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Via Sollertia

A part of YOU: Via Sollertia


The team at Via Sollertia understands that the ring becomes a part of you, an extension of your essence and simply being stunningly beautiful just isn’t enough anymore.

 

Via Sollertia

 

 

The jewellery you wear needs to embody your values of locally sourced and ethical production. Via Sollertia handmakes product on site, using only stones and metals whose provenance they have carefully researched to ensure their sustainable credentials. Jewellery boxes are made in gorgeous recycled rimu, while even the finest gold dust filings are refined and re-used.

The desire for jewellery that represents the authentic self is leading to a trend for proposals without a ring. At Via Sollertia you come in together, select your ethically sourced stones and metals, and create something perfect together. The initial consultation establishes your style, which is then conceptualised, finalised and finished for you. Why would you go anywhere else?

 



 

The Jewellery Bar

The rainbow connection: The Jewellery Bar


Christchurch brightened up when renaissance woman Kirsten Smart added The Jewellery Bar to her portfolio of roles as mum, 111 call dispatcher and ambulance officer at St John.

 

The Jewellery Bar

 

The Jewellery Bar specialises in tassel jewellery, with 20 different styles of earrings, necklaces, plus bespoke styles available online and from eight retail outlets from Whakatane to Geraldine. Colour and texture are Kirsten’s passions and she says a fabulous pair of earrings “brings colour to an outfit and finishes a look to perfection”.

Where black, navy and neutral are a signature wardrobe palette, Kirsten’s earrings are a gorgeous way to make a classic outfit pop, or as a gateway to incorporating more colour into the wardrobe. Kirsten designs and creates the jewellery using materials such as leather and a range of acrylics. The earrings are all hypo-allergenic – finished with sterling silver. Her ideas come from interactions of colours and textures she sees around her and design talent is in the genes with Kirsten’s late mother being a watercolourist and a craft aficionado.

Kirsten has always wanted her own business, and her original career in banking is standing her in good stead. ‘Giving back’ is key to the business ethos, so every pair of earrings sold will generate a donation to a local charity to buy Christmas presents for less fortunate families.

 

The colour range is huge, and takes in seasonal trends, with earrings priced at $39 and necklaces from $40-$70.

 


Follow Kirsten’s rainbow on Instagram and Facebook, and purchase online at www.thejewellerybar.co.nz.


 

Dyrberg/Kern

Elegance & Attitude: Dyrberg/Kern


Street Cred and exquisitely high quality unite in the Danish jewellery brand, Dyrberg/Kern.

 

Dyrberg/Kern

 

The name of the jewellery fashion-house, now housed in a new Merivale Mall boutique (and in Ballantynes) is not the result of random musings. It’s the joining of surnames of its jewellery designers; Copenhagen-based Gitte Dyrberg and Henning Kern. The duo has designed edgy, covetable accessories since 1985. Fortunately, New Zealand swung in on the action early and DK jewellery has been on sale here for a couple of decades already.

What’s so wonderful about these Scandi-cool treasures is their diversity. Within the Dyrberg/Kern design DNA lies a wealth of gorgeousness, and plenty of stylistic contrast. Gitte and Henning started out with a design charter to produce pieces of beauty and luxury to be worn every day. They use authentic materials… ion plated gold, silver, stainless steel, Swarovski crystals and a kaleidoscope of semi-precious gemstones. Everything possesses design integrity and refinement. Some rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are chunky, some delicate. There’s an aesthetic to appeal to everyone.  It’s European artistic genius; even within the same piece there’s often a play between pleasing opposites.

 

There’s stunning detail. Part of the earring might feature a raw, opaque stone, which is set beside another gem of polished, glittery transparency. There’s something no-nonsense and satisfying about this Danish brand. Whether wearers prefer the beaten, multifaceted look, or a more uniform high-shine appearance, the end result is unfailingly sophisticated. To ensure the aesthetic their wearers choose can remain highly personal, Gitte and Henning design prolifically. They produce fashion-ranges twice each year and have iconic and classic pieces available.

National director of Dyrberg/Kern Penny Wilson is noticing a trend toward colour. “It’s exciting, vibrant and creative; a brilliant way to hit refresh,” she says. Now that fashion has for several seasons shaken off any shyness about colour and intensity, accessory-lovers have yet more reason to go crazy. Deep or zingy hues partner fabulously with gold, as do pastels with silver, though there really are no rules. Here Dyrberg/Kern has paired mauves and purples with gold, clear crystals with silver, and rose quartz and other pinks with silver.
The Compliments collection is an interchangeable ring system where you can create a custom designed ring unique to you; mix, match, contrast and stack whatever takes the wearer’s fancy. It’s a daily delight to choose.

