It’s a colourful life October 14 2018
There are a myriad of ways to colour metal, some more effective or longer lasting than others. Today we’re going to focus on two techniques that produce vibrant and permanent changes in colour resulting in beautiful bright jewellery.
The first has been used widely in both fashion and industry for a long time and involves heating titanium to produce permanent colour changes. This can be done either with a flame or by running an electrical current through the metal. Different masking materials or electrolyte baths can be used to produce patterns and other effects. Amanda Croatto is a master in this technique producing amazingly bright and beautiful pieces that add some serious colour into your style.
The second is a technique that is gaining popularity because of the almost endless possibilities of images and colours that can be achieved. Sublimation printing involves a process by which the dye used transforms directly from a solid to a gas and is pressed firmly against the substrate producing a vibrant and long lasting image.
The use of aluminium creates an amazing photo real picture in a lightweight and durable form. Amelia Marks uses her own photographs with silver and gold components to create gorgeous precious pieces.
We have new stock from both artists in store and online. Pop past for a look, we’re open Thursday through to Sunday.
Spectacular Spinels October 08 2018
The spinel, in my opinion, is a vastly underrated stone.
This precious stone exists in a range of beautiful colours and often displays gorgeous undertones and an interesting lustre. It is tough enough to withstand everyday wear and they are an affordable option while still a piece of luxurious beauty, royalty through history have definitely thought so with Spinels being featured in both the British and Iranian Crown Jewels.
Our much loved jeweller Aimee Sutanto uses Spinels of gorgeous greys and purples in her work. Inspired by their versatility and unique beauty she cradles them in combinations of precious metals with soft finishes.
Aimee has lent us some amazing stones you can view in store for a limited time only. Come by and have a look or make an appointment to plan your perfect ring.
Glorious Gold September 29 2018
We at Arbor are excited to announce that our very own Ellinor Mazza is now a certified fair trade goldsmith! Becoming one of the first Jewellers in Australia to offer truly traceable gold.
Achieving Fairtrade certification requires small-scale mining organisations to meet rigorous Fairtrade standards on working conditions, child labour, women’s rights, clean technology, health and safety, organisational management, democratic decision-making, transparency and traceability of their mining operations and responsible environmental management, to produce a gold product that can be labelled as fair trade.’*
Now your dream ring can be perfect from the ground up!
We will have pieces in our cabinet by the end of October (We were too excited to wait until then to tell our wonderful customers). Meanwhile, head over to our contact page to book an appointment to plan your bespoke piece.
For more info on fair trade mining visit www.fairgold.org
Now back to our holiday, we re-open on Thursday 4/10 but our online store never closes.
See you soon
All in a row... September 23 2018
We’re a little excited by the new precious work we have in store by Angela Natalier.
Expanding on the very popular ‘Diamond stripe’ ring featuring 7 tiny grain set diamonds in a 9 carat yellow gold circle we now have more colours, shapes and combinations.
Pink spinels sit proudly in 18 carat rose gold whilst yellow sapphires intersect the contrasting textures of a freeform yellow gold shape and black spinels adorn a grey-white gold oval.
They all whisper luxury while keeping an understated elegance.
Pop in after our holiday this week for a look-see or find some of them on our website now.
Opal love September 15 2018
While precious opal can be found elsewhere in the world, Australia produces the large majority of this spectacular mineraloid.
Not just confined to your grandmothers jewellery box, opal is experiencing a resurgence in popularity and with the amazing play of colours found it’s easy to see why. While opal can be a delicate stone it is often sandwiched between layers of a harder material to increase the strength and amplify the colours, these are called ‘doublets’ or ‘triplets.
We have some beautiful examples in store including sterling silver and opal rings by Anastasia Mannix and Sarah Kellett’s iconic ‘Australiana’ ring which has been reimagined into a few amazing handcrafted, one of a kind rings already.
Pop past the shop and have a look or make an appointment to commission your special piece.
Elise Newman September 08 2018
There is always a playful air to the work of Brunswick based jeweller Elise Newman.
The dots, dashes and bright colours of her silver work in very wearable pieces are a breath of fresh air while the bright blue Ceylon Sapphires featured in her precious range are reminiscent of the blue skies and azure waters of the honeymoon of your dreams.
