Kia ora, we’re Jennifer and Sam. We studied jewellery at Whitireia (now Te Auaha) and collectively have 27 years’ experience in making jewellery. We've both exhibited nationally and internationally throughout our careers. After finding ourselves both living in Taranaki, New Zealand, we connected over our shared love of contemporary jewellery and want of bringing a new art experience to town.
Over many coffees, critiques and long drives to Wellington for jewellery events, a great friendship was brewed — and The Jewel and the Jeweller was born.
We decided to set up a workshop to teach classes in the hope of attracting the masses to the world of contemporary jewellery. We’d love to see our workshop become a thriving hub for jewellery converts to grow their creativity and craft.
As working artists and mothers, we know you often have to wear many different hats to succeed. It’s important to us that we provide a platform for other artists to share their talent. That’s why, at The Jewel and the Jeweller, members of the public can view and buy high-quality work from a variety of New Zealand’s best contemporary jewellers.
We firmly believe the arts are for everyone, so another prime motivator is to offer a space for running community art projects. We know from first-hand experience that art and craft can have a hugely positive impact on people’s perceptions of themselves and the world. The Jewel and the Jeweller will be hosting open days and long-term community projects, and making publications and resources available to anyone who’s curious.
What we offer
New Zealand made Contemporary Jewellery Gallery.
Wide range of jewellery making workshops, for all levels of expertise. Night classes, weekend classes and one day workshops.
Wedding ring and engagement ring commission services.
Make your own wedding ring couple workshops.
Remodel/remakes of old jewellery.
Our range of classes will allow you to explore contemporary jewellery design and practices in a relaxed, inviting space. Whether you’re completely new to jewellery-making or have some experience, you’ll be free to delve into the design process through our wealth of tools, techniques and materials.
Our goal is to help you feel inspired, have fun and take home a piece of jewellery that’s deeply personal and original.