Georgie’s fascination with hand-crafted silver jewellery began at a very young age.
After an inspiring year spent travelling extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and India, Georgie felt an overwhelming urge to return home to Melbourne and learn the craft of being a silversmith and jeweller.
Her career began in 1995 under the watchful eye of Melbourne’s iconic Patsy Meares.
Georgie trained as a silversmith for two years with Patsy: developing her style and her own designs into finely wrought necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, pendants, bangles and cuff links in sterling silver and gold. She commenced formal study of engineering in gold and silver smithing, which in turn gave her the confidence to understand that her own technique and point of view had already been formed.
The birth of Georgie’s gorgeous children has largely influenced her work, enabling her move into a more naïve figurative style that is centred on the connection of family, relationships, love and the celebration of life. The subtle, almost imperceptible differences in the colours of seaglass are often used to represent the eye colour of the individual for personalisation.
The beautiful Mornington Peninsula provides much of the raw material for Georgie’s work- she loves collecting washed up seaglass along its myriad of beaches.
Georgie also travels every few years to a remote stretch of coastline that harbours an incredible, secret old bottle dumping ground- this is her nirvana. Seaglass is the naturally tumbled result of the forces of the ocean, sand and tides upon broken bottles and glass, and she spends hours fossicking on this untouched beach haven, collecting these gem-like jewels of the sea.
Georgie began collecting seaglass while living in Sorrento 18 years ago. She soon discovered the beauty of combining this (intriguingly) somewhat commonly found medium with silver. Throughout her journey caring for the environment and recycling have always been important to Georgie. To this end she sometimes combines old fine bone china (collected from generous friends and op shops) into her work. Pearls are also often incorporated.
This ensures absolute individuality in all of her finished pieces- the work becomes a sentimental, personalised family heirloom that can be worn every day. The china and pearls introduce an extra dimension of colour, flair and creativity that result in a more intimate and tailored work. The wearer feels a connectedness to the character, beauty, and spirit of each piece.
Georgie has exhibited at a number of galleries in both group and solo shows. She supplies to various galleries around Australia. Most of her work is commission based: recognised locally, interstate, and internationally by social media. Many of her commissions are generated by word of mouth amongst the incredible Mornington Peninsula community.
Most of Georgie Cunningham’s jewellery is made to order, however there are at times some items in stock which you can find on this site.
Hope you enjoy x
What is Seaglass
Seaglass is glass that has found its way into the ocean through various means and has been naturally tumbled in the sand for many years, rounding off all sharp edges into little gems. The salt in the water slowly etches the glass and gives a matte or very fine pitted finish.
Georgie has come across many different colours of seaglass. Some of the oldest pieces she has found are very thick and date back to the late 1800’s. Bottles that date from this time were made to be strong and opaque to store spirits, herbal formulas, medicinal and extracts.
Makers mark stamp
All of Georgie’s work has a unique makers mark stamp incorporated into each piece. It is her original logo “GCC” and is the initials for Georgina Catherine Cunningham.
All of Georgie’s work comes in beautiful and simplistic packaging. Orders over $150 will receive a $20 voucher towards their next purchase (valid for 12 months). Vouchers will not be in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
Jewellery and Care
As we know silver does tarnish. Georgie’s work is 92.5 sterling silver and is in its pure state when finished (without any chemical coatings). Without these coatings the piece will need a bit of love and attention. For the cost of return postage Georgie will polish her works for free! Georgie loves her work and always wants everyone to always see her jewellery at its best.
For cleaning and maintaining at home Georgie does not recommend the use of polishes or chemicals. Although they do work they can leave residual traces that may affect the silver long term and react against the skin.
The best method is to use a silver polishing cloth from your local jeweller and gently rub and buff the piece. This will remove most of the tarnish. For best results on scratches Georgie recommends having a professional jeweller use a polishing machine buffer and ultrasonic.
To clean the seaglass simply use soapy water and a toothbrush to remove any dirt and impurities. Once clean leave to dry, then add a little drop of baby oil onto the surface. This will give the glass a semi-gloss finish. Alternatively, rub with a little alcohol for a more matte, white pitted look
The easiest way to work out your ring size is to drop into your local jeweller and they can measure your size easily with a ring sizer. If this is not convenient click on this youtube video link which shows three other ways to check your ring size at home before placing an order.
Ring sizes are also measured differently around the world and if you need to check your sizing against Australian sizes click here to see the international ring conversion chart.
Returns and Refunds Policy
Call Georgie directly in the first instance if there is a problem with the jewellery. All of Georgie’s work is generally made to order and all orders are non-refundable unless faulty, so it is very important all the specifications for your special piece are confirmed prior to being made. Additional charges will be incurred for any re making, setting or adjustments of custom orders.
For returns on existing stock from the website there is a 14 day returns policy for a piece of jewellery can be exchanged for another or a gift voucher of equivalent value. Postage for exchanges is an additional charge and it is recommended that all postage / shipping is covered by insurance. All exchanges are final. Georgie is more than happy to design a custom piece if a ready-made piece has been purchased and you are dissatisfied with the colours, size or finish. Items must be returned undamaged in the original packaging before proceeding.