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Katie Shanahan- Fragment Charm No.1, Sterling Silver, Blue Sapphire, Pearl

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This beatutiful charm by Katie Shanahan references motifs and found fragments of antiquities. The charm consists of a irregular 4 sided shard of silver. There are little buds, flowers and stems raised off the front face of the surface. On the left side of the charm, set into the silver, is a 2mm round dark blue sapphire. And at the top is a small 1.25mm button pearl. A tiny loop sits on the edge of the charm to be threaded onto chain or hoop. 


Materials: sterling silver, 2mm round dark blue sapphire, 1.25mm button pearl

Dimensions: 19mm x 18mm x 5mm


Gold and silversmith Katie Shanahan is a Canberran native and resident. Shanahan uses traditional gold and silversmithing techniques to make precious, one-of-a-kind custom jewellery. She takes aesthetic inspiration from antiquity and the natural world, combining classical forms and contemporary finishes to create pieces that look truly timeless.

Shanahan specialises in bespoke, hand crafted pieces that are meant to be worn day in, day out until they become a cherished and inextricable part of the wearer’s story. In addition ethically sourced, high quality metals and precious gemstones, she is also happy to work with heirloom stones to give them new life and extend their journey. 

For Katie Shanahan the relationships she forms with her customers, suppliers, peers and the jewellery pieces themselves is ultimately the most important aspect of her work. Whether it’s the unique connection between jewellery and maker or jewellery and wearer, these interactions are a driving force behind her work.

Shanahan trained in the recently-disestablished Gold and Silversmithing Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art and completed Honours in 2007. In addition to her jewellery practice, she is a vital part of our lovely Kin Team, on hand to give expert advice to our customers and to teach classes in our on-site workshop.