Diane Appleby | Stanley Street Gallery

Diane Appleby

A Sydney based jewellery designer and maker of some 20 years standing, Diane Appleby exhibits nationally and internationally. Diane has a Master of Art from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Most recently she exhibited her "Modern Treasures" exhibition at Stanley Street Gallery.  Her pieces can be seen on the Exhibitions page.

Hallmarks of Diane’s handmade jewellery are design, colour and craftsmanship. Rubies, diamonds, pearls, tourmalines and iolites set in burnished silver and planished gold find unique form in Diane’s designs. Cabochon rings of topaz and citrine and bejeweled perfume bottles with silken tassels are some of the individually crafted objects that catch the eye in a collection of Diane’s work.



A Time of Gifts - 3rd December  - 24th December 2014



Click Here Over Your Head - 13th August - 6th September 2014 to View Exhibition


Diane Appleby - Lotus Neckpiece

Diane Appleby - Lotus Neckpiece

A Time of Gifts - 4th December - 22nd December 2013


Click Here Modern Treasures - 15th May - 15th June 2013 - Tank Exhibition - View Exhibition

Diane says “Contrast plays an important part in my work. I choose materials and forms which, when combined, accentuate each other’s properties. This may take the form of soft glowing silks alongside brightly coloured gemstones, or finely formed ebony in combination with beaten gold and highly polished silver. I enjoy sourcing beautiful and unusual materials to incorporate into my bold designs.

“I have been investigating rituals that involve celebration, reflection and contemplation, and researched objects traditionally used in rituals. I am fascinated by the ability of these objects to enhance the rituals they accompany, and how they can carry the memory of event with them into the future. I attempt to imbue my pieces with an element of this mystique.”



Master of Art, RMIT Melbourne

Teaching Appointments

Part-time Teacher, Jewellery and Object Design Department. Sydney Institute of Technology, Design Centre Enmore.

Part-time Jewellery Lecturer, Design Department, College of Fine Art. University of New South Wales.

Technical Adviser to the Philippine Government. Eighteen week jewellery design consultancy and lecture program for the Department of Trade and Industry, Philippines, as part of a United Nations Development Project.


Selection of Exhibitions

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor” artisan, Brisbane,  then touring throughout Australia

“The Box Project” Gaffa Gallery, Sydney

“Salt, Sand and Driving Rain” Framed Gallery, Darwin

“Sighting the Past” Macleay Museum, Sydney University

“Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award” Buda Historic Home and Garden. Castlemaine, Victoria.

“Australian Expressions” A Contemporary Art and Design Exhibition. Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore

“Celebrate Australia 2004” Exhibition of Wearable Design. Jendela Gallery, Singapore Arts Centre.

1999, 1998  + 1997
“Artistica Australia”, supported by Austrade and organised by Kazu Ogawa of Taj Enterprises. Travelled to 8 cities in Japan, featuring 8 exhibitions over 6 weeks.

“The Ring” Exhibition in conjunction with Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” Opera at the Festival Centre in Adelaide, Makers Mark galleries in Sydney and Melbourne.

“The Art of Adornment”, Curated by Glenda King. A joint project by the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Travelled to Japan, Korea and Indonesia.

Solo Exhibition, Contemporary Jewellery Gallery, Sydney.