Meet Our designer
Hi jewellery and gem lovers! I’m Anna. I have spent over 15 years in the jewellery trade gaining a wealth of experience working as a designer, valuer and gemmologist.
As well as my New Zealand based roles I have also worked in the UK in the heart of London’s Hatton Garden, a place so steeped in history and certainly one of the defining moments for me in my decision to pursue my career in this amazing industry.
I am a self-taught designer and artist and have formal gemmological and diamond grading qualifications gained from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. In addition to my love of design I am a self-confessed “gem geek” and love nothing better than spending time behind my microscope delving into the fascinating inner worlds of gems.
I have worked alongside many clients over the years so I understand the journey that is creating a special piece of jewellery. With a warm and approachable manner I will always aim to share my love and knowledge of metals and minerals with you in the hope you come away with some new-found knowledge of your own, plus a beautiful jewel to be treasured of course!
I have fond memories of fossicking through my grandmother's jewellery box as a child playing dress-ups with her jewellery and I’m sure this contributed to my love of jewellery and design. I now feel privileged to not only be a part of this industry but to be a part of my clients special moments and milestones.
I look forward to collaborating with you to create a beautiful piece of jewellery you will be proud to wear.
Why go bespoke?
Going bespoke means you get to be an integral part of what is often a piece of jewellery marking a very special occasion. With so many of us wanting our jewellery to reflect who we are and what we love, it means we can straight away focus on what you are wanting to achieve without the frustration of finding that ready-to-wear pieces are ”just not quite right”.
Where are you based?
We are based in Hamilton and cover the greater Waikato area also. We can also arrange to chat via phone or web if you live further afield.
How much does it cost to have a piece of jewellery made?
Every job is quoted on an individual basis. There are so many variables when it comes to manufacturing processes, metals, gems and finishes so we prefer to nail down the details then provide you with a detailed estimate for you to review. Our consultations are totally obligation free so we are always happy to have a chat to discuss your ideas.
Are you a jeweller too?
I am a designer and not a jeweller, however I have many years of experience in the industry and have a sound knowledge of jewellery manufacturing techniques. I have a group of highly experienced jewellers and technicians who I work closely with on each job to ensure every piece is completed as designed and to a high quality finish.
I have a load of old bits and bobs, can you design me a new piece of jewellery?
Remaking and remodelling jewellery is a fantastic way for us to make use of what is already available to us. We do a lot of this at Frances Adrian Jewellery Design and it can be a very satisfying way to transform and simplify our jewellery collection. There are some cases where, depending on what it is you have, it may not be a viable or economical option, however we are always happy to take a look at your collection and offer you some advice.
What do I need to know before we chat?
Some clients come with a detailed vision of their desired piece, others come with just a hint of an idea. Both work just fine! Whatever your inspiration, once we have a chat about your desired styles and stones, the creative process often gets going pretty quickly.