Tag Archives: New Zealand 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




New Landscape Ring Commission – April 2011

Landscape ring view 1

Landscape ring view 2

This handmade landscape ring is now winging it’s way to a lovely lady in Australia. The brief was to design and create a ring that incorporated the ocean, the koru and a puriri leaf or blossom – in sterling silver with perhaps copper or lapis lazuli added – this is what I came up with in the end – I’m pretty wrapped with how it turned out : – )
To start of the design process I begin by drawing lots of different ideas – some I develop further and others fall by the wayside which is always part of the process. Below are just a few of the ideas that I came up with when designing this ring and I feel they show  a lot of promise – I’ll develop these  further still so they become workable pieces of jewellery : – )

Created from my heart and by my hand – no two pieces of jewellery can ever exactly the same…..
click here to visit my website to see some more of my ring designs

Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie X

After the February 22nd Christchurch earthquake – an update:

Dear friends and clients – thankfully we were unhurt and my home and studio didn’t suffer any major damage during the recent earthquake – in fact we used my wee studio as a place of refuge during the subsequent aftershocks that battered our city. 11 days later I feel ready and I’m now in a position to create again. I have picked up and put all my tools and workbench back in place and it feels wonderful to know I still have my little sanctuary in tact and it’s a safe space to create. I’m certain the very act of creating will become a major part of my healing process.

ConneXion – the beautiful gallery we worked so hard to rebuild is now behind the police cordon in the central city and unable to be accessed for quite some time. I still haven’t heard how Magma Gallery in Lyttelton fared but I’m hoping they and their lovely gallery are all right. I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, everyone that has sent messages of love and support – they have meant the world to me in these very trying times. Although I couldn’t access the computer for the first week – I knew they would be there, waiting for me in my inbox and sure enough they were!

Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss having your very own, special piece of jewellery created and you are still able to purchase jewellery through my website jewellery by Deanna Gracie Most of the jewellery on my website is still available for sale but please check with me first as it may be in one of the galleries above that I am unable to access at present. My email is d_gracie@ihug.co.nz

If you would like to find out how to order any of my designs through my website click on the jewellery image on any of the main pages through the link above and an email message will be sent direct to me! : – )

Thanks for visiting
Deanna Gracie x

New Works on Display at ConneXion Gallery, Christchurch – August 2010

I have four lovely, new jewellery designs on display in the latest exhibition at ConneXion Gallery, upstairs in the Arts Centre of Christchurch during August. One of the pieces is a necklace made from ancient glass Afghanistani beads, interspersed with small handmade silver beads and sparkling, tiny glass beads. The gorgeous and varied colours within each bead of this necklace remind me of Papatuanuku – Earth Mother. Another piece in the exhibition – “New Beginnings pendant” was inspired by a perfect leaf I found beneath a tree on one of my walks recently. I achieved the beautiful, iridescent colours on the sterling silver and raising gilding metal with extreme heat. The four evocative pieces in the exhibition, reminiscent of nature have all been created in natural earth tones. Made from my heart and with my hand no two pieces of jewellery can ever be exactly the same.
Deanna Gracie Contemporary jewellery
Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie ©

Textured Penguin Brooch commission…2010 – Deanna Gracie

He or she (you decide as we couldn’t) happy penguin brooch by Deanna Gracie© is a special birthday gift and has gone to a very good home ; – ) Hand made in sterling silver with a lovely textured finish : – )

Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie : – )

Dawson and Hall Contemporary Art Gallery – Fairlie June 2010

Longing For Home Pendant by Deanna Gracie ©

Chris Taylor approached me and asked if I’d like to exhibit some of my jewellery in their brand new gallery in Fairlie, South Canterbury, New Zealand – Dawson and Hall. I really liked Chris’s enthusiasm and genuine interest in the artists he invited to exhibit – so I said yes! I now have selection of contemporary jewellery on display there. Dawson and Hall is now open – so if you’re passing through Fairlie please stop in and visit Chris Taylor and Caley Hall’s wonderful new gallery. The gallery focus is on contemporary New Zealand art, sculpture and jewellery. Dawson and Hall is situated on the main road heading to Mt Cook / Tekapo in the old Fairlie Craft Shop premises.

“We want it to be different and focus on artistic creations which have a point of difference, but we don’t want the gallery to be too pretentious either”, gallery owner Mr Hall said. “We’re looking for it to be really varied – everything from sculptures to jewellery to modern art”.

Image as pictured is “Longing For Home” Pendant by Deanna Gracie © – one of the pieces on display at Dawson and Hall. Created by hand in sterling silver and 9ct red gold.

Thanks for visiting!

Deanna Gracie : – )

Wedding jewellery….

"Flight" Pendant - Deanna Gracie ©

I seem to be making a lot of wedding/ engagement, commitment jewellery recently. Love is still in the air and all around : – ) I see you thinking rings but no not this time! This time it’s a pendant called “Flight” and was commissioned by a lady from America. She had seen a similar one that I made about three years ago and she wanted one to wear for her June wedding. It’s lovely to know this pendant will be worn on such a special day!

“Flight” Pendant by Deanna Gracie is made by hand from sterling silver, titanium and gold.

Thanks for visiting : – )