I have been taking inspiration from native seaweeds specifically found on the shores of the NSW south coast for quite a few years now. I’ve spend hours collecting and photographing these findings – sea grapes, neptune’s necklace, bubble weed and more. These ocean treasures and the simple concept of a ‘single grain of sand’, has formed the basis of so many of my designs.
Necklaces, rings and earrings feature golden ‘grains of sand’ through granules and tiny, perfectly round claws. Green chrysoprase resembles sea grapes and bubble weed. Warm coloured opals reference the oranges and yellows of lichen clinging onto rocks. Then there are the sapphires, which reference the array of colours found in these native weeds both underwater and washed up onto the shore.