Victoria Buckley

Self-taught in her craft, Buckley first sold her collection from a stall at Sydney's Paddington markets in the early 90s. Her beautiful rings drew on medieval motifs finished with personalised engraved inscriptions. The idea caught people’s imaginations. "Back then, I knew nothing about making jewellery so I went to libraries and devoured whatever books I could find on the subject and then started cutting up bits of metal around the house to explore the process. No pots and pans were safe."

Today, the jeweller showcases her pieces at the Strand Arcade; it's a fitting environment for her other-worldly collections rendered in gold, precious gems and diamonds. Buckley says, "When I first set up at the Strand Arcade 20 years ago, I had a tiny little studio shop upstairs. I instantly fell in love with the heritage building and the juxtaposition of the old with the new. You have this incredible history and also cutting-edge designers, making it a very exciting place to work in. It is a highly glamourous and creative environment."