I have always felt passionate about creating, and my love of fashion combined with exposure to the jewellery industry led me to jewellery design. Bejewelled by Tracey evolved over time from a creative hobby to supplying family and friends with stylish accessories. With the encouragement of a dear friend who worked in bridal couture, I developed an exclusive bridal jewellery range and found my niche in the jewellery industry.
In 2001 I first supplied my designs to exclusive couture stores, such as Lucy di Bella, Mariana Hardwick and Linda Gorringe Couture. After wholesaling for a few years, I decided I wanted to get closer to the brides who chose my jewellery. I launched the retail division of Bejewelled by Tracey, selling from my website and showroom. Today I supply a number of Australia’s leading Bridal stores in Sydney and Melbourne, in addition to my retail market.
I love working directly with brides and designing pieces with the individual woman, and her special day, in mind. My biggest thrill is seeing a bride’s face light up when she tries on her bridal jewellery and sees how stunning she looks.
The effect I aim to create with my jewellery is one of timeless elegance and femininity. While some pieces may be larger and more elaborate, their intricate detail and delicate style ensure they complement, rather than overwhelm, their wearer. The overall effect should be one of harmony and beauty, with the bride’s hair, dress, shoes and jewellery all complimenting one another and, of course, the bride herself.
Whether you desire understated beauty or to make a stunning statement, I can design bridal jewellery for you.
While the look of your bridal jewellery is important, I feel the quality of the pieces is just as vital. For this reason, I use only the best materials when creating my designs.
I use Swarovski crystals, as they are the best quality crystals you can get in the world, with a stunning range of shapes, colours and sizes available.
My designs are made with sterling silver components rather than plating. As a precious metal it contains no nickel, so the majority of women can wear it without a skin reaction. On occasion a jewellery component is not available in sterling silver, in which case I use nickel free/allergy free materials provided by Swarovski.
Using sterling silver also means you can clean each piece with silver cleaners, and prolong the life of the jewellery. I recommend silver dip, available from jewellery stores.
A selection of pieces are also available in gold. This will be indicated in the product’s description in the shop, along with any extra details. When creating pieces with gold, I use gold filled findings. These are made by rolling a layer of 14kt gold onto a base metal, making them very high quality. It also ensures the jewellery has a ‘real gold’ look, rather than the brassy look that results from plating.
2005 Australian Masters of Fashion Awards, Finalist – Contemporary Bridal
In 2005 Craig Braybrook and I worked together again to create another stunning gown for the re-named fashion awards and were amongst the small group of well known finalists. For this gown I created a wide crystal encrusted jewellery band through the torso section of the gown, along with large jewellery cuffs and a wide choker. The final count of Swarovski crystals used was around 8000!
2004 Australian Fashion Designer Awards, Winner – Contemporary Bridal
In 2004 well known and multi award winning couture designer Craig Braybrook, from Craig Braybrook Couture, and I worked together on a design for the Australian Fashion Designer of the Year awards. I designed the head piece and the top of the gown and created it as a jewellery piece, while Craig designed the lower half of the gown using bridal fabrics. The design won first prize in a tie with a design by couturier Helen Manuel from Manuel and Moore at the award ceremony held at Crown Paladium.