Look for her work in store and online now.
A party in a Sapphire September 01 2018
(Swirl ring in 18 carat yellow and rose gold with South Australian Parti Sapphire by Ellinor Mazza)
Welcome springtime and what a beautiful sunny morning full of promise you have brought with you! As the blossoms swell and bloom so too do the hearts of so many lovers with spring being a very popular time for proposals.
While we do many gorgeous diamond engagement and commitment rings why not consider some beautiful coloured stones for your precious ring.
(White gold and free form Australian Parti Sapphire ring by Susan Ewington)
Recently we have been featuring some beautiful Australian Parti Sapphires. These stones are found all over the world but the bulk is homegrown making it a good choice if you would like less miles on your gem. The colours of this stone are what sets it apart, with beautiful shifts through blues, greens and yellows giving this stone the definition of ‘Parti’ meaning partition (not party, sadly). The sapphire remains strong through these colour changes making it a good choice to withstand the rigours of everyday wear.
(Sapphire and fresh gold ready to be made into something beautiful on the bench of Ellinor Mazza)
We have so many beautiful pieces featuring these amazing stones as well as some seriously stunning loose stones in store.
(Gorgeous examples of Parti Sapphires cut by Paul Fenselau)
Come past the shop Thursday through Sunday and have a look or make an appointment to plan your perfect piece.
Beach memories by Susan Ewington August 25 2018
We’ve had some beautiful sunny mornings in Melbourne lately and the anticipation of summer rises as the icy night before is forgotten. While it’s not quite beach weather yet these sunny mornings have had my little boy chattering about the beach house non stop.
Susan Ewington’s beach glass series easily evokes memories of windswept curls and sand between the toes. Tossed and tumbled through the ocean for hundreds of years and then carefully collected and enveloped in precious metal these treasures are uniquely beautiful and full of history and possibility, oh the places they might have been!
I’m quickly transported to long summer afternoons combing the beach for treasures, pretty shells, tiny crab claws and the glinting beauty of worn and beaten glass.
We have several beautiful colours of glass in both sterling silver and 9 carat gold online and in store now.
Rachael Grigulis August 18 2018
Rachael’s pieces are cleverly thought out and constructed. Her architectural influences are clearly visible in the folds and junctions of her work.
The mix of metals and textures come together in a way which makes them both thought provoking and extremely wearable.
Rachael’s work is now available online and in store.
Disarmed August 13 2018
Award winning designer and jeweller Angela Natalier has new work in store. Her collection ‘Disarmed’ pushes the limits of her medium, sacrificing stable alloys for beautiful textures. Mixing metals and finishes her pieces are worn like modern day armour; Tough and precious at the same time.
Ruby Pilven August 05 2018
Ruby is a Ballarat based artist, ceramicist and teacher. Raised by ceramicist parents her pieces embody a playful confidence while her studies in printmaking can be seen in the bold designs that adorn most of her work.
These vessels make beautiful gifts, whether it’s a special place to keep your precious rings or a vase perfect for the posy of spring blooms just picked. We have a whole bunch of new pieces in store but be quick, they are very popular.
Ada Hodgson July 29 2018
We have more of Ada’s playful enamel pieces in store alongside some new precious work. Her ‘Royal’ earrings in 9ct yellow gold with rhodolite garnets and freshwater baroque pearls are really fit for a queen.
Jewels and Gems July 06 2018
A perfect engagement ring is a truly personal thing. Here at Arbor, we encourage you to be involved in the entire process from concept through to completion.
We have a range of beautiful custom cut stones in store to inspire your design.
From stunning Australian parti sapphires to ethical diamonds we can find something perfect for your custom piece.
Make an appointment for a consultation with one of our jewellers or just drop by for a look, we’re always happy to help.
Pictures here feature a range of custom cut stones by Melbourne master stone cutter Paul Fenselau .
New opening hours July 05 2018
Arbor is owned and staffed by Jewellers.
To give us time to make more beautiful pieces for you, we have made the decision to reduce our store hours. If you need to get in touch while we are closed please email and we will follow up with your enquiry as soon as possible!
Thanks for your understanding
Your Dream Ring June 30 2018
At Arbor, we specialise in bespoke engagement, wedding and commitment rings.
