Two year on from closing down the shop in Mt Lawley and life hasn’t been any quieter. I have just celebrated the first birthday of my second baby girl and geez the time has flown by. 

I thought it is time to check back in.


Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you for your ongoing support and patience while my business and life had a massive change. I am so lucky that I have been able to still hear from and work with you through a variety of different means. Even after closing the shop I have had constant work from my beautiful customers/friends and that has kept me human. Even though it is a huge juggling act. As most new Mum’s find out quickly when welcoming the little ones into their lives, things are no longer about you, finding that little bit of time where you get to be a person and not just a Mum is very hard. Being able to work with my hands, create, designs, make and even simply communicate with others at an adult level has helped keep me sane (I think haha best ask the ones closest to me they may not vouch for my sanity haha).

What has happened in the last two years? The dogs are looking older, the babies are looking more like kids and I have set up house in the country slowly refreshing and renovating. The jewellery, well its just happened maybe at a slowly pace but that has allowed more creativity. I have been able to work with some awesome people and make heaps of really interesting wedding rings and a few statement pieces. I have listened to plenty of audio books while doing my diamond setting, its my zone time so if you have any recommendations please let me know! 

So what happens from here, where does Tayha Designs go now? No, at this stage I’m not going to open a new shop front its not the right time. My new Tayha Designs work shop is set in the Country on a farm where I get to enjoy farm life and the joys of creating luxury items all at once.

Why the country? It’s dry, its hot or its freezing, the insects are insane but its stunning. The stars are so bright and immense it makes you feel minuscule yet fills you at the same time. The air is fresh and the stillness is calming and with nowhere to be and nowhere to go, life slows down a little. Most of all I love being able to give the girls a childhood full of the freedom and innocence the country life offers.

So whats the plan for Tayha Designs? Well just because at the moment the city is not for me it doesn’t mean it will never be again. In the mean time I’m teeing up a few awesome collaborations and you never know there many even be something lined up back in the big smoke in regards to finding TD in store. You will have to stay tuned for that one. My plan is to continue keeping you updated on the social media platforms and I am trying to dedicate a bit of time to the website to give you all better access. As you all know time seems to be in short supply but I will do my best. In the mean time lets just keep on keeping on and you can always contact me through any means and I will do every thing I can to help. Eventually when the new collections are finished I will work on the online shop but again this is something to look forward to as its not quite ready just yet.

Thanks again for your support. If there is anything you are interested in or want to know about jewellery send me a message, let me know and I will do my best to share what I can.

Talk soon


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

pinkdiamonds courtesy Arglye Mining.The argyle pink diamonds is one of the world’s most sought after diamonds in the world, mined in the stunning yet remote landscapes of Kimberley in Western Australia. The argyle diamond mine produces 90% of the world’s pink diamonds supply, producing less than 1% making it one of the rarest diamonds at the highest quality. 10421384_1079171375430960_3292416155519461903_n

The value of Pink Diamonds have increased by 20% every year over the last decade, this is due to the demands far exceeding the supply, therefore it sells for a much higher price, sometimes 50 or 100 times more than traditional white diamonds  As the demand increases, the supply is reducing. Another reason is the scarcity of pink diamonds, Argyle has now moved the mining operation from overground to underground as the source of pink diamonds is decreasing, particularly the higher graded diamonds.

Pink Diamonds are graded in four primary categories;

  • PP: Purplish Pink
  • P : Pink
  • PR: Pink Rose
  • PC: Pink Champagne

These colours are then graded using a scale from 1 to 8 with 1  being the most intense and 8 being the faintest.

  • Very intense
  • Intense
  • Strong
  • Medium
  • Medium Light
  • Light
  • Very Light
  • Blush


img-thingThe most famous Pink Diamond in history is the Darya-i-Nur or Sea of Light at 175 carats. It was discovered in 1642 and was part of the crown jewels of India.

If you are considering the purchase of Pink Diamonds the most intense pinks 1P and 3P will be more expensive and much harder to source, these are true collector pieces and loved by collectors. 4P and 6P are normally recommended and are considered affordable whilst maintaining its  high quality and value for money. Pink diamonds of 7P-9P colour grade are not noticeably pink and a matter of personal choice when choosing Pink Diamonds in lower category. Untitled

Pink Diamonds are known to be purchased for investment as value increases year by year, however, they are also turned into stunning jewellery pieces; a single pink diamond on a wedding band, eternity ring, solitaire pendant and earrings. The options are limitless and purchasing a pink diamond for your loved ones will be treasured for generations.


