Our ancestors made jewellery and gentlemen’s trinkets in 19th century Birmingham, England, a place synonymous with fine jewellery design. It’s great to see the same creative spirit alive and kicking in Dunedin. We love Underground Sundae jewellery for its quirkiness, originality and use of recycled materials. Celebrities agree – Rita Ora and Rachel Hunter have worn pieces and it has been featured in magazines such as Black and Remix. Even though designer Anne-Mieke Ytsma recently located to Melbourne, her jewellery is still firmly linked to Dunedin, being sold in both Plume and Company of Strangers as well as online. We’re saving up to buy more of it!
Old becoming new is also a part of the Company of Strangers jewellery aesthetic. We featured their protection necklace in our first blog post but it really needed to make another appearance.
Creeps and Violets is an innovative range of jewellery made by Dunedin trained and based designer Steph Miller. We love her signature popcorn necklaces and sailor moon jewellery. Her pieces can be bought from Slick Willys.
Barking Fish in Port Chalmers is crammed full of unique pieces of jewellery to suit all budgets. They sell a good range of locally made bone pendants.
Design Withdrawals in Moray Place is a shop dedicated to promoting New Zealand design and is well worth a visit. We picked up this intricately laser-etched pendant by our old friend Wendy James.
Kate Sylvester has recently brought back her fob chain necklace, a very versatile piece.
To conclude, this 1950s Kiwiana bracelet is an absolute stunner.