Saturday, December 26, 2009

End of year SALE!

Selected items in my Etsy store have been reduced by 20% until January 3rd 2010!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Natures Sculptures - a collection of rings

In September this year we flew to New Zealand to visit my family and friends. I grew up in Christchurch and whenever I go home I like to visit all the places that trigger my childhood memories. Although I’ve spent almost half my life living in Australia almost all of my inspiration when it comes to creating jewellery is based on New Zealand’s nature – the smell, the texture, the air, the remoteness, the wind, the plants, the trees, the wildlife, the mountains, the ruggedness - these are the pictures in my head when I consciously think of nature.

So when we went home this time I took my little family off to Birdling’s Flat on the Canterbury peninsula. Birdling’s Flat is a beach, but it’s nothing like the beautiful sandy beaches of Australia with warm water and the sun scorching your skin, Birdling’s Flat is cold and windy and exposed to the southern seas, there’s no sand at all only cold hard rocks and stones . But that’s what I love about it, you really feel like you’re a tiny part of the universe when you’re there, there is such a feeling of wildness and open space. And it’s easy to forget about the freezing wind once you look down and start rummaging amongst the stones and pebbles and shells and driftwood which make up part of this awesome landscape, because hidden amongst the endless river of grey pebbles there are some beautiful coloured stones. I loved to fossick amongst the stones as a child and take some of them home to add to my collection of nature’s objects, - this time I fossicked with my little ones, but I didn’t add my precious finds to any collection, I packaged them up and sent them home to make into something precious to wear.

We also visited Castle Hill and stayed amongst the rocks and mountains for a few days whilst we were in New Zealand. Castle Hill is a town in the middle of the South Island and is home to an amazing natural wonder. These huge limestone rocks were once below the sea 30 million years ago. Now they are part of the mountains and are named from their ruined castle like appearance. The formations were special to the Ngai Tahu people who called it “Kura Tawhiti” – meaning “treasure from afar.”

Sunday, October 11, 2009







Wednesday, September 23, 2009


sunrise amongst the clouds - crazy lace agate ring

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Designs

Here are a few new pieces I've been working on, they'll be listed in my Etsy store tomorrow.

rock pool

flower bangle for children

night sky stacking rings

night sky earrings

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Elements Stacking Rings

These rings were originally designed for a lovely customer; I found her story and her ideas really inspiring and together we came up with this beautiful group of rings symbolising the elements - water, earth, fire, air and aether. They're now available to buy in my Etsy store :).

Monday, July 13, 2009

the calm after the storm

Thank you so much to everyone who visited my Etsy store during my sale, it was a huge success! I met lots of beautiful new people during the week and it was lovely to see so many familiar customers return to my store. During the week I made close to 100 individual rings! plus spirals and earrings and bracelets, so I'm taking a little break for a few days :).

Over the next few weeks I’ll be restocking my store with lots of new designs inspired by our connection with the rhythms and cycles of nature. I’ll be listing new stacking rings and lots of new rings and pendants that I've started creating using the beautiful stones I’ve been collecting.
I've been making this beautiful little flower ring as part of a set of stacking rings but I've had lots of people request to buy it on it's own. I've finally found the time to photograph it and I'll have it listed and available to buy in my Etsy store this week.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Yearly SpiralStone SALE!!!

In celebration of two years selling my jewellery on Etsy, over 500 sales, the new emphasis on wholistic design that my jewellery is taking, and in appreciation of all my wonderful customers over the last 2 years, I've decided to have a SALE!!

The sale will run from Thursday the 25th of June EST until Thursday the 2nd of July EST.

I'm taking 20% off EVERYTHING in my store for the week of the sale, and if you purchase 2 or more items I'll include a FREE pair of small spirals (oxidized or plain finish) with your order.

See you there!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

etsy front page

Last night my newly listed "life" rings made it to the front page of Etsy. It was unbelievable the amount of traffic to my store that one hour of front page glory generated.

For the Etsians interested in stats :)
Visits to my store is usually between 100 and 150 per day. On the day that the rings were on the front page, my store had 629 visits.
I had only just listed the rings the day before and they had about 20 views and 1 heart. After 1 hour on the front page, they had 754 views and 54 hearts!
During the hour I received 44 new shop hearts.
I had no sales during the hour but I'm now working on three custom orders that were requested immediately after the rings were on the front page.

This is the second time in 2 years that one of my items has made it to the front page, I wish it would happen more often!

Friday, May 29, 2009

in celebration of the seasons

seasons stacking rings

The flowers of spring, the golden light and heat of the summer sun, the beautiful rich brown hues of autumn and the pale silver glow of winter are symbolized by the silver, brass and copper metals in these seasons stacking rings.

seasons bangles

The seeds of spring, the beautiful flowers of summer, the falling leaves of autumn, and the snowflakes of winter are symbolized by the silver and copper in these bangles celebrating the seasons.

seasons bangles with czech glass

The tiny seeds planted in the spring bloom into the beautiful golden flowers of summer. Leaves fall in the autumn before the winter snow, represented by the beautiful Czech glass beads on these bangles.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

jewellery of the day

Moonlit mountains has been selected as jewelry of the day on, it's lovely to be featured amongst such other beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

spiralstone interview

Tayana who runs a website called "lifestyle resource for busy women" has kindly included an interview on her blog about me and my jewellery.

By defining my past and by clarifying my current creations the interview gave me an insight into the future direction of my jewellery. By communicating something that was undefined, innate, and natural to me I gained a further understanding of how I am reflected in my creations.

If you would like to read the interview it's here.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wholistic Metal - Natural Cycles

I have been creating a whole new range of pieces lately, and have just finished them. The light was perfect for photographing them yesterday and so I thought I would put a few up here on my blog. I should have them listed in my Etsy store by Tuesday.


I am thinking of calling this piece "Life" as it is all about the stages of growth of a plant. From a seed (the tiny smoky quartz bead), a drop of water (the aquamarine bead) and the heat of the sun, a seedling becomes a flower.

moon phase

The oxidised silver on these earrings is the night sky with a phase of the moon on each disc. The full cycle starts at one earring from the dark new moon and descends to the full moon at the bottom. Then on the other piece the cycle continues ascending and ending as it begun on the dark new moon.

the river flows by moonlit mountains
I was inspired by the natural patterns in this beautiful Brazilian Agate to create a mountain necklace. The mountains are lit by the stars and the moon, a river flows from the distant mountain and through the Agate. The chain echoes the pendant with moonstones for the moonlight and little serpentine stars.

A different version of the "Life" earrings. The same theme of life growing from a seed (the matte brown glass bead), yet in this pair I have chosen the metals to accentuate the stages. The warmth of the sun is stamped into the brass disc, the flowering plant on the silver disc, and the earthy copper with the growing plant emerging from the ground.