The Designer

Tanja currently works from the craft-hub, The Jewellery Studio, in Durbanville central at Rust en Vrede Art Gallary, the oldest historic building in Durbanville. This unique space brings together many different artisans in one place.

Tanja’s specialty is crafting bespoke pieces for any occasion. She studied Creative Jewellery and Metal design at Stellenbosch University, has participated in competitions, and received the merit award in PlatAfrica in 2011. In addition, Tanja completed another 2 more years in an internship to better her skills to become a Goldsmith. She set out on her own at the end of 2016 to open Tangerine Handmade Jewellery.

Besides making any jewellery piece to order, Tanja also loves a technical challenge – even if it’s not wearable jewellery. She loves to experiment with new materials and techniques in her free time.

“When I see a random object (natural or manmade), where most people would consider it junk, I try to find and enhance the potential and give it new life. I’m very sentimental, so it’s very easy to see sentiment in everyday objects. I make my designs around that. – Tanja


Tanja makes the most beautiful jewellery! I wanted to use my Aunt’s wedding band as a part of the ring and she melted it down and made a modern ring that I love. I got my something old and something new all in one. She made exactly what I wanted, she is clearly a perfectionist because she got every detail right. She is the only one I trust for custom jewellery.


Tanja made my wedding band and it’s exactly what I wanted. I felt very involved and the process felt very personal which meant a lot to me. She not only listened, she captured the unique style that I was going for.

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