New Classes and a Great Tip For Storing Your Earrings

New Classes !!

Finally, I have my next round of jewellery making classes scheduled and posted online. Phew!

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Head on over to my website to check out the dates and projects.

Keep losing your earrings? Here’s a tip.

If you’re storing stud earrings, they so often get separated and one of them generally ends up disappearing into the never-never. Here’s the solution, and it is simple….. use a button!

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A Brand New Year!

Happy New Year

A new year is always so inspiring. For me, this year it is especially so. It is the start of my first full year in my studio, working in a place I love, doing the things I love….all the time.

I will be honest, taking this big step has, at times, been a challenge. So far though, I have to say, I am loving the trip. With this wonderful new year now here, it’s time to dive in and make things happen.

So, what’s going on this year?

Jewellery-Making Classes

I am working on the 2014 Classes at the moment. I had hoped to have everything done by now but, as some of you know, I had some health issues last year that set me back a little. I’m all back on track now with a head full of ideas, so I will be spending the next couple of weeks finalising dates and projects.

Jewellery Workshop

I am also very excited to have been invited to teach a five-day beginners jewellery-making class at U.S.Q. McGregor School (Toowoomba) in July. I will post more information about that in coming weeks.

Remodelling Old Jewellery.

This is something I just love doing. To see old, broken or unwanted jewellery sitting in a drawer is such a shame. The gold-buyers won’t give you close to what it’s worth and often, you may not want to give it up. Here’s an example of a gorgeous remodel I did recently.

Amethyst Ring Remodel afterOh yes, looking forward to many more remodels in 2014.

Being Creative & Enjoying Life.

What else is there, really? There are so many beautiful sights around me in this gorgeous studio, every day a different wonder of nature to see.

Gorgeous sights from around the studio

Gorgeous sights from around the studio

And I am surrounding myself with wonderfully creative people. I was lucky enough to stumble upon some great resources for inspiration and motivation towards the end of last year and I have grabbed them by the….well, you know. My favourite so far just has to be Leonie Dawson’s “Create Your Amazing Year” workbook. Have a look at her website here. Leonie has a bunch of awesome free stuff as well as the workbooks for life and business.


Click on the image to go to Leonie's Website

Click on the image to go to Leonie’s Website

So there you have it… first post for 2014. You’ll certainly see some changes to my site and blog this year. I just can’t wait to show you my new classes (not much longer now) and I have a whole heap of lovely jewellery designs in mind, just itching to be made.

Happy New Year……let it be joyous !



Looking to buy a diamond?

Perfect Brides & Weddings premiere edition.

Perfect Brides & Weddings premiere edition.

Sitting with a well-earned coffee in the studio the other day, I was flicking through some old jewellery magazines, as I often do, looking for design inspiration and checking out how styles have changed, or in some cases, stayed the same.

I came across this copy of Perfect Brides & Weddings and remembered that I had actually been asked to write an article on purchasing a diamond for this premiere issue.

Rereading it, I realised that although it was published some years ago, the information is still very relevant today, so I thought I’d share it with you.

So grab a coffee and enjoy.

White Fire

It’s so romantic…. you and your true love have decided to make it official and travel life’s journey together and it starts with that perfect symbol of love…..a diamond.


Nature’s own creation, a symbol of your commitment and love for each other, not always flawless, but always shining brightly for the world to see and admire.

Unfortunately, for many couples this image is far from reality and the process of choosing and purchasing a diamond becomes something of a nightmare, certainly not the ideal start to this period of romance and elation. For many brides, a less than satisfactory diamond buying experience can leave them with such a negative image of their diamond that they lose the emotional connection with their engagement ringand the pleasure of wearing it is diminished.

The simple fact of the matter is you can avoid complication and disillusionment by arming yourself with some basic knowledge. It is indeed a shame that the jewellery industry has fast become one soured by misrepresentation and secrecy. With the emergence in popularity and dependence on the internet, consumers are now self-educating themselves to a certain degree, but with such an influx of information, it is easy to become confused. So who should you trust…. and why? Continue reading

From the Workshop….

Once again I’m sitting here at the computer wondering where on earth the time goes. I have had a wonderfully busy few weeks and am settling in to my studio so well that I feel like I have been here forever. While there are still a few finishing touches that need attention, it is like a second home to me. In fact, I think I spend more time here than actually at home these days. I still find it hard to believe the transformation.

Tracy Kelly Jewellery Design

What a difference!

We were very lucky last week. As a number of fires caused havoc in the Hawkesbury, we were well away from them. Thankyou to everyone that called, emailed or messaged me to check on our safety. Summer is certainly on its way.

I had the absolute pleasure earlier this week of being guest speaker at the WIlberforce CWA. I gave a talk on jewellery which included information on how gold alloys are made, what to look out for when buying, and some insight into the jewellery industry in general. We also discussed diamonds and gemstones and how to care for and maintain your jewellery. It was a great groupand they made me so welcome.

