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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


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
 

Amazing oval amethyst! August 07 2014

When I saw this stone that our customer had bought in Central America I was immediately in love. Not usually a huge fan of amethysts, this one was large, had a deep cut and a warm, dark purple colour with flashes of red. We decided that rose gold would be an unusual and interesting choice of metal to offset the red tones in the stone and that a wide claw setting would allow in lots of light. The finished piece is certainly a statement ring!

 

 


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