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Talisman Gallery owner, chief blacksmith and jewellery designer Ron Fitzpatrick has launched his Sacred Feminine and Untamed Uncut jewellery range, just in time for Christmas.
Situated in the Hartley Historic Village in a heritage woolshed, Ron has been crafting metal works and designing jewellery for several years.
His latest range features eight styles of silver rings set with peridot, amethyst, American turquoise and Australian opal.
The Untamed Uncut range is available in aquamarine, garnet, morganite, amethyst and sapphire.
"In the Sacred Feminine range I've only got rings but in the Uncut range I've got rings, earrings, pendants and studs available," Ron said.
He said his latest range could be described as wearable art.
"I just wanted to design a range that was both simple and elegant," he said.
"There was a little more in keeping with my own sort of aesthetic so I'm very, very happy with what I've got."
Previously Ron had been travelling to Indonesia to purchase jewellery to sell in the gallery.
"I got tired of that, I just wanted to start designing my own stuff," he said.
Ron started the jewellery designing process in February.
"It's taken a long time actually because I'm still having them made in Indonesia," he said.
He has an expat Australian friend who lives in Indonesia and has his own stone polishing business.
"He has his own silversmiths, and that's who makes my work," Ron said.
Ron said his friend was from the South Australian opal fields and also gets gemstones from around the world.
"I've got the added advantage of having my stone supplier right there and he's got access to Australia so I'm doing opals as well," he said.
Ron said he was proud to have his own range finally launched and he was "absolutely loving it".
"It's incredibly exciting, especially the latest range of stuff.
"It's just like, what was ideas, then drawings, and then a whole bunch of logistics of costing size of stone.
"...all this sort of stuff to actually just get them and go oh, wow, that's really nice and it becomes a reality. It's really good," he said.
Ron encouraged people to come and shop local this Christmas.
"I'm really well stocked at the moment so drop on into the village or check out the website," he said.
You can find more information on Talisman Gallery at talismangallery.com.au or on Facebook and Instagram.
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