To all my gorgeous customers, friends, staff and family,

The last six years have been an amazing journey. I have had so much support, loyalty and love come through the doors at my quaint little Mt Lawley Store.

In the beginning when it was just myself, you (my customers) made a little community, a family for me. You have supported me not only by loving my product but simply by coming in to visit and letting me be apart of your life story. I have treasured getting to know you all personally and hearing about your families and adventures.Natalai at a show

Then, as Tayha Designs grew I have had the pleasure of working with one of my best friends, Natalia, by my side. She took the shop and the customers on as her own and made career and a place for herself in this little Astor Arcade. She was definitely thrown in the deep end when she started with me and she took it all in her stride, I couldn’t be more grateful. You are a beautiful person Natalia.


ShopFrom this small beginnings the shop just grow. I have had a fantastic group of people working with me along the way. Monica, Hannah, Sabah, Ben, Erin, Elizabeth, Hayley, Wendy (Mum) and Tamuy you have all added your own touch to Tayha Designs. You have all helped me see different ways of approaching business. It amazed me the dedication and hard work you all put into everything you did at Tayha Designs. For a small shop full of girls (plus Ben) it has been a fantastic work environment. I thank each and everyone of you. I also want to thank all the jewellers that have exhibited in my little gallery, the people of Mt Lawley have really appreciate your unique talents.

Life is full of adventures and challenges and my Mt Lawley store has been both. I honestly feel like I have achieved everything I could of hoped for. Of course I could not have done this with out the love, support and encouragement from my family. Thank you Bree for helping me open, thank you Mum for working for me when all my staff left were on maternity leave. Thank you to Alex for putting up with my long hours and thank you to the rest of Alex and my  family for being there as always. And also thank you to my friends for always being around to help and support.

As most of you know last year I started a family of my own, as did Natalia, Erin and Hayley (almost, due any day now). We have all had (or are having) little girls and with this new chapter in our lives I have decided it is time to change the direction of Tayha Designs a little. No I am not closing up and disappearing, I just couldn’t do that, I love it too much.

I have decided to let the shop front go. I will be putting a bit of time into the web site for a refresh and revamp as Tayha Design will run online and by appointment. I will still provide all the same services but I will be more flexible, being able to come to you and provide a really personalised jewellery experience. I would still love to be your jeweller and help with designing and creating those cherished pieces of jewellery you will love forever.

Once again I just can not thank you all enough and I hope I can continue working with you all. Please don’t hesitate contacting me through the web site, email or facebook I look forward to working with you all soon.

Lots of Love and Kind Regards

Taryn Compagnoni

Amanda HasenkamA playful depiction of a milky way, Jewellery Designer Amanda Hasenkam created an eye catching and wearable necklace using a rather unusual yet unique combination of gold bimetal, sterling silver and shibuichi (a traditional Japanese copper/silver alloy). The pebble is set in the centre and found in Lake St Clair, a lake in the Central Highlands of Tasmania. To finish off the pendant, the cord is made of handmade silk.

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Wedding shoesEthereal;

“Extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.”

Ethereal wedding theme is something out of a fairytale, a dream. By using neutral shades such as beige, ivory, taupe or nude as a wedding colour theme, this inspiration can be achieved effortlessly. It is suitable for fall weddings, especially if it was held outdoors surrounded by nature.

We adore the slip on sandals with the large bow. It is feminine, elegant and charming. The sandals are beige in colour and what appears to be white lace covering the base. From the distance it looks like it has been sprinkled with fairy dust that glitters.

ethereal hairstyleTousled, long and loosely plaited hairstyle is the perfect look for an ethereal wedding theme. The hairstyle can be swept to the side or left loose at the back. Neutral flowers can be added to the overall hairstyle for a whimisical look.



This bouquet has various shades of rosy and neutrals, with the greens breaking up the colour palette and providing a perfect contrast. We prefer roses for this ethereal theme as it symbolises different meanings such as spirituality, romance and grace. There is also a sense of quiet beauty about the pink and white roses.


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This wedding dress is an absolute dream. Floaty, voluminous yet lightweight at the same time, we love how the blush dress elegantly swishes from the back of the train. We adore the backless V shape of the lace which gives just a hint of sensuality but ultimately it is romantic and whimsical.















The ethereal and neutral theme extends to the bridesmaids. We fell in love with these Grecian inspired dresses in taupe that are either strapless or one shoulder. The hair is elegantly styled in low buns or left loose with wavy tresses. The chiffon material creates a sophisticated and elegant effect that will compliment the bride without overshadowing her on the special occasion.





Our favourite ethereal engagement ring is this oval champagne diamond surrounded by a halo of diamonds in grain-set, milgrain design. This ring truly embodies a true sense of identity.




