Just in time for messing up your Christmas wishlists, here is a selection of 13 designers from all over the world with wares to tempt. I feel like I could have easily added another 13+ but there’s plenty of time for that!
I can still remember the first “ring” I bought aged 15. It was silver and from a local Christchurch designer that everyone my age was into at the time and I reallllllllyyyy loved it. I was in and I was edging on being a grown up! Jewellery wasn’t allowed at my high school (bar “one stud in each ‘lobe), so every day when I got home and changed out of my uniform – it would go on. In some ways I think metal jewellery is a rite of passage !
Going forward I went through a stage of self-awarding myself a piece of jewellery for every birthday, starting silver and then finding myself, at 30 entering my “brass” era, totally due to gold plated being slightly out of my reach. My mid 30’s has made way to gold plated, but you guessed it….solid gold glints at me from all corners of the internet. My first foray into this is the purchase of a wedding ring, and yes, that is a helluva jump in $$ but also is a whole nother story.
So please enjoy these independent brands and makers and consider collecting a little something sweet for yourself going into a fresh new year! (that is TOTALLY how I justify stuff like this. Power rings are a thing!) Below will find brass, to silver, to gold plated to gold and the values associated but I hope too, long lasting designs that you can own and wear forever.
And PS…there is a gemstones edition of this post coming soon….. ech!
** Shot above from the latest campaign of Flash Jewellery. See more below **
Designed and made by Auckland based Maeve Woodhouse (Design Director and Goldsmith) and Margie Cooney (Creative Director), the Hera Saabi debut collection is both delicate and strong, by the natural world and our structured environments.
Designed and made in Melbourne since 2011 by Rhiannon Smith, Two Hills has a highly recognisable style that reminds me of hand drawn doodles. Beautiful in its simplicity.
Firmly on the world stage and a favourite of Vogue and Russh (to name a few), with rings widely coveted by all of us at some stage – it’s the new locks and custom letters ranges that will be causing your Christmas list issues I suspect…
This brand has a penchant for crystals and has re-imagined the tassel in a big way!
Substantial, sculptural jewellery handmade by Priya Patel in Auckland. Her latest collection has just dropped and woah…those earrings!
Another designer well known for your precious, gem-laden rings, I am deeply in love with her cool signet rings made from her studio in Vancouver, Canada.
“Unconventional jewellery”, “handcrafted by Mexican hands in New Zealand”. Couldn’t have said it better myself Luzette Godinez!
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There’s an air of nostalgia and magical mystery to the jewellery of New Zealand artist; Lucinda Barrett.
Tiro Tiro Studio
This cult level, American label is deliciously unique and sculptural. My list is far far too long….
Another designer that has every day space on my hand, Alexandra might be Sydney based but she has a large base of loyal wearers back here in the home land.
New to me via the Insta-web, but I have quickly jumped on the band wagon of Kelci’s smooth, organic pieces.
Another of my “every day wearers”, designer Nina Gordon has JUST released a new collection from her Byron Bay base.
HAZE〰 Our new Summer Collection is now available online and will be in stores early next week💯 A massive thanks to everyone who has liked the new collection, sent us a message or purchased something today- It’s legit what we live for and we are so greatful for your support! ❤️ Nina x . Here’s another banger from the HAZE Campaign of mega babe @belleorton shot by @lauracarrick xx
This US designer is the poster girl to the minimalists out there. She designs sleek, sculptural and interesting jewellery that you would put on and likely never take off…
As always, I welcome you to share your favourites in the comments below!
Share for the sake of everyone’s unadorned limbs!