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!
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 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?
Brunswick Iconic - Luna Zucchi August 29 2014
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.
Brunswick Iconic - Mel Miller August 15 2014
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
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