The one thing I would save in a fire

If there was a fire in your house and you only had 1 minute to save anything, what would it be?

Aside from my handsome giant 6’6 Irish boyfriend, who I am hoping is conscious and can get his own rig out of the house (imagine trying to carry a human this size when you are 5’3), I would run hard and fast to my vintage crystal jewellery bowl. Being a jeweller, I obviously have many precious jewels, but none more so than this ring

My grandma Pearl left me this ring when she passed away. I was only a little tracker then, being a jeweller wasn’t even on my radar ( I was probably more focused on becoming the Pink Power Ranger), and I had zero idea it would become my most valued possession.

First glance, it’s a pretty gold ring with some sweet geometric fan detailing, but that is only a smidge of what makes this ring soooooo rad. Here’s the rest…..

This beauty is the first ring my grandad ever gave my grandma. They would have been sweethearts in love, Valentine’s Day was coming around and my grandad was getting his mooshy lovey dove on. He picked this ring, had “My Valentine” stamped on the inside of the band and hand-engraved himself “To Pearl, Love Alan”.

Years of my grandma wearing this ring and now years of me doing the same, have worn the engravings a little bit, but you can still see it (with Coke bottle glasses and a Pop Eye squint).

My granparents lived in Wangaratta in a two-story house on a big block of land that required a ride-on mower, my fav activity to do with my grandad. They had plum trees which my grandma turned into jam, an old caravan full of wool for her knitting, a shed full of tools and bottled snakes where my grandad made and fixed EVERYTHING, an old blue Kombi camper for trips to their farm and a cupboard full of chocolates and treats my grandma would sneakily give to my sister and I, followed by “don’t tell your mum”. Grandma was more commonly known as ‘Boss’, cemented by the mug she drank her tea from with the same name. They were the type of grandparents you literally dreamed of as kids and I miss them dearly.

All of these blissfully sweet memories flood back to me when I wear this ring. My fortunate childhood, time with my family and knowing I was supremely loved, even though I was a turd of a child ( ask any of my relatives, they will vouch for my turdiness).

Wearing this ring nearly every single day on the same finger on my right hand, even though it is way too big for that finger, but it doesn’t feel at home anywhere else, I am reminded of what’s really important to this little jeweller and that my grandma is always with me. She keeps me in check and makes sure I am okay. My hand actually feels naked if I don’t have it on, followed by a frantic panic to try and remember where it could be.

Hands down, it is the one possession I have, that would devastate me if I lost it. Most other things could burn in that fire and I would replace them with time, but this ring could never be replaced and its value to me is more than all my other possessions put together.

I love how jewellery stirs up all them feels.

So now tell me, what would you save?

The Beast

Recently it dawned on me that Amy Robson- the jeweller and Amy Robson (or Amy Rad as most people know me)- the surfer from Maroubra don’t need to be separated into two images/personalities/identities as they are clearly both me (duh, I know that sounds stupid). All the facets of my energetic and sometimes crazy personality influence what I do in my jewellery business and my lifestyle so why not just let that be the foundation for what I show the world and how I communicate ME.

Embracing my local pride for Maroubra Beach snow-balled this realisation that most people in my hood only know me as Amy, the kook surfer with the big smile. I wanted to get to know my tribe better and show them there is more to me than my goofy poo-stance (fellow surfers will get what I mean) so I put my idea to a local publication called The Beast.

The Beast is a monthly read that prints over 61,000 free copies every month for the  Eastern Suburbs of Sydney community. Check them out .

The awesome guys at The Beast asked me a few question and sent out a photographer, Grant Brooks to take some snaps on the North Maroubra cliffs and this is the result……


the beast July 2014

Have a read or just do what I do, look at how hot Mark Matthews is!!!!

Surfing and being a jeweller will always go hand in hand for me. Stay tuned for some new pieces I have been working on that are designed for….. wait for it……..SURFERS!

I look forward to sharing the new jewellery with you really soon.

