Mountain & Moon
It's easy to see why Mountain & Moon has found a cult following online, not just thanks to their statement jewellery but their completely unfiltered Instagram feed. The brand was founded in 2014 by Audrey Allen and Ashton Cameron and focuses on female empowerment and body positivity in all of its messaging. There’s an unapologetic spirit behind the brand and a fresh and exciting appeal that stands out in the crowd, characterised by the brands quality, timeless and unique aesthetic.
Audrey and Ashton regularly visit Rajasthan, India to meet with their artisans, find inspiration for new designs and connect with local communities. The brand has recently partnered with the Saheli Women Foundation, a partnership that has been able to create employment for the women who sew their fair-trade jewellery bags which house all Mountain and Moon jewellery. With a portion of all sales reinvested back into empowering women in the rural village Bhikamkor, Rajasthan with health services, education and community services.
Price point: $89-$300
Instagram: 13.7k followers - @mountainandmoon
Reliquia is derived from the word relic and Spanish term for family heirloom. The collection, which debuted in 2015, is heavily inspired by vintage accessories. Think: pieces you might borrow from your grandmother's jewellery box. Each piece is bold and sculptural while retaining a fundamentally timeless quality. Made from high-quality metals and craftsmanship, Reliquia endeavours to create jewellery that develops an emotional relevance, with the brand having quickly gained cult status.
18-carat yellow gold and 18 carat white gold provide the building blocks for the brand’s ageless, elegant aesthetic. The label crafts necklaces including pendants and choker-style chains and rings ranging from the subtle to the statement. The label’s eye for detail shines through as a defining quality, sporting elements such as cross designs, geometric motifs such as twisted rope textures and minute engraving.
Price point: $35-$250.
Instagram: 56k followers - @reliquiajewellery
Created by one of the incredibly talented Ferguson sisters, Babyanything has become a much-loved and adored homegrown label. Babyanything was created by jewellery designer Lucie Ferguson (the sister of Aussie influencer Elle Ferguson), with each piece made and designed in Sydney, Australia. Handcrafted from precious metals, Lucie creates anything from bulky biker skulls to dainty keepsake heart rings.
Lucie's philosophy is grounded in jewellery created with intent: creating pieces for those special moments in life. She most recently designed her sister's gorgeous engagement ring alongside Elle's partner Joel Patfull. The impeccable craftsmanship behind Lucie's designs shines through in every piece, creating a label that has a loyal following based off unique and personal creations.
Price point: $40-$7000.
Instagram: 70k followers - @babyanything
SARAH & SEBASTIAN
Cult jewellery brand SARAH & SEBASTIAN was founded on the principals of understated luxury and innovation. Proudly Australian owned, the brand's archetypal silhouettes are informed by nature and reveal an organic interpretation of visual art. Unique details and balanced design are anchored in multi-disciplinary processes to intrigue discerning women and men alike. Designed and handcrafted in Sydney, each piece of SARAH & SEBASTIAN jewellery is created using the highest-quality materials adorned with ethically-sourced precious stones. The refined details of their designs strike a personal note for the wearer, with each piece becoming a sentimental one for years to come.
Price point: $150-$1000.
Instagram: 88k followers - @sarahandsebastianjewellery
Founded in 2012 by Charlotte Blakeney, spirited jewellery label By Charlotte has quickly amassed a cult following. Inspired by Charlotte's love of semiprecious stones, crystals, symbols and their deeper meanings, the label has created a loyal following. Every collection holds deeper meanings of spirituality and enlightenment, with the aim of inspiring and empowering the wearer with "mantras of love, harmony and enlightenment."
The By Charlotte signature Lotus Necklace, Charlotte’s first ever design, has amassed a loyal following, adorned by the likes of Miranda Kerr, Tash Oakley, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Georgia May Jagger, Shanina Shaik and Georgia Fowler, and is the perfect gift for that special someone.
Price point: $100-$700.
Instagram: 126k - @bycharlotte_
Jewellery label Toni May is the brainchild of Bachelor star Laura Byrne. Inspired by her lust for travel Laura procures gemstones from all over the world to create her unique line of modern bohemian accessories. Based out of her new studio in Sydney's Surry Hills, Laura's unique design aesthetic is synonymous with a wanderlust spirit. The creations offer soulful designs that incorporate semiprecious stones and luxe sterling silver.
The label includes rings, bracelets, and necklaces for both men and women.
Price point: $80-$5000.
Instagram: 53k followers - @tonimay
Since 1972, the Schweitzer family have been at the forefront of jewellery design and the craftsmanship process. Founded by then 16-year-old Marion Schweitzer, dreams of a young woman learning the art of a goldsmith and gemology in a male-dominated industry were almost impossible. Marion went on to be one of Australia's most successful jewellers, before relocating to Europe to further her skills. Fast forward to 2019, Marion's daughters Natasha and Alexandra have reignited their mother's dream by taking the Australian jewellery scene as their own, with cutting-edge designs and forward thinking.
Designing with an older sensibility that combines modern and simplistic shapes with an imagination of decades past, Natasha Schweitzer pieces are instantly recognisable for their refined beauty and exceptional quality. All Natasha Schweitzer pieces are designed and handcrafted in Australia, with materials and natural stones sourced from all over the globe.
Price point: $150-$800.
Instagram: 19k followers - @natashaschweitzer
Ryan Storer is one of Australia's most exciting jewellers. Since founding his eponymous line in 2012, Storer has become an industry one-to-watch for his fearless and clean aesthetic. Creating his now iconic ear cuffs, Storer became known for his bold and structural yet feminine debut collection. The 31-year-old Sydney based designer has since taken the fashion world by storm. His impeccable attention to detail creates pieces that are precious and intricate while maintaining a sense of individuality.
