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Hugo’s Hanmer holiday: Tait Gallery

Tait Gallery at Hanmer Springs has a beautiful selection of ceramics, pottery, glassware, wood turning and jewellery, as well as a large display of pictures by artists both emerging and established.



The portfolio includes landscapes by Tony Roche, Ross Lee, Debbie Lambert, Karen Werner, Charles Pickworth, Jane Riley and Jane Sinclair; water colours by Svetlana Orinko, Ivan Button and Devon Huston; acrylics by Michelle Green and Rob Barton; a wide range of prints and framed photos by Indigo Wise, David Shepherd, Ian Gardiner, Sarah Power and Bryan Isbister; mixed media by the award winning Jo Loughnan, and Jill Cowan; abstracts by Paul Smith, Rae Manson and Joe Wiseman; copper creations by David Kean, and Bulldog Hugo by Sue Lund.

Visit Hanmer Springs for your Christmas shopping and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an alpine village that now boasts four galleries! No fast food centres or shopping malls here…
just lots of fresh air and sunshine, along with friendly faces to help and advise!
Gallery hours: 10am to 4pm most days over the Christmas holiday period.

34 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs, phone
027 4325 914 or email


Meet Marion: Marion + Co

This recently launched online jewellery boutique is Marion McKellow’s latest creative venture back into an industry she left almost six years ago.



Marion moved to North Canterbury to renovate an old farmhouse, however, her passion for Sterling silver, semi-precious stone and baroque pearls never died.

“I am happy to be back in such a creative field that I find inspiring,” she says.

Marion’s passion for the craft grew from a love of antique jewellery, and evolved into her love of and eye for sourcing stones and gems.

With her new collection, some of which is online now, her range includes simple and statement Sterling silver necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings, as well as pearl necklaces and pendants, and semi-precious stones set in necklaces and rings.

She also has beautiful one-off pieces she intends to retail at her own events or by appointment.

With over 20 years in the jewellery industry Marion has established many wonderful relationships with silversmiths, gemologists and pearl suppliers which she says are really valuable to her.

As her new venture progresses, Marion plans to continue hand-selecting everything herself and intends to become more involved with design, too.


Be Jewelled

Jewellery is an instant outfit elevator. Whether that is up-speccing your every day or splashing out for a special occasion, accessories often hold much more than just aesthetic value. Investment pieces become heirlooms which embellish for generations. So, coming into the gifting season can be a wise time to turn our attention to bold golds, platinum and precious gemstones.



Internationally, jewellery is getting a lot of attention as a seasonal style must have.

Gucci Crystal Double G Earrings

As video conferencing endures as a communication mainstay, adorning the upper body with jewels is one way to let your sartorial taste shine through the screen.

Sophie Divett Jewellery Vesta Ring 18ct Yellow Gold with Teal Queensland Sapphire

According to Vogue, this attention to detail has also shone through in the latest collections of the most influential design houses.

Gucci Pearl Double G Layered Bracelet

From Chanel, Versace and Gucci to Prada, Jacquemus, Miu Miu and Christian Dior – a new wave of regalia is on display.

Karen Walker Voyager Spin Necklace

Pops of colour, chunky chains and hardware joined continued looks of medallions, large brand logos, and figurine details.

Silk & Steel Figaro Earrings

Closer to home less screen time may be required, but the advent of actual social events provides ample excuses to make the most of the influx of new designs.

Meadowlark Fob Pearl Bracelet

Here, local designers are releasing ranges resplendent in gold regalia, none more so than New Zealand designer Silk & Steel’s recent collection, Talisman, as featured on our cover.

Walker and Hall Vintage 14ct Yellow Gold 6.30 Sapphire and Diamond Ring


Elsewhere, Karen Walker’s latest collection, The Navigator, combines delicate chains with figurines and medallion relics.

Silk & Steel Grace Ring Black

High end jewellers, Naveya and Sloane, never fail to disappoint with elegant and timeless gemstones, and Walker and Hall’s range of one-off vintage pieces are fabulous bespoke heirlooms ready to be loved for yet more generations to come.


Naveya and Sloane Smoky Quarts Knots Ring in Yellow Gold


Karen Walker


Racy race day jewellery: Canterbury Jewellers

A racy jewellery range is raising style stakes, putting the canter in Cup Week fashion.

Iconic Canterbury Jewellers has crafted an exclusive Equestrian collection, befitting of a day at the races.

Wear a horseshoe ring for luck, a riding-crop broach, or a stirrup pendant.

A bracelet of snaffle bit links can highlight the details in two metals, such as rose gold against sterling silver.

Diamonds or gemstones studding a horse-shoe clasp make for a bracelet with winning charm and the horseshoe nail curved into a ring is an eye-catching race day memento.

The pieces also make treasured gifts and heirlooms for equine enthusiasts and horse lovers.

Choose from the online free delivery service or drop into the store. With at least a week’s notice, Canterbury Jewellers will tailor make in most metals and gems.

Visit the collection online, or email or call for a request. 75 Peterborough Street, Christchurch.


Engagement, wedding, just because…: Polished Diamonds

The team at Polished Diamonds – Jewellery Design creates the most accurate and perfect diamond rings, earrings and precious items.



Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD), clients can view architectural images of how their new rings will look.

A jeweller’s sketch is a whimsical attempt to portray accuracy, whereas CAD is 100 percent accurate, error-free and results in perfection.

