Ali's jewellery is usually made with silver or gold sometimes with pearls. She also uses non-precious materials with the precious.
Ali is not a bench jeweller. Most of her work is wax-cast, and then finished by others. Living in the heart of Melbourne's CBD gives her inspirations for her designs.
Words feature in a lot of the pieces and also in her collecting. She has a small collection of sweetheart jewellery (made by troops during war) and collects autographs where people write, talk or sing about “they”.
Ali's jewellery is comfortable to wear if not always effortless for the wearer – the vase brooch looks best filled with water and flowers, and the label jewellery has to have a label printed and attached by the owner.