IN THE ROUGH

ADD SOME IN­DI­VID­U­AL­ITY TO YOUR AC­CES­SORIES WITH IM­PER­FECT GEM­STONE JEW­ELLERY THAT’S AS SPE­CIAL AS YOU ARE

The Gympie Times - - WEEKEND - WORDS: AM­BER MACPHER­SON

Life is im­per­fect, raw and beau­ti­ful – why should your jew­ellery be any dif­fer­ent?

While some still seek a pre­cisely cut and pol­ished crys­tal, nat­u­ral gem­stones with un­re­fined tex­tures and earthy hues have al­ways been val­ued in the ac­ces­sory mar­ket for their spe­cial qual­ity.

Syd­ney jew­ellery de­signer Zoe Alexan­dria, of Zoe Alexan­dria Bo­heme Jewels, says the rough shapes and one-off cuts in her col­lec­tions mean each ring, neck­lace and bracelet is as in­di­vid­ual as the per­son wear­ing them.

“Our cur­rent so­ci­ety is so fo­cused on per­fec­tion, so to cre­ate jew­ellery that is less than per­fect is re­fresh­ing,” Zoe said. “When you look closely you no­tice that its im­per­fec­tions are ac­tu­ally what makes it so beau­ti­ful.

“While they (Zoe Alexan­dria stones) are sim­i­lar in colour and de­sign, no two stones are ex­actly the same.

“I love the idea of be­ing able to of­fer my cus­tomer some­thing truly unique that no one will have the same of.”

Rather than de­sign a range and look for a suited stone, Zoe lets the or­ganic qual­i­ties of a gem di­rect the creative process.

“The in­spi­ra­tion for my pieces gen­er­ally comes from the gem­stones them­selves — the shapes and colours will dic­tate the foun­da­tion for a new col­lec­tion,” Zoe said.

“Cur­rently, I’m in­spired by the tour­ma­line gem­stone — the fact that it can con­tain up to 15 dif­fer­ent colours in one stone re­ally ex­cites me.

“Tour­ma­line is cre­ated from the molten magma from vol­ca­noes and the stones are found in veins that run through the rock.”

The beauty of gem­stones is that they’re nat­u­rally coloured and time­less, so they can be worn in­di­vid­u­ally or lay­ered with lit­tle colour match­ing ex­pe­ri­ence needed.

“Sim­ple and del­i­cate gem­stone rings can be made into state­ment pieces when stacked to­gether,” Zoe said.

“Our neck­laces are avail­able in dif­fer­ent lengths so that they can be styled to­gether eas­ily.

“Our state­ment ear­rings speak for them­selves with bursts of gem­stone colour and are worn best as a jew­ellery fea­ture which can add ex­tra oomph to any out­fit.

“The state­ment ear­rings are per­fect for evening wear, and most of our rings, bracelets and neck­laces can be worn for both day and night.”

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