We can source ethical diamonds, gemstones and metals, or maybe you want to use your grandmothers old jewels to create something new.
The ring pictured features a synthetic blue sapphire, inherited family diamonds and local victorian gold. Designed with the happy couple and lovingly hand fabricated by Ellinor Mazza, it's a beautiful example of what can be done.
With over twenty designers represented in store there is plenty of inspiration to be found. All our lovely staff are also jewellers and can help design something perfect for you or your beloved, or both!
Mexicali dreaming June 24 2018
The new ‘Mexicali’ range from Eli Speaks is full of lush, regal pieces featuring delicate hand engraving and carefully selected stones. They are elegant without any chance of fading into the background.
The ‘Palacio’ Ring cradles a stunning Burmese ruby in glorious 18 carat yellow gold while the ‘Mirador’ showcases some beautiful Australian Argyle diamonds in soft brushed 9 carat yellow gold.
The white gold pieces have a kind of grace that is usually reserved for antique jewels while maintaining the geometric symbolism of the Mayan influence.
The Mexicali range really covers a lot of ground while staying true to the incredible technical skills we’ve come to expect of artist Kate Higgins.
The range is now available online as well as in store.
Bernie Ellen June 16 2018
Our Bernie, who’s smiling face you might see in store some days has a whole new range.
Delicate velvety black silver with splashes of bright high carat gold and contemporary hoop designs with elements meticulously handmade with ancient techniques, she marries styles and metals seamlessly.
Sarah Bourke June 14 2018
Sarah Bourke’s elegant wood and silver jewellery has been very popular recently, especially over Mother’s Day! We have now re-stocked with more beautiful pieces that nestle comfortably between organic and architectural sitting pretty in our front window.
So many shiny new things! June 09 2018
Winter has finally arrived and with it comes so many shiny new things to brighten up the dreary days ahead.
Keep an eye out for new updates as we get the blog up and running again.
Here’s a lovely little lineup of treats from Status Anxiety, Bon Lux soy wax candles and A Little Light candles to warm you up in the mean time.
New work: Amanda Croatto December 08 2017
One of our newest artists to join the crew is Brunswick-based Amanda Croatto. Working predominantly in titanium, Amanda creates some amazing colours and patterns using annodising.
Aluminium December 08 2017
Recent graduate Amelia Marks creates really interesting works using the process of sublimation printed aluminium. Pairing this colourful work with sterling silver and gold means she can create unique, wearable artworks that will be a treasure and a delight! Amelia's Prickly Pear earrings have already been a big hit and are usually snapped up quickly. See for yourself in store and online.
Remodeling November 30 2017
We have been lucky enough to do some really great remodels recently! Anneleis had some gold pieces from childhood that she was not keen on wearing. Being a combination of 14c yellow gold and 18c yellow gold, a design was devised that could use both metals without needing to mix them.
Scroll for some progress photos of the ring that was made, using old jewellery and making it modern and fresh!
It's not just jewellery! November 15 2017
Arbor holds a collection of carefully selected objects and leather goods along with our large collection of Australian made jewellery.
A Little Light candles, Ruby Pilven porcelain, Bon Lux candles and Status Anxiety are among the quality and colourful goods you can find stocking our pigeonholes.
Opal love October 11 2017
We have recently received a delivery of stunning opal pieces, each handcrafted in sterling silver or yellow gold by Anastasia Mannix, and featuring an Australian sourced and cut ethical opal.
If you love these fascinating stones then pop past for a browse.
Focus on Susan Ewington September 13 2017
Susan Ewington has been a part of the Arbor family for over 7 years and we have gladly observed her development as an artist. With strong design aesthetics and a focus on traditionally hand fabricated pieces, Susan's most popular styles include her offset freeform sapphire rings and beach glass earrings.
Check out her lovely work for yourself on the website or in store.
New Jeweller Sarah Bouke August 26 2017
We are pleased to welcome the lovely work of NSW based jeweller Sarah Bourke to Arbor.
Sarah seamlessly marries wood and sterling silver in her captivating collection of earrings and pendants. Natural materials are carved into flowing forms that inspire tactility.
Each piece is carefully constructed by hand in Sarah's solar powered bush studio.
