'CHERISH' - An exhibition of rings from Australian contemporary jewellers.
We had a lovely intimate evening for the opening of Cherish. Thank you to all who came along to help us celebrate the amazing work of 16 Australian Contemporary Jewellers and their beautiful rings.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, we wanted to showcase a diverse range of contemporary jewellers from across Australia, all exhibiting a very covetable selection of rings.
Cherish is aimed at celebrating love, and especially our love of rings. On throughout Valentine's Day and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, I suggest you drop by and try them on!
Artists include Sarah Rothe, Zoe Grigoris, Alice Potter, Courtney Jackson, Woori Han, Anja Jagsch, Regina Middleton, Lisa Furno, Lauren Simeoni, Michelle Kelly, Danielle Barrie, Marissa Ziesing, Antonia Field, Kate Sutherland, Emma Field and Jim Ikonomou.
For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst makes a perfect birthstone. Often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability—is the right gem for individuals who need a little extra warmth and strength this time of year.
A beautiful purple quartz, the amethyst is an easily recognisable gem, but you may not know everything about it just yet! Learn more about the amethyst below.
Amethyst is purple quartz and is a beautiful blend of violet and red that can be found in every corner of the earth. The name comes from the Ancient Greek, derived from the word “methustos,” which means “intoxicated.” Ancient wearers believed the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness.
Amethyst, as previously mentioned, is composed of quartz, which is the second most abundant material found in the Earth’s crust. Amethyst gets its colour from irradiation, iron impurities and the presence of trace elements. Its hardness (a 7 on the Mohs scale) is the same as other quartz, which makes it a durable and lasting option for jewellery.
While amethyst is most commonly recognised to be a purple colour, the gemstone can actually range from a light pinkish violet to a deep purple that can read more blue or red, depending on the light. Sometimes, even the same stone can have layers or colour variants, so the way the gemstone is cut is important to the way the colour shows in a finished piece.
Amethyst often occurs in geodes or in the cavities of granitic rocks. It can be found all over the world, including the United States, Canada Brazil and Zambia.
The amethyst is not only the February birthstone, it is also used to celebrate the 6th and 17thyear of marriage. (www.americangemsociety.org)
December’s birthstones offer three choices: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them, appropriately, best known for beautiful shades of blue.
These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite).
All of these stones are relatively inexpensive, but their beauty rivals even precious gems. Colorless zircon is a convincing replacement for diamond, tanzanite often substitutes sapphire, and turquoise is unmatched in its hue of robin’s egg blue.
Tanzanite is the exquisite blue variety of the mineral zoisite that is only found in one part of the world. Named for its limited geographic origin in Tanzania, tanzanite has quickly risen to popularity since its relatively recent discovery.
Zoisite had been around more than a century and a half before this rare blue variety was found in 1967. Trace amounts of vanadium, mixed with extreme heat, cause the blue color – which ranges from pale blue to intense ultramarine with violet undertones.
Due to pleochroism, tanzanite can display different colors when viewed from different angles. Stones must be cut properly to highlight the more attractive blue and violet hues, and deemphasize the undesirable brown tones.
Tanzanite is still only found on a few square miles of land in Tanzania, near majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Its price and availability are directly tied to mines in this region.
Tanzanite measures 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness – which is not nearly as hard as the sapphire it often substitutes. Given its vulnerability to scratch during daily wear and abrasion, tanzanite is better suited for earrings and pendants than rings. (https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/tanzanite-overview)
Zircon is an underrated gem that’s often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia due to similar names and shared use as diamond simulants. Few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gem available in a variety of colors.
The name zircon likely comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning “gold-colored.” Others trace it to the Arabic zarkun, meaning “vermillion.” Given its wide range of colors – spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown – both origins make sense.
Zircon commonly occurs brownish red, which can be popular for its earth tones. However, most gem-quality stones are heat treated until colorless, gold or blue (the most popular color). Blue zircon, in particular, is the alternative birthstone for December.
Color differences in zircon are caused by impurities, some of which (like uranium) can be slightly radioactive. These gems are also treated with heat to stabilize the radioactivity.
While radiation can break down zircon’s crystal structure, it plays a crucial role in radiometric dating. Zircon, the oldest mineral on earth, contains important clues about the formation of our planet.
