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March 23, 2011

renee marie

Wow- look at these stunners! Based in Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Renee Marie has been producing absolutely beautiful glass blown jewellery, homewares and sculptures. The glass medium lends a super sleek, glossy finish to her work which is formed into voluptuous curvy shapes. She also plays with textures and flecking with gorgeous colour palettes in her designs.

February 28, 2011

nga waiata

Crystals seem to be the new black in jewellery, and why wouldn’t they be when you marvel at the simply divine work of New Zealand based artist and designer Nga Waiata. These rings are made from crystal gemstones and recycled hardwood and if you believe in the power of crystals, they have the ability to enhance your mood and well being. Whether they do or not, you can’t help but admire the beauty of these pieces.

October 24, 2010

jasmine matus

Beautiful and interesting wearable art forms from Sydney based jeweller Jasmine Matus. She mixes plastics, paint, wood, found objects, photography and felt with precious metals. We are particularly taken by the neckpiece featuring a photography book of African Turkana women which is a modern twist on the traditional jewellery art form as well as the lovely bracelet shapes.

October 5, 2010

Lila Ruby King

We love random finds and Etsy’s new suggested shops link is a great way to discover new designers who you’ll love based on your current favourites! We came across contemporary jewellery designer and illustrator Lila Ruby King, originally based in Australia but is now located in Athens Greece (she followed a boy there!). Anna, also has an etsy shop full of print goodies which are equally sweet.

July 27, 2010

emma walsh

For romantic, vintage inspired homewares and jewellery you can’t go past New Zealand based Emma Walsh. Currently studing Architecture and Interior design, Emma has spread her wings and is handcrafting a range of elegant designs using prepurposed vintage elements. These are ultra feminine, gorgeous pieces and will definitely bring a certain ooh lala to any beautiful bridal outfit. Check out her etsy or stores

June 29, 2010

peta kruger

Sorry for the long break in between posts, please forgive us! Blame it on the weather! Lately we’ve been particularly drawn to the work of Peta Kruger. Another talented designer from Adelaide (is it something in the water?), she creates gorgeous jewellery in a variety of styles using geometric forms and different materials such as acrylic, cords and metals. We love the etched jewellery in gold and oxidised silver in her latest collection. Also check out her wonderful graphic work and illustrations in her portfolio which are equally amazing.

March 30, 2010


Check out the most amazing macrame works by Smalltown, who are based in Melbourne. Their beautifully handcrafted pieces are timeless, elegant and extremely cool. We’d covet everything they make from lampshades, jewellery and hanging planters. Simply divine….

January 27, 2010

Louise Douglas

Aah- sorry for the slow start to the blog this year, blame the weather, the leisurely pace of summer & a new baby!

However we do have some lovely handcrafted jewellery to show you from New Zealand based Louise Douglas who has a gorgeous collection drawing on sea and forest themes. The organic coral shapes using gold and oxidised metals finishes are just divine with their pairing of pearls and muted coloured gems. Each piece is a work of beauty and fine craftsmanship.

December 8, 2009


In-sync design is a collaborative studio based in Melbourne, which is steered by Iris Saar Isaacs (graphic designer/ visual artist) and Jane Barwick (contemporary jeweller). In their words “In-sync is where graphic design meets contemporary jewellery.”

We love how they translate graphic botanical and geometric line drawings into boldly coloured powder coated stainless steel brooches, bangles and earrings.

All of their very wearable pieces display their signature edgy, minimalist style that is proudly designed and made in Australia.

March 1, 2009


Pictured here are some beautiful contemporary rings by venerari. Specialising in using Australian opal and gemstones, Venerari handcrafts refined jewellery “both architecturally simple and aesthetically sensual”. Little wonder, because the duo behind the brand is Kingsley Wallman who is an ex-corporate lawyer turned gemmologist and Genevieve Lilley an architect and jewellery designer. You can find Venerari store in the Strand Arcade, Sydney.

December 9, 2008


Mmmmm…Although technically not ‘local’, we just love these crochet necklaces so much we had to feature them here. In actual fact, the maker, Puiyi Tiffany Pang currently resides in Portland, Oregon but she did grow up in Auckland New Zealand, hence the link ;)

Her pieces are one of a kind, embellished with vintage buttons and produced in modern colours. In Puiyi’s words -”my goal is to bring the closet grandma out of all of us and to transform the traditional yawn yawn pretty lace into something unexpected”. We think she has easily achieved that and converted us to crochet fans!! Check her store for the current range at Muntedkowhai Arts and Crafts.

November 26, 2008


These pretty fabric and wood pendants are created by Melburnian designer Shonah Tomkins. Every piece is mounted on Tasmanian oak, carefully hand crafted by her father and only made in limited runs to maintain their unique appeal. She has a great range of accessories and other pendants available at shonah.

October 13, 2008


We just love these candy coloured button necklaces threaded by three NZ ladies Lisa Perigo, Pippa Lee and Tanea Chapman. You can browse through their online shop buttons for some creative button jewellery where each piece is an original combination of colour and texture. Just delightful!!

October 3, 2008


These very pretty laser cut beech ply earrings are from Moyou. Created by Amy Kerr a Canberra based textile designer who has a background in graphic design, Moyou encompasses her evolving range of homewares, jewellery and toys.

We’re sure Amy will continue to create some more fabulous pieces which are a lovely mix of Aussie and Japanese aesthetic, so definitely one to bookmark.

August 28, 2008

mascha moje

Drool, drool, drool….This is an amazing necklace by Melbourne based jeweller Mascha Moje who is originally from Hamburg. She fashions the most beautiful sculptural pieces of jewellery from a broad palette of materials. Her work can be found at Gallery Funaki.

August 9, 2008

lola and bailey - metropolis range

Those clever lasses from Lola and Bailey have done it again!! Designers Theresa Nguyen and Cheri Uppal have created a brilliant third collection called ‘Metropolis’. Continuing the brand’s romance between two lovers and inspired by art deco and urban architecture, these pendants capture the essence of a true love affair with geometric forms and modern day materials. Pictured here are a couple of their pendants in different material schemes – one in black acrylic and copper, the other in clear acrylic and stainless steel. They are now available for purchase at modamuse.

August 4, 2008

david neale

These stunning pieces are by Melbourne based David Neale. Inspired by plant material and forms, he crafts some of the most beautiful objects and jewellery we’ve ever come across. Lovely textures, forms and colours – it’s all very inspiring. Check out his website for more of his amazing work.

July 29, 2008

julie lee

Hot inspired mobster jewellery by upcoming designer Julie Lee. Her first collection was launched last year at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and has been sighted on the wee Aussie celeb and fashion pages. Each of her pieces are beautifully handmade and in limited quantities.

July 22, 2008

elke kramer : 'trompe l'oeil'

These exciting pieces from Elke Kramer’s new range of jewellery just blew our socks off when we received them today – we wouldn’t expect anything less from her! Elke’s collection ‘Trompe L’oeil’ is brimming with playful imagery from childhood puzzle pieces and toys and infused with a colourful deco style palette. Her latest pieces invite play and interactivity where segments can flip, spin and pivot.

We are so happy to present part of her range here at modamuse.

July 7, 2008

kath inglis

These striking pieces are by Kath Inglis. Kath’s signature work is hand carved PVC jewellery which has beautiful colour and translucent qualities. We’re just marvelling at the intricate details and all the hours it must take to create such pieces.

More of her work can be viewed at soda and rhyme which is an Adelaide based jewellery design studio created in association with another wonderful jeweller naomi schwartz.

Some of Kath’s range can purchased online at wearnoevil.