Where to buy bespoke jewellery in Melbourne
This jewellery is fun, not only in it’s cartoon-like imagery but also in its functional design. A lot of the pieces can be opened, spun around, and just generally played with. To interact with the jewellery gives it another level of engagement, for an example of this check out Corky's ‘The Oracle’ necklace. Corky also has a flagship store, Corky Saint Clair, which is undeniably one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets in the subway underneath Flinders St Station.
Julia describes her work as ‘peacefully dark’, often exploring mortality in an experimental manner. Materials commonly used include gold, silver, human hair, and taxidermy. Her bird wing brooch is definitely recommended if you’re looking for something left of centre, and her silver-plated bird claw brooches and rings are as delicate as they are threatening.
Although Clea Garrick and Nathan Price are originally from the Northern Territory, their jewellery and clothing label found its feet in Melbourne. Limedrop are known for their playful wooden pieces, laser-cut into fox heads, diamonds, moustaches and Lady Gaga. Their latest range plays with crystals for those looking for something on the more spiritual side. Their clothing line that playfully experiments with colour and proportion is also worth checking out.
Dani M has been making jewellery since 2001 with the theory, "If I want to wear it, there must be someone else out there who wants to wear it too." Kanye West is one such person who agrees with her, as he bought two of her pieces during his last visit to Australia. Her hand-carved, porcelain crystal shard necklaces are intriguing in their matte pastel colours. Also, for a modern take in the best friend necklace, look no further.
One item in particular of Perks and Mini’s is synonymous with Melbourne style, and that would be the Fang Necklace. These were around long before the Twilight explosion, and have been re-released in limited numbers time and time again. They come in both polished and oxidized silver, and have become something of a collector’s item.
There are plenty of jewellery designers who talk about their work being handmade but Seb’s pieces celebrate the imperfections; a fingerprint in a ring or a chip out of resin ensures that no two pieces will look the same. Most recently his work has included bright resin pendants and he has also started working on fluorescent kangaroo bags. His rings are particularly gorgeous in their simplicity but they certainly make a statement.
Victoria Mason’s jewellery champions the mundane; everyday household items are shrunk down and recreated as pendants or earrings. The pencil-sharpening pendant is very popular, as is the smaller scale ‘Nice’ biscuit pendant. If you are looking for something simple her multi-coloured polka dot earrings add a subtle splash of colour to liven up the black Melbourne uniform.