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.
Winter Food - Shepherds Pie April 25 2015
As the temperatures drop in Melbourne there is one sure recipe I always turn to - Shepherds Pie. You can pretty much throw anything in there and top it with mash then pop it in the oven.
Here is my recipe but you can replace the mince for lentils or tofu to vegetarianise it.
500g pork and beef mince
2 carrots grated
1 zucchini grated
3 sticks celery chopped fine
1 onion or leek chopped fine
1 kg dutch cream potatoes
barbeque sauce, soy sauce, butter, milk, salt, pepper, cornflour
Brown mince then add all vegies and gently saute until cooked through. Add sauces to taste. Add cornflour (mix 1 tsp into a small amount of warm water first). Cook potatoes through and mash with butter, milk, s&p.
Spread meat mixture into the base of a baking dish and spoon potato on top. Pop in the oven for 20-30 mins and then grill for 5 mins to brown the top.
Cool and eat!
Christmas delivery from Elise Newman January 02 2015
Elise Newman slipped these beauties onto the shelf just days before Christmas...
White and yellow gold engagement and wedding band set with an inverted dome feature and just a sprinkle of grain set diamonds on each ring. We are in love
Banana Nice Cream December 07 2014
On my never ending quest to not eat too much refined sugar (and being a massive sweet tooth!) I am always keen to find tasty sweets that rely on naturally occurring sugars. So, I present to you....Banana Nice Cream! (I stole the name)
3-4 bananas, frozen
Chunk of cacao butter
1tbsp cocoa powder
1/4 cup cashews
Throw it all in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy
The Spotted Quoll - totally made in Tassie! December 07 2014
We are lucky enough to have a few talented Tasmanians showcasing their collections at Arbor. Another one has just joined the fold. The Spotted Quoll is the scarf label run by Tamika Bannister from her studio in Launceston, Tasmania. With a strong focus on ethical production and design, all pieces are printed and assembled in Tasmania.
A Story December 03 2014
Wanna hear a story? One time when my dad was 19 he went to Sicily and was asked by a now famous artist to transport this huge neckpiece to the north of Italy. After he delivered it he realised that these two bits had come off into his bag. Being a ratbag he didn't return them and 45 years later I am wearing them. The End
Irwin Rohl map cufflinks November 30 2014
We have lots of Irwin Rohl's beautiful map cufflinks in store, including this selection of Brunswick-focussed pairs. All these pieces are sterling silver with vintage maps set behind glass. We also take custom orders!
3 rings November 27 2014
3 rings by 3 jewellers. Elise Newman star sapphire ring with Kate Higgins soft facet ring in yellow gold for her. A brushed soft rounded wedding band for him by Ellinor Mazza. Our customers came in to check out rings 10 days before their wedding! A bit of a short timeframe but we managed to have all their rings ready by the wedding day.
New work from Beuy November 20 2014
As you may or may not know, all the jewellery and objects at Arbor are made in Australia (only the leather bags and wallets are designed here but made in Hong Kong). One of our favourite brands is Beuy. Jeweller and glass artist Tae Schmeisser has created this fun, colourful range and we just love wearing it! Made from laser cut anodised aluminium and proudly manufactured in Australia, these pieces make great gifts, for yourself or others!
Gold stackers November 16 2014
Lots of Ellinor Mazza's gold stacks just hit the shelf! These 4 colour 9c gold stacks are a daily classic
Arbor November 13 2014
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Lindegaard magic November 10 2014
Gasp! Sigh... New gold ring from the outstanding Lindegaard. Yellow and rose gold with a 4.8 carat cabochon green sapphire. Slightly dying right now
Arlia Hassell November 07 2014
Just arrived! Work from a brand new jeweller, Arlia Hassell. Her island inspired collection includes these coral and sterling silver studs and the cutest little crab pendant you ever saw, cast from a real found crab
Making wedding bands November 04 2014
On the bench today lots of wedding bands in various stages of production. Because there are often pauses in the making of each piece I find it more time effective to work on 3-4 at once!
Takeawei work in store November 01 2014
We recently got a delivery of these stunning watercolour tumblers from Melbourne brand Takeawei. Chela Edmunds is the talented maker behind Takeawei ceramics, a line of beautiful and useful objects in clay. Chela, originally from Queensland, received a BA in textile design from RMIT in 2007 before moving to New York to work as a fashion textile designer for various fashion brands including Donna Karan and Vera Wang. Fuelled by a desire to get back to nature and a more organic form of design, Chela started making ceramics in 2011. She returned to Melbourne in 2012 to focus on creating ceramic art and return to the landscape that inspires her. Drawing inspiration from nature, beach culture and fashion, Edmunds' work mixes organic shapes and textures with bright colours and a sense of humour.
Each piece is lovingly designed and manufactured by hand at Elm Place Studios (formerly Danaher Lane Studios), an artist’s studio space in North Melbourne.
Two become one October 30 2014
This wedding and engagement ring set is due for a major overhaul!
The cute pear shaped diamond has been cut off so the band can be melted and the original wedding band has been hammered out to resize it, but also to make it less like a wedding band. More progress shots to come....
UPDATE! The finished product was sent to a very happy client. 9c yellow gold with 5 citrines and a significant pattern
Man Wallets by Status Anxiety October 22 2014
Just in case you didn't know already, we also stock items for men - cufflinks, rings, and of course these awesome leather wallets. They come in the coolest reusable tin too...
Pumpkin Candles October 19 2014
It's coming up to halloween and for those of you who want a well lit pumpkin but don't want to sit there and carve one up... we have the solution...pumpkin candles!
Jeweller of the Month - Kate Higgins October 15 2014
I thought we would take a closer look at some of the wonderful people who create the jewellery you adore. If you don’t already know, all the work at Arbor is made in Australia, mostly by independent designer/makers. That means one person who does it all – designs, makes, finishes and delivers.
Process photos of a commissioned engagement ring
Tell us a little about your journey to being a jeweller.I've been making jewellery for 10 years now! Wow. I will forever be learning! I studied a Bachelor of Design originally, but to be honest I did the real learning on the job. Sitting for hours at a bench repeating the same hand skills over & over. I've been very fortunate to be taught & inspired by some fantastic jewellers.
What is the main process you use to create your work and why?
What is the biggest inspiration for you when creating work?
What's your ultimate love and hate part of the entire process of making a piece?
What jewellery skill would you love to learn more about in the future?
New stock from Ruby Pilven October 15 2014
We've just received a parcel of new rings from Ruby Pilven which is always fun to unpack.
Each one is made locally here in Melbourne, crafted from porcelain clay shaped into individual designs, hand stained, each one unique.
Taught ceramics by her parents, Ruby uses only the purest porcelain clay, decorating her works with bold intricate patterns and gold luster highlights.
We've taken a liking to this black and gold coloured ring, but the picture doesn't really do justice to the captivating delicate swirls, unique colours and character of the designs. You've just got to come in and see these rings for yourself!
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