white diamond leafbud necklace in argentium silver and white gold with white diamond, white stainless steel cable vine leaf bracelet in sterling silver with black diamonds vine leaf earrings in sterling silver with black diamonds effloresce1 necklace in sterling silver with yellow gold effloresce2 necklace in sterling silver with yellow gold vine leaf necklace in sterling silver with white diamonds detail of vine leaf necklace in sterling silver with white diamonds vine pod pendant and ring in sterling silver shepherdess brooch in sterling silver with diamonds, yellow gold and white gold autumn leaves brooch in gold and silver autumn leaves necklace in gold and silver abstract tree brooch in sterling silver with black rhodium plating abstract earrings in sterling silver with black rhodium plating and yellow gold abstract pendant in sterling silver with black rhodium plating, yellow gold and stainless steel cable titanium brooch in flame coloured titanium and sterling silver titanium spiral brooch in flame coloured titanium and yellow gold leafbud ring in argentium silver and white gold leafbud ring in argentium silver and white gold leafbud ring in argentium silver and white gold tangle ring in oxidised sterling silver with yellow gold and black diamonds; and tangle ring in oxidised sterling silver with yellow gold bellflower earrings in earrings in sterling silver with rubies and pink sapphires tangle cuff in sterling silver and yellow gold with yellow sapphires tangle cuff in sterling silver and yellow gold with yellow sapphires swept brooch in argentium silver and stainless steel swept bracelet in argentium silver one-in-a-million pendant in sterling silver and yellow gold with white diamonds

white diamond leafbud necklace

14ct white gold, 18ct white gold bezel, .30ct E VS diamond, argentium, white stainless steel cable
2017

vine leaf bracelet

sterling silver with black diamonds
2014

vine leaf earrings

sterling silver with black diamonds
2014

effloresce 1

necklace in sterling silver with 22ct yellow gold
2014

effloresce 2

necklace in sterling silver with 22ct yellow gold
2014

vine leaf necklace

sterling silver with white diamonds
2014

vine leaf necklace

sterling silver with white diamonds (detail)
2014

pod pendant and ring

sterling silver
2014

shepherdess brooch

sterling silver with diamonds, 18ct yellow gold and 18ct white gold pin
50h 57w 17d (mm)
2011

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This brooch was made at the invitation of Artisan for its exhibition Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor: 100 Women 100 Brooches 100 Stories. The exhibition began in Brisbane in 2011 and visited most States during 2012-14.

Prudence Arber (1852-1932) was born in the Mount Barker region of Western Australia. She had no formal education, but learnt bush lore from Indigenous people. She became a shepherdess, living rough and sleeping under the stars. Later in life she used a tent, but always slept on the ground. She made a fortune from her wool, which she kept as gold sovereigns in a bank in Albany.

The open weave and white-finished silver wire are references to wool and the wide outdoors. The diamonds in their gold bezel settings speak of the stars she slept under and the wealth she eventually amassed.

autumn leaves brooch

sterling silver, 14ct yellow gold
2007

autumn leaves necklace

sterling silver, 14ct yellow gold
2007

abstract tree brooch

sterling silver, black rhodium plating
2006

abstract earrings

sterling silver, 18ct gold, black rhodium plating
2006

abstract pendant

sterling silver, 18ct gold, black rhodium plating, stainless steel cable
2006

titanium brooch

flame coloured titanium, sterling silver
2003

titanium spiral brooch

flame coloured titanium, 9ct yellow gold
2002

leafbud ring

argentium silver and 14ct white gold
2018

leafbud ring

argentium silver and 14ct white gold
2018

leafbud ring

argentium silver and 14ct white gold
2018

tangle rings

1. oxidised sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold, black diamonds.
2. oxidised sterling silver, 22ct yellow gold.
2018

bellflower

earrings in sterling silver, rubies, pink sapphires
2018

tangle cuff

cuff in oxidised sterling silver, 22ct and 18ct yellow gold, yellow sapphires
2018

tangle cuff

cuff in oxidised sterling silver, 22ct and 18ct yellow gold, yellow sapphires
2018

swept brooch

argentium silver, stainless steel
2018

swept bracelet

argentium silver
2018

one in a million

pendnant in sterling silver, 18ct yellow gold, white diamonds
2018