Tag Archives: hand made 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




Be in to win a handmade Ginkgo pendant worth NZ$195 by Deanna Gracie….

The lucky winner of the ginkgo pendant is #32 – Stacey Nicholas from New Zealand!

I’m running a competition on my facebook page (see the link on the right) to win this gorgeous little handmade ginkgo pendant. All you have to do to be in to win is to send my website link http://www.Deanna.co.nz to all your friends and include me in the list info@Deanna.co.nz and suggest they “like” my facebook page as well : – ) Easy peasy and not much to do to win a NZ$195 pendant. I have created the pendant from textured sterling silver, anodized titanium and 9ct red gold rivets – it hangs on a 45cm stg silver snake chain (which is included). The ginkgo pendant measures 14mm x 13mm. I will draw the winner in August. Good luck!

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!

Embrace exhibition at ConneXion Gallery – April 2010

Here is the poster and press release for the Embrace Exhibition : – )

ConneXion Gallery is embracing all things precious in the latest exhibition of contemporary jewellery by six local artists upstairs in Shop 27 at the Arts Centre of Christchurch during the month of April.

Highlighted in Embrace are the beautiful designs of Southshore artist Deanna Gracie. Organically shaped leaf heart forms from her Aotearoa Aroha series celebrate her profound love of the land and of the sea. Created by her hand and from her heart in subtly textured sterling silver, gold and copper and embellished with gorgeous gemstones – these evocative pieces imbued with a sense of peace and harmony are unique and precious jewellery to wear and adore. Be sure not to miss Embrace…

Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie : – )

Featured Jewellery Design #46 – Aotearoa Aroha pendant

.beautiful .natural .unique contemporary jewellery by Deanna Gracie

I wrote a poem illustrating some of the thoughts behind my “Into the Blue Nowhere” jewellery series.

Aotearoa – Aroha Pendant #11 from this series is created from sterling silver, 9ct gold, monel and garnet. I collected the feather from the beach here in Southshore and incorporated it into the design of this pendant. Perhaps the gull I mentioned in the poem left it behind on his journey into the blue nowhere?

All my jewellery is proudly designed and created by myself here in Aotearoa – New Zealand. Made from my heart and with my hand, no two pieces of jewellery can ever be exactly the same.


Into the Blue Nowhere

It’s a red sky sunrise!

High above the beach

a gull glides,

then soars,

and slowly disappears.

Out of the blue nowhere

I hear a faint haunting call,

then nothing but silence.

Waves reach high,

they hover,

then tip forwards

and gently fold over.

One floats towards me

as if in welcome.

It recedes and merges,

and disappears,

just like the gull,

into the blue nowhere…

Deanna Gracie ©

Featured Jewellery Design #30


Something a little different this week! I love adding random text occasionally to my jewellery – sometimes hidden and sometimes visible. Visually appealing and also very tactile – it adds another textural dimension to my work. The written word is such a wonderful and powerful tool! What joy to curl up with a good book or listen to stories on my tape deck as I work: – )

‘Cross pendant’ by Deanna Gracie was a special commission for a client – so has been sold. It is made of stg silver, red gold and garnet. Made from my heart and by my hand no two pieces of jewellery can ever be exactly the same : – )

Thanks for visiting!

Fresh – new jewellery exhibition – February 09

This is the poster and press release for

‘Fresh’ – new jewellery exhibition
February 1- 28

Stunning contemporary jewellery can be seen at ConneXion Gallery, upstairs at the Arts Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand during February. ‘Fresh’ combines the work of six jewellery artists and highlights four lovely new designs made by Deanna Gracie. Deanna designs and creates her naturally New Zealand inspired jewellery from her home studio in the beautiful beachside suburb of Southshore, Christchurch. Delicate flower and leaf forms pierced from softly textured silver are set against vibrantly coloured, indigo blue titanium. Made from her heart and with her hand, Deanna’s ‘Regeneration’ pieces are inspired by the freshness of new beginnings and how magical things found in nature can keep life in perspective.

‘A mighty tree casts cool shadows against the clear blue sky.

Vibrant colours create joy in the silent garden.

A bird bursts into song.

My spirit soars’

Deanna Gracie