Handmade jewellery was a niche market that has really expanded through the last few years as people were trying to find new hobbies to pass their time through lockdowns. From markets to Instagram and Etsy, there are always handmade items out there if you’re looking for something unique to complement your outfit.
Aboriginal Handmade Jewellery
Haus of Dizzy
Owned and founded by proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson, Haus of Dizzy artfully creates jaw-dropping, statement pieces that will surely be a conversation starter. Designed to spark conversations to educate people on Aboriginal culture. These pieces are colourful, bold and playful, each telling a story.
Haus of Dizzy collaborates with not-for-profit organisations such as Sydney Mardi Gras, NAIDOC and Djirra – these items are sold online at their website and storefronts such as museums across Australia and can even be found on The Iconic, selling internationally as well. View Website.
Allan Wickey, the owner and founder was a Melbourne artist of proud Wiradjuri Bundjalung heritage. Leaving his legacy and his business to his four daughters and his wife after his passing, the business lives on.
Starting out carving his designs into wood, Allan Wickey moved into the world of jewellery. Donning his beautiful designs is likely to start a conversation about Aboriginal culture while supporting his small business helps his family to keep his legacy alive. View Website.
Silver Handmade Jewellery
Originating in the UK in 2002 and moving to Australia in 2011, Saltwater Silver by Sarah Roth sells unique, ethically sourced and fashionable silver jewellery perfect for any occasion.
Traditional and modern silver-smithed metals are designed and handcrafted here in Australia and are originally designed and made with love and passion to create one-of-a-kind pieces unlike any other. View Website.
A Silver Circle
Homemade in a home studio, the founder and owner of A Silver Circle, Corrine, scrupulously makes each piece of jewellery from scratch. No bulk machines, no industrial equipment, just her two hands and some tools to create beautiful pieces for your wardrobe of accessories.
Alongside selling her beautiful jewellery, Corrine also hosts workshops where you can learn to create your very own piece of wearable art. She also teaches classes at Sturt Contemporary Craft Centre in Mittagong – her classes are designed for both beginners and for the more experienced who are looking to expand their knowledge and skill. View Website.
Handmade Crystal Jewellery
Established in 2014 with a studio on the Gold Coast in Australia, Luna Tide creates bespoke handmade and ethically sourced crystal jewellery with the intention to aid in crystal healing, empowerment and enlightenment. If you’re looking to align your chakras or don your own or a loved one’s birthstone, Luna Tide is your one-stop shop. There’s a piece for every occasion, with wedding jewellery a subtle focus, and even creating custom jewellery unlike any other.
Whether you’re sceptical of the power of crystals or not, there’s no denying that these pieces are beautiful and deserve a spot in your collection. View Website.
In 2015 with bohemian inspiration; founder, designer and CEO of Soul Quartz, Tegan Mel began creating dainty, handmade, high-quality jewellery with raw and natural crystals. This jewellery is designed with intention and gratitude.
Said to help aid in physical and emotional healing as well as helping “connect with us and help us journey on our life path”, Soul Quartz pieces are undeniably beautiful and whether you’re keen on the properties they possess or just admire their beauty, there’s a piece for everyone. View Website.
Handmade Resin Jewellery
Handmade in Townsville, Northern Brights solely sells resin earrings in a large range of fun colours and funky patterns sure to liven up any outfit. Pair them with dresses or jeans and a t-shirt, you cannot go wrong.
With a bountiful online store and the odd market here and there, Northern Brights have become a very successful small business with nearly 6,000 followers on Instagram alone. Northern Brights often has restocks, so if you miss out on an item release, keep your eyes peeled, you may get lucky. View Website.
Made By Steph AU
Although new to the fashion industry, a mum of two Steph left the medical industry after 12 years in 2020 to be present and home with her family to follow her creative side to success with the launch of her online store.
This small business not only helps support locally-made and Australian-made, but it also helps to support a small family.
Creating affordable statement pieces, these show stoppers are something you can be proud to have in your accessory repertoire. View Website.
Handmade Clay Jewellery
Blue Beetle Co
These handmade, funky design clay earrings are 100% handmade. No moulds are used and as such, each item is as individual as the wearer. With designs to suit everyone from the subtle and subdue, to the more fashionably outgoing, Blue Beetle Co is sure to have something for you.
Made with hypoallergenic stainless steel, these earrings are also fantastic for the sensitive ears out there, gone are the days of boring chemist earrings just because you have sensitive ears!
Blue Beetle Co also sell kits if you’re feeling crafty and want to have a go at making your own. View Website.
Clay and Clasp
Clay and Clasp earrings are handmade in a small home studio in Perth run by the amazing Lucy. As well as her online store, Lucy also has a popular Etsy storefront to check out.
Scrolling through her website, you won’t be bored. With some cute, funky and pop-culture-inspired earrings, these make great gifts for adults and children alike (or, buy yourself a gift. You deserve it!)
Clay and Clasp may have a smaller range than other online clay jewellery retailers, but what they ‘lack’ in quantity they make up for in quality and amazing designs. View Website.
Whether you’re a crystal healing fanatic, a traditional metals lover or you’re looking for that traditional Aboriginal culture look, Australia is home to some amazing homemade jewellery stores and there are some hidden gems for you to stumble across. This is just scratching the surface of jewellery in the fashion industry across Australia, however, Australians love to support small businesses so if you’re in the market for new jewellery, give the brands above a go. You won’t be disappointed.