Several years ago, Steve and Cushla set out to travel Australia in their old bus. They soon found themselves upcycling old things they found on their travels into jewellery, selling these creations at markets and road stops along the way.
One day, while working away at a bush campsite, a customer called Steve a "bush jeweller" and so the name stuck.
When the pair returned to Sydney, they chose The Rocks Markets as the perfect place to showcase their wares, with the areas ties to Australia’s history. All of their pieces are inspired by Australian heritage, using upcycled vintage cutlery and old coins to make special and unique pieces. Among them, spoon rings made from vintage spoons, a tradition that can be traced back to the seventeenth century England. (There is evidence of convicts being transported to Australia for the theft of a silver spoon ring.)
Also on offer are "coin rings" made from old Australian coins, sometimes 100 years old, and inspired by "trench art", such as those made by Australian soldiers and prisoner of war.
Steve and Cushla love the way a piece of their jewellery has had a previous life as something else, as well as the process of upcycling it for a new purpose to be passed on to a new owner.
"Each piece is a unique reflection of its previous life and what we have subsequently done to it,” says Steve. “We enjoy talking with the new owner and thinking that we have been a small part of each piece’s journey as they walk off with their purchase."
Visit The Rocks Markets to check out their rings, cufflinks, earrings, pendants and bracelets. Each piece is completely unique and individually sized for the buyer.
Discover more about the makers and craftspeople at The Rocks Markets.