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Tabitha Higgins has been involved in the jewellery industry for 30 years.  She currently works from her off grid studio on the Tasman Peninsula in Koonya, Tasmania.  She trained in Sheffield, heart of the UK's metal industry.  After completing a degree in Jewellery and Silversmithing in 1993, Tabitha began creating a range of jewellery that sold through selected London galleries and to private clients. Clients include H.R.H. King Charles.


Migrating to Australia in 1998, Tabitha spent a year circumnavigating the country. Returning to Sydney and bursting with inspired energy, she began creating and once again exhibiting her work.


In 2002, Tabitha set up and established ’1000 degrees C’, her own gallery in Avalon, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.  The gallery exhibited and promoted over one hundred of Australia’s jewellers and glass artists work. Eventually she sold her gallery to focus on her own work and since then has been working to commission, designing and making individual pieces for her clients.  She moved to Tasmania at the end of 2018 and continues her studio there, producing work for local, interstate and international clients.


Her ‘Blue' Hidden Treasure necklace was selected as a finalist piece in the Australian Jeweller’s Association Biennial Award of 2000.  In 2014, Tabitha was selected as a finalist in the Australasian Jewellery Awards, this time presenting 'Idris', also part of her Hidden Treasure range.


Tabitha works with many materials, usually precious metals but her commissions have included less conventional materials such as wood, glass, feathers and sand.  Many clients want to use their own existing gemstones.  She can also supply high quality conflict free diamonds and other more unusual gemstones.

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'Blue' 18ct white gold, diamonds, sapphires, titanium and enamel Hidden Treasure necklace


'Blue' 18ct white gold, diamonds, sapphires, titanium and enamel Hidden Treasure necklace

''Ever since I can remember I have been most happiest when I am making something or drawing.  My parents were furniture designers and artists so pencils and pens were always around.  As a teenager I explored all kinds of painting and made many of my own clothes.  I planned on becoming a graphic designer but by the time I got to choosing what to study, the design room was full of computers and not magical things like air brushes and paint pots.  For five years I had worked in a ceramics studio and I realised I was most inspired by creating three dimensional objects.  I overheard my art teacher suggesting jewellery to a friend and discovered my path forward.


I am most happiest in my workshop creating one off pieces.  What a dream!  I have managed to organise my work so that I spend my day doing something I love.  I enjoy the process of working with my clients helping bring to life an idea they have the seeds of.  Jewellery can be very meaningful and significant and the personal nature of it is important to me.


Another wonderful aspect of my work is that the pieces I create will (hopefully!) outlast me and could even be around long after I am forgotten.  It is inspiring to think I am making something that will continue to bring pleasure to its wearers for many years to come."


Tabitha Higgins

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