I met Chrissa by chance, a weekend I was wandering through James St Precinct. Her big glass open door was inviting and I just jumped over the threshold to admire a piece that had caught my eye.
It was the most beautiful pair of turquoise earrings, loops for easy wear, with gold plated weave at the top holding in two perfect stones. They were absolutely perfect and I looked at the price. My word I thought, I do not need another pair of earrings but at this price I will look at them again. So I did.
I wandered back the next weeked and continued a conversation I had started some time ago. Chrissa is a sassy looking woman with unruly but beautifully greying hair ( something I aspire to) and invariably she is sporting a piece of her jewellery which I end up coveting. This time, some square amethysts which were in the form of upside down pyramids. They hung beautifully and complemented the grey of her hair and the black of her top. The art of wearing one small piece of jewellery to great effect! Not all of us know how to do this. Chrissa can help.
She is of Greek parentage and brought up in Queensland and by her own admission a bit of a feminist in her youth which must have gone down like a led balloon in a conservative Greek family. However she was never afraid of expressing her views and pursing her dreams and I came away realising how wonderful and fulfilling a feeling that must be.
She is a self taught jeweller and has been making jewellery for about 12 years but now she has the perfect place to display it all on the corner of James St and Robertson St, with her name proudly displayed on a shiny black board and her logo next to it. She thinks her logo still looks like Darth Vader but I assured her the people who visited her shop would probably not notice.
What I loved about her jewellery is that it appeals to me aesthetically because she likes to use materials from the animal world - read feathers, bone, and wings (no animal is hurt in this process as you can well imagine, as it is all collected) and it is earthy and organic in a way which I appreciate. Jewellery should connect us to the earth and remind us of its bounty and I think she achieves this in her pieces.