sculpture by the seaWe went to see the hugely anticipated Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at one of Perth’s most popular beaches; Cottesloe Beach. An annual event, it is a free exhibition for the public showcasing 70 local, interstate and international artists which has dramatically transformed the beach into a huge art space overlooking the Indian Ocean. The sculptures are exhibited along the sea wall, along the sand stretching as far as North Cottesloe and on surrounding grass areas. Due to its larger than life sculptures it is easily spotted in the distance however curiosity draws you in for a closer inspection. We were awed and mystified at the same time, it is definitely a conversation starter and we often wonder about the story behind the artworks.

Sculptures we love;

Photo by Clyde Yee

Photo by Clyde Yee

Wendi Zhang

‘Flamingos’

Bright red flamingos made with stainless steel mesh. They look oddly at home in Cottesloe Beach especially against the stunning backdrop of the sunset.

 

 

 

Kim Perrier

Photo by Pauly Vella

Photo by Pauly Vella

‘Ashes to ashes’

A celebration of the relationship between trees and humanity, the tree becoming the vessel for the transmigration of soul. It is mystical and dark at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Michael Stribling

Photo by Michael Stribling

 

 

Virginia King

‘Turning Stones’

The sculpture represents a diatom, an algae group at the beginning of the food chain. Her sculpture allows you to view the ocean in an entirely new perspective. Her work represent the fragility of the natural world.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Jessica Wyld Photography

Photo by Jessica Wyld Photography

Russell Sheridan

‘Sisters’

Is that a pineapple they caught? Or a bait? Sculptures of two girls surrounded by their dogs have kids jumping for joy trying to reach the pineapple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ron Gomboc

‘Cycle of Life Living’

A striking sculpture made entirely out of aluminium. It is inspired by the journey we have to go through in life.

 

 

 

 

Photo by Garry Norris Photography

Photo by Garry Norris Photography

 

Peter Lundberg

‘Warrior’

The sculpture represents the artist’s state of unconscious mind, exploring life’s journey and uncovering mysteries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Film Garden

Photo by Film Garden

 

Ken Unsworth

‘My home is your home’

Whimsical and magical playhouses joined together by a bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Terrific Picture Aus

Photo by Terrific Picture Aus

 

Ayad Alqaragholli

‘Hearts in Paradise’

A graceful sculpture depicting two figures in acrobatic posture, perfectly balanced and beautiful to look at.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Gary Norris

Photo by Gary Norris

 

 

Hugh McLachlan

‘Cube Melt Transition’

A mind blending sculpture that play tricks on your vision, the mirror finish provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to see the world in a different perspective.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aquamarine_trillion_cutThe word Aquamarine comes from the Latin word “Aqua,” meaning water and “marina,” meaning the sea, an uncanny resemblance of the Mediterranean. Like seawater, the colour varies from light blue, dark blue or green-blue. The deeper the colour, the more valuable the gemstone. However, the most desirable and commerically popular tone is light blue.

Fact: Aquamarine is a member of the Beryl family.

Beryl was predominately used to correct visions dating as far back as 2,000 years and it is still being used today in the manufacturing of eyeglasses. With the Mohs scale of 7.5 – 8 it is a durable gemstone, making it very popular as a jewellery piece or carving ornaments.

Aquamarine is thought to be associated with courage, loyalty and friendship, as well as symbolising beauty, honesty and faithfulness.

Fact: Aquamarine is the gemstone for 19th wedding anniversary.

Dom Pedro aquamarine

Dom Pedro aquamarine

It is believed that Aquamarine has the ability to cure a string of ailments such as alleviating pain, kidney and liver disorders. It is thought that sailors wore the gemstone to keep them safe and prevent seasickness.

The most valuable Aquamarine comes from Brazil, but it is also mined in Kenya, Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia.

Fact: The world’s largest aquamarine to have ever been cut is the ‘Dom Pedro’ weighing in at 26kg. It was cut in Germany in 1992.

Aquamarine is very popular when faceted to reveal the subtle and serene sparkle of the stone. However some customers do prefer the smoothness of the cabochon cut. The most popular cut for this gemstone is rectangular, square or emerald step cuts. It can be worn as a solitaire or surrounded by white diamonds to offset the beauty of the gemstone. It can be also cut into rounds, ovals, pears, trillions and cushions.

aquamarineWe regularly have customers walking through our doors looking for the perfect aquamarine gemstone for their loved ones. Whether it is for an anniversary gift, special birthdays or purely because it reminds them of the colour of their partner’s eyes, we can make your ideal aquamarine jewellery come true.

