Kirra-lea Jewellery is an independent label specialising in hand crafted sterling silver and gold jewellery that is heavily inspired by nature. Kirra-lea is a qualified jeweller with over 10 years experience in the trade, having learnt many traditional and contemporary metal smithing techniques. She is a multi-award winning jewellery designer and manufacturer, winning competitions including The JAA Jewellery Awards and DGA Design Awards. She was recently won the colour category and the title of Jeweller of the Year in the 2019 JAA Design competition.
Based in Melbourne, Australia Kirra-lea works as the sole manufacturer and designer from her home studio. She collects sticks and twigs from her surroundings as she she walks through her garden, when visiting friends and camping at landmark destinations like Wilson's Promontory. Only the most unique and beautifully textured twigs are used to build the base of her designs.
Kirra-lea is also an accomplished sand caster and specialises in cast-in-place rough sapphires. This unique skill has enabled her to travel around Australia teaching fellow jewellers and novices alike the ancient technique. All her rough sapphires are Australian mined by small family businesses and hobbyists. Kirra-lea also makes fossiking trips to Tasmania where she finds her own rough gemstones in the pristine North East rivers. The river banks are also a great source for interesting sticks and twigs to incorporate into her designs.
Image: Alabastra, winning entry 2017 JAA Contemporary design award