SALT WATER & FIRE PEARLS
My career in jewellery began 2003, at Linneys in Broome, Western Australia (now Allure South Sea Pearls) as a senior sales consultant specialising in Australian and Tahitian South Sea pearls, white and coloured diamonds.
I soon discovered that one never tires of creating with pearls: each one has its own character: its size, shape, colour, lustre and natural imperfections that determines its value. Working with bags of pearls alongside the masters of their trade I soon discovered the best job I have ever had. I still resume seasonal employment with this dynamic company when I am in Broome for winter.
In 2014 I began to make my own Salt Water & Fire necklaces. Like a bower bird I collect glass beads from numerous sources and artistically create neoprene necklaces enhanced with pearls and silver beads. Each necklace is unique with a careful balance in weight, size, contrast and colour to create harmony. My favourite colours are influenced by the pristine shores of Western Australia, paint colours and the natural colours of mother nature.
More recently I am enjoying making pearl earrings, pearl pendants, pearl leather wraps and pearl strands. I use South Sea pearls or high-quality fresh water pearls with sterling silver and 9 & 18ct gold settings. My goal is to advance into 18ct gold settings with diamonds.
The name Salt Water and Fire celebrates the two West Australian towns I love the most – salt water represents Broome with exquisite South Sea pearls, stunning turquoise blue colours, sunsets and tidal beaches. Margaret River represents fire, chopping wood to keeping warm, spring colours and where I am close to nature on the farm.
I am very passionate about my pearls and the Fremantle Artisan Store gives me an exciting city outlet to meet clients and expand. My motto is: ‘Pearls suit everybody and should be worn daily’
Colleen is also a Visual Arts teacher specialising in oil painting, printmaking and ceramics. She was educated at Busselton Senior High School and Edith Cowan University in Bunbury. She moved to Margaret River in 1980 and continues to reside in both Broome and Margaret River.
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