 

 

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Taryn Compagnoni

This week’s favourite jewellery is by our very own Taryn Compagnoni. It is a 9ct yellow gold handmade flat top design ring featuring a gold nugget just slightly off centre. Its clean and geometric shape exudes luxury, minimalism and sophistication. The natural texture of the gold nugget creates a perfect contrast against the polished band.

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Halo engagement ringGlamorous, timeless and sophisticated, halo engagement rings are one of the world’s most popular style of engagement rings since the 1920s. Although the style has consistently evolved over the decades, its emotional, decadent and sentimental value has remained the same.

To have a better understanding of the term ‘halo’, it refers to small diamonds framing or creating a border around the centre stone. It is a classic choice and creates limitless possibilities in terms of shapes, styles, designs and personalisation. The vision is completely yours. Halo engagement ring

To delve briefly into history, the halo engagement ring dates as far back as the Georgian and Victorian eras. However, it first became popular during the Art Deco Movement in the 1920s, where elegant, decorative and aesthetically pleasing designs became a norm, predominately associated with Hollywood glamour and an era of opulence. You’ll find that with modern designs today there are traces of the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras, an historical fusion that is hard to resist.

The core objective of a halo setting is to purely enhance the centre stone, Halo engagement ringbringing out that extra sparkle, brilliance and beauty of an engagement ring. The surrounding diamonds are generally small thus not to overwhelm or distract the centre stone. Whether the centre stone is a round, princess, pear shape, cushion or emerald, each of these will create a truly unique look. It doesn’t only have to be diamonds, precious gemstones in a halo setting also create that wonderful and classic look.

At Tayha Designs we have many customers who has walked through our doors with an idea in mind for their perfect halo engagement ring. The one to one consultation is important in bringing the ideas to life and we are pleased to say there were many happy customers who were thrilled with the final result. 225939_524032540944849_614721685_n

We have created many halo engagement rings in the past (some we are working on now) and we have carefully picked out our favourite 5 halo engagement rings we have made for our customers.

 

 

 

Antique design diamond halo ring

 

The specification of this handmade halo engagement ring is to have a trace of historical influence with a subtle modern edge. This antique style engagement ring holds a 1ct round brilliant diamond in the centre with 0.01cts small round diamonds surrounding the stone as well as the shoulders in a grain setting. The centre stone is bordered with a 18ct white gold rim to create a modern feel however the milgrain edging also adds a touch of a vintage appearance.

Emerald cut has a long history of being classed as a non-traditional engagement ring. Because of that, they do tend Emerald cut diamond ringto stand out more, especially if it has been thoughtfully and creatively designed. This emerald cut halo engagement ring is uniquely stunning and has a sophisticated personality. The emerald is surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds held by bead settings to provide a perfect contrast between the clean step cut of the emerald and the extra brilliance and sparkle of the rounds. The ring is given an extra touch with two round dark blue sapphire placed either side of the centre stone to create a one of a kind piece. The shank is then completed with round brilliant diamonds in a millgrain setting.

 

halo engagament ringWe love how futuristic this bespoke halo engagement ring looks. It is set with 0.50ct round brilliant diamond bordered with Platinum, surrounded by an open halo grain setting with small diamonds; it appears as if the centre diamond is floating. The shank is uniquely individual and suits the customers style perfectly!

 

 

A modern take of a classic style. We use 0.50ct princess cut diamond framed by a slightly thicker 18ct white gold rim toPrincess cut halo design set apart from the 0.01cts round brilliant in a grain setting, yet again textured with milgrain detailing. The shank is set with round brilliant diamonds with clear cut millgrain details which is able to show through due to the wider shank. It is a beautifully traditional design re-imagined in a contemporary way.

 

 

Cushion cut halo 2ct diamond engagement ring

 

 

This stunning bespoke halo engagement ring has an extra wow factor with the centre stone being a 2ct cushion cut diamond.  This style embraces the earliest design of the halo engagement ring setting. The surrounding round brilliant diamonds frames the cushion cut in a claw setting with matching shoulders where you can truly see the shape of the small diamonds. A style that never fades.

Get in touch if you have more questions about halo engagement rings, the possibility is endless.

 

 

 

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518-_IGP0559hkWe have created wonderful, one of a kind and imaginative engagement and wedding rings for same sex couples over the years. The preference for custom made is at an all time high as couples endeavour to put their own personal touch on their ring designs.

