September 2015

I have spent the past four weeks road tripping across northern Spain, sneaking into France and island hopping throughout Greece.

The more I travel, the more I realise how important it is for me to get away. Whether it be few months exploring a new country, revisiting a special place time and time again, or simply escaping Sydney for the weekend, these adventures are what keep me going. They not only open my eyes, challenge my mind and treat my tastebuds, they also bring a healthy dose of reality, offer inspiration, and give my hard working body a break.

As much as I love my job and living in beautiful Sydney, time slows down when I break away from my day to day routine.

You can see some pictures of my trip by following me or visiting my instagram page here.

 

Andamooka Yacht Club
13 August 2015

My jewellery is heading to the South Australian desert!

I am so excited to be working on a small collection of opal jewellery for Andamooka’s up and coming creative community hub, Andamooka Yacht Club. (Yes, you read right. A yacht club in the middle of the desert).

Opening in late August, Andamooka Yacht Club will host a tourist information point, cafe and gallery showcasing the work of artists and metalsmiths featuring the town’s famous opal.

Andamooka is Australia’s original opal mining town, a small place that grew along a dry sandy riverbed. The town was established in 1930 and continues to produce opal that is considered by experts to be the most stable in the world.

Thank you Matilda and Kurt for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase my work in this beautiful remote Australian town. I cannot wait to visit! A huge thank you to also goes out to Helmet for always finding me the most amazing white opal Andamooka has to offer.

Stay tuned for more!

Canadian Pear Diamond
5 August 2015

A Canadian diamond for an upcoming custom engagement ring. To be set in 18 carat yellow gold with an arched setting to reveal the diamonds culet (point).

Congratulations G&V!

White Opal Ring
2 August 2015

A magical white opal from Andamooka in South Australia set in 18 carat white gold.

This ring is now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Flashback
15 July 2015

A few sneaky behind the scenes shots by Sydney based photographer, Matt Hoggett. Shot in my inner city studio and Australian Technology Park last year.

Thank you to The Lane for featuring my pear diamond ring in their ‘Delicate Pear’ post on their website today!

“More akin to a droplet of water than to any fruit, we’ve found a renewed appreciation for this timeless shape, a love of its irregular femininity and elongated form.”

My pear diamond ring is available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade.

See Australia
16 May 2015

Talking about all-things Australian, here is a photo I took of one my favourite places at sunset. Under three hours south of Sydney, I have been visiting this little pocket of heaven for as long as I can remember. The air, the stars, the sand and the sea have these magical healing powers that I really can’t explain.

This place has a special place in my heart.

Thanks to the team over at Broadsheet for sharing Courtesy of the Artist’s RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE story on their website last week.

“Rare Earth: Australian Made is a collection of pieces by three resident jewellers that celebrates Australian stones. Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee and Marina Antoniou are resident jewellers at Courtesy of the Artist, a contemporary jewellery/object store/exhibition space that has been showcasing and mentoring designers for 10 years. Gemstones come in and out of vogue. Rare Earth is an attempt at rebuilding an appreciation of these stones and the stories that surround them.” – Elisha Kennedy, Broadsheet

You can read the entire article here!

Over the past few months I have been working with a selection of Australian white opals, sapphires and diamonds to create a series of rings, earrings and necklaces for a new collection of Australian gemstone jewellery. This collection is called RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE and it launches at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade next week! Visit the Courtesy of the Artist website or have a read below.

Pictured: 18 carat yellow gold studs with two white opals from Andamooka in South Australia.

Courtesy of the Artist is thrilled to be celebrating ten years in the Australian design industry this year and what better way to kick off this milestone than with a focus on the Australian gemstone. 

Our journey to sourcing the most prized gems will be launched on April 16 with an exhibition of new jewellery. This show will be the first of many showcasing Australian gemstones, and it’s one we’re personally very excited about. 

Over the coming months, we will be travelling to the heartland of Australia, directly to the source of some our most precious gems and meeting with the individuals who fossik for them and the stone cutters who sculpt them. We can’t wait to share these stories with you as we delve even deeper into our relationships with our makers. 

The line up on display for RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE includes white diamonds, cognac diamonds, octahedron diamonds and macle diamonds from the Argyle Mine, as well as rough yellow diamonds from the Ellendale Mine – both in Western Australia. We also have zircons from the Northern Territory, sapphires, black spinel and topaz from central to northern Queensland and white opals from Andamooka, South Australia.

Our resident artists Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee and Marina Antoniou have married their craftsmanship with these distinctly Australian stones to bring you a collection straight from our beautiful backyard. 

We really hope you can join us for the first of our ten year celebrations and enjoy seeing these unique Australian gemstones in a contemporary light. 

RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE  launches at Courtesy of the Artist on Thursday 16th April 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. Courtesy of the Artist is located at Shop 122, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412 – 414 George Street, Sydney, Australia 2000. 

A few months back I completed this engagement ring for a lovely Courtesy of the Artist client. This ring was made from 18 carat white gold, an deep blue/green Australian sapphire and diamond. Congratulations A&A!

 

Neos Kosmos
2 March 2015

A wonderful double-page feature in last weekends Greek/Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos. Thank you to Anastasia Tsirtsakis for the write up. This one is for you Yiayia!

Read the full article here.

Andamooka
2 March 2015

Over the past few months I have been sourcing a collection of white opals from the remote town of Andamooka in South Australia. I have been working closely with a miner, fossicker and stone cutter and recently received this beauty (which is a whole 16mm in length). I look forward to one day visiting Helmet and his mine in Andamooka. I don’t look forward to the plane trip there!

White Magazine
22 February 2015

Floral Melody, a sweet symphony of Autumn styles. My yellow gold and Australian sapphire cuff has been styled alongside Vera Wang in the Autumn issue of White Magazine. Go grab yourself a copy!

Shop now at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Photography by Julia Trotti Photography, florals by Jardine Botanic Floral Styling, styling by Carla Burrell, styling intern Kate Bryce, hair and makeup by Abbey Love, model Lauren Dritmanis of Chadwick Models, videography by Dan Podbierezki Swoon Weddings.

 

Weightless
28 January 2015

Photographer Damien Milan Photography and stylist Anastasia Gladushchenko bring us a shoot that is bold, daring and dripping in floral delight. And Marina Antoniou Jewellery!

‘The Weightless Bride’ for White Magazine “embodies the best things humanity has to offer, embracing life and love in a vibrant and joyful setting. There’s a free-spirited air to this shoot that delves into the crux of nature and exposes its heartfelt core.”

This shoot features my Mini Australian Sapphire Granule Cuff, my Mini Australian Sapphire Granule Ring, and my Organic Granule Band. All three pieces are made from 18 carat yellow and are available through Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

See the entire story here.

An Australian Story
21 January 2015

Over the next few weeks I will be putting together a small collection of jewellery using the most magnificent Australian gemstones. Here is one of them!

This 1.35ct Australian teal blue sapphire that has been fossicked and cut by locals in our beautiful country.

Pear Diamond Ring
16 January 2015

A little Friday flashback to my very first engagement ring! I made this guy a few years ago and have since made a few very different variations for wonderful clients.

Happy New Year!
25 December 2014

What a year it’s been! I’ll be having a little bit of time off and will be back at the bench on Monday 5th January. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support this year.

Here is a Courtesy of the Artist Custom engagement ring I finished just before Christmas. This is the first white gold version of my pear diamond ring!

Merry Christmas and see you in 2015.

 

Just in time for Christmas! I have just finished this 18 carat white gold, diamond and Australian sapphire engagement ring. This ring was designed and made for Courtesy of the Artist Custom in The Strand Arcade.

Congratulations T&J!

Make a List
1 December 2014

Make a list. Find the perfect Christmas gift with the Strand Arcade’s online gift finder. Featuring my yellow gold granule cuff with two Australian sapphires, now at Courtesy of the Artist.