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Jewellery of the Week goes to this spectacular 18ct yellow gold open ring by Debonaire.  Contemporary, bold and luxurious, it has a 0.44 carat round brilliant cut fancy pink diamond with 5PR quality and it is surrounded by rose gold rubover setting. The ring splits open and features 7 round brilliant diamonds on the side in grain setting. A truly innovative and eye catching design that will last for generations.

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mariposaTayha Designs was delighted to provide the jewellery for Mariposa Perfumery fragrance event last week. The party is in celebration of divine scents from luxury fragrance houses, namely the iconic brands House of Creed and Amouage.

House of Creed is a Paris based perfume house and is one of very few perfumery with rich historical significance, handmade originality of extravagant quality. Founded in 1760 by James Henry Creed, it was for many years one of the best kept secrets in the perfume world only known by the elite society of the rich and famous, its iconic exclusivity and rare beauty makes the perfume house one of the most highly sought after fragrances around the world. model with tayha designs jewellery

Another famous fragrance house we’re celebrating is contemporary label Amouage, an international perfumery brand that has instilled the old tradition and heritage of perfume mastery in the last 30 years. Like Creed, the finely blended perfumes of luxurious ingredients are painstakingly sourced from around the world, its desire to create its own unique trend makes it one of a kind and uniquely beautiful.

At the event Mariposa collaborated with various independent labels and businesses in Perth, Mt Lawley. Face and Body Inc was the sponsor of the launch. The stunning models was made up by Ollie Pincott and they were dressed in West Australian womenswear label One Fell Swoop, well known for its precision drapery and proficient tailoring. In 2015 the brand will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary. Revolution the Label is a Perth based IMGP1849Australian label catering for men and women, concentrating on simplicity and minimalist shapes. Catina 663 and Luxe Bar in Beaufort Street provided the food and drinks throughout the evening. And finally, lifestyle, homeware and fashion boutique Lulu & I completed the evening.

The models were draped with our South Sea pearls and bespoke collection including exquisite earrings, rings and necklaces. They were styled by Taryn, Natalia, Erin and Hannah of Tayha Designs.

Visit Mariposa and try on the newest scent of Cedre Blanc, a woody aromatic scent for women, Notes of Bergamot for men and the intoxicating Iris Tuberose. There are many more scents in the boutique to choose from. Why not also try out their amazing fragrance masterclass, it is an enjoyable experience for all.

More photos from the event

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Stunning model wearing our South Sea pearl necklace



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Launched in 2011 as a creative platform for her ‘relaxed minimalist’ aesthetics, Jiawa Liu of Beige Renegade is one of Australia’s most influential style bloggers as well as a highly sought after stylist and photographer. Her editorial quality imagery and witty yet informative content continues to inspire her readers to live a beautiful minimalist lifestyle. With her preference of simplicity luxe jewellery it is not suprisingly she comes to adore jewellery designers Rei-Minohara Starke and Natalia De Burgh‘s unique collections from our quaint jewellery boutique in Mt Lawley. Here we had the pleasure of interviewing Jiawa to gain an inner access into her life in Perth, as well as chatting about fashion, travels, her favourite coffee shop and of course, jewellery.

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 How would you define your personal style?

I’m all about simplicity, comfort and livability, with a bit of tomboy thrown in. Comfort and style are synonyms in my dictionary.

What are your favourite Australian fashion brands?

My favourites include Toni Maticevski, Ellery and Dion Lee. These brands are redefining Australian fashion design on the world stage at the moment, and taking it by storm.

Where is your favourite place to go shopping?

The only real ‘shopping’ I do is probably at opshops or designer consignment – it’s a treasure hunt. Apart from this, I wouldn’t really say I ‘go shopping’. I don’t browse, and therefore I don’t normally go into shopping malls or even boutiques. As boring as it sounds, ‘shopping’ for me is really more of a list checking exercise, and I do this mostly online. My favourite online destinations are usually my favourite label’s e-boutiques.

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Who is the influential figure in your life?

I am influenced by so many amazing people in my life, including people I know personally, and those that I admire from afar. At the moment, I am very inspired by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal. Reading her book Girl Boss confirmed to me that it was ok to simply hit the ground running doing what you love without a plan or an end game, just to see where the journey will take you. What’s important is aligning your life with what you are passionate about.

Are there any hidden gems in Perth you’ve discovered recently?

I don’t think this one would be considered ‘hidden’ to most Perthians, but it’s certainly something I didn’t know about before. I recently dropped by Helen Swift Designer Consignments in Cottesloe and couldn’t believe the calibre of designer pieces she has in from all my favourite international designers.

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Where is your favourite holiday destination so far?

While it might not pass as a holiday destination, my birth place, China is my absolute favourite place to visit. Every time I’ve gone back to visit it’s been a life changing experience. The richness of culture you experience in China is both overwhelming and eye-opening.

Where do you wish to visit one day?