His collection features a range of cuffs, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, which are in high demand for boutiques including Net-a-Porter.
Price point: $200-$600.
Instagram: 27k followers - @ryanstorer
Holly Ryan, since founding her eponymous jewellery line in 2011, has developed a signature style of organic-minimalist and sculptural forms driven by art. With an unconventional approach, Holly uses traditional hand construction of individual pieces and also utilises the ancient tradition of wax casting, sculpting her shapes from wax, before casting to recycled metals and finishing each piece by hand. The resulting objects are modern heirlooms, designed for every day.
Grounded in sustainability and artistry, Holly Ryan jewels find the beauty in imperfection. Each piece of Holly Ryan jewellery is handcrafted in her Coolum Beach and Bronte studios, from locally sourced and sustainably produced materials.
Price point: $200-$600.
Instagram: 42k followers - @hollyryanjewellery
That statement piece every Australian woman should own. Australian jewellery designer Christie Nicolaides has swiftly garnered a loyal customer base of discerning collectors for her unique jewellery designs characterised by a baroque sensibility and an exuberant aesthetic. Each of Nicolaides collections has been strongly influenced by her artistic upbringing as well as her Greek heritage, as well as a love of antiques, antiquities and vintage runway jewellery.
From head crowns to earrings, necklaces and rings, her handcrafted collections, which feature colourful precious and semi-precious stones sourced on Nicolaides’ international travels, together with glass, enamel, and plated brass are made both to be worn in generous abundance, or with minimalist restraint as the wearer chooses. Christie Nicolaides’ collections bring a heady mix of European bohemian glamour and 1980s excess - a must!
Price point: $160-$470.
You've no doubt seen this brand around. Jewellery label Valet Studio is the sister brand to cult jewellery label Reluiqa (featured above). The label has quickly gained cult status all on its own, becoming incredibly popular among local influencers. With one look at the label, there's no need to explain why.
Each piece is handmade from a mix of coloured resin and 18k gold, creating bold, one-of-a-kind pieces. The designer (who remains anonymous) described Valet's purpose in a recent interview with Vogue Australia, "I hoped to create pieces that one could put on for a day when you're in need of a 'pick me up' or when you simply want to elevate your favourite denim and a white tee." The collection consists of hair clips and earrings.
Price point: $129-$200.
Instagram: 33k followers - @valetstudio
JYJEWELS was launched in 2014 in Sydney by JY Lee to make "beautiful, bold rainbows." With a focus on innovative designs, style and intense bursts of colour, this homegrown brand has evolved into a cool-girl staple worn by the likes of Hailey Baldwin, Carmen Hamilton, Jen Hawkins and Rocky Barnes. From its inception, JY has handmade each jewel in Sydney, custom made to order to reduce the unnecessary waste of the fashion industry, using recycled Australian sterling silver and other metals where possible.
Even better: Each piece has also been constructed and designed for an extended life reducing the need for replacements and JY also offers a re-plating service for certain pieces to further extend their life, where she will remove the crystals, replate the underlying metals and then re-set each stone again. Each piece also has a single-minded focus on ease of wear, making them entirely lightweight and comfortable.
Price point: $80-$700.
Instagram: 4k followers - @jyjewels
Bianca Mavrick Jewellery
Beginning in 2014 as an exploration into contemporary art jewellery practice, Bianca Mavrick Jewellery has quickly evolved into an internationally recognised brand. Eschewing typical jewellery design archetypes, Bianca's jewels are original and one-of-a-kind. Her conceptual arts-and-craft aesthetic combines with signature industrial finishes and in-house artisan production to create statement jewellery imbued with symbolism and playful luxury.
Bianca Mavrick Jewellery is for customers looking for a bold signature piece that is both timely and timeless.
Price point: $100-$260.
The literal meaning of the word VALÉRE is to be of worth, which perfectly reflects this Aussie brands ethos - to create luxurious jewellery using the finest materials, precious gems and exceptional finishes to create one-of-a-kind jewellery.
Inspired by femininity, beauty, travel, art, history and nature, VALÉRE Designer, Samantha Lowe designs unique luxurious jewellery for women who want to bring lasting romance to life. The luxurious brands aesthetic is reflected in its use of precious natural gemstones, high-quality materials and impressive craftsmanship.
Each piece of VALÉRE jewellery is handmade by experienced artisans from a base metal of sterling silver or brass, using only the highest quality 24k gold micron plating methods and is finished with an elegant matte texture.
Price point: $60-$550.
SIT & WONDER
For the layer lover! SIT & WONDER jewellery, created in 2016 by Sydney based designer Emily Ko, is crafted in precious metals and speaks to the jewellery lover looking for quality designs that can be worn as an everyday luxury. The SIT & WONDER customer has a strong sense of style, appreciation for minimalism and views jewellery as a carefully considered curation of her style. The jewels are designed to be layered and stacked, to tell a unique story that is timeless, effortless and versatile.
SIT & WONDER is also committed to improving their processes to support sustainable and ethical manufacturing, with Emily's values shining through in her label. Recycled metals are regularly used throughout the design process and scrap metal is refined and re-used. In Emily's words, ”I hope you feel inspired, when you catch yourself playing with your jewels, as you sit and wonder… ”
Price point: $40-$350
Instagram: 7k followers - @sitandwonderjewellery
Founded by creative director Fabienne, YCL Jewels pieces are inspired by the art in every day. Italo-Australian, Gold Coast-based founder Fabienne is a self-taught artisanal jeweller and designer with over 13 years experience. Fabienne was named one of Business News Australia’s top Entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast under 40. Her signature style is recognisable through her minimal, feminine designs.
Price point: $80-$100.