Carla Maxine Jewellery

Carla Maxine Germann creates bespoke pieces of jewellery that tell stories; magical tales of the alchemy of nature’s own jewels – precious metals and gems found in the depths of the earth’s core. These pieces are put together in a way that challenges the status quo of the jewellery design industry. It’s something different, something unique. Something made specially for you. 

Together, let’s create the ring of your dreams.

Custom Jewellery

Learn more about the process behind commissioning a custom jewellery piece. Explore our gallery of previous commissions.

All Carla Maxine bespoke commissions are created exclusively for Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade in Sydney, Australia.

Feel free to contact us for a digital or in person consultation.

Articles & Advice

Read all about the different components of our industry, and arm yourself with the knowledge to enter the process of commissioning a custom piece of jewellery with confidence. Learn about the different colours of Sapphires and Tourmalines, the 4 C’s of Diamonds, how to take care of your jewellery and how to get your ring finger sized.


Diamonds are some of the most sought after gemstones on earth. The hardness of diamond and light dispersion through the facets causes that well loved ‘fire’ and brilliance. Diamonds are also the hardest material on earth. It is 58 times harder than anything else on...


Tourmalines are some of the most colourful gemstone varieties. The various colours are commonly believed to be the result of certain minerals being present in the Earth’s core as the gemstone was forming. For example, Iron and Titanium are responsible for the Blue and...

White Gold

White Gold has also become a very popular choice for jewellery making over the last couple of decades. It used to be a more cost effective alternative to Platinum, but with the rise of the Gold price in recent months, the two prices per gram are now almost equal....


When Platinum was discovered by modern European metalurges, it was mistaken for Sterling Silver. In fact, its name comes from the Spanish word Platina which means 'little silver'. Platinum is a very dense metal, and this makes it hard to work with, and it has a high...


Sapphires are part of the Corundum family of gems. Rubies are also a part of this family. Sapphires come in so many different colours. Most people associate Sapphire with the deep blue that is the colour of the centre stone in Princess Diana (Now the Duchess of...

Yellow Gold

It is impossible to know when the first humans started mining gold. Perhaps a fleck of alluvial gold picked up from a river bed; or an alluring seam of glimmering in an exposed rock face. Our first interaction with gold is lost in the shroud of time. Much coveted for...


The oldest Emeralds ever found are from South Africa, and they date back 2.97 Billion years. So it is safe to say this is one special gemstone specimen. The first known Emerald mines were in Egypt, from about 330 BC, and it is known that it was a favourite with...

Rose Gold

Rose Gold is the result of a mixture of Pure Gold and Copper. The pinkish Gold has become quite popular for jewellery in the 21st century. 18ct Rose Gold is some of my favourite metal to work with. The subtle Pink tint to the Pure Gold makes it a perfect accompanyment...

Ring Sizing

To get an accurate ring size is one of the most important pieces of information when placing your order. The best way to get your finger sized is to go into any jeweller’s shop or studio, and they will be able to accurately size it up for you. If you have not gotten...

Rare Earth:

Australian Made

Rare Earth: Australian Made is a collective of incredible Australian Gems designed and made into jewellery by the seven resident artists who make up Courtesy of the Artist Custom. Carla Maxine Germann is honoured to be part of this prestigious collective. 

Courtesy of the Artist have one of the most spectacular collections of Australian Gems, including Australian Sapphires, Opals, Australian Zircons, Chrysoprase, etc. Read more about this incredible vault of gemstones on their website.


The Hybrid Collection is an ongoing project. It was inspired by my love of hybridity in aesthetics, the development of my Cluster Collection as well as our move to Australia from our country of birth, South Africa. My husband and I made the move in April 2016, and it has been an interesting experience and amazing journey – setting up a life in a new country, especially a new continent that I visited for the first time only in December 2015.

I find that creating art is a way of dealing with emotions when overcoming something big that happened in your life. That’s the way it is for me, anyway. And that is how I see my jewellery – as little pieces of art.