Kirra-Lea is a qualified jeweller with over 10 years of experience in the trade, having learned many traditional and contemporary metal smithing techniques. She is a multi-award winning jewellery designer and manufacturer, winning competitions such as the Jewellery Association of Australia Jewellery Awards and the Diamond Guild Australia Design Awards. In 2019, Kirra-Lea recently won the colour category and the title of Jeweller of the Year in the Jewellers Association of Australia Design competition.
Based in Hobart, Australia, Kirra-Lea works as the sole manufacturer and designer from her home studio. Kirra-Lea is also an accomplished sand caster and specialises in cast-in-place rough sapphires. This unique skill has enabled her to travel around Australia teaching fellow jewellers and novices alike the ancient technique. All her rough sapphires are Australian mined by small family businesses and hobbyists. Kirra-Lea also makes fossicking trips where she finds her own rough gemstones in the pristine North East rivers of Tasmania.