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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.

Sterling silver, 18c yellow gold, diamond, 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.

Emily becher, organic ring, string ring

Ellinor mazza white gold wedding band men's jewellery

Sarah wallace engagement ring gold with 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!




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 


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


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 ring

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?

I have been traditionally trained, so generally handmake all my pieces, unless a cast or CAD version is going to be a better option for things like metal wastage or a clients budget. I genuinely believe a handmade piece is best though, and make my pieces this way wherever possible. Handmade pieces are "work-hardened" which causes the metal to become more dense, and therefore stronger. It will wear better over time.



What is the biggest inspiration for you when creating work?

I am often inspired by the antique pieces I frequently come into contact with. The Art Deco look especially. The skill & patience of jewellers past continually amazes me. In my own work I prefer a simpler aesthetic, but I do love incorporating some antique flourishes where I can.



What's your ultimate love and hate part of the entire process of making a piece? 

My absolute favourite part of the process is seeing the reaction of the client when they first see their beautiful ring. That is MY gold! My least favourite part of the process would have to be letting the piece go! Haha. 



What jewellery skill would you love to learn more about in the future?

I've dabbled in setting my own stones, and enjoyed that. So I'd love to learn more about that so I could customise my pieces further. You could spend 40 years still learning in this job! I don't think I'll ever get bored...
 
 
Men's wedding band in white gold
Kate Higgins' Classic Soft Facet Men's Ring, available online and in store at Arbor
 

Brunswick Iconic - Luna Zucchi August 29 2014

In this exhibition, Brunswick Iconic, jewellers were asked to photograph a space, building, artwork or sign in the suburb of Brunswick and respond to it through their craft.
Work is available to view in the window of Arbor until 14th September 2014
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East Brunswick Auto
East Brunswick Auto
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ARTIST BIO
Luna Zucchi likes eating ice cream, hanging out with her cats, days on the beach and creating intricate pieces of jewellery. She was drawn to jewellery by her interest in art and design, and the need to create with her hands. Each piece is carefully designed and made in her studio based on the west side of Melbourne. Delicate patterns, interesting forms, found objects and imagery are incorporated in her designs.
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East Brunswick Auto Brooch
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ARTIST STATEMENT
Around 11 years ago I lived in East Brunswick and stumbled across an old disused building. Even in its neglected state the once mechanics workshop displayed character and charm. The brooch I have created is a reflection of the shapes, forms and textures of the buildings exterior and hand painted signage. ‘East Brunswick Auto’ can still be found on the corner of Lygon and Albion Street.
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Materials: Sterling silver
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Brunswick Iconic - Mel Miller August 15 2014

In this exhibition, Brunswick Iconic, jewellers were asked to photograph a space, building, artwork or sign in the suburb of Brunswick and respond to it through their craft. 
Work is available to view in the window of Arbor until 14th September 2014
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Fleming Park, East Brunswick
 Fleming Park, East Brunswick
 
ARTIST BIO
Mel Miller completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2009, after migrating to Australia from the United States in 2006. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the international exhibition of young designers Talente (Munich, 2011), in Australian Jewellery Topos touring in the Netherlands, USA and Australia (2009-2011), and in New Traditional Jewellery touring in the Netherlands and Germany (2010-2011). Mel's work has been awarded the Small Beautiful Objects Award in 2008 and featured in publications including 500 Enamelled Objects (Lark Books, 2009), New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and Showcase 500 Rings (Lark Books, 2012). Mel has lectured in gold and silversmithing at RMIT University and is currently a Teacher of Jewellery at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
 
 
 Fleming Park (spring, sunset) by Mel Miller
 
ARTIST STATEMENT 
My work explores the significance of our interpretations of place and the development of a sense of belonging, through the observation of seemingly ordinary places in Brunswick and Melbourne's inner north. Fleming Park (spring, sunset) is the second landscape brooch in this series which looks at East Brunswick's Fleming Park.

But our urban landscapes are in constant flux, and after I finished the first brooch, the landscape changed. Oddly, when the decade-long drought broke and the rain began to fall, everywhere you looked in Brunswick, apartment buildings began to grow. Fleming Park's sunsets are now partially blocked by a seven storey concrete apartment block, whose tall walls and tiny windows show up in this piece.

The urban landscape is filled with mundane materials, and here they are set as if they were precious jewels. And look! In this light, they are. They take on preciousness, they command attention, and they begin to tell their story. I have chosen these materials because they are the only materials that tell this particular story - a photograph can't capture precisely this impression.

The work is informed by an Impressionist concern for the transient effects of colour and light. Once the light has changed, only the memory of this place at this moment can remain. But it is the record of this memory that reveals something magical.

Materials: Sterling silver, bouncy balls, felted wool, sapphire, tourmaline, Mexican opal
Price: $700  
 

Boulder Opal Love August 04 2014

Our customer bought this Boulder Opal in Coober Pedy a number of years ago. "It called out to me", she explained. To get the full effect of the colours in this beautiful stone we decided a 9c yellow gold would suit best with 3 small champagne diamonds to really offset the colours and subtle sparkle.

The piece can be worn as a brooch as well as a pendant. 

 

 A peep hole at the back allows a view of the equally stunning underside of the boulder opal.

Designed and made by Ellinor Mazza


The Most Beautiful Ring in the World November 29 2013

Is this the most amazing piece of jewellery you have ever seen? Made by Melbourne jewellery label Lindegaard it is a unique and detailed work of wearable art. Hand fabricated from rose gold around the simply stunning London Blue Topaz, there are secret pieces of detail that you need to go looking for.

Rose gold and London Blue Topaz cocktail ring