Cross
1 December 2014

For our goddaughter, Lily. 18 carat yellow gold christening cross. To be set with a cognac diamond and hand engraved with her name on the back.

Yen Magazine Part Two
25 November 2014

You can still grab yourself a copy of the latest Yen Magazine featuring an article on me and my jewellery practice. Here is page two of my meet and greet! Thanks team Yen! And thanks to Matt Hoggett for the portrait and Artisan Magazine for the studio snaps.

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Yen Magazine
14 October 2014

Meet and Greet Marina Antoniou in this months Yen Magazine! Flick over to page 34 for this double page feature written by Annie Sebel. Out now.

Cognac Diamond Ring
2 September 2014

Forged out of 18 carat yellow gold and set with a cognac diamond, this ring is now over at Courtesy of the Artist Custom in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.

 

I am thrilled to announce that my jewellery is now part of the new Courtesy of the Artist Custom store in Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade. This inspiring new space, designed by the talented Cesar Cueva is dedicated to custom commissions for commitment, engagement and wedding rings.

“Acknowledging the significance of celebrating a special milestone with a personalised design piece, Courtesy of the Artist Custom launched in July 2014.

Led by Creative Director Cesar Cueva and representing five resident artists trained in traditional gold and silversmithing, Courtesy of the Artist Custom combines time honoured skills with the broader practice of contemporary design to create distinct pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. Representing Courtesy of the Artist Custom is Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Marina Antoniou, Emma Fielden and Todd Turner. With a passion for connecting clients with the artist that best represents their vision, director Nina Cueva has an intuitive sense of identifying a patron’s personal style and linking them with the right artist to bring their creation to life”

My jewellery is exclusive to this space, so if you’re looking for a piece of my work or would like something custom made, this is where you need to go!

Have a read about this exciting new space here

Onsight Films
25 August 2014

A few weeks ago I spent a couple of days with Sydney based filmmakers Marlon and Redgie from Onsight Films. Through the art of film, this talented duo set out to tell everyday stories that people can connect to in one way or another.

I am so thrilled to have had them tell my story. And I am even more thrilled to finally share it with you!

Check out my story here.

Break
30 July 2014

I will be away from the bench and enjoying a slice of European summer for the next three weeks.

What an amazing seven months it has been. I’m looking forward to sharing new work and some exciting news with you all when I return!

Temple and Webster
29 July 2014

Thanks to Temple and Webster and Artisan Magazine for joining forces and featuring my work on the Temple and Webster blog today! You can have a read of the article right here.

The Strand Bride
1 July 2014

Looking for something blue to wear on your wedding day?

The Strand Arcade have just launched their new Bridal Inspiration Website featuring my Mini Granule necklace, earrings, ring and cuff! These four pieces are made from 18 carat yellow gold and set with deep blue Australian sapphires. I wore the studs and ring on my wedding day!

All four pieces are available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist up on Level 2 in the Strand Arcade.

Studio Home
24 June 2014

Big thank you to Studio Home for feature Marina Antoniou Jewellery on their website today. Have a squiz right here!

Sapphire Granule Cuff
17 June 2014

I have just finished making a new Sapphire Granule Cuff Handcrafted from 18 carat yellow gold and set with two Australian sapphires, this beauty is headed to the new Courtesy of the Artist Custom store, opening soon in the Strand Arcade.

On that note, I am so thrilled to be part of this new space and will share everything with you all really soon.

Mini Granule Studs
14 June 2014

Part of my collection Day One, these yellow gold and diamond studs are inspired by the elements of nature frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks.

“Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in gold wreaths of this period are a recurring presence in this collection”.

Tiger
4 June 2014

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

After 17 years together, last night we lost our beautiful Tiger. Tiger was not just my studio pal, but a very special part of our family. We will miss you little guy.

Alison Kennon
28 May 2014

Sharing the work of a fellow creative. Thank you to the lovely Alison Kennon Botanical Design for her beautiful bloom-work on our wedding day.

The brief was gorgeous rustic country; seasonal blooms in whites, cream with the smallest hint of very pale pink, herbs and succulents in amber glass bottles.

We think she nailed it!

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Cross Earrings
15 May 2014

New ‘Cross Earrings’ are in the making! This time around, I will be experimenting a lot more with the line, size, proportion and material. In the meantime, there is one silver pair of ‘Cross Earrings’ available over at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

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My Wedding Jewels
12 May 2014

Something old – I commissioned Katherine Bowman to make my engagement ring. I have always adored her work! Katherine made me one of her pledge rings in yellow gold with an old cut diamond.

Something new – A gift from my new family. A white gold ‘Secret Heart’ stack ring by the wonderful Cinnamon Lee.

Something blue – A yellow gold ‘Mini Granule’ ring set with an Australian blue sapphire by me.

Photo by Summerton Photography.

Mini Granule Ring
6 May 2014

The mini granule ring is great by itself or stacked with one of your own. It’s available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and silver with or without a stone. Choose from a deep Australia blue sapphire, a diamond or ruby!

Third. Eye. Western.
28 April 2014

Head down to Gallery 2010 in Surry Hills this Thursday night for the opening of my pal Lauren Webster’s solo exhibition THIRD. EYE. WESTERN. I have spent many days in the studio alongside Lauren watching this body of work grow and could not be more proud of her!

THIRD. EYE. WESTERN. opens at Gallery 2010, 69 Reservoir St Surry Hills, from 6 – 8pm on the 1st May 2014 and closes on the 4th May. Congratulations Lauren!

 

Summerton Photography
22 April 2014

Megan of Summerton Photography sneaked into the studio the morning of our wedding day.

It was a lovely surprise seeing these photos amongst all of the snaps from the big day. Thanks Megan!

Lately
31 March 2014

Here are two of my most recent engagement and wedding ring commissions. I had so much fun making these!

The set on the left was forged from 18 carat yellow gold and hammer set with an old mine cut champagne diamond. The set on the right was made from 9 carat white gold, a tiny granule and a beautiful pear diamond. 

Back in Stock!
17 March 2014

My mini granule necklaces from the collection Day One are back in stock! These delicate pendants are available in sterling silver and yellow gold and are set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

Exclusive to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, my mini granule necklaces are now available in store and online.

Valentines Day
10 February 2014

A curated Valentine’s Day by The Strand Arcade featuring my yellow gold and Australian sapphire mini granule studs. Available now exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade.

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Urban Walkabout
21 January 2014

Thanks to the team over at Urban Walkabout for featuring my Black Cross Earrings in their first online pop up store, U POP UP! During the months of November and December last year, U POP UP carried a distinctive edit of gifts for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs.

The Urban Walkabout crew also interviewed me for their wonderful blog, so head over here and have a read.

U POP UP is now closed, so shop my Black Cross Earrings exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in store or online.

Happy Holidays.
22 December 2013

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014!

Photo by Effie See White.

Stalk Ring
21 December 2013

I made this guy back in 2008. He was the first silver ring I ever designed and made and I love him to bits!

Toko. Concept. Design.
3 December 2013

For those of you asking, Toko. Concept. Design were the creative force behind my new brand identity, logo, makers mark and website. It was such a pleasure to work with this talented pair.

Here is what they had to say about the design of my logo and makers mark: “Toko’s logo for Marina utilises her intials M & A, generating a negative ‘diamond’ space. A ‘simple’ mark ideal for translation into a makers mark only 1.5 mm in size.” Check out the Toko website here to see an outline of the project.

Courtesy of the Artist
2 December 2013

My 40 piece jewellery collection ‘Day One’ is headed to its new home at Courtesy of the Artist in Sydney’s iconic Strand Arcade. The full collection will be available in store and a few selected pieces will be available to buy online.