So….what’s on the bench? Recycling or remodelling of old jewellery is becoming very popular. And why not? With the seemingly sudden emergence of those “We pay cash for your gold” kiosks, it seems people are reminded of what they have tucked away. Of course, once they find out exactly how much little cash they will actually get for their treasure it can be disappointing. If you are looking at selling your gold and buying more jewellery, you are much better off to just remodel or recycle what you have. Here’s an example of a recent job. A plain wedding band made from old goldand there is gold left over for another project.

So what do you have stashed away?

And now for some cuteness…

Not jewellery-related, but I just had to share this little bundle of cuteness with you. I am a WIRES volunteer and this little brushtail possum recently came into my care for a short period of time. She was not injured but had been separated from her mother and found all alone and distressed. After being rehydrated and fed, she is now doing really well. She just loved munching on native flowers, collected right here on my property. I would love to have kept her forever!

I also wanted to give a big thanks to the ladies from Little Acorns Patchwork Group at Tuross Head, who have so generously offered to make pouches for these WIRES animals. It is such a lovely thing to doand now a lot of little babies like this one will be snug and warm thanks to you.

Stacking Rings Class – 12th October

Still a place left for the Stacking Rings class in October. This class won’t run again until next year, so if you are keen to do it, best jump in now. Five rings in one day! Click here for more information.

The Sunday classes are going well, we are having a lot of fun and getting very creative. Perhaps I will remember to take some photos this Sunday….


Remodelling Your Old Jewellery

Times change, trends come and go, and sometimes our tastes just change over time. All good reasons to remodel your old jewellery. I’m sure every one of you reading this now has something tucked away in a drawer that is valuable enough to keepbut not quite what you want to wear. Remodelling your old jewellery is a great way to keep the sentimental value without breaking the bank. Most of the time, that’s exactly why people come to me to have something remodelled…..but not always.

Regardless of where you buy or the price you pay, jewellery will always suffer wear and tear. Metal may seem hard, but really, it is not and it will wear down over time. Depending on how often you wear your jewellery and how well (or not) you treat it, as well as the original quality of the ring, you may find you need repairs done at some stage.

Jewellery Remodelling

Rings with worn claws and a missing diamond.

Jewellery, especially rings, that have claw-set gemstones are especially prone to damage, either by the claws catching on something and breaking off, or just wearing down. As you can see here (ring on the left), a diamond has been lost due to the claws on the ring wearing away. The ring has not been mistreated, it just happens over time, in this case, quite a long time, which is a good thing.

So, sure, I could have just replaced the diamond and re-tipped the claws…. The problem is, once we start working on something like this, it is never quite the same. While it looks nice and new, there is still weakness. The re-tipping and restoration will give a few more years of wear to the client but then what? Restoring this ring was going to be costly and would only give maybe two to three years worth of wear. After that, the best option would be to remake the ring entirely. So, my advice was to do that right away…..why spend money twice, right?

My client really liked her original design and didn’t want to completely change it. However, I wanted to ensure that the ring was durable as she wears it all the time. Now, I’m not a big fan of claw settings on any rings that will be worn every day. They look great, but they do wear down as mentioned above so I designed the new ring with this in mind. The semi-bezels in the centre of the rings protect the diamonds and create a very secure setting. Being white gold, they highlight the diamonds and give extra brightness, making them appear larger and setting the smaller diamonds into the band helps protect them. My client also had another diamond ring that she didn’t wear any more, but that had sentimental value, so we added that in to the design (ring on the right).

Diamond Ring Design

The design sketch and finished ring.

I also added a white gold wave through the centre to give the ring a more modern look and to compliment the white gold settings.

Diamond Ring RemodelI am very happy with the outcome of this design. The ring looks amazing and is now ready for many, many more years of every-day wear. So, if you are looking at a costly restoration or repair job, consider remodelling. From a practical point of view, in the long run, it is a lot more cost effective. From a sentimental point of view, your original gold and gemstones are incorporated into the design, so you will still have that personal attachment to the jewellery.

If you have some old jewellery that you are considering having remodelled, you can take a photo and send me an email or make an appointment for a design consultation. There is a popular trend right now to cash in old gold, you’ve all seen those gold-buying booths, I’m sure. But why not use it and treat yourself to something special? I am also finding that remodelling inherited jewellery is now gaining popularity, especially as a gift. As a Mum, you may have Grandma’s rings tucked away with the intention of giving them to your daughter for her 18th or 21st birthday, but what will she do with them as they are? Will she wear them? Are they in good condition? Probably not. Why not consider remodelling them into a modern, secure and wearable piece of jewellery that she will love (and actually wear!).

And don’t forget, it isn’t only rings that can be remodelled. I can remodel a ring into a pendant, a pendant into earrings, earrings into a ring… get the picture.

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