There are various options and ideas for same sex engagement rings and wedding bands. Two ladies could go for the same engagement rings they both would like to wear. Or one would surprise the other with an engagement ring where they would both return to design a second engagement ring.Picture 031

As for guys, an engagement ring can also be a option depending on their personal preferences, it could have a bit of sparkle, unique textures or something a lot more reserved like a plain traditional band. Alternatively, some couples prefer the combination of both engagement and wedding ring that is stunning on its own.

menIt is not entirely necessary for the engagement and weddings rings to be completely identical to each other. There are options to go for rings that differs from one another or alternatively, a slight difference between the two. To make it symbolic and personal, the ring can feature the birthstone of the partner. Changes can be made by colour, metal, size, stones and design. The rings can be personalised, have meaningful symbols or messages. The choices are endless.030-_IGP4657aa

At Tayha Designs, we offer a full one to one consultation for same sex couples who want to create a bespoke engagement rings and wedding bands with a difference. Our experienced designers can help to assist in turning your ideas into reality.

 

 

 

Here are some of the rings we have designed;

 

Pink diamonds and rose gold

These understated yet stunning engagement rings are created for a wonderful couple who wanted an engagement ring that matches but with a slight difference. We used a combination of white gold, rose gold, pink and white diamonds and created them so the placement is different for each band. A clever way of matching an engagement ring but with a subtle twist.black diamond

 

 

 

Sleek, simple and traditional, this handmade 6mm men’s platinum wedding band has a matte finish centre and polished outer edges for a modern touch. The design is then finished off with a square cut black diamond stone in the centre.

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If considering a different wedding band, only the slightest alterations can be made. For example, round black diamonds can be used instead with the grooves in the centre with an all over matte finish.

 

 

Mokume Ring    Love creating this luxurious and sophisticated multi – coloured Mokume wedding band for our customer. Mokume has a rich cultural history and translate from Japanese as ‘wood grain’. Individual and unique, there are different Mokume designs to go for and a perfect wedding band for couples.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the very sweet and charming Allison who won our design prize package aallisont UWA’s most recent annual GMA black tie dinner.

We were honoured to be invited to attend the fabulous event as a new sponsor.

Our prize package, valued at $1200, included a whopper sized (12mm) beautiful Tahitian South Sea pearl and also a sit down with one of our designers to discuss how Allison would want to wear her new pearl and of course the make itself.

Allison decided on a rounded sterling silver bangle and because they’re her favourite we added natural emeralds to her bangle to enhance the pearls blue green colour.

 

pearl bangleThis is the beautiful result. We’re pleased as punch at how it looks and Allison loves it so much she wants even more made!

Stay tuned for more bangles made but using lava rock and other semiprecious gemstones!


As life changes, you grow, learn and change your likes, tastes and styles change.

It is okay to change your jewellery. Some people believe that jewellery holds a memory, this makes it hard to let go of, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be changed to suit you and your style now. We can use you existing gold pieces melt them down, re-work them and add to them to create exactly what you are after today for this moment in your life.

 

As our work is all done on site you can have peace of mind that your original piece of jewellery will be part of your finished piece. We work with you we assess what you have, help you design what you want and then hand-make your new jewellery design.

Here is an example that has recently left the work shop.

Sapphire and diamond ringOval diamond ring

 

 

 

 

 


Oscars 2015There is always a reason why the Oscars cause a stir of excitement during the awards season. We’re not talking about the show stopping couture gowns, expensive designer shoes or even the glitzy occasion itself, ultimately we had our eyes peeled for the exquisite jewellery being worn on the red carpet. The jewellery tends to be more dazzling, one of a kind and are worth millions, and the Oscars 2015 didn’t disappoint.

Here we have highlighted the best jewels worn on the night.

Margot Robbie

1. Margot Robbie

 

 

1. Australian actress Margot Robbie wore an iconic 1930s inspired Van Cleef and Arpels antique Colombine ‘zip’ necklace which was originally created for the Duchess of Windsor. It consists of 18ct yellow gold, diamonds and blue sapphires gemstones with tassel drop. The zipper is fully functional and can be adjusted and transform into a drop choker. It can also be zipped all the way and worn as a bracelet.

2. Cate Blanchett

2. Cate Blanchett

 

 

 

2. Oscar winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the essence of elegance wearing a stunning multi-row turquoise, aquamarine and diamond statement bib necklace by Tiffany and Co from their new collection Tiffany Blue Book 2015. It is contemporary with an element of playfulness at the same time.

Anna Kenderick

Anna Kenderick

 

 

 

3. Pitch Perfect actress Anna Kenderick looks like she belongs to a European Royal family when she wore a stunning Norman Silverman diamond cluster earrings which consists of marquise and pear shape diamonds approximately 13cts in total. Worn with an updo hairstyle, the earrings accentuate her flawless feature and goes perfectly well with the diamond halterneck.

4. Lupita Nyong'o

4. Lupita Nyong’o

 

 

 

4. Jewellery with a fabulous twist. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o wore a pearl-embellished ivory dress by Calvin Klein consisting of 6,000 pearls. It is luxurious and created using a variety of different pearl sizes for intricate texture. I couldn’t imagine how long it would have taken to create this memorable gown. This dress will surely be exhibited in a museum one day.

