Emma Swann: Hello Hannah, how are you?
Hannah: Little tired today, A few drinks last night.
ES: Can you introduce yourself?
HS: I'm Hannah Summerfield, a 28-year-old jeweller from Sydney Australia.
ES: What is your job in the workshop?
HS: I work on making the master samples for each collection.
ES: What does this involve?
HS: Each season we make around 30 pieces that have been designed by Emma, including; earrings, necklaces and bracelets, We make the samples to send to Italy for production.
ES: How does this process work?
HS: After you have designed each collection in the studio, the CAD (computer-aided-design) team create 3D wax models of each design that we then cast each piece in 9k. The polishing and stone setting stage comes next
ES: Have you always been interested in jewellery?
HS: I went to Sydney University to study law, but after the first year realised law wasn't a career path I wanted to pursue. I enrolled on a 3-year jewellery degree at Enmore Tafe because I wasn't sure what else to do. The first day on the course in the jewellery department just felt right, and I knew I wanted to be in a creative field.
ES: What style of jewellery do you personally like and wear?
HS: I don't wear fashion or plated gold jewellery as it fades over time and can cause an allergic reaction on my skin. I prefer pieces made with precious metals such as 9k solid gold. I'm really into rings and love layering lots of vintage rings and ones that I've made over the years. Gold jewellery looks warm against my skin with a tan in summer.
ES: Any tips for people considering a similar career?
HS: When you are first starting in this industry, It's probably not as well paid as being a lawyer, but if you love creating things and working with your hands with beautiful materials then it's worth considering as a career.