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Lace has never really gone out of trend since its first introduction in late 1400s to early 1500s. If it’s not a re-invention of the style then it is always safe to go back to the old traditional way and still be on trend. We love the bright and bold colours being embraced by designers and high streets in the last few seasons, however, back lace dress is a fail safe option and will always be an essential wardrobe staple. Lace doesn’t have to be demure or too girly, it can actually be quite reserved, elegant and fun  It is suitable for everyone and for every style.

Our current must haves;

Lover – Sophisticated warrior french lace mini dress that has a fitted bodice and fluted skirt.

Forever New – Elegant and structured Cara small bag with black lace overlay.

Jimmy Choo – Mignight lace blue Amika leather-trimmed lace pumps.

Tayha Designs – Emerald cut halo engagement ring surrounded by round brilliant diamonds and blue sapphires.

Beige fascinator with lace detailing and bow

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01f54e861f2374ef68008c74feaacc28Have you ever considered a winter wedding? Whether in Australia or abroad? Summer is the most popular season for weddings due to the guarantee of perfect weather (well, almost), outdoor weddings and strapless wedding dresses. With winter weddings we envision scenic snowy surroundings, log cabin decor and burning candles.

One of the many advantages of having a winter wedding is the cost and availability. As couples tend to book venues in the summer there are spaces available during the colder months, for that reason alone the cost of venues tend to be cheaper too, along with photographers, florists and caterers. 1e9f0effd7f6aa405a91a140e2a007e0

The theme of a winter wedding is the fun part. For the bride you can dress warmly in snowy white or grey shrugs/bolero whilst the bridesmaids can keep warm with pashminas or brightly coloured cashmere. Add extra details to your wedding dress with elegant long sleeves lace details.

To decorate the venue you can use tea-lights on the table and around the venue, creating an intimate and cozy atmosphere. Decorate the table using seasonal fruits such as figs, persimmons, lemons and berries. Keep yourself and your guests warm by serving mulled wine or if they don’t drink; hot chocolate before the start of the meal, which could includes soup, stews, 3f6109e300e4c141f2ae8a52227f7f2amince pies and puddings. End the day with a firework display to make the winter wedding truly memorable.

Here are the additional advantages of having a winter wedding;

Location; indoor spaces including barns, warehouses, large cabins or surrounded by snow if you can stand the cold.

Photography; Beautiful scenic backdrops in snowy woodlands, snow covered 6fc5cfd1d2b775512ab4c70075258e04buildings or Christmas trees, creating your own winter wonderland using red berries, pine cones, branches, leaves etc.

Fire; enjoy the chilly night’s romantic outdoors kept warm with log fire and blankets.








Here are our inspirational winter wedding ideas;


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A symbol of prosperous wealth and prestige, the rarest of diamonds were once in the possession of royalties, world leaders and noble dynasties of the past. With valuable diamonds changing hands to the highest bidder at auctions till this day, we are holding our collective breathes for the first billion dollar diamond being sold.  Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most expensive diamonds ever recorded in history.

Cullinan Israt of africa

The Cullinan I came from the largest rough gem quality diamond ever found, The Cullinan at 3106.75 carats. The pear shape diamond weighs at 530.2 carat and is known as the Star of Africa. Cullinan I is kept in the Tower of London amongst the British Crown Jewels. It is valued at USD 400 million.




hope diamondHope Diamond

The hope diamond is a 45.52 carats large cushion antique brilliant diamond being held for exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC. The diamond is described as fancy dark greyish blue or dark blue in colour. It was once owned by King Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Harry Winston. The value of this diamond is estimated between USD 250 to 350 million.


De Beers Centenary DiamondCentenary-Diamond

The De Beers Centenary Diamond is the third largest diamond to have ever been produced in the Premier Mine at 273.85 carats. It is graded D in colour by GIA and classed as flawless. It is currently valued at USD 100 million; however, the current owner remained anonymous.

