I love the hustle and bustle of the city, it never sleeps, but I also love going home to my family every day.
I grew up living in Middle Park, then in Eden NSW and finished my high school education in Mentone. When I reached adulthood, I moved to Sydney and then Currumbin, on the southern end of the Gold Coast. It’s fair to say I moved around, but I am definitely a Melbournian through and through. Currently I feel I get the best of both worlds as I now live on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula and work in the city! I love the hustle and bustle of the city, it never sleeps, but I also love going home to my family every day.
Travelling has been a huge part of my life and have always loved exploring different cultures, landscapes and especially food! Trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest and backpacking around a lot of South America have definitely been highlights. I encourage anyone to step outside their comfort zone and explore the world too.
When my husband proposed, not only did I fall in love with my engagement ring, but my curiosity got the better of me.
Finding a career in jewellery has also been a huge adventure for me. When my husband proposed, not only did I fall in love with my engagement ring, but my curiosity got the better of me. I just had to know how it was made. That was the beginning of my fascination with the engineering side of jewellery manufacture. I was 35 years old when I finally decided what I wanted to be when I grow up. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to create something with my hands and my previous corporate jobs just weren’t giving me the same joy. It wasn’t until I picked up my first piece of metal and a saw frame that I instantly knew this was the job for me. Since that day, I have been on a huge ride.
Seven years on and I have been extremely fortunate to have won some awards.
Seven years on and I have been extremely fortunate to have won some awards. I was Apprentice of the year three years in a row, I won the apprentice category in a jewellery design competition for two consecutive years but the one I am most proud of is winning Most Outstanding Apprentice Award at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2014.
Quality craftsmanship, honesty and integrity, using old fashioned techniques in timeless designs. Each and every piece we make is made with love.
As I embark on a new adventure at Abrecht Bird Jewellers, I still pinch myself every day. Not only do I work alongside some incredibly talented people, I have also found myself surrounded by a team of like-minded and supportive people who hold the same values. Quality craftsmanship, honesty and integrity, using old fashioned techniques in timeless design to name a few. Each and every piece we make is made with love.
One of my first makes at Abrecht Bird Jewellers was a ruby and diamond bracelet. This beautiful intricate piece gave me an opportunity to challenge myself and learn new techniques. I took a systematic approach and enjoyed every minute making each and every piece and putting it all together. The feedback I received was very positive, even some of my friends want one!
Life for me is one big adventure and I just LOVE to go on adventures.
Yuki recently entered this creation into The Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Competition’ – hosted by Cygnet Bay Pearls.