 

5. Zoe Saldana

5. Zoe Saldana

 

 

5. Zoe Saldana wore an absolute stunner on the night; a breathtaking $1 million Neil Lane platinum diamond choker consisting of pear shapes, baguettes and round brilliant cut diamonds 100ct in total. Although the choker does not instantly jump out from the crowd, you could definitely appreciate the fine craftsmanship and flawless quality of the piece.

6. Emma Stone

6. Emma Stone

 

 

 

 

6. Emma Stone wore an elegant art deco inspired rose cut diamond cuff in 18ct yellow and white gold by Tiffany and Co which drew inspiration from the 1940s glamour. It has a swirly/wavy shape that blends naturally into the yellow gold embellished sequin design of her dress. The cuff is part of Tiffany and co’s newest collection in 2015.

7. Chloe Moretz

7. Chloe Moretz

 

 

7. Sophisticated and attention-grabbing, Chloe Moretz looked simply stunning in her ForeverMark pear shape and marquise cluster diamond ear cuff that is very much on trend this season. It adds an extra edge to her feminine frock.

8 Scarlett Johansson

8 Scarlett Johansson

 

 

8. It may be part of her figure hugging dress but Scarlett Johansson’s emerald bib statement necklace has a wow factor. We love how the necklace seemlessly cascades down like a waterfall. Is green the new jewellery colour trend for this season? She paired this with a Piaget ear cuff for a trendy look.

 

9.  Karoline Kurkova

9. Karoline Kurkov

 

 

 

 

9. It wouldn’t be Oscar night without the iconic Harry Winston jewels. Model Karoline Kurkova wore a diamond cluster wrap around bracelet and multi layered statement diamond ring. This overall look epitomised golden Hollywood glamour in the 1930s – 1060s.

10. Laura Dern

10. Laura Dern

 

10. Lastly, Laura Dern wore a ring that is more special than most. She wore a statement Bulgari turquoise emerald cut cocktail ring in support for the Lung Force, where turquoise is the signature colour for the charity group. The ring features miniscule diamonds on the sides for a classic yet contemporary look.

 

 

 

 

 

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February AmethystAmethyst is the most valuable gemstone in the quartz family, with its rich hues and tones found in today’s British crown jewels and is closely associated to royalty, aristocracy and nobility. Although amethyst is well known for its purple colour, it ranges from deep violet, lilac, mauve and pale lavender, with deeper and richer purple being the most valuable and sought after.

Quick Fact: Amethyst was once considered more valuable than diamonds.brazilian-amethyst

It is believed that amethyst has special properties, and these includes controlling your temper and emotions, gives you inner strength and stability, to provide love and affection, brings peace and calm in your life and gives you the energy to solve difficult problems. The healing properties of amethyst are thought to help a variety of addictions, headaches, insomnia, provide pain relief and general healing.

Quick Fact: Amethyst comes from the Greek word which means ‘not drunken’ or ‘sober’.

Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana's Amethyst cocktail ring at the Oscars 2010.

Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana’s Amethyst cocktail ring at the Oscars 2010.

It is one of the most popular gemstones in jewellery, which has been used for thousands of years. With the hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale, it is durable for everyday wear. The design choice is completely yours, with most preferring the faceting of the amethyst for that extra brilliance and beauty, whereas others prefer smoother, cleaner shapes such as cabochon. It can be cut into any shapes such as round, pear, marquise, princess and oval.

Quick Fact: Amethyst is the 6th wedding anniversary gemstone.

Amethyst is found in various part of the world but it is commonly found2-amethyst-engagement-rings-0212-square-w352 in Brazil, Uraguay, Africa, Mexico, Canada, Zambia and the United States.

At Tayha Designs we have created many customised pieces using amethyst. It can be paired with diamonds or other complimentary gemstones. Whether it is a pair of earrings, drop pendant, engagement ring or cocktail ring, we can make your ideal amethyst jewellery come to life.

 

 

 

 

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Broken Antique Brooch Brooch repaired

Family heirloom jewellery is always treasured but is not always in the best shape. As the pieces get passed down the generations slight alterations are made and through general wear, tear and age the jewellery can slowly break.

Here is a brooch that was worn through a war and survived a bombing. It was slightly altered so it could be worn as a pendant previous to making its way to Tayha DesigIMGP1553ns but it had definitely seen better days. The original workmanship was beautiful but a couple of old rose cut diamonds were missing and the under rail gallery had come away or broken off completely.

These pieces tell a story and it was amazing to restore it for our customer. We sourced some old cut diamonds and re-attached and re-build the gallery. It is now safely back on the neck of the owner with a beautiful matching chain ready to tell another life time of stories.