The Pink Starpink star

The Pink Star, formerly known as the Steinmetz Pink, weighs 59.60 carat and described as fancy vivid pink by GIA. It was mined by De Beers in 1999. In 2013 the Pink Star was auctioned by Sotheby’s in Geneva, fetching a world record USD 83.2 million.



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The Wittelsbach-Graff diamond is a 35.36 carats fancy deep blue diamond that was part of the Austrian and Bavarian crown jewels. A celebrated stone that is rich in history, it was originally owned by King Philip IV of Spain and allegedly sold for USD 80 Million to a Sheik in Qatar.



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Graff Pink

Graff Pink is a 24.78 carat rare pink diamond once owned by Harry Winston. At the Sotheby’s auction it was sold for USD 46 Million by diamond dealer Laurence Graff. The gem is graded by GIA as fancy intense pink and has been assessed as diamond type IIa, placing it in the top 2% of the world’s diamonds.


Moussaieff Red DiamondMoussaieff

The Moussaieff Red is a fancy red trilliant cut diamond discovered in the 1990 in Brazil. It weighs 5.11 carats and is known as the world’s largest red diamond ever found. It is valued at USD 20 million.




archdukejosephArchduke Joseph diamond

Archduke Joseph diamond is named after a Hungarian prince. It is a colourless, antique cushion-shaped diamond and weighs 78.54 carat, graded as D colour and Internally Flawless by GIA. The diamond was found in the famous Golconda mines, where many historical diamonds originated from. In 2012 the diamond was sold for USD 21.4 million at Christie’s auction.





The Mountain of Light or Koh-i-Noor is a diamond that was mined in India and was once owned by various Sultans, Emperors and war lords in Central Asia before it came into the possession of Queen Victoria in 1800s.  It weighs 105.602 carats and possibly the most valuable and significant diamond in the world.  Today the diamond is a part of the British Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.





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 Lover of all things beautiful, Perth based Su James of Oyster and Pearl blog insightfully chronicles her life with envy inducing imagery and tongue in cheek posts, emphasising that life is not to be taken too seriously. Su intimately documents her fashion finds, worldly travels and delicious food through her blog whilst maintaining a busy full time corporate career as well as a freelance writing gig; it’s no wonder we describe her as superwoman in the making! Here we speak to the delightful Su about her obsessions with shoes, her love affair with New York and her adoration for pearl jewellery…



                 How would you define your personal style?

I define my style as quite feminine with just a little touch of edge to it. I dress just as much for comfort and functionality as I do for style but from time to time you just may find me in something outrageous.

I’m a devotee to the doctrine of high/low dressing and almost always mix less expensive and high street purchases with designer items. My biggest weakness are bags and shoes (I am currently battling an addiction against Valentino Rockstuds!) and there’s nothing that makes me swoon more than the arch of a beautiful stiletto heel.

What are your favourite Australian fashion brands?

I absolutely adore Lover. I would own almost every beautiful piece in their collections if I could. I adore the femininity of lace and the cuts of their dresses can be demure yet desirable all at the same time.

Where is your favourite place to go shopping?

Being quite busy, with both a full time corporate career as well as my blogging and freelance writing committments, I don’t have the time I once did to leisurely browse the retail stores. My weekends and down time are now prioritized to getting some rest and relaxation in addition to catching up with my nearest and dearest. For that reason, online shopping is the go for me.

My favourite online stores are ASOS (don’t we all love ASOS?!) and Farfetch for fantastic buys on designer items.


                                  Who is the influential figure in your life?

This is such a difficult one to narrow down to one person and I’ve concluded that I can’t definitively decide on which one person is the most influential. Thinking about this I realized that I am fortunate to share my life with many creative, talented, smart, and generous people and they collectively influence and inspire me to be the person I want to be and pursue my dreams and goals and encourage me when I need it.  So, if I can, I’ll take this opportunity to let my squad know – you guys are the greatest!

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

I spent a significant amount of time during the summer at a little patch of beach in between Scarborough and Peasholm Beach. Hidden from the main road by the high sand dunes, it has been bare of but one or two people each weekend I visited, and amazingly only a few metres in each direction there were crowds of people fighting for space for their towels. I’ve loved being able to come down here for a couple of hours with my magazine, cut fruit and bottle of water and just relax and recharge my batteries, and enjoy our climate and spectacular coastline. It’s something as simple as this that makes me appreciate this beautiful city even more.