Handmade in stainless steel, the toppers feature Swarovski crystals and natural stones such as rose quartz, tiger eye, opal, lapis lazuli and onyx. Use the online ring designer to mix and match styles, the design possibilities are endless. Featuring stand-out modern statement earrings, brides-to-be could style their entire wedding sparked by inspiration from this lust-worthy range. The bridal range is extensive and caters for every wedding style whether that be ‘modern glamour,’ ‘traditional romantic,’ or the more bohemian ‘perfectly undone’.

Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid, mother-of-the-bride or wedding guest, Dyrberg/Kern can accessorise your look to perfection. There’s even a bridal-spend inducement, in which brides receive free earrings for bridesmaids into the bargain.

 


Simply beautiful! Visit the new Merivale Mall shop 3a 198 Papanui Road or phone 03 355 5958
www.dyrbergkern.co.nz.


 

Canterbury Jewellers

Beautifully bespoke: Canterbury Jewellers


The talented team at Canterbury Jewellers can turn your ideas into a beautifully handcrafted bespoke piece.

 

Canterbury Jewellers

 

Located in the heart of the city, the family-owned business has been providing an on-site repair, alteration and handcrafted jewellery service for more than 35 years. Visiting the business is a refreshing change to what can sometimes be a daunting and sterile experience, says second generation jeweller, Jason Baylis.

Canterbury Jewellers

 

“We are honest, friendly, down-to-earth and many customers come back to us for that reason. Our business is built on word-of-mouth, so pretty much everyone who comes here are referrals.”  Delivering a personal design and creation service for anything from a unique engagement ring, to an elegant pendant, Canterbury Jewellers has a large, skilled team of 13 to keep up with demand and all jewellery is made in-house. Current trends indicate sapphire engagement rings are popular and rose gold is back.

 

 



 

Via Sollertia

A new chapter: Via Sollertia


If someone special has bequeathed you jewellery that means so much, but just doesn’t suit, Via Sollertia has a brilliant solution – remodelling – to get the piece out of the drawer and onto you.

 

Via Sollertia

 

Jewellery designer Clare establishes the style of jewellery you like, be it classic, modern, art deco, or art nouveau. “Browse pieces in store and in the catalogue and see what jumps out,” she says. “We’ll work with what you’ve got, re-using the stones and metal on site to create something completely personal.” The design process often sees people add to the components and Clare draws the design for you to take away and keep. Wedding and engagement rings are being modernised and reworked too.
“Re-modelling is my favourite thing to do,” Clare says. “It’s so special, creating something with huge history that people will actually wear and love, bringing a new chapter to the life of the jewel.”

 

 

Via Sollertia

 


Via Sollertia
11 New Regent Street
Christchurch
Ph 366 8001
www.viasollertia.co.nz


 

Via Sollertia

Symbolic Sparkle: Via Sollertia

Going bespoke is a lovely tribute to a special relationship.

Via Sollertia

It’s inherently romantic to seek out your own symbolic sparkle mixed with gorgeous gold, silver or platinum. In fact, deciding on an engagement ring, wedding rings, or other special occasion jewellery is one of life’s most delightful times.
A family-owned Christchurch business since 1996, Via Sollertia of New Regent Street is a family of young inspired designers who welcome client input. For those who want to buy on the spot, a tempting display of hand-crafted beauties – both vintage and modern – awaits.
It’s not necessarily more expensive, but definitely more exciting to help in the initial design, stone selection and perfect-fit of your own rings. Via Sollertia Manager Joel says some clients opt to bring them old or inherited pieces for a remodel into something intimate and exclusive, to love now.

Kagi

A covetable creator: Q&A with Kat Gee

Kagi is a Kiwi brand that tickles the fancy of the magpies amongst us. Metropol talks to founder Kat Gee about her passion for jewellery and how she balances motherhood and business.

Kagi

You were quite young when you established Kagi, where did your passion for jewellery come from?

I have always had a passion for jewellery from a young girl fossicking through my grandma’s bead drawers to selling jewellery to classmates aged 7; a career in jewellery seemed inevitable.
Looking back, I was very young to start up a business but I guess that was the beauty of it; I didn’t know what I didn’t know and literally felt like I had nothing to lose…


You’ve been incredibly successful. Why do you think people have connected with your designs?

For me the measure of success is more about doing what I love and feeling fulfilled by my work – I am lucky enough to do my passion for a living so in that respect, I am blessed.
I love creating beautiful unique jewellery that makes women feel fabulous and special. The women who wear our Kagi brand are always who we design for first and foremost and there is nothing more rewarding than seeing them enjoying our designs. I think women connect with our brand as we listen to them and design what they want – we don’t tell women what to wear, we listen to what they tell us.


How would you define the Kagi brand?

