Jewels of the Kimberley
“Inspiration for a piece can come from anything; it can be as simple as seeing a shape of nature and transforming it into a unique design, or as difficult as waking in the middle of the night and attempting to draw images from a dream before they vanish.”
Long before graduating from Year 12, Jewels of the Kimberley’s head designer, master jeweller, gemologist and creative director, Jodi Penfold, knew she wanted to learn to become a manufacturing jeweller. She completed her apprenticeship along with a string of accolades and awards recognising her distinctive talents and perspective; in fact, she was recognised as the third highest ranked gemologist in Australia.
Armed with her talent and desire to create stunningly unique jewellery, Jodi followed her dreams and moved to Broome, Western Australia in 2002 and fell in love with the region. Successful exhibitions, professional recognition and a string of accolades then motivated Jodi to open her own studio, Jewels of the Kimberley in 2005, to showcase her award-winning designs.
“Broome and The Kimberley immediately became an amazing opportunity for me. Being part of the vast natural landscape that is the home to the world’s rarest diamonds, finest quality pearls and soil so rich in gold and gemstones, much of which is yet to be discovered.”
Most recently Jodi was accepted into the prestigious Alexandre School of Optical Diamond Setting in Belgium. A school that is not only the world-leader for teaching micro pave diamond setting but requires prospective students to complete a week-long audition and exam just to be accepted. For 3 months Jodi was taught by one of the most talented diamond setters in the world and achieved her certification which has currently only been achieved by three Australians.
With her many years of industry experience and working almost exclusively with Australia’s own resources, Jodi creates contemporary designs combining and contrasting the infinite sparkle of a diamond, the purity of a pearl and the vibrant spectral colours of nature’s minerals. With a keen eye for perfection, Jodi specialises in hand crafted unique designs, individually tailored for each client’s desires.
“Sometimes a diamond or pearl decides its own setting because it is so distinctive that the design has to enhance its rare shape. It is important that all the different elements come together whilst retaining their individuality and complementing each other.”
Made in Western Australia.