Tag Archives: contemporary jewellery

New Blog at http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog

Exciting things have been happening behind the scenes at Deanna Gracie Contemporary Jewellery…. a brand new website which is AWESOME!


View unique New Zealand designer jewellery and learn more about how precious metals and gorgeous gemstones are coaxed by hand into amazing pieces of wearable art. Deanna Gracie provides an individual service, with an emphasis on quality, working with you to help choose or create a piece of jewellery that is just right for you. Come back regularly to explore the gallery and discover a world where jewellery and art fuse.

Which means I have decided to keep my website and blog all in one place  at http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com/news-blog  so I will no longer be updating this wordpress blog. So now in one place you will be able to find all my latest designs of nature inspired contemporary jewellery at  http://www.nzjewellerydesign.com

If you sign up to my newsletter on the homepage – you will be able to stay updated with invitations to exhibition openings, new work and sneak peeks behind the scenes in the studio at Deanna Gracie Contemporary Jewellery.

I’ll look forward to your visit!

Aroha Deanna Gracie XX




Featured jewellery design #47

Oak Leaf Brooch by Deanna Gracie ©


Down by the estuary I can smell Autumn

It’s in the air clean and sharp

and moist

I imagine the birds are rejoicing now

lined up by the shore

calling their songs to the waiting wind

With the Summer sun burning away

soon we’ll be left

with morning dew, falling leaves and the

intoxicating smell of Autumn

Deanna Gracie ©

Pictured image is of an oak leaf brooch I have created – inspired by nature and crafted by hand in sterling silver and heat patinated copper.
Thanks for visiting!

Editorial – Metropol February 2010

Hans from Metropol came around to my studio and interviewed me for an editorial about my upcoming exhibition Moana Whenua.

Thanks Metropol!

… and thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie : – )

Editorial in Metropol Magazine November 2009

An editorial in the latest issue of Metropol – thanks Metropol : – )

It’s a great magazine and you can now read it online http://www.metropol.co.nz

Thanks for visiting! – Deanna Gracie

Solo Exhibition – March 2010 – Sneak Preview

In between making special commissions I have also been working hard towards my solo exhibition in March! I have lots of wonderful pieces in mind and so I thought I’d give you a sneak preview of some rings I have finished : – ) These three scrummy “New Beginnings”rings in this textured ring stack are some of the jewellery I will have on display during the nine days. The exhibition will run from the 7th – 15th March inclusive at Cloisters gallery in the North Quad at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. More details will follow closer to the time. The rings in the ring stack are created with sterling silver and red gold. The exhibition is inspired by the beauty of natural New Zealand.

Proudly made from my heart and with my hands in Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud : – )

http://www.Deanna .co.nz

Thanks for visiting! Deanna Gracie

Featured jewellery design #44


I have just finished these cute little koru stud earrings. I chose to incorporate this gorgeous subtle texture into this design and as always they are hand made – in this case in very solid sterling silver. I love the beauty inherent in all things hand made – the tiny imperfections, the hint of tool marks…and isn’t it great to know your piece is the only one exactly like it in the world. I love being an artist – to choose which finish, texture, colour or metal to use in my designs. There are no mass produced castings to ever come out of my studio! Each piece of jewellery I create, I guarantee has been created with labour and love – both of these in equal quantities : – )

Koru stud Earrings by Deanna Gracie ©

Thanks for visiting : – )

Jewellery with Heart on display in Christchurch during September….


Evocative, heartfelt designs from Deanna Gracie’s “Pathways to Aroha” series are on display in the ‘Heart’ exhibition at ConneXion Gallery during the month of September. Overlapping pathways have been imprinted onto a solid, sterling silver organic heart shape in Deanna Gracie’s featured pendant. These pathways lead to a sparkling labradorite gemstone. A delicate golden koru nestles alongside a finely pierced fern form. These pieces depict, in an abstract way, how living in the moment and embracing small, special wonders found in the natural world can lead to a heart filled with aroha and joy. Deanna believes, if we enrich our own souls we are then able to enrich another person’s life.

It’s a cold frosty morning. I like the sound my boots make as I crunch through the ice. The mountains loom huge and white in the far distance, standing like a spectre against the bright blue of the sky. The sea makes a soft whish, whish, whish as it laps against the shore. The kingfisher sits still and silent in his cloak of many colours. My heart sings with Aroha….Deanna Gracie

Deanna Gracie is an artisan jeweller living and working in Southshore, Christchurch. Passionate about keeping an age-old tradition alive, her unique, hand crafted contemporary jewellery is inspired by nature and crafted by hand using time-honoured techniques.

The ‘Heart’ exhibition can be viewed at ConneXion Gallery, upstairs in Shop 27, daily from 10am – 5pm at the Arts Centre of Christchurch. Open 7 days. We hope to see you there.

Thanks for visiting – Deanna : – )

To view and purchase my designs visit my website at http://www.deanna.co.nz