Jeweller of the Month - Emily Becher May 08 2014

I thought we would take a closer look at some of the wonderful people who create the jewellery you adore. If you don’t already know, all the work at Arbor is made in Australia, mostly by independent designer/makers. That means one person who does it all – designs, makes, finishes and delivers.

Emily in her studio on the West Side

Tell me a little about your journey to becoming a jeweller and how long you have been in the industry.

I’ve been making jewellery since about 12 years old when we discovered that some family heirloom pearls weren’t as precious as we were lead to believe and so rather than have them restrung my parents allowed me to create my own necklace incorporating various other beads. I dabbled in this type of jewellery making on and off for years just for family and friends and then got serious about it in 2010 when I returned to study specialising in jewellery manufacture.

What do you most love about being a jeweller?

I love being able to transform something from base materials to wearable sculptures that can tell a story about the person who has chosen to wear them.

What is the biggest inspiration for you when creating your work?

My biggest inspiration is my industrial surroundings where I find myself staring out of a train window dreaming up designs that incorporate the shapes and surface textures of the cityscape, or the designs and colours of graffiti art and then imagining them into wearable sculptures.

Which piece of jewellery (from your personal collection) can you not live without?

I can’t live without my double band heart and wing ring. It gets so much attention spanning across my entire hand and it is very useful for opening things when I can’t find a box cutter ;–)

Best coffee in your suburb?

The Premises, Kensington

Orbit Pendant in sterling silver by Emily Becher