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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!

CONTEMPORARY HAND MADE JEWELLERY BY NEW ZEALAND DESIGNER DEANNA GRACIE

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

 

 

 

Exhibiting at the New Zealand Jewellery Show – July 2nd – 4th 2010 – Deanna Gracie

I’m really excited to be heading up to Auckland soon to exhibit my jewellery for the first time in the New Zealand Jewellery Show at the Sky City Convention Centre, New Zealand Room – Level 5. I will have a selection of my fabulous and very popular sterling silver “koru” design rings with red or yellow gold overlays and also some of the just as fabulous and popular “New Beginnings” rings. And of course lots and lots of other pretty things too! From the weird to the downright wonderful – everything imaginable will be on show by some of New Zealand’s leading jewellery designers. If you live in Auckland and are able to visit the show – I’d love to see you!

Public Admission times: Friday 2nd July – 11am to 6pm, Saturday 3rd July – 10am to 5pm, Sunday 4th July – 10am to 4pm

Image as pictured – “New Beginnings Ring” – Deanna Gracie © – stg silver and 9ct yellow gold

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New Beginnings Ring by Deanna Gracie ©

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Deanna Gracie 🙂

Featured jewellery design #47

Oak Leaf Brooch by Deanna Gracie ©

Autumn

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.
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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 : – )

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Thanks for visiting! Deanna Gracie

Featured Jewellery Design #46 – Aotearoa Aroha pendant

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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.

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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 #45

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A year ago a traveller called in to my exhibition at the Arts Centre and had a fantastic selection of beads to show me. Although beautiful I couldn’t really see anything I wanted, as I don’t really feature beads in any of my jewellery designs so I said thanks but no thanks. Then he showed me his selection of ancient glass beads from Afghanistan. I loved the subtle colour range, the imperfections, the matt finish and the ‘ancient’ feel of them. He said they had originally been used as anklets. I couldn’t resist them so bought some strands and since then I have held these beads in my hands, run my fingers over them and admired the colours many times over the last year but couldn’t think of a way to use them. I wanted the beauty of the beads to shine through and not be overpowered by anything else. I finally came up with a solution and here is the finished result. I have used sterling silver in between the beads and kept the silver matt and I’ve also oxidised (blackened) some pieces for contrast. I have created five strands all together and have called them “Earth and Sky”.

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“Earth and Sky” by Deanna Gracie – hand made necklaces created with sterling silver and ancient beads ©

A while ago I promised to take an image of the sexy new perspex display props I  found – so here are a couple of images of the necklaces on the bust stands. The stands are two different sizes : – )

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