For some, searching for jewellery can be a journey that stretches far and wide. But, you needn’t look further than Australia’s local talent, boasting some of the most talented and spectacular designs of all. From classic, everyday pieces that complete your 9-to-5 ensemble to statement earrings that give your eveningwear that major pop, you should be making room in your wardrobes for these Aussie brands.
After crafting pieces for her own personal wear, Sydney-based jewellery designer Nikki Ehrlich began to notice an influx of women requesting custom pieces of their own—which led to the creation of Enesea in 2019. The designs, created out of Bondi, draw inspiration from the nearby elements, transforming classic materials and revising contemporary styles. The pieces are defined by a unique gold hardware mix and matched with shells, beads and semi-precious stones, and have captured the adoration of loyal customers worldwide, including the likes of Whitney Port and Florence Pugh.
Australian based jewellery designer Holly Ryan’s eponymous brand was established in 2010. At its core, the brand focuses on simplicity and wearability, with each piece being carefully considered to capture modern architecture, sculpture and conceptual art in a wearable way. Holly has always been passionate about sustainability too, sourcing recycled metals and ethical stones for her designs.
Heart Of Bone
Founded in 2013 by Emma Abrahams, Heart of Bone is truly unique. The Australian jewellery brand has recently captured the eye of pop sensation Billie Eilish, who frequently wore the brand during her Australian tour. Abrahams works directly with Eilish to create custom jewellery pieces, including the iconic Bad Bunny Ring which was worn during the singers Coachella show. Emma Abrahams and Australian designer Toni Maticevski also launched their bespoke fine jewellery collaboration Heart of Bone x Maticevski at Maticevski’s Resort 2020 Couture Show in Paris earlier this year.
Natalie Marie Jewellery
Natalie Marie Jewellery was born out of a passion for beautiful objects, a natural appreciation for the handcrafted, and a desire to create. With a background in fashion and fine arts, goldsmith Natalie has created a label which has at its heart an ethos based on connection, sentiment and originality. The original pieces are created in her Sydney studio.
SARAH & SEBASTIAN
SARAH & SEBASTIAN is a contemporary jewellery label based in Sydney. Each piece is handcrafted in their studio using the highest quality materials. Sarah Gittoes oversees the creative aesthetic, plus leads the designs of its seasonal collections and collaborations. Robert Sebastian Grynkofki, in his role as Managing Director, leads the business operations, product development and the talented team of in-house jewellers.
Founded in 2012 by Charlotte Blakeney, spirited jewellery label By Charlotte has quickly amassed a cult following. Inspired by Charlotte’s love of semi-precious stones, crystals, symbols and their deeper meanings the evolution of the brand has been a natural and organic progression. The By Charlotte signature Lotus Necklace, Charlotte’s first-ever design, has amassed a loyal following, adorned by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Tash Oakley, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia May Jagger, Shanina Shaik and Georgia Fowler.
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Derived from the word relic and Spanish term for a family heirloom, Reliqua’s designs are heavily vintage-inspired. Made from high-quality metals and craftsmanship, Reliquia endeavours to create jewellery that develops an emotional relevance with pieces that are bold and sculptural while retaining a fundamentally timeless quality. The brand’s spiral hoop earrings have amassed a cult following, landing on the wish lists of the style set worldwide.
Babyanything is a jewellery label designed and handmade by Lucie Ferguson in Sydney, Australia. Each piece made of precious metal and stones is made in the jewellery workshop at the Babyanything flagship store in Paddington. After graduating with a Fine Arts Degree in Jewellery and Object Design and years of industry experience Lucie wanted to do things her way. Each piece is handcrafted from precious metals, from bulky biker skulls to dainty keepsake heart rings.
Jackie Mack Designs
Founded by Jackie Damelian, Australian jewellery label Jackie Mack Designs creates beautiful and lust-worthy pieces that embody the modern woman. From delicate earrings to large hoops, dainty ear cuffs and whimsical necklaces, the collections are both precious and wearable in equal measure.
Since 1972, the Schweitzer family have been at the forefront of Australian jewellery design. Founded by then 16-year-old Marion Schweitzer, dreams of young-woman learning the art of a goldsmith and gemology in a male-dominated industry were almost impossible. Fast-forward to 2018, Marion’s daughters Natasha and Alexandra have reignited their mother’s dream by taking the brand to an international audience with cutting-edge designs and forward-thinking.
YCL jewels, created by self-taught jeweller Fabienne, are inspired by the art in every day. Made from high-quality 14k gold fill, & 925 sterling silver, the brand’s pieces are designed as an ode to women. The collections are also 100% cruelty-free.
You’ve no doubt seen Christie Nicolaides unique designs, with her pieces garnering a cult following around the world. Each of Nicolaides collections has been strongly influenced by her artistic upbringing as well as her Greek heritage, as well as a love of antique, antiquities and vintage runway jewellery. An avid art collector and frequent traveller, Nicolaides brings this passion for art, fashion and culture together with her own exotic personal aesthetic to each themed collection.
Kate & Kole
Kate & Kole is a Newcastle born and based boutique jewellery label that is Australian designed and made and was founded by two creatives — Madalynne Clifton and Sara Spence — who started the brand from a desire to create timeless, keepsake pieces that have been designed to be passed down to future generations to come. Kate & Kole’s designs are sophisticated and unique, and since launching, the brand has expanded into gemstones – like its horoscope collection titled ‘Born’, a bridal collection and most recently custom jewellery.
Founded by Belle Maartensz and Briella Brown, Avant Studio not only brings together a careful curation of Australia’s most sought-after jewellery and accessories, they have a collection of their own in-house pieces too, Avant by Avant Studio. The brand founders also have a commitment to environmental sustainability, making sure their packaging is 100 per cent plastic-free with all elements made of recyclable paper with satchels that are plant-based and biodegradable.