Latest Australian jewellery designing trends
Australian Jewellery Designer Trends 2018
Quality, glamour and versatility are Margot McKinney’s guiding principles. A fourth-generation designer from Fortitude Valley, Queensland, with a 132-year-old business, she loves Australia’s native stones and intense colours, and believes that being a woman designing jewellery for women is a great advantage. If you want to make a statement — or an entrance —look at Margot’s outsize cuffs and glittering drop earrings. Margot loves to travel and spends six months a year outside Australia buying, selling and seeking inspiration. All this is reflected in Margot’s collections, as well as attention to detail and love of a new challenge.
Sydney designer and metalsmith Gerard Wollaston specialises in the original and unusual, and uses both traditional and cutting-edge techniques. In 2017 Gerard won the Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Competition with his ring ‘Myrtle’. In the open, uncluttered workshop just behind his showroom furnished with lovingly restored pieces of vintage wooden furniture, Gerard takes the anxiety out of ordering a bespoke piece of jewellery by walking his clients through the whole process, sketching designs, explaining and allaying fears. Everything from Gerard is handmade, renewable, recyclable, beautiful, functional and enduring.
Specialising in wedding jewellery, award-winning Jason Ree loves making bespoke pieces. His favourite technique is Japanese Mokume-gane and his favourite metal is platinum. His creations are simple, modern and stunning.
Mathew Ely started off in the family jewellery business in Penrith, but studied engineering too and won an Australian Overseas Foundation scholarship to London. In 2014, aged 28, he opened his own business. Matthew likes working with stones mined in Australia — from coloured diamonds to sapphires, rubies and garnets. His jewellery is notable for craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Award-winning Alistair Kelsey specialises in diamond and precision-cut gemstone jewellery. He was the 2017 JAA Australasian Jeweller of the Year.
Originally from London, Luke Rose trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art and then won the Lonmin Design Innovation Award twice. He emigrated to Sydney in 2014. Luke’s inspiration comes from architecture and nature; his designs are modern, kinetic and structural.
You can rely on Karen Lindley and Diamonds by Design. Trustworthy and professional, after over 40 years in jewellery there is not much Karen hasn’t seen, heard or done and she has the taste and experience to understand what you are looking for, even when you aren’t quite sure yourself. Karen is as happy to restore or update an heirloom or old piece for you as to create a new one. She can advise on everything, from insurance to cleaning your jewellery — and make you a piece of jewellery to treasure for life.
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