10 NZ Jewellers You Need to Know About

These local artisanal creators are keeping the notion of high end wearable art alive, well and accessible—creating beautifully stunning work to suit any taste and budget.

A hand holding a Rolling Mill engagement ring.

Words by: Zack Holmes

Hero image by: The Rolling Mill

When you think of jewellery, it’s easy to default to the pricey chain stores located on nearby bustling street corners selling largely unoriginal pieces. Thankfully though, we are spoiled in Aotearoa with many talented designers and artisan makers who take the art of jewellery craft to the next level, showing care and consideration for not only the process, but the customer too.

Like all good design, jewellery doesn’t need to be unattainable, and quality isn’t only decided by the retail price, but rather the work and skill of those creating it. Take a moment to browse our top picks for Kiwi jewellery brands with a true understanding of and appreciation for the craft, covering a range of styles and price brackets with inspiration including everything from teddy bears to Diana Ross.

These local artisanal creators are keeping the notion of high end wearable art alive, well and accessible—creating beautifully stunning work to suit any taste and budget.

Rings by Pigment Studio.

Pigment Studio

www.pigmentstudio.co.nz

Beautifully minimal and elegant, Auckland-based Albertine Lello is the talent behind Pigment Studio, creating stunning jewellery from gold, silver and other precious materials. Lello is a multidisciplinary artist and jeweller whose work focuses on timeless pieces inspired by everything from historical artwork to architecture and design. Crafted by hand and with options such as custom monogramming available, each piece is carefully finished to create that perfect statement piece.

A woman wearing Hera Saabi Jewellery

HERA SAABI

www.herasaabi.com

From the website design to the actual product range, HERA SAABI jewellery is the epitome of creative cool. Designed and handmade by Maeve Woodhouse in Auckland, each piece is extraordinarily unique, and the fashion editorial style photography brings it all to life through the online shop.

Expensive but not too pricey, attractive but not too flashy, the combination of gems and precious metals is a surefire way for the wearer to stand out from the crowd. The label itself stands for “feminine strength, considered design and supporting local creative communities” which is something we can all get behind.

Mars jewellery on a table.

Mars

www.marsonline.co.nz

Although not limited to jewellery, Mars founder Holly Marbeck has continually developed a unique signature style since the brand’s launch back in 2016.

With a focus on non-traditional materials and techniques, hours of work goes into every piece and everything is handmade to order by Holly in her Kingsland studio. Pearls, polymer, silicon and resin are all stalwarts of the range, cleverly matched with complementary precious metals and constructed in a way that ensures that no two pieces are the same.

A flatlay of Love and Object jewellery.

Love and Object

www.loveandobject.com

It doesn’t get much better than Love and Object’s curated vintage and original collections, an homage to ancient Roman jewels, classical myths and their love of art.

Founder Constance Cummings has a deep love for objects both beautiful and individual, perfectly paired for those who desire quality in the objects they choose to adorn their homes and person with. The vintage range is handpicked from around the world, chosen for their rarity and authenticity, whilst the original collection ‘Olympia’ is lovingly handmade in Aotearoa using antique jewellery making techniques.

Designed for longevity and as a direct response to the throwaway fashion culture that has pervaded modern life, the intricate textures and stunning imagery make for a well rounded and desirable brand definitely worth checking out.

Jewellery by Cathy Pope on a table.

Cathy Pope

www.cathypope.co.nz

Cathy Pope gemstone jewellery features bold and timeless designs with the intent of being highly treasured possessions that will withstand trends.

Central to the range are the ethically sourced exotic stones such as Malachite and Lapis Lazuli, cut into strong profiles and adorned with beautifully chunky chains. The end result is eye catching, limited edition and perfectly crafted by artisans.

True statement jewellery available online and at selected stockists, you can even arrange to visit Cathy's Auckland studio and view the range before making a decision.

Close up of Lucilla Gray earrings.

Lucilla Gray

www.lucillagray.com

Geometry never looked so good. Carefully considered shapes and high quality materials merge in this perfect example of simple done well.

Everything from the packaging to the finished product is considered and perfectly executed, as evidenced by Lucilla Gray’s impressive track record being featured in top fashion publications around the globe. Part of a larger contemporary womenswear label, her use of modern materials like clear acrylic and hand applied enamel allude to Gray’s artistic approach to design.

Camille Paloma Walton earrings hanging from a branch.

Camille Paloma Walton

www.camillepalomawalton.com

Born near Wellington to a sculptor and painter, it’s only natural that Wellington based contemporary jeweller Camille Paloma Walton should explore a creative path herself—in the form of fun unique works of jewellery art that draw on myriad creative disciplines and processes.

With inspiration including everything from natural gemstone formations, Calavera and even a teddy bear, her pieces are mostly one of a kind and finished to reveal the handcraft that made them.

As well as the substantial range stocked online and in selected bricks-and-mortar stores, commissions are available if you’re after a truly bespoke piece of wearable art.

Zoe and Morgan snake earrings.

Zoe & Morgan

www.zoeandmorgan.com

With the recent opening of their brand new City Works Depot showroom, the talented siblings behind Auckland brand Zoe & Morgan have again upped the ante, proving they are still one of the best when it comes to personal wedding jewellery and showcasing their entire range in absolute style.

Introduced to the art by their goldsmith father and with roots in England and NZ, they believe that jewellery should be “treasured for life and for you to enjoy on your own adventure”. As well as the custom offering, their core range features intricate shapes and textures across a range of formats, influenced by the likes of Moroccan architecture, walkways in Marrakesh and Diana Ross.

A Rachel Stitchbury necklace on a table.

Rachel Stichbury

www.rachelstichbury.com

Based in Eastbourne at her sunny home studio, Rachel Stichbury designs and creates handcrafted jewellery with a focus on elegant simplicity and easy-to-wear pieces.

Coming from a textile design background, she soon realised jewellery was her true passion and loves the creativity it affords. From original sketch to wax shaping to casting and final finishing, the result is thoughtful, considered and unique jewellery that won’t break the bank.

A close up photo of a Rolling Mill ring.

The Rolling Mill

www.therollingmill.com

Everything about The Rolling Mill is elegant – from the videography to the brand’s ethos and award-winning team of master jewellers and designers – the work they create in their cosy Cuba Street workshop is a reflection of their care and respect for the craft.

Specialising in bespoke engagement rings, the process puts the customer front and centre to ensure every ring is created to suit the individuality of the client. Founded in 2014 by creative husband and wife team Nick and Vee, their love of Wellington's artisans and crafters extends beyond their own vintage-inspired workshop to their friends and neighbours. Repairs and remakes are also offered, so whether you’re in need of a new original piece or have something that needs a fix or freshen up, the friendly team is there to help.