Bold Garnet Necklace August 24 2017
Melbourne artist Melanie Hilder is inspired by nature, taking cues from the Dandenong Ranges where she grew up.
Part of her latest delivery is a beautiful sterling silver necklace dotted with bright red garnets. A real showstopper!
New Jeweller Antonia Field August 20 2017
Originally from Melbourne and now based in Adelaide, Antonia Field creates beautiful, wearable works that use the natural world as her inspiration. Using discarded pieces of seaweed that are moulded and cast into precious metals, Antonia then forms the pieces of sterling silver and gold into earrings, pendants, rings and brooches that give the feel of the original plant being swept up in the tide.
Antonia's gorgeous Seaweed Ring in 9c yellow gold is now available in store and online, along with a range of sterling silver works in store.
Ethical Australian Precious Gems August 17 2017
Have you heard about the collection of carefully selected Australian gemstones that we now have in store? Celebrated Victorian stone cutter Paul Fenselau is the man behind the sparkling gems that grace our window. These pieces have been small scale mined in Australia (mostly Queensland) and transformed from rough to faceted in Victoria. Using his precision cutting equipment Paul carefully selects the design that will best suit the material he has available to allow for maximum impact with minimum wastage.
Australian sapphires come in a range of colours, from deep blue to green and yellow. The Australian Parti Sapphire (where a stone shows two or more colours) has gained international attention in recent years. These stones are truly unique and impossible to recreate.
See below for the Seagull Hexagon Cut Australian Parti Sapphire, as it was transformed from a loose stone to a beautiful engagement ring, custom made for Arbor by Orion Joel.
Australiana: annual exhibition of jewellery August 15 2017
You are invited to join us for our annual exhibition of themed jewellery works from 6pm on Saturday 26th August 2017 at Arbor.
Each year Arbor jewellers are invited to participate in an exciting exhibition. In 2017 the theme of Australiana asked artists to consider a place in Australia where they feel a sense of belonging and to create a piece of wearable art that invokes the landscape or feel of the place.
Participating artists: Amelia Marks, Anastasia Mannix, Angela Natalier, Chris Sherwin, Eli Speaks, Elise Newman, Erin K, Georgie Brooks, Ida Maglai, Leonie Simpson, Lisa Zhou, Melanie Hilder, Minna Loft, Sarah Kellett, Tara Lofhelm.
A range of incredible and varied works will be available for viewing and purchase during the course of the exhibition.
New work from Ada Hodgson August 14 2017
Ada Hodgson is a Melbourne-based jeweller working predominantly in sterling silver and enamel. Ada's Imaginary Planets series explores amazing colour combinations and effects in the form of earrings and pendants. Due to the nature of the enamelling process Ada often does not know how a piece will turn out until it has been fired in the kiln, making each piece of work truly unique and original.
Transformation - from old and broken to a future heirloom August 11 2017
Sharna picked up a gorgeous little emerald and diamond ring in a vintage store. Unfortunately, the ring was quite worn and some stones were at risk of falling out. After viewing the ring, Arbor director and practicing jeweller Ellinor Mazza advised that the current ring was not able to be repaired. A brand new ring was made in solid 18c yellow gold and the salvagable stones were used to create a quality, new ring with strong references to the old design.
We are always happy to help to review your jewellery and can work with existing stones and metal that you supply to create a unique and truly special new piece.
New Artist! Amelia Marks joins Arbor July 28 2017
Recent graduate Amelia Marks has created a truly special and unique collection of works in sublimation printed Aluminium, Sterling silver and gold. We are proud to have her work in store, and one lucky lady snapped up a pair of Amelia's Prickly Pear studs which flew all the way up to Alice Springs!
Signet Ring Month July 24 2017
It must be the month for signet style rings - usually chunkier, flat topped styles with or without a stone.
Our resident wax carving genius Aimee Sutanto has been doing an amazing job creating these pieces to order.
Do you have something in mind? Contact us for a chat about your options.
Alternative Metals from Brendan Cunningham July 21 2017
NSW based second generation jeweller Brendan Cunningham is obsessed with alternative jewellery materials. Although he mostly works on traditional styles of jewellery in his everyday work, he bought equipment and materials to begin experimenting with inert (non allergenic) metals such as Titanium, Zirconium and Tantalum.
