get yer rocks off

There is much talk of jewellery and jewellers this month what with the JMGA conference wrapping up in Sydney and the Seams Seems Symposium  down at Monash. So Tesssa Blazey's exquisite show Romancing the Stone  at Pieces of Eight could not be more timely.

It is clear from her work that Blazey has a deep passion for minerals and gemstones. Their crystalline structures, endless variations in colour and cut. Her pieces mimic the stones natural architecture and in that way honour it's natural perfection and imperfection.

Jewellers are always trying to tame their material, to frame them in a way that removes them from their source and places them on the body. It's a beautiful collection that is both thoughtful and sophisticated while still be joyous - a hard balance to strike. RAMONA

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