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Colleen Brennan


My career in jewellery began spontaneously in 2003, at Linneys Broome, Western Australia (now Allure South Sea Pearls) as a 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 as each one has its own character in size, shape, colour, lustre, and natural imperfections that determines its value. Working with bags of pearls alongside the masters in their trade I soon discovered the best job I have ever had.

This is why I still return for seasonal employment with this dynamic company when I am in Broome for winter.  They are the best pearl retailers in so many ways.

In 2014 I found myself reconnecting with Margaret River and I began to make my own Salt Water & Fire necklaces.  Like a bower bird I would collect glass beads and artistically create neoprene necklaces enhanced with pearls and silver beads.

This morphed into making my own pearl earrings & pendants, pearl leather wraps and pearl strands.

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, keeping warm, spring colours and living close to nature.

I am very passionate about my pearls and the Fremantle Artisan Store gives me an exciting city outlet to meet clients and expand.  

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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