“The carefully curated Courtesy of the Artist store is stocked with an enticing mix of jewellery, objects and art – ranging from the limited edition to the one of a kind moment of artistic virtuosity. Each piece is handmade in the studio of some of Australia’s most innovative and collectable contemporary jewellery, object and image makers.”

Love from The Lane
29 November 2013

Last month the lovely ladies over at The Lane featured me in their “Brands We Love” section of their website. 

The Lane know weddings, so for all of you looking for something fresh and creative to inspire your big day be sure to follow them.

 

Profile
28 November 2013

Thanks to the crew over at Courtesy of the Artist for profiling me on their website!

Read the full interview here.

Tinkering with Treasures
26 November 2013

For those of you with an iPad, head over to the App store now and download Issue 6 of Artisan Magazine. In this issue, I shared my story with the Artisan Team for an article titled ‘Tinkering with Treasures.’

In September this year, I spoke to Artisan Magazine about my journey to becoming a jeweller, what I love most about what I do, my processes and my inspirations. Filled with beautiful, warm photos of my studio, ‘Tinkering with Treasures’ also showcases a four minute behind-the-scenes video of me working at my bench (yes, you can finally see what I get up to!).

Artisan Magazine is an iPad magazine which focuses on stories of the local, personal and unique – all things simple and beautiful. 

 

Launch Night
25 November 2013

I have just uploaded a few photos from the launch of my new collection ‘Day One’ here. 

Big thank you to Jumana Shakeer for taking photos on the night. Enjoy!

Thank You
9 November 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate the launch of Day One at Courtesy of the Artist on Thursday night! It’s been a huge six months at the bench, and despite all the late nights and working weekends I have loved every minute of putting this 42 piece collection together.

Extra big love to the Courtesy of the Artist clan – Nina, Cesar and Lauren for all their help and support in getting the show up and running.

For those of you who were unable to make it on opening night, Day One is open until November 30th 2013 from Wednesday to Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm at 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more information.

Day One
17 October 2013

I’m thrilled to invite you all to the opening of my first solo exhibition, Day One, launching this November at Courtesy of the Artist in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Day One presents a collection of handcrafted jewels inspired by the symbols, forms, materials and techniques used by master craftsman to create the earliest examples of jewelled adornment.

This collection of jewels draws intrigue from the archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece for inspiration.

Like those recovered from Egyptian graves, small disc ostrich shell beads that were shaped, drilled and strung together by ancient craftsman have been seamlessly intertwined into this collection.

Turquoise was a highly coveted gemstone believed by the Egyptians to have supernatural powers and features throughout Day One in a series of delicate yellow gold and silver rings. Striking red and soft peach hues of naturally sourced coral, hand cut sapphires and tourmalines have also been used to embody the colours of carnelian, red jasper and inlaid glass applied by these early artisans.

The lavishly ornate designs referencing elements of nature were frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks and also feature as a source of inspiration. Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in the gold wreathes of this period are a recurring presence in this collection.

Rather than replicating specific artifacts, Day One transcends the ages and blurs the boundaries of traditional jewellery design. It not only presents a reflection of the past – the beginning – but more importantly presents a reflection of the early development of my skills as a designer and maker.

An exciting video collaboration with Artisan Magazine showcasing my creative processes will also be revealed in the gallery on opening night.

Day One launches on November 7th 2013 between 6pm – 8pm at Courtesy of the Artist, 10b Fitzroy Place Surry Hills. The exhibition runs until November 30th 2013. Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more details.

Welcome
15 October 2013

Welcome to www.marinaantoniou.com. It’s been months in the making, but we did it!

I’ll begin by saying thank you to everyone involved in helping me get my website up and running. Firstly a huge thank you to Toko Concept Design for the design and development of my brand identity and website.

A very big thank you also goes out to Artisan Magazine for the images of my studio which you can see throughout the site.

Finally, thank you to the Australia Council for the Arts. Twelve months ago I received an Artstart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to assist with the professional development of my practice. The grant has allowed me to get this website up and running and it would not have been possible without their help.

Over the next few weeks I will begin to add new images of work to both the Collections and Bespoke galleries of the website, so please do come back. For those of you who would like to take a look behind the scenes, step into my studio and follow me on Instagram and FacebookHere’s to an exciting few weeks ahead!

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A sapphire and opal ring – a  beautiful cluster of three.

I designed this precious piece for my friend Paree a few months back and it is finally complete!

Featuring an Australian blue sapphire, an Australian white opal and a single golden granule in 18ct yellow gold, this piece has been so special to make.

Here’s a very sweet half halo wedding ring that I just recently finished. This 18ct rose gold ring has five white diamonds, which are slightly graduating in size to fit perfectly around the base of Tonia’s pear shaped diamond ring.

Opal and sapphire earring – a new piece complete. This single stud was handcrafted from 18ct yellow gold and set with three white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and a blue sapphire from Tasmania. I collected all four gems on my recent trips to both Andamooka and Tassie!

Here’s another photo of this beauty, which has found itself a home!

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I am so honoured to be part of this powerful piece for the National Heart Foundation’s current campaign ‘Making the Invisible Visible‘. This video which you will see on Foxtel during the month of June shares an incredibly important message delivered by real women (including myself) who have experienced cardiovascular disease in one form or another.

This month the National Heart Foundation are encouraging us all to draw a heart on our bodies to help make heart disease in women, visible. It’s crazy to think that heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australian women, yet public awareness is extremely low.

Heart disease does not discriminate, so this month let’s shine the spotlight on womens hearts.

Visit my online store to purchase your very own ‘From the Heart’ necklace or head www.invisiblevisible.org.au to find out more about how you can protect your heart.

 

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Something a little different – a pear diamond in rose gold! This custom 18ct rose gold engagement ring handcrafted in my Sydney studio and claw set with the most beautiful bright white pear diamond.

Time to get started on the matching wedding band!

Australian Sapphire Engagement Ring Yellow Gold Claws Set Marina Antoniou

I am excited to share this recent Australian sapphire engagement ring. This custom ring was handcrafted out of 18ct yellow gold and claw set with a beautiful sea blue round sapphire.

I made this ring for the coolest client up in Byron Bay. A massive congratulations to B&C on your engagement over the weekend!

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A few weeks back I was invited to take part in the very first Precinct 75 design pop up. This three day event saw permanent tenants such as Uashmama, Garlands, and Society Inc at creative hub Precinct 75 in St Peters play host to visiting creatives such as Jason Grant, Mr and Mrs White, Bailey Nelson and myself!

Precinct 75 is a vibrant creative precinct comprising 12 character buildings set over nearly 1.5 hectares at St Peters. It has a has a rich heritage dating back to the early 1900’s and the character of the original site has been maintained, offering the period charm of high ceilings, exposed timber, raw finishes and bold creative spaces.

For the event, I moved my entire studio and set up my jewellers bench over at the Crank Furniture where for three days I made jewellery for you to all see.

Thank you to everybody that visited during the event – it was lovely to meet and speak to you all and give you an insight into my jewellery practice. Thank you to Precinct 75 and especially Crank Furniture for having me!

 

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Bespoke Yellow gold and diamond wedding band

These bespoke wedding bands for Courtesy of the Artist are complete! Custom made in my Sydney studio, I made a textured yellow gold wedding band for the groom, and a scatter of Australian argyle diamonds in white gold for the bride.

Congratulations Luke and Bridie!

For more of my custom engagement and wedding rings, visit here.

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday I will be moving my studio to creative hub Precinct 75 in St Peters for a very exciting design pop up.

For these two days, I will be working from my jewellers bench at Crank Furniture alongside Bailey Nelson and giving you an insight into my creative practice. For those of you who’d love to see what I get up to at the bench or to just say hello, pop in between 2pm – 8pm on Thursday 20th, 10am – 6pm on Friday 21st, and 9am – 4pm on Saturday 22nd. There will also be a limited selection of jewellery available to order on the day.

