Diana was born and raised in East Germany, where she trained and worked as a geological assistant and graphic designer. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she fulfilled her dreams of travel and spent over a decade in Asia. She lived in Bangkok, Thailand for 12 years, where she worked for a lapidary & jewellery manufacturer and designed jewellery lines for international brands, as well as custom ordered pieces.
Since moving to Canada, Diana started her own company, GemFan. She designs and creates all her jewellery with bona fide gemstones and every gem is personally inspected and collected from around the world. Her inspirations are the extraordinary gems and organic textures found in nature. Her logo represents her zodiac sign, Pisces, and her love of water. Her artistic freedom allows her to create original, authentic pieces that allow the wearer to express their individual style.
Beautiful polymer clay and resin jewelry. You can find Irene's work at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design's gallery shop in Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada or at our gallery in Indian Brook on the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia.
Irene MacKinnon grew up in Sydney and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. She has done everything from colourizing old movies and tv shows, working in a photo library in London, teaching English and Art at a private school in Greece to painting murals. Besides working on her jewelry, Irene teaches art to children and adults.
Sea & Sand Jewellery and Moore has been producing wire and wire wrapped, silver and copper custom jewellery since 2012. The premise of the jewellery is 'things found on a beach'. We try to incorporate local beach glass, shells, stones and minerals that you may find while walking on Cape Breton beaches.