Where is your favourite holiday destination so far?

Hands down, without a doubt, always will be – New York City. I’ve been so often and spent so much time there I almost don’t consider it a holiday destination anymore and I even half jokingly refer to it as my second home. Undeniably I love Perth and will consider always consider Perth to be my home, but I feel that my heart resides in two places – here and NYC.

I feel as home over there as I do in Perth. It’s everything that people say yet it’s so much more and you almost do yourself a disservice if you don’t allow yourself the time to discover NYC beyond the frenetic energy and hustle and bustle. It’s full of surprises, there’s always something new to discover and I think it’s the kind of city where you discover a little something about yourself as well.

My love affair with NYC started many, many years ago and it’s one I don’t envisage ending any time soon.


Where do you wish to visit one day?

I’ve been interested in ancient civilizations since I was in primary school and definitely cannot leave this earth without exploring the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan.It blows my mind that structures of such scale and magnificence were created centuries ago without our modern technologies, yet the detail and intricacy of their work is phemonemal. To be in a place like that and to experience it all while knowing that it’s been there through so many changes in this world and seen the rise and fall of ancient empires, that is something just incredible.

How would you describe your jewellery style?

When it comes to jewellery, I prefer to invest in quality pieces that are classic and elegant. My favourite piece that I own is a long double strand of pearls that is joined together by a diamond clasp. I adore pearls – is it any surprise then that I named my blog Oyster & Pearl? Far from being something that your grandma or great-aunt would wear, I feel that pearls are something so simply elegant and ladylike yet I don’t think they’re out of place at all paired with a fuss free outfit of nice jeans and a simple top.

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

The sterling silver double wattle branch ring by Rei Minohara-Starke really stood out for me. I think it would have a great presence on the finger and of course, the use of the wattle is such a lovely homage to one of our native Australian trees.


Where are your favourite places in Perth for:

i. Coffee

I don’t drink coffee, but I do drink hot chocolate and won’t say no to a little piece of cake. For this I can’t go past The Flour Factory in Queen Street. Their baked goods are out of this world and I have to thank their pastry chef for bringing their delightful Valrhona chocolate and double salted caramel cupcakes into my life.

ii. Dinner

A current favourite dinner spot in Perth is Cecchi’s in Inglewood. The menu offers fewer dishes than many other restaurants, however everything on the menu is done exceedingly well. The pasta is featherlight and silky and the flavours are some of the best Italian I have had outside of the home of my friend’s nonna.

iii. Breakfast/lunch

Dim sum may not be most people’s first thought when asked of their favourite place for breakfast or lunch, but to me dim sum is practically brunch, if you’re Cantonese – which I am not, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get to partake in the enjoyment of those delicious little dumplings. My go-to for dim sum is Imperial Court in Como. Though slightly pricier than the dim sum served in some Northbridge establishments, I do think Imperial Court’s dumplings are fresher in taste with a few very unique dumpling creations you don’t usually find elsewhere. Their soft shell grab is very moreish as are their yummy egg tarts.

 iv. Bars

Working on the terrace, I can’t go past enjoying one of our gorgeous Perth days on the rooftop of Bob’s Bar at Print Hall. Bob’s has a great selection of drinks to go along with the fun and relaxed atmosphere.


What’s the best thing about living in Perth?

I think our carefree spirit is what makes living in Perth so wonderful, and having travelled extensively the people I meet have often remarked to me that people from Perth and Western Australia are amongst the most life-loving people they’ve come across.  I’ll never forget sitting in a cafe in Chamonix, France speaking to one of the musicians who had just finished up their set, discovering that he knew Perth as he had once backpacked through Australia and in his broken English and my less-than-perfect French he shared with me that he loved Perth because “you people, you know life.” I think that sums it up perfectly.

5 words to describe yourself.

Living life like it’s golden.

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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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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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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


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


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.










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


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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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 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.




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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1978870_301156020072865_246248017473243936_nLiving in the ‘City of Lights’ Perth and the innate love of its surrounding nature provides an instant source of inspiration for Silver by Kat designer Kathleen Genat, who joins Tayha Design’s quaint gallery of talented West Australian jewellery artists in Mt Lawley. Silver by Kat is a charming and delightful collection of sterling silver jewellery that is thoroughly modern with a romantic edge. Using delicate and creative processes such as detailed etching and printing, Kat creates sentimental snippets of everything around us, particularly the natural beauty of the world. The use of patina and reticulated silver in her jewellery collection is uniquely individual as each piece differs from one another, providing the wearer a truly one of a kind jewellery.