Find me at Crank Furniture, Suite 7.04, 75 Mary Street, St Peters.

 

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Australian Opal Ring
9 April 2017

I recently made this very special Australian opal ring for my lovely friend Matilda. This opal was handpicked by Matilda and I in Andamooka, South Australia on my visit to this desert town last year. I took it back home with me and handcrafted it out of 18ct white gold in my Sydney studio. Once complete, I delivered it to Matilda at her new home in Goulds Country in the forest of north-eastern Tasmania. Such a special piece!

Take a closer look at the opal. I see desert, I see forest, I see the sea. See the opal before it was set into the ring here

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Here is one of my favourite creations from last year! This oval Australian sapphire ring was handcrafted out of 18ct white gold and surrounded by four white gold granules.

To see a photo of this stunning blue beauty on, head over to my Instagram page here.

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A gift from one sister to another marking a special occasion in their lives. This pear Australian opal ring features a glistening white opal from Andamooka in South Australia in matte 9 carat yellow gold.

For more of my opal jewellery, visit here.

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South Sea Pearl Earrings
1 February 2017

A very special pair of 18ct yellow gold and Australian South Sea pearl earrings. These beautiful pearls are from Cygnet Bay in Western Australia and have been paired with glistening Australian blue sapphires.

The Australian South Sea pearl oyster – Pinctada maxima – is the largest and rarest of all pearl oysters, and produces the finest and most beautiful pearl nacre of any mollusc. It is said that 1 pearl is produced per oyster every 2-3 years!

These one off pair of earrings are now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Today’s Reminder
24 January 2017

When diagnosed with pulmonary emboli (blood clots in my lungs) at the age of 23, thinking back, I really didn’t understand what was going on. I fought the clots off, but when I was hit with another lot six months later I realised that this was something I was going to have to live with for the rest of my life.

Over the last six years I have spent a lot of time worrying about my health. My medication (warfarin) prevents any clots from reoccurring, which puts my mind at ease. But then I worry about being on warfarin everyday, for the rest of my life. When my levels are low I am at risk of developing clots, and when my levels are high I am at risk of bleeding. This constant balancing act is one I’m not just playing with my warfarin, but with everything that life throws my way.

The best thing that has come from my health experiences is that I have realised the importance of living a balanced life. I’ve learnt to try and let go of small things that bring on stress and sleepless nights. Weekly pilates and painful but rewarding sessions of F45 training have made me physically and mentally stronger.

When it comes to work, I work late into the night running my business on my own, designing new pieces for smaller collections, creating bespoke rings for clients and making each and every piece by hand. I try my absolute best to stay as organised as I can with orders and deadlines, I don’t take on last minute jobs that I know will bring on stress and spend as many weekends as possible (unless a deadline looms) away from the bench.

The one thing though that has helped me the absolute most (aside from support from my family and friends) has been my travels. I truly believe that all the adventures I have been on have healed me in a way that no doctor or medicine could. These trips continue to put things into perspective and make me realise how lucky I am to be in control of my health and therefore my life.

Thank you to the team over at the National Heart Foundation for giving me strength and a platform to tell my story not just through my necklace but also through words, out loud. 

Shop ‘From the Heart’ here.

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Green and Gold
16 January 2017

Warm, textured yellow gold paired with a deep teal 1ct Australian parti sapphire from Rubyvale in Central Queensland. This ring found itself an owner a few weeks ago and is back in the studio for a resize!

Something Blue
3 January 2017

A very special pair of custom earrings I made just before Christmas for a bride for her upcoming wedding in Alice Springs. These studs were handmade out of 18 carat yellow gold with two Australian white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and finished off with two blue Australian sapphires.

Congratulations LiAnn!

Visiting Andamooka
3 November 2016

I have just arrived home from an inspiring six nights in Andamooka.

Located 600km north of Adelaide in the South Australian desert, Andamooka is one of Australia’s oldest opal mining townships and is known for producing white, crystal opal.

I was invited to Andamooka by Matilda and Kurt of the Andamooka Yacht Club to run two beading workshops as part of the Andamooka Workshop Week. This week of activities aimed to promote and encourage wellbeing throughout Andamooka and surrounding outback communities. I ran two classes with the local school children and both were a great success! It was so wonderful to see each and every one of the kids excited to learn and to create something with their own two hands. It was extra special to hear that the majority of the children were creating their necklaces and bracelets for loved ones at home.

On this trip, I also had the pleasure of finally meeting opal miner and cutter Hellmut Frittum who arrived in Australia from Vienna in 1961. I have been sourcing all my white opals directly from Hellmut for over a year now, so it was really great to finally put a face to his name. He took me through his mine and shared the most fascinating stories and opals with me. Meeting Hellmut was really so special – not only was he a genuine, kind man, but my connection to each and every one of his opal is now much stronger. I look forward to sharing Hellmut’s stories to those of you who wear his opals in my jewellery.

I have documented my journey through a series of photos on both my Instagram and Facebook pages, so if you would like to see more, please do check them out!

 

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Emerald Cut
1 November 2016

Rare beauty.

A recent custom order for Courtesy of the Artist. This 18 carat white gold engagement ring features the most magnificent untreated Australian blue sapphire from Lava Plains in Queensland.

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Cygnet Bay Pearls
5 October 2016

All the way from Cygnet Bay, WA.

A recent 18 carat yellow gold necklace with an Australian South Sea pearls from Cygnet Bay and two Australian sapphires.

A recent 18 yellow gold and Australian sapphire custom engagement ring for Courtesy of the Artist is complete.

This beauty is heading to Darwin!

The next instalment of Rare Earth: Australian Made at Courtesy of the Artist is here!

Over the last few weeks I have been busy putting the final touches to some new pieces created especially for this show. I’ve been working with beautiful Australian sapphires, Australian opals and for the first time, Australian south sea pearls.

Join the team and I next Thursday 25th August 2016 between 6pm – 8pm in the Strand Arcade for opening night celebrations!

“To celebrate The Strand Arcade’s 125th year of creating and craftsmanship, Courtesy of the Artist is excited to be sharing with you the latest incarnation of Rare Earth: Australian Made.

Come join us on Thursday 25th of August from 6:00pm – 8:00pm to see new work from resident artists Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Todd Turner, Marina Antoniou and master gemcutter Doug Menadue. We are also very excited to be introducing Fealofani Elisara as the newest member to our creative team of artists, who will be presenting her own unique flavour to the show.

Included in this collection are gemstones from all around Australia, such as sapphires from Lava Plains and Rubyvale, smokey quartz from O’Briens Creek, zircons from Harts Range, pearls from Cygnet Bay, opals from Quilpie and Andamooka and diamonds from the East Kimberely region.”

Visit the Courtesy of the Artist website to RSVP or for more information.

Copper and Brass
29 July 2016

Some things in the studio that I have made, bought, found in copper and brass…

A recent custom engagement ring for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Handcrafted 18 carat white gold set with an Australian sapphire and two Australian argyle diamonds.

 

Collective Hub
27 June 2016

I am so thrilled to see my necklace ‘From the Heart’ for the Heart Foundation on page 28 of the Collective Hub’s latest magazine issue.

Thank you to Collective Hub and Lisa Messenger for sharing this important heart health message to all your female readers!

WATCH – ‘Women with Heart Luncheon’ by Bon Journo Media

The ‘Women with Heart Luncheon’ held in March this year was an inspiring, informative and eye-opening day held by the National Heart Foundation​ in Sydney. At this special charity lunch, the Heart Foundation put the spotlight on women’s heart health issues and raised vital funds for the women we love.

Each and every guest went home with a sterling silver ‘From the Heart’ necklace which I designed and made for this special event.

You can see what happened on the day by watching the video captured by the talented folks over at Bon Journo Media below.

This June, join the Heart Foundation in making heart disease, the invisible disease, visible. You can find out more by visiting www.invisiblevisible.org.au.