Colorless zircon, known as Matura Diamond, displays brilliance and flashes of multicolored “fire” that can rival fine diamond. There’s one key difference though: Zircon is more brittle. Though it measures 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, its faceted edges can chip.
Zircon from Australia dates back 4.4 billion years. Australia still leads the world in zircon mining, producing 37 percent of the world’s supply. Other sources include Thailand, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cambodia, Canada and the United States. (https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/zircon-overview)
Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue. It’s one of few minerals to lend its name to anything that resembles its striking color.
The word turquoise dates back to the 13th century, drawing from the French expression pierre tourques, which referenced the “Turkish stone” brought to Europe from Turkey.
Ancient Persia (now Iran) was the traditional source for sky blue turquoise. This color is often called “Persian blue” today, regardless of its origin. The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt was also an important historical source.
The U.S. is now the world’s largest turquoise supplier. Nevada, New Mexico, California and Colorado have produced turquoise, but Arizona leads in production by value, as well as quality. The stone’s popularity here makes it a staple in Native American jewelry.
Turquoise is found in arid regions where rainwater dissolves copper in the soil, forming colorful nodular deposits when it combines with aluminum and phosphorus. Copper contributes blue hues, while iron and chrome add a hint of green.
Some turquoise contains pieces of host rock, called matrix, which appear as dark webs or patches in the material. This can lower the stone’s value, although the uniform “spiderweb” pattern of Southwestern turquoise is attractive.
Turquoise is sensitive to direct sunlight and solvents like makeup, perfume and natural oils. The hardest turquoise only measures 6 on the Mohs scale, which made this soft stone popular in carved talismans throughout history.
From ancient Egyptians to Persians, Aztecs and Native Americans, kings and warriors alike admired turquoise for thousands of years. It adorned everything from jewelry to ceremonial masks to weapons and bridles – granting power and protection, particularly against falls. (https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/turquoise-overview)
The above gemstones (or similar) are available for creating that extra special heirloom piece. Contact Sarah to view the stones and to discuss potential designs and pieces for yourself or someone special.
This very special and gorgeous couple, married on 13th October and I was lucky to be asked to create something special for the bride. My task was to create an organic looking ring that evokes a look and feeling of the sea, also incorporating a few small blue stones. Using a combination of metals and techniques the above ring was born and I have to say the image does not do it justice. A truly unique piece. I had so much fun creating it.
Sarah made the most beautiful custom wedding ring I've ever seen for my wife. She took my jumbled ideas and made them into a fantastic reality. Needless to say my fiancé (now wife) was very pleased! - Joe
The name is derived from the colour - the yellow of the lemon - , although the most sought-after stones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red. Like all crystal quartzes, the citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale and is thus, to a large extent, insensitive to scratches. It won't immediately take offence at being knocked about either, since its cleavage properties are non-existent. Even if their refractive index is relatively low, the yellow stones have just that mellow, warm tone that seems to have captured the last glow of autumn. Like golden Rhine wine or sparkling Madeira, heavy and sweet, citrine jewellery shimmers and brings a hint of sunshine to those dull November days.
There are not many yellow gemstones in the world of jewels. A diamond or a sapphire may be yellow - those will be expensive -, or sometimes a tourmaline or chrysoberyl, though these tend toward green somewhat, a golden beryl or even a pure topaz, which we will mention again later on. However, the citrine fulfils everyone's colour wishes, from lemon yellow to reddish brown. www.gemstone.org
Citrine is well known in crystal work as a success and prosperity stone to the point that it is called the "Success Stone." It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas, and in many ways. It is particularly used to promote success in business if used in the cash box of a shop, carried or worn, earning it another nickname, "Merchant's Stone." In addition to manifesting abundance, citrine also brings energies of generosity so that the prosperity and success is shared.
Citrine is a solar plexus chakra stone used metaphysically to increase, magnify and clarify personal power and energy. This increased personal power can be used for the focused intent of the individual, as it brings will power as well. meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/citrine
Through much of history, all yellow gems were considered topaz and all topaz was thought to be yellow. Topaz is actually available in many colors, and it’s likely not even related to the stones that first donned its name.
