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In Memory of Barbara Christie – an Art Jeweler of exceptional skill & Kindness.

My intention is to unite a sculptural quality with the best possible wear-ability  The work is about tactile surfaces, construction, colour and movement – something individual, hidden and one-off created in each piece. This leads to a diverse and stimulating range of work. Elements are a priority. I like to use a palette in which the colour’s of the stones and the other materials merge into one another.  A variety of techniques and processes enriches the collection.


I found out a few days ago that Barbara Christie passed away earlier this month after her long battle with cancer. Since learning of this sad news I have found myself thinking about her work and this has prompted me to write this post.

I only met Barbara a few times. I stumbled upon her unique jewellery long before I knew who Barbara Christie was and often admired her whimsical pieces at the Goldsmith fairs. All I know about Barbara was that on the occasions we met, she was very kind and giving & anyone I met who has been taught by her had nothing but affection and good things to say. Barbara taught jewellers for many years and immediately upon finding out I was a jeweller, she extended her offer of unique knowledge to me also. Since I don’t know enough about Barbara to speak of, I’d really like to share her beautiful & collectible works.

These are a few of Barbara’s pieces that demonstrate her lovely approach to narrative in jewellery design.

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As you can see this is the sort of “Art Jewellery” that one can become lost in. The imagination can muse over the narrative displayed or suggested. They are truly works of art that can be worn and each piece made was a one off and created with custom materials, so I envy anyone who owns Barbara Christie Jewellery. They look exquisite worn on the body and they look beautiful creatively displayed as sculpture when not being worn.  I hope that somewhere some of the stories of her pieces have been told. My sympathies go out to Barbara’s family.

Barbara Christies work can be seen on her website and Who’s who in gold and silver.

Vision pendant, retrospective.

Vision Pendant - Blue Enamel

Vision Pendant – Blue Enamel

I’ve had quite a few people asking me about this piece, so have decided to give some insight into its conception. The full name, which has had to be abbreviated for the sake of practicality, is “Vision of the compound eye“.

The Colony collection has very obvious ties to the fascinating world of bees and where most other pieces are recognizable alongside each other, this piece stands slightly to one side. It IS connected though, perhaps not visually an obvious connection, you’ll see that it is a relevant connection. Bees have the compound eye that some may have seen detailed in the wonderful macro photography now possible (if you haven’t, see the below image of a bumble bee peeper).


If a single bee is eyeing you up, you will have a couple hundred eyes starting at you! Bees can see ultraviolet light that the human eye cannot see. The ultraviolet light uncovers colours and patterns in flowers that attract the bee to its source of pollen and nectar. The facts of compound eyes and bees is fascinating, but being a designer, you get creative licence to let your mind wander off into all sorts of ideas and thoughts that are triggered by uncovering such rich information & imagery!

I started thinking about the (theoretical) possibility of harnessing compound eye DNA and creating lenses that let you “see” things…. all sorts of things (so here is where I start to get a bit privately flouncy)…. Imagine “seeing” the intentions in people, or bodily health, or having night vision or ‘slo-mo’ vision. If body attachments could be created in the future that bond with you to imbue certain enhancements, like cosmetic surgery for abilities (before any scientific minds pull me right up on this, I KNOW it’s not feasible, hence the pre-warning of “artistic license”!). These are some of the thoughts that led to the development of this piece (and other pieces actually, but they are on standby).

So the ‘Vision‘ pendant is like an iris, with lashes and a compound pupil. I would like to do this in other colour’s too – green eyes, the much coveted violet eyes, grey eyes, golden eyes, red eyes perhaps. Leave comments on colour’s you might like to see this in!

A little insight, narrowed down, into the spawning of my design process.  🙂

That’s sometimes how it goes. Design development is the time when I am excited and creative about what might come about, when I’m looking forward to getting started and turning it all into actual tangible objects…. It’s why I do what I do….

Colony fact numero uno..

Without Bees, there would be no agriculture. Every 3rd mouthful of food, we owe to the Bee.. yes indeedy.. 🙂

Gia Belloni now available on Boticca..

Shop the collection on Boticca!


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Winter warmer style set….

polyvore winter warmer

The Royal Nectar Earrings paired with various shades of grey for a winter warmth look that’s comfy and easy.. Some brown leather gloves to match would also be nice right now.

Announcing the launch of my new website!

Announcing the launce of my new website!

So, after much work, my collection is rolling out.. The ‘Colony’ collection pays homage to Bees – many aspects of them, their society, aesthetics, what they do, produce and their history.. to name but a few.. I will be posting more about the design development and some of the wonderful & fascinating things I learned about these very important little creatures!

I hope you enjoy.. 🙂