Some new studs!

Handmade out of 18 carat yellow gold and set with two white opals from Andamooka in South Australia and a sapphire from Rubyvale in Queensland.

These will be available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade soon.

Sunrise on 7
4 June 2016

It was so great to see Natalie Barr cover such an important topic on Sunrise this week.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women and in this story Natalie reflected on her father’s experience with heart disease and spoke to two women who have experienced heart disease at first hand. Natalie asked some important questions which we should all take the time to find the answers to – do you know your risks, do you know your family history and have you had a heart health check?

Thank you Natalie for wearing and mentioning the yellow gold ‘From the Heart’ necklace which I designed and made for the Heart Foundation. 

You can watch the segment here.

You can explore the Courtesy of the Artist Australian gemstone project by searching the hashtag ‪#‎rareearthaustralianmade‬ on instagram.

Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Todd Turner and myself have documented our processes, the gems themselves as well as our finished jewellery creations.

This 1.23ct untreated Australian sapphire is from Lava Plains in Queensland and has been photographed by Cesar Cueva.

Claire and Michael
27 May 2016

I absolutely love seeing photos like this!

I met Claire and Michael back in 2014 at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade and since then designed and made Claire’s engagement ring and both her and Michael’s wedding bands.

A seriously cool couple who recently got married on the coast of South Australia. Congratulations to you both, it was so lovely to be part of your special day.

Photograph (left) by Alice Bell Photographics.

Black Opal
6 May 2016

A very special Australian opal passed down from a father to his daughter Daphne.

“My late father’s gift of over 35 years ago will finally be created into a piece that can be enjoyed and then passed down with the same amount of love my father affectionately showed me.” – Daphne

I have the honour of continuing this family’s story and look forward to transforming this opal into something Daphne can cherish and pass down to her children.

Heart Week!
2 May 2016
It’s heart week! 
 
Most heart disease is preventable, so take control and make changes to your life. Here is a little reminder of the most common risk factors of heart disease that you can do something about – smoking, your alcohol intake, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, high stress levels, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
 
My necklace  ‘From the Heart for the National Heart Foundation is my little reminder to you all to look after your own hearts. I have just added this 9 carat rose gold and diamond necklace to the collection which you can purchase online here.
Tools of the Trade
2 May 2016

Being a jeweller I work with my hands all the time – filing, sawing, polishing, emerying metal. I am never without Aesop’s Resurrection Hand Balm in the studio. It is my absolute saviour!

White Opal Love
28 April 2016

Here is another angle of my latest white opal ring. Handcrafted out of 18 carat white gold and featuring a magical opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

This ring is available exclusively in store at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Pear Sapphire Surprise
18 April 2016

From Alex to Georgia.

I just recently completed these 18 carat white gold wedding and engagement rings for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade. The engagement ring features a deep blue sapphire and the wedding band has an Australian argyle diamond.

via The Heart Foundation. 

A new partnership between boutique jewelry designer Marina Antoniou and the Heart Foundation NSW was launched at the inaugural Women with Heart lunch in Sydney.

Influential women from the corporate and professional services sectors, major supporters, and media personalities were presented with a bespoke necklace that Marina has created, which will also be available for purchase, with a contribution of the proceeds going to the Heart Foundation’s NSW Women and Heart Disease program.

Heart disease, and more broadly cardiovascular disease, can affect women of all ages and can take many forms. Marina’s health issue was triggered by a combination of an underlying genetic blood clotting condition and taking the oral contraceptive pill.

“It was in 2009 at the age of 23, when I first became aware that something was wrong. What started as months of breathlessness and struggling to walk up the stairs developed into fatigue and feeling generally unwell,” Marina said.

“I was told I had a chest infection and that I’d be better soon, but my symptoms continued. Weeks later, I woke with excruciating pain in my chest,” she added.

Marina went straight to hospital and was found to have multiple blood clots in her lungs. After 6 months of taking daily blood thinners, she was given the all clear, but a few months later her condition returned and she now be on medication for the rest of her life.

Fast forward six years and Marina is still taking her medication daily, has not had any further blood clotting, and now she feels like she wants to raise awareness to help other women.

Heart Foundation CEO Kerry Doyle said she was delighted that Marina had reached out to the Heart Foundation to share her story and to become actively involved.

“What has developed from that initial contact has become so much more – Marina is now an integral member of our Women and Heart Disease working group, injecting her ideas, energy and talent to help make other women aware of the risk factors, warning signs, symptoms and proactive prevention related to heart disease. Marina is living proof that heart disease takes many forms and that this is a condition which can impact women of all ages, including younger women. ” she said.

Marina said that the necklace, entitled From the Heart, was inspired by the ideas of connection, support and balance – three things that helped her go from struggle to strength in her own personal health journey.

“With this necklace, I hope to start a conversation and educate women about the importance of their own heart health,” she said.

“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 heart related illness, I will be eternally happy.”

“Finally, I hope that this necklace brings light and positivity to those that have been personally touched by cardiovascular disease,” she added.

The pendant is made up of two tear shaped halves, which overlap and come together to form a sculptural shape resembling a heart. Made in Marina’s Sydney studio and available in sterling silver, 9 carat rose gold, yellow gold and white gold, each pendant is given a soft, satin finish by hand.

The necklace can be purchased online at www.marinaantoniou.com and www.courtesyoftheartist.com.au with a percentage of the sale going to the National Heart Foundation’s Women and Heart Disease campaign.

Jewellery Boxes
2 April 2016

Custom kraft and silver foil jewellery boxes for my ‘From the Heart’ necklaces.

New Opal Ring
1 April 2016

Moving patterns and colours of the rainbow.

Here is a ring I just completed. It’s handmade from 18 carat white gold and features a captivating white opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

This ring is a one off and is available to buy at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

 

 

Rose Gold
20 March 2016

A 9 carat rose ‘From the Heart’ necklace order in progress.

Available to buy online or in store at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

From the Heart
17 March 2016

My necklace ‘From the Heart’ for the Heart Foundation launched at the first Women with Heart luncheon today!

Held at View by Sydney in Walsh Bay with Natarsha Belling as MC I designed and gifted a sterling silver necklace to the 80 guests who attended the lunch in the hope of starting an important conversation on womens heart health.

Thank you to cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Nikki Stamp, Women and Heart Disease Project Manager Angela Hehir and the extremely brave and inspiring Miranda Hill for sharing their professional knowledge, advice and personal stories with us all. A huge thank you also goes out to the team at the Heart Foundation for their hard work, enthusiasm and ongoing support in the lead up to the event! I could not have done it without them. Volunteering at the Heart Foundation over the past five months has been such a heartwarming and rewarding experience. A very special thank you also goes out to Alfio of Bon Journo Media for filming my story which was showed at the lunch.

Finally, thank you to my family and friends for always being there for me.

For those who would like to purchase my necklace, it is available to buy online or at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, with a percentage of sales donated to the Heart Foundation’s Women and Heart Disease campaign.

For those who would like to find out more, you can read my story here.

White gold white opal
29 February 2016

I’ve recently finished making this custom opal ring! Handcrafted in 18 carat white gold and set with a gorgeous white opal from Andamooka in South Australia.

“Here’s our pick of Australian designers who don’t necessarily specialise in engagement rings, but which are making beautiful ones anyway.”

Thank to Broadsheet for featuring my work in their recent article ‘Otherwise Engaged’. You can read the full article written by Elisha Kennedy here!

Lava Plains
24 January 2016

A recent custom engagement ring featuring the most vibrant untreated Australian sapphire from Lava Plains. Lava Plains is a working cattle farm in Northern Queensland. The small deposit of sapphires that have been found in this region are recognised for their high quality and rich blue colour.

This marquise was fossicked and cut locally and set in 18 carat yellow gold for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Congratulations to Paul and Eve!