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

My name is Kathleen Genat. I live in the beautiful Perth hills with my two small boys, Winston and Hugo.
Art has been a passion of mine throughout my life, doing T.E.E art, and then many art electives while studying teaching at University. After living for six years in New York, I moved back to Perth, and it was at that point I found my passion for designing sterling silver jewellery.

Floral Dome

Floral Dome

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

Being from the hills and surrounded by nature, I find this is my main source of inspiration. I love the texture, movement and shape of the world around us, and I try to incorporate that into my jewellery.

3. What is your signature style?

My signature style is modern with a romantic edge. I am developing unique and wearable pieces that are individual and suggest a story.


Ring Pendant

Ring Pendant


4. Provide a little insight into your creative and technical process?

I am constantly thinking of new ideas which develop on paper and from    there I often let the creativity take over. I incorporate nature by roller      printing and photo etching to give depth and uniqueness to my pieces,    and often use the patina process to antique the silver.

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

The wearer of Silver by Kat is confidant, loves to tell a story, has a romantic edge, and a sense of contemporary style. She is not a person who can be pigeonholed, but she appreciates simplicity with depth.

Two Hearts Pendant

Two Hearts Pendant

6. What is your motto in life/Your favourite quote?

My motto in life is to stand firm in what I believe and to follow through with my dreams and goals.

“I have decided to stick with love,

hate is too great a burden to bear”

Martin Luther King Jr.

I aspire for my jewellery to be an expression of love, and to bring joy to the wearer.

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

When I’m not making jewellery I love to spend time with family and friends, going to the beach and enjoying outdoor activities.

8. What is the best thing about Perth? Any recommendations?

Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island

I have been lucky enough to have travelled widely, and nothing beats Perths climate, beaches and relaxed lifestyle. Rottnest Island is a particular favorite of mine.

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

My favorite piece would be the bar pendant with the Banksia leaf print. I love the asymmetrical lines contrasted by the organic shape of the leaf.

My most treasured piece would be my ring with the three tiny hearts, which represents myself and my two boys.

Bar Pendant with Banksia Leaf Print

Bar Pendant with Banksia Leaf Print

10. 3 words to describe your jewellery.

3 words;





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211Love is in the air… for jewellery.

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day we have spent an enjoyable afternoon at Tayha Designs picking out a vast range of stunning jewellery that would certainly be an ideal gift and to make the day even more special for your loved ones. Although traditional Valentine’s Day gifts such as a box of chocolate, stuffy animals and a bloom of flowers seems like an obvious choice, however deep down we all know what women really wants, a symbol to represent longevity, enduring romance and coming straight from the heart. There’s nothing more romantic than receiving a piece of jewellery that has been carefully considered, chosen and beautifully wrapped for the celebration of love.

From traditional heart shapes, simple classics to thoroughly unique pieces, we carefully selected a versatile collection of Valentine’s Day jewellery gift ideas that we would absolutely love to receive, and we’re pretty sure you would to. Each jewellery piece we have selected will be cherished forever, have a unique story to tell and the ability to interpret your own story through the sentimental gift.

Drop a hint by sharing this with your loved ones <3

Silver By Kat

Perth-based jeweller Silver By Kat landed in Tayha Designs only a mere week ago and the girls are already gushing over this handmade sterling silver disc pendant with symbolic two heart motif. The carefree and rustic texture of the disc against the smooth surface of the hearts creates a modern yet meaningful contrast. We could imagine this being worn alone or layered with other pendants.



                                                                                                                  Ted Ellyard

Ted EllyardEnchanting and delicate, this 18ct yellow gold ring by Ted Ellyard moves away from the standardised tulip setting normally found in engagement rings for a literal and almost-bloomed tulip ring. The stigma is a 0.10ct round brilliant cut diamond in a rub-over setting which led us to daydream if only real flowers feature diamonds! This would certainly make a unique and romantic Valentine’s Day gesture.


