Adi Cloete

"What did I get myself into? This was the first question that came to mind when I started my apprenticeship at Galaxy in Cape Town. Little did I know that I subconsciously had chosen the trade that would become a passion for the remainder of my life. After 6 years of training and working as a model maker for a commercial jewellery manufacturer (a time during which I was thoroughly trained in various techniques and skills - I have the certificate to prove it), I decided it was time to move on and put these skills to a more creative use. I started working for myself and have never looked back, even though it has been a hard, uphill battle at times. I, however, love what I do and am in the fortunate position to be able to do what I love. India is a great source of inspiration for me. During a 6 month stint in a workshop in Noida (Deli), I was overwhelmed by the amazing skill of local jewellery makers and their fascination for detail, which I adopted. Through my work I explore my love for working with metal, pattern & detail, combining forms and textures to give my work a sculptural feeling. In combination with metals like silver, gold and bronze I use gemstones, wood, found objects and glass beads. My jewellery combines bold, strong forms with intricate patterns or detail that is often engraved and oxidized." Adeleen (Adi) Cloete


Coil Bangles with inscriptions

Golden Blossom Ring