If there’s a myth that needs busting, it’s that only the rich and famous can afford nice jewellery. So many incredible and affordable Kiwi small jewellery companies are changing the jewellery industry by making it easier for consumers to try out new styles without breaking the bank. This includes the return of pearls, statement earrings, shells, beads, and semiprecious stones.
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New Zealand is home to so many rising and renowned jewellery designers. From names, we know and love, to fresh styles that will blow your mind. Nothing completes an outfit like the perfect piece of jewellery – especially when it’s New Zealand-made. The proliferation of social media has spawned a new crop of artists who are creating stunning jewellery. By reclaiming the luxury space of necklaces, earrings, and rings, these independent designers have avoided the overwhelming experience of walking into a jeweller and feeling out of place, often leaving empty-handed. Several of these brands on this edit operate solely online, which is incredible.
Whether you’re looking for a set of bold, statement earrings or a dainty ring stack, we’ve compiled a list of eight jewellery labels run by kiwis that you may or may not be familiar with but should add to your bookmarks for your next shopping trip.
Mars can be found on the necks, wrists and fingers of many Auckland women. Taking inspiration from architecture and art, each item is handcrafted in New Zealand by the very talented Holly Marbeck. In addition to its ready-to-wear assortment of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Mars also creates custom designs and never fails to produce pure beauty.
The talented Maeve Woodhouse designed and handcrafted the Heera Saabi brand in Auckland, New Zealand. Hera Saabi’s jewellery depicts the universe in twisted structure, inspired by juxtaposing flawed nature and geometrically structured environments. Every new piece by Maeve outdoes her last, and it’s riveting to follow a brand that does so much with its creativity.
Zoe & Morgan
Zoe & Morgan jewellery has become the go-to for the style-conscious, the individual-minded, and those who appreciate the unusual and spectacular. From exquisite Moroccan-inspired Ketama earrings to intrinsic Chakra necklaces, you will indeed discover the perfect piece to compliment your look. Their collections include sterling silver, white gold, and gold necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets. Zoe & Morgan also stock at leading retailers like Walker and Hall and Sisters and Co.
You may have read our interview with Kevin on his craft and inspiration, and we have him on this lineup. Kevin is a practising Architect and infuses his knowledge of construction with jewellery design. He’s no stranger to experimental materials. Suppose your jewellery box needs pearls, Kevin Thorne is where you’ll find the perfect string of them.
Meadowlark jewellery is inspired by love, art, nature, connection, and expression. Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont (husband and wife team) are the interwoven inspirations behind everything Meadowlark.
Meadowlark’s creative staff handcrafts and designs most of its products in New Zealand and has seen evident growth in popularity since its inception. Artists and celebrities worldwide, including Bella Hadid, Kate Moss, Rihanna, FKA Twigs, Florence Welch, Grimes, Alicia Keys and Zoe Kravitz, have all worn and adored this epic brand.
Karen Walker is possibly New Zealand’s most well-known fashion designer. Her trademark modern, fitted, androgynous design has won her international acclaim. It’s hard to come by a kiwi gal who doesn’t own a Karen Walker piece. Every teenager wore her superfine collection alongside her classic Runaway girl necklace. Now, I see her stunning pendants and filigree rings everywhere I go. Karen Walker has been a pioneer in marketing campaigns and her ever-evolving collections. New Zealand is so lucky to have this creative genius producing on our soil.
The Rolling Mill
For the more bespoke and potential bridal shoppers, meet The Rolling Mill of Wellington. Nick and Vee Hensman are a creative husband and wife duo who take delight in crafting exceptionally beautiful, world-class designs that will last the test of time. Naturally, they would be glad to share this wonderful experience with you when the time comes for you to have your own personalised piece of jewellery designed and crafted.
Silk & Steel
Silk & Steel is a New Zealand jewellery brand that promotes casual luxury. Sarah’s iconic couture designs, vibrant gemstones, and edgy-luxe statement pieces have made it successful, combining traditional elements with the combination of juxtaposition. You’re bound to find something to love with this jeweller.