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

Taryn


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

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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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 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…

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                 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.

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                                  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.

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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.

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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.

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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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