Jervis Bay
14 January 2016

Over the Christmas/New Year break, I escaped to Jervis Bay. Here a couple of snap from one of my favourite beaches.

You can see more of what I got up to by visiting my instagram page.

Textured Rings
14 January 2016

One for him, one for her.

Textured wedding rings handcrafted out of 18 carat yellow gold. A recent custom order for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Tools Down
23 December 2015

Sore hands. Aching back. Bung knee. What a week!

Tools down.

Merry Christmas everybody! See you all in 2016 x

‘The High Line’
17 December 2015
‘The High Line’ editorial by Backyard Opera was styled by Maria Maung and features a selection of my fine gold Australian opal and Argyle diamond earrings, necklaces and rings.
 
Visit backyardopera.com for the full editorial. All pieces are now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.
 
Photographer Brad Mawby, model Stella from Priscillas Model Management, styling and creative direction by Maria Maung and hair and makeup by Chisato Chris Arai.
White Gold Pear Diamond
16 December 2015

A custom 18 carat white gold pear diamond engagement ring and 18 carat white gold and diamond wedding band for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

This Christmas
9 December 2015

I have just completed an all-Australian Mini Granule collection for Christmas! This series was first made in 2013 in yellow gold with each trio of granules set with the most vibrant blue Australian sapphire.

This time around I have handmade the collection in rose gold with Australian argyle white diamonds, white gold with Australian argyle cognac diamonds and again in yellow gold with Australian blue sapphires.

This collection will be available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade this December!

Black Diamond
7 December 2015

A custom 18 carat yellow gold engagement ring set with the most spectacular 2 carat black diamond. Congratulations Steve and Kat!

Pearl & Diamond Studs
2 December 2015

18 carat yellow gold, two Japanese Akoya pearls and four Australian argyle diamonds. These golden studs are headed to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

True Blue
26 November 2015

18 carat yellow gold and Australian sapphire ring. This ring is headed over to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Celebrating the Opal
31 October 2015

Its been so much fun celebrating October’s birthstone the opal this month. I can’t wait to share some of my custom orders with you all real soon.

You can find all of my opal jewellery at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade and a select few pieces at Andamooka Yacht Club in South Australia.

 

Kato Koufonisia
12 October 2015

One of the most memorable days from our Greek island adventure. A day of sailing and swimming into the fokospilies (seal caves) of Kato Koufonisia.

Eternity Ring
1 October 2015

This is my take on the traditional eternity ring. Featuring eight cognac diamonds from Western Australia and set in 18 carat yellow gold, my eternity ring is a celebration of Australian argyle diamonds.

October Birthstone
24 September 2015

Over the past few months, I have been working with the most beautiful white opal from the remote town of Andamooka in South Australia.

Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, so over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing images of my opal jewellery on Facebook and Instagram

For those of you who would like to see my pieces in the flesh, you can find my opal jewellery at Courtesy of the Artist in Sydney as well as a few select pieces at Andamooka Yacht Club in Andamooka, South Australia.

Time Slows Down
22 September 2015

I have spent the past four weeks road tripping across northern Spain, sneaking into France and island hopping throughout Greece.

The more I travel, the more I realise how important it is for me to get away. Whether it be few months exploring a new country, revisiting a special place time and time again, or simply escaping Sydney for the weekend, these adventures are what keep me going. They not only open my eyes, challenge my mind and treat my tastebuds, they also bring a healthy dose of reality, offer inspiration, and give my hard working body a break.

As much as I love my job and living in beautiful Sydney, time slows down when I break away from my day to day routine.

You can see some pictures of my trip by following me or visiting my instagram page here.

 

Andamooka Yacht Club
13 August 2015

My jewellery is heading to the South Australian desert!

I am so excited to be working on a small collection of opal jewellery for Andamooka’s up and coming creative community hub, Andamooka Yacht Club. (Yes, you read right. A yacht club in the middle of the desert).

Opening in late August, Andamooka Yacht Club will host a tourist information point, cafe and gallery showcasing the work of artists and metalsmiths featuring the town’s famous opal.

Andamooka is Australia’s original opal mining town, a small place that grew along a dry sandy riverbed. The town was established in 1930 and continues to produce opal that is considered by experts to be the most stable in the world.

Thank you Matilda and Kurt for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase my work in this beautiful remote Australian town. I cannot wait to visit! A huge thank you to also goes out to Helmet for always finding me the most amazing white opal Andamooka has to offer.

Stay tuned for more!

Canadian Pear Diamond
5 August 2015

A Canadian diamond for an upcoming custom engagement ring. To be set in 18 carat yellow gold with an arched setting to reveal the diamonds culet (point).

Congratulations G&V!

White Opal Ring
2 August 2015

A magical white opal from Andamooka in South Australia set in 18 carat white gold.

This ring is now available at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

Flashback
15 July 2015

A few sneaky behind the scenes shots by Sydney based photographer, Matt Hoggett. Shot in my inner city studio and Australian Technology Park last year.

Thank you to The Lane for featuring my pear diamond ring in their ‘Delicate Pear’ post on their website today!

“More akin to a droplet of water than to any fruit, we’ve found a renewed appreciation for this timeless shape, a love of its irregular femininity and elongated form.”

My pear diamond ring is available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade.

See Australia
16 May 2015

Talking about all-things Australian, here is a photo I took of one my favourite places at sunset. Under three hours south of Sydney, I have been visiting this little pocket of heaven for as long as I can remember. The air, the stars, the sand and the sea have these magical healing powers that I really can’t explain.

This place has a special place in my heart.

Thanks to the team over at Broadsheet for sharing Courtesy of the Artist’s RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE story on their website last week.

“Rare Earth: Australian Made is a collection of pieces by three resident jewellers that celebrates Australian stones. Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee and Marina Antoniou are resident jewellers at Courtesy of the Artist, a contemporary jewellery/object store/exhibition space that has been showcasing and mentoring designers for 10 years. Gemstones come in and out of vogue. Rare Earth is an attempt at rebuilding an appreciation of these stones and the stories that surround them.” – Elisha Kennedy, Broadsheet

You can read the entire article here!

Over the past few months I have been working with a selection of Australian white opals, sapphires and diamonds to create a series of rings, earrings and necklaces for a new collection of Australian gemstone jewellery. This collection is called RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE and it launches at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade next week! Visit the Courtesy of the Artist website or have a read below.

Pictured: 18 carat yellow gold studs with two white opals from Andamooka in South Australia.

Courtesy of the Artist is thrilled to be celebrating ten years in the Australian design industry this year and what better way to kick off this milestone than with a focus on the Australian gemstone. 

Our journey to sourcing the most prized gems will be launched on April 16 with an exhibition of new jewellery. This show will be the first of many showcasing Australian gemstones, and it’s one we’re personally very excited about. 

Over the coming months, we will be travelling to the heartland of Australia, directly to the source of some our most precious gems and meeting with the individuals who fossik for them and the stone cutters who sculpt them. We can’t wait to share these stories with you as we delve even deeper into our relationships with our makers. 

The line up on display for RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE includes white diamonds, cognac diamonds, octahedron diamonds and macle diamonds from the Argyle Mine, as well as rough yellow diamonds from the Ellendale Mine – both in Western Australia. We also have zircons from the Northern Territory, sapphires, black spinel and topaz from central to northern Queensland and white opals from Andamooka, South Australia.

Our resident artists Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee and Marina Antoniou have married their craftsmanship with these distinctly Australian stones to bring you a collection straight from our beautiful backyard. 

We really hope you can join us for the first of our ten year celebrations and enjoy seeing these unique Australian gemstones in a contemporary light. 

RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE  launches at Courtesy of the Artist on Thursday 16th April 2015 from 6pm – 8pm. Courtesy of the Artist is located at Shop 122, Level 2, The Strand Arcade, 412 – 414 George Street, Sydney, Australia 2000. 

