I am a trade qualified jeweller from the Rockhampton area in Queensland. I enjoy a rural lifestyle with my husband, miniature Belted Galloway cattle, pet dog and pet blind albino Braham calf.
At 18 years of age I worked at a local jewellery store that had a manufacturing jeweller onsite. He would show me what he was making and how he was making it and I have been interested in hand making ever since.
Qualifications & Training:
Basic silver smithing- Rockhampton TAFE
Apprenticeship-Jeweller-Southbank Institute of Technology
Hand engraving & stone setting courses- Taught by Diamond award winning jeweller Rex Merten
I am a member of the Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia. Members abide by a set of standards of material and their work is identified as genuinely made in Australia. My Stamp is CJ standing for Carella Jewellers. The inspiration behind the name Carella is a combination of Carolyn & Janelle, in memory of my best friend Janelle who passed away in 2011.
I go through theme phases - some include
*Sharp angles, patterns with triangles, frosted & brushed finishes, inlay, and two tone pieces
*Pastel tones, pearl jewellery & filigree accents - influences are soft, delicate, feminine, floral ideas & waves.
*Titanium pieces are bold, bright, colourful and one of a kind.