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Jeweller, Designer, Master Craftsman
“The best thing about being a jeweller is being creative; every pearl and diamond is different, so I work with something rare each time.”
Born in Ararat, Victoria, Ty Portbury had early aspirations to be a watchmaker but quiet encouragement to become a jeweller saw him pursue a career as creative as it was technical.
In 1998, after two years shadowing a jeweller, Ty embarked on an apprenticeship in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, learning all aspects of jewellery creation including working with gold nuggets.
Ty worked and trained alongside award winning master jewellers and excelled in Work Skills as an apprentice on two occasions. Trading gold for diamonds and pearls, Ty relocated to Broome in 2007 and is now a valued member of the team at Jewels of the Kimberley, specialising in diamond settings.
A love for diamonds combined with years of excelling in his field has seen Ty work his magic across a range of pieces including pendants, rings and bracelets.
“I would describe our work as pretty left-of-field. We are contemporary with design; often choosing linear shapes against organic, which sets us apart.”
Ty has formed a valuable alliance with Jodi, helping to develop the business into what it is today.