Fair pricing enables excellent value. Certification enables assurance.

CAD enables certainty. With more than 8500 beautiful engagement rings designed and produced, you can be assured of excellent quality, value and a pleasant experience.

Not only do they create perfect engagement rings, but they redesign existing rings, create matching wedding rings and complete jewellery repairs.

As the only jeweller to win ‘Best Retail’ at the Champion Canterbury Business Awards, you know your ring design is in the best hands… at least until it’s on the one of your betrothed, that is.

Visit the design studio at 30 New Regent Street, online or free call 0800 233 299.


An exquisite selection: Westende Jewellers

For more than 50 years, family-owned Westende Jewellers has been providing an exquisite selection for the bride and groom.


The spacious Sydenham store showcases an extensive array of New Zealand-made engagement and wedding rings – plus both new and antique jewellery.

“We offer many different styles, sizes and combinations of finishes, stones and metals, including a huge range for men,” owner Andrew Kelso says.

“We go above and beyond for our customers; we love to see their joy and excitement when they find the perfect piece.”

To help facilitate this, Westende Jewellers has the largest range of new and vintage wedding rings in the South Island, so the bride and groom can try on different styles, widths and colours to confidently select the perfect symbol of their love.

As all their new wedding rings are made locally using precious metals from a New Zealand refinery, the benefits are three-fold: a beautiful specially-made piece, supporting local businesses and fast turnaround – most rings are ready within 10 working days.

A custom service is also available for those wanting to create a one-off item.

From engagement rings to bridalwear, earrings, watches or special gifts, the expert team can help find the perfect item for any occasion, including Karen Walker, Kagi and Stow Jewellery.

Truly a family affair, Westende Jewellers was established by Andrew’s parents in 1967, and his daughter recently joined the talented team.

In line with government guidelines, Westende Jewellers has instigated physical distancing and enhanced hygiene practices, ensuring the wellbeing of staff and customers.

Find them at 421 Colombo Street, Sydenham, phone 03 366 5475 or on Facebook.


The Bespoke Specialists

The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.



The talented team at Via Sollertia are the bespoke specialists, delivering a personal design and creation service for clients who want a unique piece of jewellery.

“We design and craft creations fully by hand – without using CAD (computer aided design) or cast and assembled design – which is the true meaning of bespoke,” says designer Clare.

There is also a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces showcased at the store – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller.

Located in the heart of the city on iconic the New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget.

“Good service is our number one priority and we’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect.”

Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook.

Phone 366 8001 or visit for more information.


Undeniably precious remodels: Via Sollertia

Jewellery handed down or gifted to you is undeniably precious, but it if it doesn’t suit your style or is broken, you just won’t wear it. Think how much more meaningful it would be to wear the gems from a loved one, rather than just admire them in a drawer.



With Via Sollertia having the services of the South Island’s leading gem-setter, the perfect remodel is easy: your precious and semi-precious stones plus the metal can be redesigned into pieces you won’t want to take off.

You can browse pieces in store and in the catalogue and see what design styles jump out and the design process often sees people add to the components. The final design can be drawn up for you, while your stones and metal stay on site in the hands of a master craftsman. The finished piece will be personal, beautiful and a source of everyday joy.



Find Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street, phone 03 366 8001, or visit




Jewellery to cherish: Via Sollertia

Apart from family and good health, the one thing people hold dear to their hearts is their jewellery; the thought of losing or having to part with treasured pieces would seem almost unbearable.



Via Sollertia has always understood this; they design jewellery to be cherished for a lifetime.

They oversee every commission from start to finish, and clients are assured nothing ever leaves the studio, as every piece is designed, handmade and completed in-house with a full-time jeweller onsite.

Clients can opt for either a bespoke, one-off design created specifically for them, or they can choose from Via Sollertia designs created before. Hand-selecting their own diamonds or gemstones makes the piece uniquely theirs.

It takes four weeks for a piece to be completed, so there’s plenty of time to plan that incredibly romantic overseas proposal you’ve been dreaming about.

Find Via Sollertia at 11 New Regent Street, phone 03 366 8001 or visit





Homemade & Heartfelt: Rainey Designs

Self-taught glass and jewellery artist Selma Rainey started designing and creating in 2006, then once husband Sean joined her, the Christchurch pair established their boutique jewellery business, Rainey Designs.




Several years later, the business has grown but still maintains the qualities of a boutique business by keeping everything locally designed and made. The majority of their jewellery is comprised of recycled components, including New Zealand coins, vintage timepieces, military buttons… even old bullet casings are given a new and better life!

Their designs are unique and eye-catching, and best of all, their components are ethically sourced. Additionally, the creative duo can custom-make jewellery for you, for instance from grandad’s old pocket-watch, a penny locket with your birthyear or a pair of nostalgic NZ Forces military button cufflinks. Alternatively, you can browse several styles on their website or buy from a number of retailers throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Their jewellery can be found at design stores, galleries and boutique shops. Major Christchurch stockists include HAPA in the BNZ central city complex, Industria at The Colombo; and Selma’s glass work, exclusively at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre Shop.

Finally, Rainey Designs loves to keep it local; their jewellery can be found at boutique markets featuring only New Zealand-made, handcrafted goods.

This includes the Arts Centre Mākete which is held every fortnight, including this coming Sunday (27 October), and select upcoming Christmas markets.

Visit the Facebook page for more details.