Nicola Price of Orchid Blue NZ leads a busy life: she is a jewellery maker by day and an HCA in a rest home/dementia unit by night. Her jewellery reflects her desire to reduce waste by upcycling and recycling tiny everyday art treasures – vintage silverwares and Aotearoa’s beautiful old coins.
Julia Banks has a passion for hand making slow-crafted sterling silver jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques. Working from her home studio in rural Greendale, Canterbury, her work takes inspiration from nature and her home garden – and her focus is on exquisite detail and quality from beginning to end.
Suzie Horne of Curlicue NZ produces her wirework jewellery from beautiful Titirangi, West Auckland. When making her jewellery she takes inspiration from the natural environment around her, and places importance on selecting materials on the basis of how local and sustainable they are. Utilising 100% recycled sterling silver wires, semi precious stones, pearls, paua and Swarovski crystals, her pieces often feature the spirals and curlicues that fascinate her.
Hana Makin began her jewellery-making journey in England, but now produces her pieces from her home beside beautiful Petone Beach. Inspired by this and the nearby Zealandia Sanctuary, her work features our fauna and landscape prominently (and in the case of the landscape, literally – small found items often make their way into her work). She’s inspired by found things, natural things and old things, and she loves handcrafting her Hana Made Jewellery in her workshop by the sea.
These tiny, delicate monarch butterfly wings from Adele Stewart are just one of the designs from her beautiful new butterfly themed range of enamelled silver earrings and pendants. Hand engraved and enamelled with glass enamel, the silver is then oxidised or polished as appropriate to produce the final stunning finish. Just gorgeous!
You know what we love about Geo Jewellery‘s beautifully cast silver sea shells? (Apart from the fact that they’re simply gorgeous, that is.) Each one is named for where the original shell was found. It’s like being introduced to a cousin from your hometown!
Sally Herbert of HerbertandWilks Jewellery is a designer and maker of contemporary mixed metal jewellery. While first being captivated by the sculptural properties of cast glass and the lost wax process, she fell in love with jewellery making early on. She considers the medium similar – only on a smaller scale. Her pieces are modern and sculptural, with an emphasis on surface and texture.
Hunting for the perfect wedding jewellery? (Or jewellery for any special occasion…) A leaf design makes such a beautifully shaped earring, and the detail in these drops from Whalebird Jewellery is just gorgeous. We think that what makes these perfect is that the stem becomes the earring hook in a single elegant curve – take a look!
When Canterbury jeweller Fiona Boeyen of Fantail & Co Jewellery was younger, she wanted to be an archaeologist. How people lived a long time ago – and how they decorated themselves with jewellery – fascinated her. As she grew up, this interest developed into being a jeweller herself, still with a strong interest in history. Fiona enjoys making her distinctive style of earrings, rings and pendants, and loves to meld river stones, sea glass, and semi precious stones into her work.
The maker of these astonishingly accurate, individually crafted floral jewellery pieces is the very talented Canterbury jeweller Adele Stewart, who has been crafting her exquisite creations for fourteen years.