Gillian Cordiner

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without the heart theme would it? We absolutely love these dainty and precious sterling silver enamel hook earrings with a highly unusual texture, alligator print! The red enamel is rich and vibrant, which allows the earrings to stand out from the crowd. The heart drop sits just underneath your lobe as if it’s floating. We’re on cloud nine…



                                                               Claire Townsend

256(1)Claire Townsend used silver and anodised aluminium to create this fashionably large circle flower pendant using detailed etching technique. Instead of flowers this pendant will be a enduring fixture for your heart’s desire. It is elegant yet has an element of playfulness. The long black cord necklet adds a modern touch to the overall pendant.





Taryn Compagnoni

Taryn CompagnoniYou can’t go wrong with pearl jewellery. At all. Pearls has survived the consistent waves of ever-changing and buckling trends that would make even the most seasoned fashionista overwhelmed. Pearl jewellery are modernised, re-imagined and innovative yet maintains its history and classic aura. We love Taryn Compagnoni’s lustrous South Sea white pearl subtly enhanced by two round brilliant diamonds on either side in a beautiful modern setting. A gift to last a lifetime.


                                                         Rei Minohara Starke

rei minohara starkeThis stunning ring is inspired by the quiet beauty of Australia’s distinctive nature and drawn from Perth Jeweller Rei Minohara Starke’s own memories, stories and feelings. However, this awe-inspiring ring also tells the story of the person who wears it. The ring is handmade in sterling silver and casted using a golden wattle branch, a floral emblem of Australia. We adore the large quartz stone with resin surrounds to create a wearable version of a single stem of rose. This ring is so versatile it can also be worn as a pendant. Ultimately, two gifts in one!




259Lastly, a hidden treasure! Made in 18ct yellow gold and Mouchite stone the pendant depicts a lit candle flame or a yellow rose bud, we are instantly mesmerised by it.

These unique selection are what we secretly crave from our loved ones however, we are completely spoiled for choice with endless Valentine’s Day gift ideas at Tayha Designs so do visit our gallery during your free time and we can assist you in choosing your ideal gift that will be treasured forever.


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View our online Jewellery rangeIn my industry Engagements are my favourite thing. I get to work with people at one of the happiest times in their life. There is nervousness, excitement and anticipation.

One big thing I have noticed is the trends of the engagement ring have changed over the last 14 years while I have been in the industry. Not only in styles, metal choice, average size of diamonds but also in the way the rings are designed and chosen. More and more we are seeing couples making this life choice together. Traditionally the man would come and select a ring for his partner and it would all be a surprise. Now we are getting up to 40% of engagement ring sales chosen and designed by the couple.

The engagement ring is a big investment but most importantly it is a symbol of love that you want to be able to wear forever. It is a daunting thing for a man or women to do on their own but there is still something magical about the surprise and romance of the tradition.

With social media and the World Wide Web we have found a great way to keep this tradition alive and so far have had great success. What and How? Pinterest! We have regular customers, friends and referrals that use a private board that they only share with us. You may not know if your partner is planning on proposing or your husband planning a birthday present but keeping your inspirations on a boards so in the event of an engagement or anniversary they know we know your like, dislikes, styles and colour preferences but the romance of him designing something for you is still alive.

Here is an example of and inspiration board

We love individually designing jewellery to perfectly suit each customer and a little bit of personal inspiration does go a long way. So share your board with us and tell your partners about Tayha Designs and where to find us.

Moganite GemstoneToday we are working on a Morganite ring that has been two years in the design process with our customer. It will feature a rose gold setting, channal set princess diamonds and tiny diamonds beads set over all surfaces. The ring is being made from her old engagement rings. It will be a statement piece.

Princess cut diamondsWe are currrently working with a customer to design a Princess cut Diamond engagement ring. Here is a little bit about how the process works. This is the first stages of our design process. You come to us with an idea, you sit with the designer and work through what you would like in terms of style, peronality and practacality, we then hand sketch your idea. AT this stage we also personally select several stones that will both fit your budget and really stand out in your design. We take pride in selecting the right diamonds for you that are beautiful quality, conflict free and afforable. When having a engagement ring made the diamond will take up a large percentage of your cost and it is to be worn forever, as it will last forever, so it is important to get the right diamond. The best advise I could give anyone looking at Diamonds is ALWAYS look at your diamond before you buy it, buying on line and unseen can end terribly.