What I’ve been learning

I realise that all year I have been learning a HUGE amount of skills in my second year of Jewellery Manufacture at The Design Centre Enmore. Looking back on the snaps I’ve been taking I find it hard to believe I have made the pieces I now hold in my hands, it’s just crazy!

If you are ever thinking of studying a jewellery course this might give you a quick insight into what goes on at the bench, why my hands are sometimes sore and why I am so god damn happy lately.

This was our first project- wax carving. I’m a hexagon bandit so no surprises what mine was.

IMG_0812And here is the end result once it has been cast in silver, cleaned up and given a final lick of rouge. Pretty tough hey!

IMG_0906I loved it so much it has become the feature ring in my next production range.

The projects that followed were focused on making settings specific to a stone and creating the ring for them to shine in. Let’s be real for a moment……. I don’t like these designs one bit. They’re very traditional and out-dated (in my opinion). But that wasn’t the point. There were skills I needed to learn and these babies were the path to learning them so with that in mind I was head down, hammers up at my bench.


IMG_0899With the settings and the bands perfect (almost haha) time to put some bling in them! We learn stone setting techniques for a few weeks to show us how hard our stone setters work, I love mine, and how to prepare the settings. I worked on a 4 claw and a 6 claw and fell in love with my bench mate (the worlds best tool for stone setting).

IMG_1451And Tada…..


We are also learning some bezel setting, flush setting and even star setting (fancy pants). To be able to do these we needed some tools and as jewellers do, we made our own.

IMG_1446The mother of all pendants, THE WORLD SKILL PENDANT was thrown our way at the beginning of the year. We looked at the pictures, looked at each other, turned to our teacher and asked “Are you kidding me? How the hell are we meant to make this?”

Lucky Steve is the most patient teacher you will find and in his usual mellow tone replied ” Of course you can make it and to the exact measurements too. You’ll be fine.”

Will we Steve? Will we?…………………………..

All of the silver has been melted down from scraps and rolled out to sheet or drawn down to wire. All the chenier has been made by hand and each component has either been saw-pierced, formed, bent, drilled, filed and soldered. There’s around 60-80 solder joins in this piece. Too many I lost count. Blows my mind!

IMG_1166At this stage I was doing okay. Only one major stuff up, but like magic ( tantrum, thrown silver across the room and a minute or two hyperventilating) I was back on track.

IMG_1242Back holing my day away meant squinty eyes and sore fingers but boy it looks the goods in the end.

IMG_1259Things are pieces but that merely means there’s some awesomeness about to take place. It’s coming……..

IMG_1349This plus……

IMG_1293This equals……. (this little sucker was made 3 times before I got it right)


And this is what a finished World Skill Pendant looks like

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IMG_1389I achieved 90/100 for it which I am stoked about, especially since I thought it was a trick being played on us when asked to make it.

Now I’m busy with bezel setting and will keep you posted on how it all goes.

To all my fellow jewellers out there, happy day at the bench, I hope all your fingers are still intact today and for all my non-jewellers, take a look at that ring on your finger and know someone put a whole lot of time, effort and skill into making that thing a reality.



Something special

I recently finished a ring that is so awesome I have to share it. I don’t mean awesome as in “Oh look at me, I’m such a good jeweller.” I mean awesome as in the clients are awesome (also good friends), the concept of the ring is beyond awesome, the finished product is awesome and we are all feeling totally awesome about it now it’s on the finger of the owner.

So here it is, the ring of awesome.

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This beauty is a mens engagement ring made from palladium, with an 18ct white gold setting on the inside of the band with a cool little party sapphire in it.

Now here’s the most awesome part of this ring, the concept……………

The first part of the concept resulted in the stone being set on the inside of the band. You see, one half of this loved-up couple is a keen surfer and at the start of the courtship it was made very clear that the ocean was indeed his lover and his lady was his mistress. As time ticked on and the relationship continued to blossom into love those priorities shifted and the beloved ocean then became number 2. The new lover wanted her wave hungry fellah to always be reminded of her when he was spending time with his mistress. By having the stone on the inside of the band it leaves an imprint on the finger when taken off. This way he can never forget who his heart truly belongs to. Isn’t this just the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard? Well it gets better……..