I’m going to be really cliché and say Paris, if only it’s because I keep seeing all those gorgeous photos of café strips, tree lined avenues and the Eiffel Tower circulating Pinterest. However, I’m sure I’ll go there and be immediately disappointed by how little resemblance reality has to social media hype!

How would you describe your jewellery style?

I’m extremely minimal when it comes to jewellery. I believe that jewellery should be delicate, simple and personal. It should blend quietly into your personality, rather than upstage you.

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What is your favourite piece/or a piece that stood out from Tayha Designs.

I am in love with just about everything made by Rei Minohara-Starke, especially the Branch Ring and the Beaded Horseshoe Pendant. These designs are beautifully simple, are so full of personality. I also love the Pearl Studs by Taryn Compagnoni.

Where are your favourite places in Perth for

i. Coffee:

Harvest Expresso – their Matcha Latte is to die for, and they’re just around the corner from where I live.

ii. Dinner:

Nandos. I’m a fan of simple comfort food.

iii. Breakfast/lunch:

Mary Street Bakery in Highgate – best almond croissant ever.

iv. Bars:

Andaluz. The atmosphere at this place is very me. I don’t go out much, but when I do, I like to feel like I’m still at home!

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What’s the best thing about living in Perth?

I think Perth has the best of both worlds of a small town and big city. We have everything that you would get, for example, in Sydney or Melbourne, with great shopping, cafes and local events, but we don’t have to deal with the pollution, crowds and infuriating traffic.

5 words to describe yourself.

Obsessive, socially awkward, and methodically beige.

Jiawa is wearing Natalia De Burgh‘s Smile collection and Rei Minohara-Starke‘s Wattle and Branch collections.



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asscher-cut-diamondA versatile diamond that boost a royal heritage and decadent prestige, the Asscher Cut is one of the most beautiful and glamorous diamonds in the world. First created by Joseph Asscher of the Netherlands in 1902, he was famously commissioned by King Edward VII to cut the world’s largest diamond, the Cullinan diamond weighing at 3,106 carats. It still holds the record as the largest diamond ever found.

Quick Fact: The original Asscher has 58 facets whereas the Royal Asscher cut has 74 facets.

Although it was first developed in the early 1900s, the Asscher cut came to prominence in the 1920s during the art deco movement. It was seen in many art deco inspired designs and that popularity continued on during World War II. Until the resurgence of interest and re-invention of the Asscher in the late 1990s the cut was a valuable collector’s item and found in antique shops.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Elizabeth Taylor with her 33.19 carats Asscher cut diamond from Richard Burton.

Quick Fact: One of the world’s most iconic women wore an Asscher cut – Elizabeth Taylor. Richard Burton gave her a Krupp diamond at 33.19 carats. It is now known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.

The Asscher cut is similar to an emerald cut, and also described as as square cut emerald or stepped square cut. Like the Emerald, the Asscher has cropped corners and clean, defined lines. The diamond can be held by four claw prongs setting to create a square shape or surrounded by round brilliant diamonds in a halo style setting to reveal the cropped corners. Unlike the Emerald cut however, the positioning of the facets creates extra sparkle and brilliance, where it draws you in to the centre of the stone.

The Asscher cut is now a sought after engagement ring for fashion-conscious, professional women in this modern society. Due to its versatility, it can be designed in modern, art deco or vintage style of settings. If you prefer an engagement ring that is not too old fashioned or too sparkly, then the Asscher cut is the perfect engagement ring for you as it has the best of both characteristics.

A timeless and sophisticated diamond, the Asscher cut will continue to retain that element of beauty and aura for many decades to come.

At Tayha Designs we are lucky enough to have designed engagement rings with an Asscher cut stone. Here are a few selections of beautiful Asscher cut rings for happy customers;

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There is a lot of information to take in when buying a loose diamond and many choices to make. When working with customers and going through all the different aspects of diamonds at the end of the day we ask you to think about what is the most important thing for you. Is it size, shape or do you want a particular colour? Then from this point we can help you select the best quality diamond for your budget.
Here is a little information on a few of the aspects to consider when purchasing a loose or set diamond.
Shape / Cut: Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds are the most popular diamond shapes but there are so many beautiful cuts to consider. The shape of your diamond can become the main design feature of your engagement ring or custom designed piece. When it comes to the shape of the diamond we are able to show you as many as you like but we tend not to recommend any one shape in particular as they all have their own beautiful qualities and it truly is a person preference. This is a great starting point for designing your unique piece of jewellery.