The name topaz derives from Topazios, the ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the Red Sea. Although the yellow stones famously mined there probably weren’t topaz, it soon became the name for most yellowish stones.
Pure topaz is colorless, but it can become tinted by impurities to take on any color of the rainbow. Precious topaz, ranging in color from brownish orange to yellow, is often mistaken for “smoky quartz” or “citrine quartz,” respectively—although quartz and topaz are unrelated minerals.
Measuring 8 on the Mohs scale, topaz is a rather hard and durable gem. Its perfect cleavage can make it prone to chipping or cracking, but when cut correctly, topaz makes very wearable jewelry.
Topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares. https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/topaz-overview
The above gemstones are available for creating that extra special heirloom piece. The Topaz ring is available instore. Contact Sarah to view the stones or ring and to discuss potential designs and pieces for yourself or someone special.
In lieu of the glorious spring weather we have been having, which also brings along a much better and more productive mood, I decided to get creative and put together an interesting window display.
I constantly see these gorgeous and elaborate window displays from companies like Anthropologie on Pinterest, which makes me envious of their team of visual merchandisers, creating such visual interest for the first impressions of the store. Taking inspiration from these amazing windows, I thought I might attempt to create my own.
Using spring as the theme (of course) and my budget as the constraint, I embarked on a papercutting exercise to create something visually appealing and interesting, while also keeping it relatively simple for me to achieve.
Although not quite to the standards of Anthropologie, I still think it looks great and is visually interesting to the passers-by (and hopefully capturing their attention!). I intend on adding to it over the next week. It's amazing just how many leaves are needed to fill the space!!
I'm quite excited to launch this new range of copper bowls. For a long time I have wanted to make a collection of homewares so here is my debut line. Simple and earthy.
The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
24th September - 20 September 2015
Sarah Rothe 'Serpentine Anisoptera', Titanium, 2011, Powerhouse Museum Sydney
"Jewellery has been made and worn for personal, social and cultural reasons through millennia. Styles, materials and practices have varied across time and place, yet the desire to adorn ourselves has been universal.
Jewellery can influence the way people perceive us, make us more attractive, mark special events or symbolise wealth and status. We make, wear, give, receive, collect and express our identity, individuality and creativity through jewellery. It contributes to our spiritual, cultural and emotional well-being.
A fine possession celebrates the central place of jewellery in our lives, from antiquity to the present-day, through a sumptuous selection of jewellery made, worn and collected in Australia."
Below are links to a few reviews about the exhibition
Bowerbird Bazaar made this short film with Craig Arnold, Jess Wallace and four movie stars – Tamara Hahn (Chocolate Box Ceramics), Craig Northam (Buck!t), Sarah Rothe (Sarah Rothe Jewellery) and Kim Seppelt-Deakin (The Ink Room). Behind the scenes preparation for Bowerbird Bazaar.
Beautifully executed. Thanks Jane, Craig and Jess for letting me be apart of this gorgeous video.
Although I won't be a stall holder at the next Bowerbird, I am very much looking forward to enjoying the event from the other side. Oh the purchasing I'm going to do!
For more information on the next Bowerbird Bazaar, or to take a look at the new branding and beautiful website, go to www.bowerbirdbazaar.com.au
Team Kitty (Kitty Came Home) and Sarah Rothe Jewellery have joined forces to tackle WOMADelaide! You’ll find our joint-stall amidst the world musical hubbub and the leafy trees, 7-10th March from 11am until crazy-late at night.
WOMADelaide runs over four days in Botanic Park in inner-city Adelaide. The program features performances and workshops on seven stages by the world's best traditional and contemporary musicians, dancers and DJs, a KidZone activity area, street theatre and visual artists, the Taste the World cooking program, The Planet Talks environmental discussions program, The Electrolounge, Artists in Conversation and around 100 amazing food, retail and charity stalls.
The line up for the 2014 festival has been announced with Arrested Development (USA), Femi Kuti (Nigeria), Neko Case (USA) and Billy Bragg (UK) leading the line up thus far. WOMADelaide are also pleased to announce that Peter Garrett, former Midnight Oil frontman and environmental enthusiast will be one of the many prominent speakers taking part in The Planet Talks program along with British barrister, author and activist Polly Higgins.
Look for this banner a-top our marquee.
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