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When we started talking about ideas for this ring there was a beautiful story of a ring in the family that contained a sapphire with a flaw. Typically flaws in stones bring down the value and are seen as ‘ugly’ but not to one little girl, who’s memory of this ring and it’s stone is total beauty. A love of something even though it was imperfect. A love of something for just being the way it is. This was also how she described her relationship. A complete acceptance of one another, a total understanding that this is who I am and I love you for who you are, flaws and all.

So off we went on a little adventure to find a small sapphire with a noticeable inclusion, could we find one? No, but what we found was way better! A party sapphire!


Party Sapphires have a combination of colours in them, typically blues, greens and yellows. Some would see this as undesirable because it isn’t perfect, but what we saw was a way to explain the love this relationship was formed on. We picked a beauty, mostly yellow as that is his favourite colour, with a dash of blue and green through the middle.

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On the outside of the band there is a little hole for the light to sneak in and a hint that there’s a whole lot more going on inside the band than there is on the outside. A little secret between 2 lovers. A personal tale, told through jewellery they can pass onto their kiddies and grand kiddies.

An awesome ring for 2 friends that have shown me all kinds of awesome as both individuals and now as sweethearts.

I hope this encourages more people to really think about what their loved ones mean to them. Choose a ring that says this. Choose a ring that’s handmade. Choose to support Australian design and craftsmanship.


Today I came across a really interesting little article about geometric tattoos and all of a sudden I had these little light bulbs warming up inside my head.

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Aside from my love of geometry, maths, facets and angles, I can see the intrigue these tattoos have and feel a bit of pencil on paper time is headed my way after viewing them. I wonder what jewellery designs will eventuate from this?
Stay tuned!



My first sale on Etsy

Woohoo! What a great feeling! My first Etsy sale!

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 8.07.08 PMMy awesome first Etsy customer is a lovely lass from Italy who is a big Kristen Stewart fan and wanted to get her hands on a set of the Rock Rings.

Let’s hope this is the first of many more to come.

Thank you Etsy and thank you stylin’ ladies of Italy 🙂


So I finally did it! Got myself organised, got onto a great website  called Etsy (That I spend way too much time on to start with) and opened up my own little Etsy Store.

Exciting hey! Well I hope so. Fingers crossed this is a new way for me to spread my jewellery fingers across the globe and start reaching more people.

My store is called Amy Robson Jewellery and looks like this:

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So far I have put a few pieces up from my Rocks Collection and will follow with some new stuff soon.

Click this link to check it out yourself:

Let me know what you think, all feedback is greatly appreciated and share it with your friends if you think my jewellery could be right up their alley 🙂

Rocking out in Cleo

Cleo snuck a nice little write up on my Rock Rings into their November 2012 issue. So happy to be shown amongst some great designers and grateful to be recognised as the new jewellery designer on the scene.

Check it out

Here’s to being a jewellery designer!!!!! The sky is my limit.

Somewear fashion blog

I recently received a lovely email from Liz and Tania, the fashion gurus behind some These 2  pretties work for Cleo Magazine and have their fingers on the fashion pulse, so when they asked me to be interviewed for their fashion blog I was pretty shocked. Me ………… a designer. Well yes I am and although it might not be clothes, I can make some really cool jewellery (sometimes).

Here’s the link to my 10 question interview and while you are there check out some of the latest trends they are following. These girls have a sharp eye.


Thanks Ladies.


Just for fun

Sometimes us jewellers get to play around in our studios making things just for fun. Well this is my just for fun piece, a work in progress.
A chainsaw pendant handmade from 925 silver.

It’s small, wearable and weighty. Initial inspiration came from the first chainsaw made, it has evolved from there to be a fun wearable mini sculpture