A few months back I completed this engagement ring for a lovely Courtesy of the Artist client. This ring was made from 18 carat white gold, an deep blue/green Australian sapphire and diamond. Congratulations A&A!

 

Neos Kosmos
2 March 2015

A wonderful double-page feature in last weekends Greek/Australian newspaper Neos Kosmos. Thank you to Anastasia Tsirtsakis for the write up. This one is for you Yiayia!

Read the full article here.

Andamooka
2 March 2015

Over the past few months I have been sourcing a collection of white opals from the remote town of Andamooka in South Australia. I have been working closely with a miner, fossicker and stone cutter and recently received this beauty (which is a whole 16mm in length). I look forward to one day visiting Helmet and his mine in Andamooka. I don’t look forward to the plane trip there!

White Magazine
22 February 2015

Floral Melody, a sweet symphony of Autumn styles. My yellow gold and Australian sapphire cuff has been styled alongside Vera Wang in the Autumn issue of White Magazine. Go grab yourself a copy!

Shop now at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Photography by Julia Trotti Photography, florals by Jardine Botanic Floral Styling, styling by Carla Burrell, styling intern Kate Bryce, hair and makeup by Abbey Love, model Lauren Dritmanis of Chadwick Models, videography by Dan Podbierezki Swoon Weddings.

 

Weightless
28 January 2015

Photographer Damien Milan Photography and stylist Anastasia Gladushchenko bring us a shoot that is bold, daring and dripping in floral delight. And Marina Antoniou Jewellery!

‘The Weightless Bride’ for White Magazine “embodies the best things humanity has to offer, embracing life and love in a vibrant and joyful setting. There’s a free-spirited air to this shoot that delves into the crux of nature and exposes its heartfelt core.”

This shoot features my Mini Australian Sapphire Granule Cuff, my Mini Australian Sapphire Granule Ring, and my Organic Granule Band. All three pieces are made from 18 carat yellow and are available through Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade.

See the entire story here.

An Australian Story
21 January 2015

Over the next few weeks I will be putting together a small collection of jewellery using the most magnificent Australian gemstones. Here is one of them!

This 1.35ct Australian teal blue sapphire that has been fossicked and cut by locals in our beautiful country.

Pear Diamond Ring
16 January 2015

A little Friday flashback to my very first engagement ring! I made this guy a few years ago and have since made a few very different variations for wonderful clients.

Happy New Year!
25 December 2014

What a year it’s been! I’ll be having a little bit of time off and will be back at the bench on Monday 5th January. Thank you to each and every one of you for your support this year.

Here is a Courtesy of the Artist Custom engagement ring I finished just before Christmas. This is the first white gold version of my pear diamond ring!

Merry Christmas and see you in 2015.

 

Just in time for Christmas! I have just finished this 18 carat white gold, diamond and Australian sapphire engagement ring. This ring was designed and made for Courtesy of the Artist Custom in The Strand Arcade.

Congratulations T&J!

Make a List
1 December 2014

Make a list. Find the perfect Christmas gift with the Strand Arcade’s online gift finder. Featuring my yellow gold granule cuff with two Australian sapphires, now at Courtesy of the Artist.

Cross
1 December 2014

For our goddaughter, Lily. 18 carat yellow gold christening cross. To be set with a cognac diamond and hand engraved with her name on the back.

Yen Magazine Part Two
25 November 2014

You can still grab yourself a copy of the latest Yen Magazine featuring an article on me and my jewellery practice. Here is page two of my meet and greet! Thanks team Yen! And thanks to Matt Hoggett for the portrait and Artisan Magazine for the studio snaps.

Marina Antoniou Jewellery, Yen Magazine, Marina Antoniou
Yen Magazine
14 October 2014

Meet and Greet Marina Antoniou in this months Yen Magazine! Flick over to page 34 for this double page feature written by Annie Sebel. Out now.

Cognac Diamond Ring
2 September 2014

Forged out of 18 carat yellow gold and set with a cognac diamond, this ring is now over at Courtesy of the Artist Custom in Sydney’s Strand Arcade.

 

I am thrilled to announce that my jewellery is now part of the new Courtesy of the Artist Custom store in Sydney’s historic Strand Arcade. This inspiring new space, designed by the talented Cesar Cueva is dedicated to custom commissions for commitment, engagement and wedding rings.

“Acknowledging the significance of celebrating a special milestone with a personalised design piece, Courtesy of the Artist Custom launched in July 2014.

Led by Creative Director Cesar Cueva and representing five resident artists trained in traditional gold and silversmithing, Courtesy of the Artist Custom combines time honoured skills with the broader practice of contemporary design to create distinct pieces to be treasured for a lifetime. Representing Courtesy of the Artist Custom is Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Marina Antoniou, Emma Fielden and Todd Turner. With a passion for connecting clients with the artist that best represents their vision, director Nina Cueva has an intuitive sense of identifying a patron’s personal style and linking them with the right artist to bring their creation to life”

My jewellery is exclusive to this space, so if you’re looking for a piece of my work or would like something custom made, this is where you need to go!

Have a read about this exciting new space here

Onsight Films
25 August 2014

A few weeks ago I spent a couple of days with Sydney based filmmakers Marlon and Redgie from Onsight Films. Through the art of film, this talented duo set out to tell everyday stories that people can connect to in one way or another.

I am so thrilled to have had them tell my story. And I am even more thrilled to finally share it with you!

Check out my story here.

Break
30 July 2014

I will be away from the bench and enjoying a slice of European summer for the next three weeks.

What an amazing seven months it has been. I’m looking forward to sharing new work and some exciting news with you all when I return!

Temple and Webster
29 July 2014

Thanks to Temple and Webster and Artisan Magazine for joining forces and featuring my work on the Temple and Webster blog today! You can have a read of the article right here.

The Strand Bride
1 July 2014

Looking for something blue to wear on your wedding day?

The Strand Arcade have just launched their new Bridal Inspiration Website featuring my Mini Granule necklace, earrings, ring and cuff! These four pieces are made from 18 carat yellow gold and set with deep blue Australian sapphires. I wore the studs and ring on my wedding day!

All four pieces are available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist up on Level 2 in the Strand Arcade.

Studio Home
24 June 2014

Big thank you to Studio Home for feature Marina Antoniou Jewellery on their website today. Have a squiz right here!

Sapphire Granule Cuff
17 June 2014

I have just finished making a new Sapphire Granule Cuff Handcrafted from 18 carat yellow gold and set with two Australian sapphires, this beauty is headed to the new Courtesy of the Artist Custom store, opening soon in the Strand Arcade.

On that note, I am so thrilled to be part of this new space and will share everything with you all really soon.

Mini Granule Studs
14 June 2014

Part of my collection Day One, these yellow gold and diamond studs are inspired by the elements of nature frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks.

“Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in gold wreaths of this period are a recurring presence in this collection”.

Tiger
4 June 2014

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”

After 17 years together, last night we lost our beautiful Tiger. Tiger was not just my studio pal, but a very special part of our family. We will miss you little guy.

Alison Kennon
28 May 2014

Sharing the work of a fellow creative. Thank you to the lovely Alison Kennon Botanical Design for her beautiful bloom-work on our wedding day.

The brief was gorgeous rustic country; seasonal blooms in whites, cream with the smallest hint of very pale pink, herbs and succulents in amber glass bottles.

We think she nailed it!

Marina Antoniou
Cross Earrings
15 May 2014

New ‘Cross Earrings’ are in the making! This time around, I will be experimenting a lot more with the line, size, proportion and material. In the meantime, there is one silver pair of ‘Cross Earrings’ available over at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

Marina Antoniou Jewellery
My Wedding Jewels
12 May 2014

Something old – I commissioned Katherine Bowman to make my engagement ring. I have always adored her work! Katherine made me one of her pledge rings in yellow gold with an old cut diamond.

