12 January 2023

Melanie Katsalidis: Alpha60 Profile

Gallery Director Melanie Katsalidis was recently featured in Alpha60's creative Profile series, where she reflects on 18 years of Pieces of Eight, and explains her rituals for rest and recuperation.

Melanie befriended siblings Georgie and Alex Cleary in 2014, as they bonded over a shared love of Australian opals, and their dismay at how often they are (poorly) used in souvenir jewellery.

This mutual appreciation led to a collaborative exhibition held at Pieces of Eight titled 'Upala' in 2014.

Head to the Alpha60 website to gain a further insight into Melanie's creative journey, and click here to view Melanie's opal jewellery.

Thanks to Heather Lighton for photographing Melanie in our fresh Royal Arcade store; a new icon in Melbourne's retail scene.

Melanie wears some of her favourite pieces: on her right hand, a gold & diamond Double Circle ring (available here with an Australian opal), with a Neapolitan Signet ring by Seb Brown.
On her left hand she wears a Hexagonal ring with topaz, an XO Rainbow Sapphire ring, and the Molly pinky ring by Anna Marrone - mini version available here.

Melanie wears her Pearl Introvert Hoop Earrings.