Colour: This can refer to two different things. Firstly and what you will mostly hear when talking about the 4 C’s is the colourlessness of the white. White diamonds are graded in an Alphabetical scale starting with D being the whitest (colourless) grade. Our recommendation is a G colour or above. In choosing a D-G colour diamond you know you are getting a stunningly white diamond that will look clean and bright.Diamond-Colour-Chart

The second reference to colour when speaking of diamonds is the actual colour of the stone. There is a colour diamond matching any personality or taste, whether you are a woman or a man. Unlike white diamonds, natural colour diamonds exist in over 300 colours all with different hues. Coloured diamonds are the “it” Diamond at the moment with Hollywood stars and Royals wearing natural coloured diamonds. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Victoria Beckham and Portia de Rossi all wear pink diamond rings, as well as the very hype Ecclestone daughters. Over the last few seasons major fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton, Dior and Alexander McQueen. And recently, Jessica Simpson and Cate have also chosen to feature coloured diamonds in a range of colours from Chocolate, Yellow even through to Black diamonds. Natural coloured diamonds are really beautiful and unique. If you are looking for something a little different this is definitely an avenue I would suggest exploring.coloureddiamonds

Clarity: The clarity of the diamond refers to how internally clean the diamond is or is not. As diamonds are a natural stone they do or can have (apart from a few very rare stones) natural flaws or imperfections. We like to recommend choosing a diamond that is eye clean. This meaning, with YOUR naked eye you cannot see the flaws. Our ideal diamond is VVS-VS range though we recommend an SI1 (slightly included 1) or above. Some people will be able to see the flaws in an SI1 when studying the stone but depending on the type of imperfection and the location of the imperfection it can be difficult and therefore we are able to find some beautiful stones in this range to suit a price point.


Cut: The way the diamond is cut no matter what shape, colour or clarity is one of the most important features to consider when buying your diamond. A well cut stone will sparkle no matter how long you have been wearing it or how it is set. A well cut diamond will always stand out and never look dull due to light reflection. When a diamond is cut to the right proportions light will enter the diamond and be reflected back out the top surfaces of the diamond giving a truely beautiful sparkle. This is one of the reasons we always advise to view diamonds before purchasing, you will notice the difference when comparing.

diamond-cutSize: Diamond sizes are measured in Carat’s which is actually a weight. To some people the overall size of the diamond a very important factor but again it really is a personal choice.carat-chart

I hope this helps with your diamond selection. The one last piece of advice is to always choose a diamond that has a certificate and is conflict free so that you know what you are buying. Different Diamond certifications companies do have different standards; our recommendation is a GIA certificate.

MINOHARA-STARKE2C20Rei-Mugshot_sRei Minohara-Starke’s whimsical, romantic and sentimental collection highlights the distinct beauty of her beloved adopted country in Australia, whilst drawing upon her own feelings, stories and memories from her childhood in Japan.  Minohara-Starke’s fascination with golden wattle branch, a floral emblem of Australia, reveals embracing a new identity whilst remaining true to her roots, reflecting her continuous journey of discovery. Using primarily silver and copper with her signature etching and hammering style, she creates a collection that reflects the space and light of the natural natureworld. The use of gemstones is at its raw and natural state, revealing its true organic beauty when untouched. With the dedication of creating body adornments and objects for those who seek pieces of individual keepsakes, she endeavoured to create a piece that tells the story of the person who wears it.



Tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you first aspire to become a jewellery designer?

I came here from Japan in 2006. Before that I was kind of workaholic person even though I had graduated from an Art university. But one day I just thought, ‘I’ll be a jeweller’. I had never made jewellery before and did not know a lot about jewellery but once I started to study at TAFE I became fascinated. Just like that ‘this is it!’. Nothing is easy but with focus and persistence the end result can be something beautiful! Then someone else loves it and it became a part of that person. What a fantastic job!

 rei What is your main source of inspiration when designing your jewellery collection?

My inspiration comes from two different directions. One is from the story – books or someone’s story – and the other from the nature, both Australian and Japanese.

 What is your signature style?

Fine detail and delicate lines.

 Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?

I always start with sketching and drawing and once I have decided the design I make a technical drawing. I almost measure all details. Then I create a procedure before I start the ‘making’ in progress

 Describe the person wearing your jewellery. What type of person did you have in mind when designing your jewellery?

She has simple and clear mind, bit shy, but has strength inside. Of course she loves the beauty of the nature.

 What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?

Trust your intuition.

 How do you relax when you’re not making jewellery?

I like visiting galleries and museums, walking around and collecting plants – flowers, seeds and branches – or walking on the beach – collecting shells and castaway objects.

imageWhat is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?

The beauty of various unique Australian native plants (so totally different from Japanese plants). And the sky and sea.

 What is your favourite piece from your own collection? What is your most treasured or significant piece?

My golden wattle bud ring of golden wattle series is my favourite. It’s difficult to do casting with such a delicate, fine and fresh plants. Always a challenge and can only be done in the season of bloom. Then its there, a ring. You can see every part of this plants from this series – buds, leaves branch ringsand branches.

3 words to describe your jewellery.

natural – silivery- beauty


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