Shirley Ogilvie-Gearin is an award-winning jeweller who specialises in traditional and Art Nouveau-style jewellery, handcrafted from sterling silver with 9ct gold detail and the sparkle of natural gemstones. Her rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets and objects d’art are high quality, long lasting pieces made with joy and passion, which enhance the individuality of the wearer.
Shirley has been making jewellery since she was fourteen and went to her first market at London's famous Hampstead Heath Fair in the 1950s, where rent for the day was then seven shillings and sixpence. Largely self-taught, she has been fortunate to learn from talented tradespeople in both London and in Australia, and has taught workshops at the University of Sydney's Tin Sheds. Over the years, she has crafted a huge range of memorabilia for the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), along with commissioned works for their overseas visitors. In the eighties, Shirley was a De Beer's Diamond Award winner.
“My work in silver, gold and stones is made to last for hundreds of years and it is as important to me that it feels right as well as looks good. I like to explore different styles and centuries and am as passionate as ever about my craft. After the weekend's trading at The Rocks, I honestly can't wait to get to the workbench of a Monday morning and try out new ideas. I feel extraordinarily lucky that I am able to enjoy my work so much after so long,” says Shirley.
Discover a glamorous past era
Shirley also has a new paperback novel out, which is available for sale online and at The Rocks Markets. Chop-Chop Darling documents her adventures living in Europe during the 1950s and ‘60s. She also has a ‘who dunnit’ novel coming out soon: Ani and Her Little Bag of Secrets.
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