Breanna Timmins followed her heart and found a career in
jewellery making, STEPHANIE AZZOPARDI writes
Inverleigh’s Breanna Timmins describes herself as a mum, jeweller, creator and
wanderer. The 32-year-old has been a trade jeweller for about 11 years, with experience in Geelong and Melbourne. She has worked on her own creations, under the name BLT Jewellery, since November 2014.
Breanna’s range includes dainty rings, personalised letter pendants, earrings, and bracelets.
The jeweller says her creative nature started her path to where she is today.
“I have always created things so when I wanted a pair of earrings that I couldn’t afford I decided to make some for myself,” she says. “Then I was hooked and wanted to know more.”
Breanna dropped out of her photography course at university and enrolled in a jewellery course.
“Once that was over I wrote 200 letters to as many jewellers in Melbourne as I could find asking for an apprenticeship,” she explains. “I got one reply and then got the job.”
After working as a trainee jeweller for 18 months and completing her Advanced Diploma in Engineering (Jewellery) at NMIT in Fairfield she worked for jewellers in Melbourne and Torquay.
Breanna’s range differs from stockist to stockist.
“I like to make things a little left of centre,” she says. “I also like to work with different materials, tools and techniques as often as possible so I try to mix things up when I can.”
Breanna also creates custom designs, including engagement rings and wedding bands.
“I love being involved in such a special time in people’s lives,” she says.
“Most of the time I’m one of the only people in the know when it comes to designing an engagement ring and it’s an honour to be given such a privilege and then hear about how it all went down and – hopefully – how much they loved the ring!
“I love a challenge so I get most excited when people ask me to create something a little different.”
Between designing, creating, manning market stalls and being a wife and mother to a two-year-old, Breanna’s days are full.
However, she says the joy she has from her work is worth it all.
“I love creating something from nothing,” she says. “So often people see jewellery that isn’t quite finished yet and are shocked at how different it looks before a polish.
“I can see a flat piece of metal and imagine all the possibilities.
“I love the diversity of my job too – from making a sentimental initial disc for a mumma bear or being able to push myself and create new things that I haven’t done before.”