Hallmarks of Diane Appleby’s handmade jewellery are design, colour and craftsmanship. Stones such as rubies, diamonds, black pearls, tourmalines and iolites set into burnished silver and planished gold find unique form in Diane’s designs. Rings with richly coloured cabochon cut and bright faceted stones and bejewelled perfume bottles with silken tassels are some of the individually crafted objects that catch the eye in a collection of Diane’s work.
“My jewellery is designed to not only catch the eye, but to also feel delightful to wear. I like to play with colour, form and texture. I choose materials for their unique character, such as stones for their luminosity, metals to encapsulate strength, and silks for their sheen and rippling texture. I enjoy creating pieces with a precious presence.
“At the heart of every design is an inspiration, whether I am creating a collection for an exhibition or working with a client to create a uniquely personal piece. I find the satisfaction of bringing a concept to life from a few simple sketches to a finished form extremely exciting.
“There is alchemy when I work directly with a client, one that ensures the result becomes a very personal expression. When a client asks for a long-treasured jewel to be incorporated into a piece there is something wonderful about breathing new life into something imbued with so much meaning.”
Diane completed her Master of Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2003. She has taught in the Jewellery and Object Design Department, Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore, and at the College of Fine Art, University of NSW.