Something new – A gift from my new family. A white gold ‘Secret Heart’ stack ring by the wonderful Cinnamon Lee.

Something blue – A yellow gold ‘Mini Granule’ ring set with an Australian blue sapphire by me.

Photo by Summerton Photography.

Mini Granule Ring
6 May 2014

The mini granule ring is great by itself or stacked with one of your own. It’s available in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold and silver with or without a stone. Choose from a deep Australia blue sapphire, a diamond or ruby!

Third. Eye. Western.
28 April 2014

Head down to Gallery 2010 in Surry Hills this Thursday night for the opening of my pal Lauren Webster’s solo exhibition THIRD. EYE. WESTERN. I have spent many days in the studio alongside Lauren watching this body of work grow and could not be more proud of her!

THIRD. EYE. WESTERN. opens at Gallery 2010, 69 Reservoir St Surry Hills, from 6 – 8pm on the 1st May 2014 and closes on the 4th May. Congratulations Lauren!

 

Summerton Photography
22 April 2014

Megan of Summerton Photography sneaked into the studio the morning of our wedding day.

It was a lovely surprise seeing these photos amongst all of the snaps from the big day. Thanks Megan!

Lately
31 March 2014

Here are two of my most recent engagement and wedding ring commissions. I had so much fun making these!

The set on the left was forged from 18 carat yellow gold and hammer set with an old mine cut champagne diamond. The set on the right was made from 9 carat white gold, a tiny granule and a beautiful pear diamond. 

Back in Stock!
17 March 2014

My mini granule necklaces from the collection Day One are back in stock! These delicate pendants are available in sterling silver and yellow gold and are set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

Exclusive to Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade, my mini granule necklaces are now available in store and online.

Valentines Day
10 February 2014

A curated Valentine’s Day by The Strand Arcade featuring my yellow gold and Australian sapphire mini granule studs. Available now exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade.

Marina Antoniou, Marina Antoniou Jewellery, Courtesy of the Artist, Black Earrings, Cross Earrings, Strand Arcade
Urban Walkabout
21 January 2014

Thanks to the team over at Urban Walkabout for featuring my Black Cross Earrings in their first online pop up store, U POP UP! During the months of November and December last year, U POP UP carried a distinctive edit of gifts for everyone’s Christmas shopping needs.

The Urban Walkabout crew also interviewed me for their wonderful blog, so head over here and have a read.

U POP UP is now closed, so shop my Black Cross Earrings exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in store or online.

Happy Holidays.
22 December 2013

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014!

Photo by Effie See White.

Stalk Ring
21 December 2013

I made this guy back in 2008. He was the first silver ring I ever designed and made and I love him to bits!

Toko. Concept. Design.
3 December 2013

For those of you asking, Toko. Concept. Design were the creative force behind my new brand identity, logo, makers mark and website. It was such a pleasure to work with this talented pair.

Here is what they had to say about the design of my logo and makers mark: “Toko’s logo for Marina utilises her intials M & A, generating a negative ‘diamond’ space. A ‘simple’ mark ideal for translation into a makers mark only 1.5 mm in size.” Check out the Toko website here to see an outline of the project.

Courtesy of the Artist
2 December 2013

My 40 piece jewellery collection ‘Day One’ is headed to its new home at Courtesy of the Artist in Sydney’s iconic Strand Arcade. The full collection will be available in store and a few selected pieces will be available to buy online.

“The carefully curated Courtesy of the Artist store is stocked with an enticing mix of jewellery, objects and art – ranging from the limited edition to the one of a kind moment of artistic virtuosity. Each piece is handmade in the studio of some of Australia’s most innovative and collectable contemporary jewellery, object and image makers.”

Love from The Lane
29 November 2013

Last month the lovely ladies over at The Lane featured me in their “Brands We Love” section of their website. 

The Lane know weddings, so for all of you looking for something fresh and creative to inspire your big day be sure to follow them.

 

Profile
28 November 2013

Thanks to the crew over at Courtesy of the Artist for profiling me on their website!

Read the full interview here.

Tinkering with Treasures
26 November 2013

For those of you with an iPad, head over to the App store now and download Issue 6 of Artisan Magazine. In this issue, I shared my story with the Artisan Team for an article titled ‘Tinkering with Treasures.’

In September this year, I spoke to Artisan Magazine about my journey to becoming a jeweller, what I love most about what I do, my processes and my inspirations. Filled with beautiful, warm photos of my studio, ‘Tinkering with Treasures’ also showcases a four minute behind-the-scenes video of me working at my bench (yes, you can finally see what I get up to!).

Artisan Magazine is an iPad magazine which focuses on stories of the local, personal and unique – all things simple and beautiful. 

 

Launch Night
25 November 2013

I have just uploaded a few photos from the launch of my new collection ‘Day One’ here. 

Big thank you to Jumana Shakeer for taking photos on the night. Enjoy!

Thank You
9 November 2013

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate the launch of Day One at Courtesy of the Artist on Thursday night! It’s been a huge six months at the bench, and despite all the late nights and working weekends I have loved every minute of putting this 42 piece collection together.

Extra big love to the Courtesy of the Artist clan – Nina, Cesar and Lauren for all their help and support in getting the show up and running.

For those of you who were unable to make it on opening night, Day One is open until November 30th 2013 from Wednesday to Friday 11am – 6pm and Saturday 11am – 4pm at 10b Fitzroy Place, Surry Hills, Sydney.

Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more information.

Day One
17 October 2013

I’m thrilled to invite you all to the opening of my first solo exhibition, Day One, launching this November at Courtesy of the Artist in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Day One presents a collection of handcrafted jewels inspired by the symbols, forms, materials and techniques used by master craftsman to create the earliest examples of jewelled adornment.

This collection of jewels draws intrigue from the archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece for inspiration.

Like those recovered from Egyptian graves, small disc ostrich shell beads that were shaped, drilled and strung together by ancient craftsman have been seamlessly intertwined into this collection.

Turquoise was a highly coveted gemstone believed by the Egyptians to have supernatural powers and features throughout Day One in a series of delicate yellow gold and silver rings. Striking red and soft peach hues of naturally sourced coral, hand cut sapphires and tourmalines have also been used to embody the colours of carnelian, red jasper and inlaid glass applied by these early artisans.

The lavishly ornate designs referencing elements of nature were frequent in the works of the Ancient Greeks and also feature as a source of inspiration. Leaf, olive and fruit motifs found in the gold wreathes of this period are a recurring presence in this collection.

Rather than replicating specific artifacts, Day One transcends the ages and blurs the boundaries of traditional jewellery design. It not only presents a reflection of the past – the beginning – but more importantly presents a reflection of the early development of my skills as a designer and maker.

An exciting video collaboration with Artisan Magazine showcasing my creative processes will also be revealed in the gallery on opening night.

Day One launches on November 7th 2013 between 6pm – 8pm at Courtesy of the Artist, 10b Fitzroy Place Surry Hills. The exhibition runs until November 30th 2013. Visit www.courtesyoftheartist.com for more details.

Welcome
15 October 2013

Welcome to www.marinaantoniou.com. It’s been months in the making, but we did it!

I’ll begin by saying thank you to everyone involved in helping me get my website up and running. Firstly a huge thank you to Toko Concept Design for the design and development of my brand identity and website.

A very big thank you also goes out to Artisan Magazine for the images of my studio which you can see throughout the site.

Finally, thank you to the Australia Council for the Arts. Twelve months ago I received an Artstart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to assist with the professional development of my practice. The grant has allowed me to get this website up and running and it would not have been possible without their help.

Over the next few weeks I will begin to add new images of work to both the Collections and Bespoke galleries of the website, so please do come back. For those of you who would like to take a look behind the scenes, step into my studio and follow me on Instagram and FacebookHere’s to an exciting few weeks ahead!