Robin Phillips Jewelry

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Robin Phillips - Jeweler

About Robin

Robin Phillips Enamelling

 

My personal belief is that jewellery should be made to last a lifetime and beyond. Good design and workmanship stand the test of time and should not be greatly influenced by passing trends.


I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Buffalo, NY and after arriving in Sydney I studied under a master jeweler for a number of years.


I love every aspect of making jewelry ... from working out the technicalities of a design on paper to seeing that design through to a completed piece. Every stage of the process is still exciting to me. When it stops being exciting I'll probably stop making jewelry.


Colour, texture and three-dimensional fluidity of form are what drew me to work with precious metals, gemstones and cloisonné. Natural imagery such as landscapes, light, movement, organic shapes and simplicity of form continually inspire my work. I enjoy designing and creating my jewellery around a specific theme or stone. Often the stone dictates the direction the piece will take. I like use gold and silver together, which adds depth, dimension and beautiful colour variations.

 

Cloisonné enameling is just the icing on the cake for a craft that I love. I treat my enamels as I would a painting. As well as being well-crafted beautiful objects, I want them to tell a story.

 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Daemen College, Buffalo. NY

Robin Phillips Enamelling

 

Versatility of Handmade Cloisonné Pendants and Cloisonné Brooches

Versatility in handmade gold and silver jewelry is very important to me, not only as a designer and maker, but also as a jewelry wearer.

Most of my handmade Cloisonné brooches are designed so they can also be worn as Cloisonné pendants. I have also done this with most of my handmade gold and silver brooches.

Many women want to have the flexibility to wear their favourite piece of enamel jewelry in more than one way, such as having your Cloisonné brooch on a jacket or coat during the winter months and then being able to easily change it into a Cloisonné pendant for the summer.

I have made a finding that slips over the pin of the Cloisonné brooch and instantly transforms it into a Cloisonné pendant. This finding also protects the pin from stress when being worn as a Cloisonné pendant.