About James & Irisa

As partners in both life and art, Melbourne-based designers James and Irisa have launched their eponymous fine jewelry label in August 2016. For years, the beauty of the natural Australian opal has inspired the pair. It was this passion towards the precious gem that became the final catalyst in launching a label that presented the opal, amongst other stones, in a different and more modern light.

Combined with an appreciation for organic stones, the duo is also inspired by the five basic elements of our world: Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether. Different combining portions of these elements create characteristics of matter, which in turn, trigger certain responses within us. James and Irisa both aim to abstract these perceptions and apply them to their designs in order to create unique and covetable pieces.

Behind The Brand

Where are your gemstones and diamonds sourced from?

All of our gemstones and diamonds are ethically sourced and conflict-free from trustworthy suppliers. Our natural sapphires and opals are sourced directly from reputable Australian local miners and lapidarist.


Do you offer a custom design service? If so, how long does it take to make a custom piece?

Yes, we offer a custom design service. We work alongside our customers from the very beginning of the collaboration. We specifically select each gemstone based on the customers’ preferences and send close up videos to show them the color, look, and details of the gemstones. We then transfer the customers’ descriptions into sketches to show them a variety of design options. The final piece is then handcrafted in our Melbourne studio, normally this takes around five weeks to make after confirmation of their bespoke piece.


What is your most popular piece?

We have a few jewelry pieces that are preferred among customers. But the most popular are our natural Australian sapphire engagement rings, Meteorite, and the Galaxy opal rings in our new Harmony bridal collection.


What advice would you give to a couple looking for their wedding jewelry?

Wedding jewelry is very special and meaningful for a couple. This jewelry ought to be both aesthetically you and beautifully unique. Apart from the widely seen diamond engagement rings, colored gemstones like natural sapphires and opals are worthy options for wedding rings.

To choose a sapphire or an opal for your engagement ring, the color of the gem is the first thing to look at. Secondly, the shape of the gemstone is important to consider with your design preference in mind. Our advice is if you’re feeling indecisive with too many options, the one that catches you at first glance is always the one you should go with.


What tips do you have for couples to care for their jewelry?

We recommend that couples avoid their jewelry directly contacting detergent, perfumes, and lotions, etc. These chemical compounds can harm gemstones and tarnish precious metals over time. It is best to clean your jewelry with a professional jewelry polishing cloth regularly depending on how it is worn. Also, a regular check on the claws and settings of the gemstones is necessary to make sure the gemstones don’t loosen.

For opal jewelry, avoid directly hitting the stone on hard surfaces, dramatic environmental temperature changes, and chemical compounds. Use warm water to rinse the opal if chemical contact occurs.

We offer clean and repair services for our customers. If you have any needs for your James & Irisa jewelry, please contact us to arrange a clean and repair service.

Editors Notes

Why we love it…

Passionate and heartfelt designers masterfully crafting unique and timeless one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces, James and Irisa embody the magical essence of all that is artisanal. Their devotion to showcasing sapphires and opals in a modern and textural form evokes a sense of perfect imperfection.


For the bride…

For the artful, wild, and romantically untamed bride seeking ethically sourced local Australian gemstones from a designer whom she can collaborate with on a bespoke piece.


Styling tips…

Allow your unique gemstone to be the focus, keeping the remainder of your bridal jewelry minimal for your ceremony. Opt for natural, blush, or skin tone shades of nail polish as not to distract from your rings. Less is more when allowing a colored stone to feature.