James & Irisa
As partners in both life and art, Melbourne-based designers James and Irisa have launched their eponymous fine jewellery label in August 2016. For years, the beauty of the natural Australian opal has inspired the pair. It was this passion towards the precious gem that became the final catalyst in launching a label that presented the opal, amongst other stones, in a different and more modern light.
Combined with an appreciation for organic stones, the duo is also inspired by the five basic elements of our world: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Aether. Different combining portions of these elements create characteristics of matter, which in turn, trigger certain responses within us. James & Irisa aim to abstract these perceptions and apply them to their designs in order to create unique and covetable pieces.
Every piece of James & Irisa jewellery is locally made in Melbourne. Down to every last texture or indentation within the pieces, the jewellery is hand-wrought to make sure each and every one of them has its own characteristic and charm.
As a designer, Irisa Jang completed her Master of Art degree in Art and Design school of Nottingham Trent University in United Kingdom. And worked at Burberry in London before she came to Australia to start James & Irisa Jewellery.
As a professional jeweller and gemmologist, James Feng has years of experience in making jewellery and is a member of FGAA ( Fellowship of the Gemmological Association of Australia ).