All these metals are a great option for someone who wants something a little different to the usual gold and silver, as well as offering a low allergen option for those sensitive types.
Check out the selection online or in store and contact us to discuss your options.
Studs, studs and studs May 10 2016
Everyone's favourite jewellery staple, the stud earring. We have so many options in store I can't even list them all! Here are a couple of varied samples for you...
Polli laser cut and etched stainless steel flower studs
Lisa Zhou sterling silver and freshwater pearl studs
Rachael Grigulis super long braille drop studs
A simple repair May 08 2016
Sometimes the simplest pieces of jewellery are the ones that hold the most value to us. Sarah picked this piece up at a European gallery many years ago. The cord holding it all together had seen better days, so we replaced it with fresh tigertail (nylon coated fine stainless steel wire) and voila! An old piece made new again
New work from our favourite Tasmanian April 30 2016
Nanna Woo is one creative lady! A mother to two young children, she also manages a busy accessories business. Hanna's latest offering as part of her Metanical collection, are these chunky, bright resin pieces embedded with metal flakes. Add a pop of colour to your cool weather wardrobe!
What we are eating: Winter Salads April 25 2016
Alright, winter is approaching and half the city is copping a cold or flu. Well, I have the perfect preventative salad!
1 orange carrot, 1 yellow carrot, 1 small beetroot, a thumb end of ginger. Peel, chop in large pieces, whizz in your food processor until finely chopped. Dress with olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Eat
Special jewellery orders April 23 2016
Did you know that almost every piece of jewellery in the store can be ordered in specially with adjustments? Whether it be a ring made just for your particular finger size or a tweak on an existing design, we can pretty much do it all. Because all our jewellers are based in Australia the turnaround times are short (up to 3 weeks usually).
Brigid was over the moon with her custom order Sunggee Min pearl rings: sterling silver, 18c yellow gold, white diamond and yellow sapphire.
Rings, rings, rings April 21 2016
We have so much new work arriving weekly we almost can't keep up! A wide range of rings are available in store (and soon to be online), including Emily Becher's super organic and oxidised sterling silver string rings, Ellinor Mazza's very matte hammer textured white gold band and Sarah Wallace's refined bezel set two-tone gold ring, featuring a gorgeous Australian Parti Sapphire.
Takeawei Tumblers April 18 2016
We were blown away by the latest delivery of hand thrown ceramic vessels by Torquay-based artist Chela Edmunds. Just the most amazing mix of colours and moods in this range. Pop in for a look or we can email you images of the stock we have in store!
Engraving letter styles April 16 2016
We have always offered engraving inside rings or on other pieces of jewellery, but we have never had a sample plate...until now! With five styles to choose from, plain through to very ornate, all of our engraving is done by hand by our Melbourne based specialist
It's not all about the stones.... April 14 2016
There is more than one way to add a splash of colour to your jewellery collection, like the following examples...
Susan Ewington yellow gold and green beachglass earrings
Melanie Hilder sterling silver bud ring with green enamel paint
Think outside the square, we do!
Summer dinners - Swedish potato salad December 06 2015
Our favourite dinner right now takes about 10 minutes to prep and is super tasty!
Boiled potatoes as the base, you can add on any tasty bits you desire. We had ours with Tassie smoked salmon, lemon aioli (mayo, lemon juice and evoo), avo, pickles and beetroot. Add an egg for extra protein or a little coleslaw for some more crunch.
Winter Lake Ring by Aimee Sutanto December 03 2015
The very talented Melbourne jeweller Aimee Sutanto has added yet another option to her Winter Lake series, this 5 stone beauty. With her hammered and frosted texture in rose gold, the ring is topped off with 5 flush set champagne diamonds. Subtle and sparkly!
New work just in from Sarah Wallace December 02 2015
We are loving the super bright and summery colours in Sarah Wallace's new pieces. Hand cut and hard enamelled with sterling silver posts and chain
Wedding ring season December 01 2015
It definitely is wedding ring season! Did you know that all of our gold rings are made by hand to order? That means that we roll out, form and solder then hand finish to your specifications...
Pop in for a chat about your special rings any time. Arbor is staffed only by jewellers whose work is available in store.
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