Our Ninbella Residency

What a wonderful time we've been having with Jewels on Queen in residence at Ninbella Gallery in Bangalow! Lots of enthusiastic art jewel lovers have been popping in including Sally Latter from Sunbather Music (pictured) who was bedazzled by the silver and lapis Mermaid Collar that we have on display alongside other gorgeous pieces. Our residency was featured in The Echo, one of the few independent regional newspapers still operating - you can read the story here. We also had an editorial in the Northern Star with a photo of Zuzy Noy at his workbench in Bondi. It's a perfect fit having our jewels in the art [...]

2020-07-31T13:43:05+10:00

Taking the Show on the Road

Jewels on Queen is now at Ninbella Gallery in Bangalow, Northern NSW, with a funky collection by outsider jeweller Zuzy Noy. Featuring fabulous handcrafted silver 'Sea Creature' collars, bold brass Bathing Beauty brooches and outrageous one-off silver sunnies set with turquoise, bone and mother of pearl, the collection has its sights set on the North Coast lifestyle. Zuzy Noy Ninbella Gallery 19A Byron Road, Bangalow, NSW Bangalow Noy is an Israeli-born creator who came to Australia in 1986 and worked with Ilaria and Angelo Logi in their Sydney studio during the 1990s. He started his own practice in Surry Hills before [...]

2020-07-21T17:15:52+10:00

Dress Code: Black

On Tuesday, July 1 we open our doors for a special week of joy for lovers of magical jewels. Alongside our current show Jewels To Die For we have an exquisite collection of talismanic treasures by the fabulous Lisa Black. A seasoned globe-trotter, Lisa has built on what she calls "foresaken remnants from a disappeared world", honouring them in unique contemporary designs. Lisa Black at Jewels On Queen 10am - 5pm Tuesday - Saturday July 7 - 11 Originally from New York, Lisa has been creating gorgeous works for the past few decades in her garden studio near Byron Bay. Her love of [...]

2020-07-04T18:04:31+10:00

Anne Schofield on Mourning 

Earrings made of hair plaited in the shape of a dove, elaborate Victorian  jet parures, Georgian rings with miniature skeletons carved into crystal coffins - they're all memento mouris, treasures to remember a loved one who has passed. These fascinating jewels have always held a sacred spot at Anne Schofield Antiques and we're thrilled to be hosting Anne for a special talk on on the subject. Anne's fascination with Mourning Jewels goes back to the first time she came across a locket with a lock of of hair perfectly preserved behind crystal. Even today, she is asked to help seal locks of [...]

2020-06-30T18:23:40+10:00

The Snow Queen Cometh

We're celebrating the Big Chill with an ice cool range of jewels by Zuzy Noy, an Israeli-born Sydney based 'outsider' artist. The collection is currently starring in our shop window alongside Gretel Killeen's self -portrait 'Coming Out Of Covid Isolation'. Gretel has been painting in isolation and was inspired by our wintery theme to step out from behind her easel and share her vision of emergence with us. It's the perfect foil for Zuzy's quirky work which at times has an epic quality, as if forged for mythical royalty. Zuzy etches many of his jewels with imaginary calligraphy, often using enamel [...]

2020-06-09T15:15:32+10:00

Barbara Heath’s Cabinet of Curiosities

We had a fabulous online chat with Barbara Heath in which we learned that texture is her superpower. She talked about her early days as an apprentice to the Hungarian diamond jeweller Lazlo Puzsar in Melbourne and showed us some bizarre treasures from her cabinet of curiosities including a brooch made from a snake's jawbone! We were joined by people from as far away as Bourke and Rotterdam who asked questions about everything from Barbara's "jewellery for buildings" to the transformed butchers block she uses to hammer metal on. You can see an edited version here. Barbara studied contemporary jewellery at [...]

2020-06-09T16:00:25+10:00

Sofia Talks Skulls

What's the obsession with skulls? What messages do they hold? How can jewels protect us in these dark and doomy days? All these questions and more were explored with Sofia Fitzpatrick 6pm Friday April 3 when she joined us online. "I want my jewellery to look like it was bashed out of a rock ... like ancient Egyptian or Mesopotamian jewellery;" she said. Here's a little video of what else transpired. And check out this groovey film by Matt Reed about Sofia's practice.

2020-04-07T16:51:25+10:00

The Manifesto of Jewellery by Barbara Heath

"The history of jewellery is implicitly stated in each new piece. There is no NEW jewellery - there is only jewellery said in different voices." So states part of Barbara Heath's 1991 Manifesto. In it she asks; "Where is jewellery heading?" then answers: "Towards a closer relationship between the maker and the wearer....and the wearer and the body." "If a jewel is a communicator that communicates outward - it also communicates inward." The protective power of jewels is well known as is their healing properties. "Metal circling a finger, a neck...draws our attention to sites of meaning enabling us to recognise [...]

2020-03-20T16:54:07+10:00

Skull Time

As we self-isolate and gaze into the existential void of a pandemic, we have decided to postpone the opening of Jewels To Die For and have gone online with it instead. Strangely, these pieces give us a powerful vision of our times. Skulls unearthed as if from the shifting sands of Planet Earth, act as portals into deep human time, reminding us of our fleeting moment of consciousness here. "Jeweller to the Lost", Barbara Heath, has made a jewel that honours the skull in an 18 ct gold ring enamelled to give it that mysterious patina of millennia. Her Skull Ring (pictured above) seems ready [...]

2020-03-19T08:37:43+10:00

Jewels to Die For

From Shakespeare to Damien Hirst, the skull has held a special allure for creatives. Rock stars and Hip Hop artists love their bones too.  Worn as jewellery they symbolise our collective mortality, a reminder to live each moment to the full. We must be present to experience La Petite Mort, or "the little death", that suspended moment in ecstatic time after orgasm. In honour of the mysteries of sex and death, we've found some bewitching local artists who want to help us ponder the dark side in a new light. Their work aims to give us, if not that sublime moment [...]

2020-03-09T07:22:02+10:00