Kagi is about letting your own unique style shine. We are a brand that allows women to feel fabulous everyday.


Along with your firstborn (the business), you have a small human in your charge. How do you balance motherhood and a successful business?

It’s a constant juggle and some days I feel as if I’m not winning and then other days are high fives all round! At the end of the day though we all do the best we can as working mums and need to cut ourselves some slack. The whole concept of ‘you can have it all!’ needs a wee subtitle added ‘but not at the same time…’ as we put so much pressure on ourselves to have every plate spinning perfectly at all times.“I was very young to start up a business, but I guess that was the beauty of it.”


What exciting plans do you have in the works for the next 12 months?

Hahaha a break from having children! It will be nice to move out of nappies that’s for sure and recover two years’ worth of sleep! In terms of Kagi we are contining our Kat Gee collaboration and we have some very exciting new colourful and sparkly designs in the mix – it’s by far our best range yet and comes out early July. I still run my business remotely, so I’d say there will be some more travel in there and we have a couple of trips planned to Raro with the kids for some relaxation and recharging.

Via Sollertia

Celebrating the jewellery of love: Clare from Via Sollertia

Designing has always been what floats Clare’s boat. Training initially as an architect, the Manager of Via Sollertia knew that jewellery design was actually where her heart lay. It still does.

Via Sollertia

Which is kind of great for someone who collaborates with couples over rings; the symbols of their enduring love.
Clare custom-designs for both locals and clients across the globe, from Via Sollertia’s New Regent Street boutique. Increasingly she’s asked for peachy, pinky, champagne-coloured diamonds in oval, marquise and pear-shaped engagement rings.
The stones and metallics at Clare’s atelier are spectacular. She lights up when talking about cuts of diamond and how a jewel will sit on a hand; matters of size, proportion and reflective qualities… all brilliant designer elements of every bespoke gift.

Via Sollertia

Coloured gems get their sparkle back: Via Sollertia’s colourful collection of gemstones

At Via Sollertia on New Regent Street, Clare and the team are adding sophisticated sparkle – and colour – to their clients’ lives.

Via Sollertia

Ever-evolving styles are ushering in a new era of striking coloured stones and Via Sollertia is at the forefront, with an exceptional and exquisite selection. “We’re noticing a strong trend of people choosing something with colour versus the traditional white diamond,” Clare explains.
“Sapphires and diamonds are the most common stones used in engagement rings, but I’m not sure everyone would know that sapphires are available in not just blue.”
They also come in green, yellow, orange and pink. Even rarer sapphire colours include the padparadscha sapphire – a deep peachy pink. “Diamonds don’t just come in white either; they come in champagne, chocolate, yellow, pink and even grey/silver!”
Tourmaline is also winning affections as an affordable stone that comes in a range of colours. “They come in varying shades of green, pink/red and blue. The designs you can create around a coloured stone are fun and interesting and you can hand-select a particular stone yourself. We have a large range in store as well as fab suppliers who can send us particular stones for clients to view.”

Petersens Jewellers Bush Inn

Colourful collections inspire: we look at the beautiful jewellery on offer from Petersens Jewellers at Bush Inn

Having an array of beautiful jewellery to choose from is a joy and, for Petersens Jewellers in the Bush Inn Centre, offering it is a privilege.

Petersens Jewellers Bush Inn

Synonymous with high quality brands hailing from as far as Germany, Petersens’ clients benefit from the adventurous and trained eye of owner/operator Brent Morrison who handpicks not only the world-class diamonds on offer, but every range that graces the walls of his sophisticated store.
Brent travels to Antwerp twice a year to personally select his diamonds to ensure every diamond is high quality. Petersens has a range of cuts and carats to suit every budget and is a specialist in bespoke pieces of jewellery.
Brand new to the jeweller – and the only collection currently in Christchurch – is Couer De Lion. Timeless and season-transcending, the brand new pieces are based on geometrics. Titled ‘geocubes’, the collection has stunning necklaces featuring a combination of stones including Onyx and Swarovski crystal. There are beautiful and different textures created by these stones and striking colours that create a different looking accent with every different outfit you pair them with.
From soft teal blues inspired by the ocean to pretty pastals like quartz rose through to bold purples, reds and forest greens, Couer De Lion has a colour palette for every preference.
Colour is having its moment across the other collections featuring at Petersens, with the recently released ‘Tropical’ pieces by Thomas Sabo, who has also played with astronomy symbols like stars and taken inspiration from the nautical aesthetic with quirky features like starfish and anchors. Hearts and clovers add a romantic touch.
To discover the truly unique, modern diamonds and precious every day pieces, visit Petersens at Bush Inn Centre, Corner of Waimari Road and Riccarton Road or
www.petersensjewellerschristchurch.co.nz.