Find Fairina Cheng on Instagram, or meet the maker at the Makers & Shakers on Saturday 14 October at the Marrickville Town Hall.

Fairina Cheng creates unconventional jewellery for rule breakers and story makers. Whether you’re going minimalist or spectacular, this is jewellery for those who pride themselves on being a little bit different. Every design is created with the attitude that in jewellery – just as in life – there are no rules. Adornments are made using traditional hand skills, 3D printing technologies, precious metals and unique, sometimes unexpected, materials. Gemstones are angled, bezels are offset and key features are hidden until closer inspection.

It all started in 2009 when Fairina made an offhand decision to take an evening jewellery course. She picked up her first jewellers’ saw in a small Sydney workshop, and fell in love.  Fairina has five years of formal training in jewellery design and manufacture at the Design Centre Enmore. Sitting between the artistic and the commercial, Fairina combines both perspectives to create work that is well-made, with a twist of something special.

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