Artisan Jewellery Design
“I have had an idyllic life, growing up in Zimbabwe. The daughter of an engineer and a fashion-designer mother, I was schooled in the then best colonial schools of the time, in the capital Harare, formerly Salisbury.
Our long days were filled with sunshine, sports, good education and of course art, and influenced by my mother’s designing career and the gorgeous fashion magazines she brought home; I would spend hours pouring over the photographs and high fashion plates and stunning jewellery.
So it seemed only natural that I have been blessed with a curious mind and the gift of being able to create and travel and write and take photographs of my journeys, which have brought me to some incredible places; Portugal, Mozambique, South Sudan, Kenya, Myanmar, Indonesia , Borneo, to name just a few; and it has been small pieces of these places, a piece of wood, a shred of fabric, a shard of weathered Chinese blue porcelain picked up on a beach, glimpses caught in a photograph, and the privilege of growing up and living in Zimbabwe that has inspired many of my most interesting pieces and photographs.”
Zimbabwe has a bounty of semi-precious stones, including Aquamarine, Jasper, Metoralite and more; and the legacy of ancient trade beads that have filtered their way through the passages of time into many of the the jewellery pieces that I design. I love to incorporate them together with 925 sterling silver and handmade jewels. Each piece is uniquely made by the Silver Smith that I work with in Zimbabwe.
I usually have a small amount of items with me in the Algarve, the designs are never the same, and it is always a surprise if you contact me to see what I have in stock. Normally if I have new items, I will take photographs and post these onto my Facebook page, so if you are following me, you will see when I have new stock and what is available.
I prefer not to do commissions, as my work is free-styled and to collaborate with my Smith who is so far away would make a commissioned piece very difficult, especially with regards to fitting and any changes that might need to be made.
I have pieces available for sale here in the Algarve, please contact me for more information or to view my work.
Kelly also has a separate page showcasing her photography – click the link here to visit her other page:
Phone: (+351) 91 202 0265
Facebook Page: Off the Wall Silver by Kelly
You can view more of her work via her gallery here. Click on any of the images to start the slideshow.
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