"Sonia created such unique wedding rings for my partner and I, beautifully capturing the spirit of the Tasmanian wilderness that we love. She really listened to our hopes for the bands. Sonia went above and beyond to ensure that we were happy with her creations and worked in an incredibly thoughtful and generous way. We have already recommended Sonia's work to family and friends."   - Tarn

"I have purchased stunning jewellery off Sonia as presents for friends and myself of course. She has been exceptional to deal with, very professional in all correspondence, but at the same time incredibly friendly and helpful. Pictures she has sent me of the pieces are exact as shown when they have arrived by mail. So, so happy with all the dealings, a delight to do business with, and so exciting when the parcel arrives by registered mail. Big thanks Sonia, love your jewellery."

- Janine Pike. 

About ... 

Beach-comber, feather-finder, bone-collector, gem-fossicker, rock-pocketer ... my home and studio are full of strange and beautiful natural objects. 

Being something of an introvert, when I need to regenerate, I feel fortunate to so easily be able to access Tasmania's wild and quiet places to find the gemstones I will later polish and set into jewellery. As I am there at every stage of the creative process, when you buy one of my unique pieces, you are getting the jeweller's equivalent of 'paddock to plate.' 

 

Having previously worked in marine and terrestrial conservation, you'll find references to various environments in my work. I've always been interested in the shapes, patterns and textures nature creates and how objects change as they are exposed to the elements. I like drawing attention to the small and the precious; tiny shining pebbles of river topaz ... the fragility of a decaying leaf or fallen feather... or the perfect shape of a vertebral bone, and try to incorporate these ideas into my work. I am fascinated by the way patterns seem to replicate themselves at various scales and across ecosystems; how a branching tree mirrors a river delta or the veins in an insect's wing. The process I use to create patterns and impressions in the metal destroys the particular leaf or feather used, thereby capturing a unique moment in the process of its decay. 

 

Acknowledging the previous life of the gemstones, natural objects and recycled precious metals used, I like to continue their story by retaining something of the process of creation in my work; the marks made by hammers, files and hands. I feel strongly that jewellery is made to be worn - both in the sense that as an outward expression of who we are it is not for storing away in jewellery boxes, and also that, like our own bodies, we should be proud of the way a piece weathers and becomes more beautiful over time. Like our own scars and wrinkles, tiny marks and scratches on your jewellery are something to embrace. They continue the story of the stones, metal and the piece itself, personalising it to the wearer. Embrace the weathering I say! I especially love making place-based pieces from items found in an environment of significance to the wearer. I look forward to talking with you about your 'special place' and making you something personal. 

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I love island life in southern Tassie with my husband and great dane. In addition to my art, we run a rustic getaway cottage on our six acres of bush, called Firetail Bush Retreat (check us out on Airbnb if you'd like to come experience my piece of paradise!) and I work part-time as a paramedic and barista in our coffee trailer : Long Black Jack, so I guess you could say that life is never boring. 

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