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Kirra-Lea Caynes - Sand Cast Disk Pendant, Sterling Silver, 5 x Faceted Sapphires

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This circular, lightly textured pendant features five various coloured sapphires grain set in a straight line


Materials: sterling silver, 5 x various coloured sapphires

Dimensions: 16mm x 2mm

Length of sterling silver chain: 40cm


Based in Tasmania, Australia, Kirra-lea works as the sole manufacturer and designer from her home studio. She has collected sticks and twigs from her surroundings as she walks through her garden, or when visiting friends and camping at landmark destinations including Wilson's Promontory, Victoria. Only the most unique and beautifully textured twigs are used to build the base of her designs.  

Kirra-lea is also an accomplished sand caster and specialises in cast-in-place rough and faceted sapphires. This unique skill has enabled her to travel around Australia teaching fellow jewellers and novices alike the ancient technique. All her rough sapphires are Australian mined by small family businesses and hobbyists. Kirra-lea also makes fossicking trips into the Tasmanian wilderness where she finds her own rough gemstones in the pristine North East rivers. The riverbanks are also a great source for interesting sticks and twigs to incorporate into her designs.

Kirra-lea has won multiple competitions, including The JAA Jewellery Awards, DGA Design Awards, and most recently Jeweller of the Year in the 2019 JAA Design competition.

Kirra-lea is a qualified jeweller with over 10 years’ experience. She specialises in hand-crafted sterling silver and gold jewellery that is inspired by nature.