These hands belong to Bronwyn, our Head Jeweller. With her adventurous heart and passion for sailing, the NMJ team quickly fell in love Bronwyn's contagious laughter and undeniable talent. If you own a bespoke or one of a kind piece, or hope to one day, Bronwyn's hands will most definitely be part of the process. Get to know Bronwyn here.
Who do these hands belong to?
What is your role at Natalie Marie Jewellery and how long have you been on the team?
I am the Head Jeweller and mostly work on the bespoke and one of a kind pieces. I started in January of this year and have really enjoyed getting to know everyone that works at Natalie Marie.
When did you first come across Natalie Marie Jewellery?
I first came across Natalie Marie Jewellery on a visit to Avalon one sunny day. I think it was when the store was just new and I was drawn in by the warmth of the wooden cabinets, and of course the golden glow of the jewellery inside! My curiosity didn’t disappoint, the stores welcoming feel was a perfectly relaxing way to first discover the beautiful NMJ jewels.
Describe a typical day for you...
Like a lot of people I start my day with coffee. This could be at a great coffee spot on the way to work, or when I get there. After a bit of a catch up with the others I check through my jobs and make a plan for the day.
It’s really important for me to check in with the bespoke designer responsible for each piece I make. The designers give a lot of thought to every detail and we work hard to make sure it is brought to life exactly as imagined.
I sometimes listen to music or podcasts while I work or chat to the other jewellers about what and how we are making things. I think jewellers all around the world are the same in the way we thrive on problem solving or inventing a special tool to make something possible. Also typical is the way we pretend not to be competing for the best idea but really we are! The team of jewellers at NMJ are great to work alongside, and are all a bit wacky in the best possible way.
What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?
A beautiful pastel watermelon tourmaline I made into a pendant for myself. It is a lovely, long drop shape with subtle pale pink to pale green transition of colour. There is a sprinkling of iridescent inclusions throughout the stone that brings it to life and serves as a reminder to the uniqueness of nature.
What is your favourite Natalie Marie piece?
I love the Indigo Hoops from the Sabel collection. They are a great take on a very wearable, classic earring style. I love the symmetry in the arcs of the Indigo hoops and also the way the outside line of the hoop extends just past halfway. They have a lovely feeling of balance.
Where would we find you on the weekend? How you do unwind?
This depends on the season, summer time outdoors - a weekend camping trip if I can. In winter, perhaps taking a long time to cook something that smells and tastes delicious. All year round I am addicted to Bikram yoga.
Coffee or tea? How do you take it?
Coffee. Black when I am at home and with soy or oat if I am out. I also enjoy the full spectrum of herbal teas.
Beach, city or mountains?
On the beach, surrounded by tress, not too far from the city. The Pittwater area is perfect for me.
What inspires you?
I am most often inspired by other people. It can be because of their energy, their values or the way they overcome challenges, however big or small. I admire humility in other people.
If you could live anywhere else, apart from Sydney, where would it be?
I would love to spend a summer living in San Francisco.
If you were not working at NMJ, what would you be doing?
If I didn’t have to work, I would like to go on a long sailing trip somewhere not too stormy.
What are you currently reading?
The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker. I picked it up from a street library and it has turned out to be a fantastic book with a great thread of hilarity running through it.
Describe your perfect day...
Probably a weekend day, starting with a delicious brunch, followed by time spent outdoors. Possibly paddleboarding, beaching or fishing. To cap it off, dinner out with friends or if I’m lucky, eating the fish I caught!
What kind of challenges do you like to set yourself in life?
I like to challenge myself to be honest with myself even when I don’t want to be. There is something really invigorating about confronting yourself.
What is your favourite daily ritual?
Exercise. Well, perhaps not daily but close to.
What are you most grateful for?
Health and wellbeing.
What is the best piece of advice you've been given?
My ever wise older brother told me: If you find yourself in a situation you want to change but can’t then change your perspective instead. It is a very useful and incredibly empowering thing to be able to do for yourself.
What is on your wishlist right now?
What is your favourite gemstone?
Impossible to choose just one. I think diamonds are like the nude shoe of the jewellery box, reliably neutral and can be worn with most things. Colombian emeralds would also be on my list. In addition to those those mainstays, my current favourite would be a padparadsha sapphire in a delicious summer cocktail shade of orangey pink.