About Michelle

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my work. I am a qualified Manufacturing Jeweller & Gemmologist in Adelaide, South Australia, who is totally addicted to making sparkly things.

My passion began when I was in High School and worked in a bead store part time for a few years. I absolutely loved creating jewellery for the store, friends and family and occasionally for myself. I think my turning point was making my year 12 Formal necklace, I was so proud at the time.

Jump forward a few months, and it was time for Schoolies. One week after that, I began my four year apprenticeship in Jewellery Manufacture. I just happened to be at the right place at the right time, which strangely seems to happen to me often - if you are curious what I mean, just ask me when you chat to me!

During the four years of my apprenticeship, I learned so much, not only about jewellery, also about people, Gemstones and life in general. During that time, I also decided to study Gemmology. This was absolutely a turning point for me. I couldn’t understand why there were so so so many different amazing gemstones out there and only a select few were used in jewellery stores and recognised by the general public.

Some of my favourites are Opals, Tourmalines, Spinels, Garnets and Sapphires. So many people I have spoken to have never heard of Tourmalines or Spinels, so please check them out and familiarise yourself with them, as they are amazing and should have a just as much recognition as any other beautiful stone..!

After my apprenticeship, I (was lucky enough to) scored an amazing job doing contract work with my most recent boss who has just semi-retired after turning 70 this year. My three and a half years with him have been incredible and absolutely priceless. I have learned how to manufacture using traditional manufacturing methods he himself learned when he was back in England. Those few years have taken me to where I am today, running my own business, Bluebell Design.

Bluebell Design has been a rollercoaster! For anyone who knows me, knows that if it has been a rollercaster for me, I am absolutely loving it! Give me a thrill ride any day, or a skydive here or there. Anything but routine and structure. I have been building up my business quietly for the last two years with the help of so many amazing people and in May of 2017, I made the decision (will the kick of my boss semi-retiring) to go it alone. By alone, I definitely do not mean alone. I have an amazing support network around me, my partner Kieren, who keeps me sane and supports all of my crazy ideas and does all of my beautiful photography. I have creative, like-minded friends who I constantly bounce ideas back and fourth with and a super supportive family who brag way too often - and I’m totally okay with it. My network of amazing suppliers, most who I now call personal friends and my amazing clients who are just incredible and support everything I stand for and create.

I am forever grateful to all of these people, as Bluebell Design would not exist if it wasn’t for every single person behind the scenes who make it happen. Thank you for your trust and support. I hope to keep filling up fingers and bodies with beautiful sparkly creations, all over the world!

Thank you so so so much!

Michelle x