Penelope Barnhill

Penelope Barnhill gained a Diploma in Visual Communications/Craft Design, with a double major: printmaking and 3D design. She has been producing work from her own studio for the past three decades.

Barnhill explains that the inspiration for her work is everywhere, particularly in nature and people. She particularly enjoys creating unique pieces for individuals to wear which represent sentiment, love and protection. Though she claims to have no particular favourite stones, she adores colour and pure materials and endeavours to achieve synergy between the stones she employs to realise her designs and of course their intended wearer. Barnhill has exhibited in Rarotonga, New Orleans, London, Paris, Munich, Sydney and New York. Both the Auckland Museum and Dowse Museum have purchased pieces for their collections.

"As a child and natural tom boy my happiest moments were spent in our beautiful Christchurch garden and at my uncles farm in Albury, South Canterbury. I was fascinated by plants and animals, loved foraging and always had the aim to make something. As an adult I have spent seven years studying Chinese martial arts, I free dive, spearfish, take macro photography, garden and I’m a paraglider pilot. The latter of my hobbies have taken me on many wonderful, remote adventures all over the world where my happy place is simply to be blown away by all the vistas of nature and the magnificence of the newly discovered. Flowers, hearts and crosses are recurring themes, though it is not about being a hopeless romantic! I like making something that looks old, that has a feeling of life in its own whimsical or enchanted way. When I make my head and heart is in a beautiful place, it is free and liberating."

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Wildflower Studs

Penelope Barnhill

$300.00

Chloris Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$6,200.00

Turret Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$1,000.00

Buds in a Row Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$2,900.00

Queen of Hearts Earrings

Penelope Barnhill

$1,500.00

Rosa Under These Eve's Earrings

Penelope Barnhill

$1,600.00

The Whisperer Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$9,200.00

Ceylon Sapphire and Diamond Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$4,980.00

Gold and Diamond Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$2,500.00

Chloris Garnet and Sapphire Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$1,900.00

Tanzanian Garnet Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$2,100.00

Empress Ring in Citrine

Penelope Barnhill

$2,100.00

Angel Skin Coral Studs

Penelope Barnhill

$300.00

Quarter Bangle

Penelope Barnhill

$350.00

Eclipse Bangle (PB448)

Penelope Barnhill

$6,680.00

It's a Wrap Bangle (PB444)

Penelope Barnhill

$360.00

Kimono Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$1,100.00

Shell Rose Hook Earrings (PB439)

Penelope Barnhill

$200.00

Copper Shell Rose Studs

Penelope Barnhill

$190.00

Blue Tourmaline Tall Poppy Studs

Penelope Barnhill

$330.00

Ruby Tall Poppy Studs in Silver

Penelope Barnhill

$480.00

Going Dotty Earrings (PB430)

Penelope Barnhill

$1,800.00

Parti Sapphire Chloris Ring (PB431)

Penelope Barnhill

$6,550.00

Sugar Sugar Necklace

Penelope Barnhill

$690.00

Ceylon Sapphire Soft Curve Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$5,900.00

Posy Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$2,100.00

Tete a Tete Ring (PB424)

Penelope Barnhill

$2,100.00

Going Dotty Bangle

Penelope Barnhill

$600.00

Nightshade Pearl Hook Earrings

Penelope Barnhill

$300.00

Ruby Tall Poppy Studs

Penelope Barnhill

$4,500.00

Self Seeded Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$1,820.00

Brazilian Aquamarine Empress Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$2,400.00

Raro Pearl Necklace (PB401)

Penelope Barnhill

$2,600.00

Lotus Pool Necklace

Penelope Barnhill

$3,900.00

Lotus Caress Earrings

Penelope Barnhill

$2,200.00

Red Spinel Kite Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$1,650.00

Orbit Ring

Penelope Barnhill

$980.00

Manuka Ring with Topaz

Penelope Barnhill

$1,900.00

Copper Shell Rose Hooks

Penelope Barnhill

$190.00