Category Archives: Blog Post

Creating the BASIC ELEMENTS collection

The Basic Elements collection is essentially a revamp of some previous designs, creating a range that is versatile, simple in design and a pleasure to wear. Jewellery is an expression of ourselves and I personally enjoy wearing many simple pieces to create a layering effect. The Design Process Designing any new collection is fun and […]

Whats in store for CQJ in 2017 – A Blog Takeover

Hello, it’s Julie here. I’ve taken over Clare’s blog this week as she prepares for some incredible changes happening with her business this year. Not only is Clare planning a relaunch of the New Beginnings collection, there is also a new direction for the business, her family is expanding and then there’s a relocation midyear. […]

A roundabout way to becoming a jeweller

Soldering rings

I recently attended a ‘Meet the Maker’ night at a shop that stocks my jewellery, Not Quite Square in Port Macquarie, NSW, and as one of the ‘makers’ I was required to get up and speak about my journey to becoming a jeweller and the inspiration and thought process behind my collections. A lovely evening ensued, and […]

Sandy And Craig’s Wedding

Sandy and Craig came to me in June 2015, to ask if I would teach them to make their wedding rings for each other. I said yes, in a cold-induced brain haze (as I was ill and not thinking straight). And even though I had pushed myself into the deep end, having not run a […]

Exploratory trip to Bali 2015

I just got back from an exploratory trip to Bali. An exploratory trip into the world of jewellery. I spent a couple of days looking through the boutiques in Seminyak and was delighted at what I found. Original designs, designed by the jeweller and created by the local artisans. The pieces were fresh and lively and […]