The Best Australian Jewellery Brands You Need to Know About
Jewellery does wonders to complete a look and elevate an outfit from loungewear to luxurious, but it’s also a tool for self-expression and a means for displaying the permanence of a happy memory on your person.
Moving beyond merely an engagement ring, which serves as a mark of love and commitment, heirlooms remind the wearer of their family’s history. Similarly, gifts from loved ones embellish our fingers and lobes and evoke feelings of fondness every time they’re caught by a glimpse in a mirror or shop window.
All of this is to say that jewellery is meaningful, as is supporting local jewellery designers in our purchases, and thankfully, Australia has no shortage of incredible jewellery designers making memorable pieces to be worn for a lifetime.
Whether hand-crafted in local studios or designed on Aussie soil, the collections produced by our home-grown talent end up on the fingers, wrists and décolletage of wearers all around the world. And it’s no wonder.
Here is our comprehensive guide to Australia’s best jewellery brands:
Bonito Jewellery specialises in pieces featuring natural precious and semi-precious gemstones. Designed in Sydney and handcrafted in Bali and Jaipur, Bonito produce timeless but affordable demi-fine jewellery.
Worn by influencers and celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Elise Cook and Jasmine Tookes, Bonito offers the perfect product for gifting that special someone.
Sarah & Sebastian
Nobody does fine jewellery better than Sarah & Sebastian. Founded by friends Sarah Gittoes and Robert Sebastian Grynkofki, each piece is hand-crafted in the label’s Sydney studio by skilled artisans using traditional goldsmith techniques. While the sustainable brand’s core collection of timeless basics is available year-round — the initial necklace is a consistent best-seller — Sarah & Sebastian also drops new collections regularly that are most often inspired by textures, natural forms and celestial bodies.
St Kilda-based Lion Wild was created on a mission to provide women with jewellery so comfortable, so beautiful, that they’d never wish to take it off. As such, the pieces are crafted from durable materials including solid 925 sterling silver and 14k gold plating, meaning wearers need not remove them when going in the ocean or shower. The new Affinity collection was thought out for modern-day besties, and the best friend necklaces are perfect to be worn in tandem with your most special pal.
S-kin Studio creates high-quality everyday jewellery designed for sensitive and easily irritated skin. The label uses solid gold and sterling silver, which is both gentle on fingers and lobes and is long-wearing, helping fashion-savvy shoppers reduce their footprints. The pieces are inspired by country Victoria and Australian landscapes with timeless forms and designs that ensure wearability for years to come. Even better, all pieces are hand-crafted in the Melbourne studio or produced in a family-owned, female-focused factory in India.
Looking for a chunky statement necklace? F+H Jewellery has you covered. The Byron Bay label describes itself as “the perfect balance of feminine and masculine styling”, and it delivers with pieces to suit everyone. Whereas some brands hesitate to ever mix metals, F+H embraces a hybrid of silver and gold in some of its pieces and throws in stunning onyx gems for good measure.
Holly Ryan jewellers hand-make timeless collections designed to be worn forever, using entirely recycled metals ethically sourced stones in their Sydney and Sunshine Coast studios. A simultaneous sculptor, Holly Ryan designs are beautiful and thought-provoking in their forms, many of which take inspiration from organic forms and the materials themselves.
Inspiration of a nomadic lifestyle underpins the design aesthetic of all Lucy Folk pieces, and the theme extends beyond her jewellery to the label’s apparel, accessories and decor collections. Loved by celebs including Beyoncé, Zoe Kravitz and Margaret Zhang, Lucy Folk’s jewellery is colourful, memorable, and brimming with chic as hell character.
Toni May jewellery is designed “for the city girl with a bohemian heart”. Designer and Australia’s sweetheart Laura Byrne sources gemstones from all over the world for her range of gorgeous accessories that are inspired by travel and new experiences. Her “unique design aesthetic is synonymous with a wanderlust spirit, offering soulful designs that incorporate semi precious and precious stones set in luxe sterling silver, german brass and gold”.
If demi-fine jewellery is designed for every day, Kincs’ heirloom-inspired pieces are designed for the super special ones. Translating to ‘treasure’ in Hungarian, these statement pieces scream ‘party time’ with vintage elements like glass beads and plastic charms that are reminiscent of your mother’s jewellery box.
Bianko founder Belinda Madonini believes Australian women shouldn’t have to choose between high-quality pieces and accessible prices, which is why it’s her aim to deliver both. The WA-based label creates luxurious jewellery that’s both chic and playful yet equally eco-friendly and sustainable. In using quality metals and natural pearls and gemstones, shoppers are assured each piece is perfectly unique.
By Charlotte’s spirited jewellery collections are made to be cherished, layered and thoughtfully gifted — to ourselves or those special people in our lives. Inspired by founder Charlotte Blakeney’s love of semi-precious stones, crystals, symbols and their deeper meanings, each piece carries with it a sense of deeper meaning and spirituality with an aim to “empower the wearer with mantras of love, harmony and enlightenment”.
Sydney-based jeweller and accessories label Brie Leon designs its pieces to be “worn and treasured as a companion and memory”. While undoubtedly on-trend, the collections are centred around timelessness and often carry whiffs of design cues from eras passed. Vintage classics inform some of the brand’s heavier pieces, like chunky hoops and signet rings, while beaded chokers and pearl drop earrings embody a more modern feel.
Sydney besties Belle Maartensz and Briella Brown established Avant Studio with the vision to create an online destination for curated jewellery and accessory collections from designers they admired. More recently, they launched Avant by Avant Studio, a collection thought out to bring wearable everyday essentials to women everywhere. Their Letter Necklace is perhaps one of the brand’s most beloved pieces, and layers beautifully with statement pieces already existing in a woman’s arsenal.
For gold basics and statement pieces to instantly elevate any fit, look no further than Reliquia. Jewellery was first to launch under the Reliquia umbrella — the brand has since brought clothing, homewares and accessories into the fold — and its collections continue to grow and evolve with the trends of now. Right now, it’s all about stackable rings, studded huggies and chunky hoops.
Japanese-born jeweller and designer, Momoko Hatano, is behind one of our favourite fine jewellery labels of the same name. Prior to launching her eponymous label, the Sydney-based creative worked for Dinosaur Designs and as an artist displaying works in prominent galleries. For her collections, Hatano draws inspiration from both her travels and everyday objects and embraces the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics in her designs. Every piece is lovingly hand-made in her Sydney studio using Australian and recycled precious metals.