Paua or blue pearls are, in my humble opinion, one of New Zealand’s most prized possessions.
Everyone knows about pounamu or greenstone, however paua pearls are another ‘gem’ found only in Aotearoa, which are lesser known internationally.
They come from the paua, or abalone Haliotis iris and are available in a variety of hues, shapes and sizes.
But what I love about them the most, is the way…
There is always emotion attached to any art – and jewellery is no exception.
When people commission a piece, we go on a journey of sorts. A relationship forms as I’m invited into their world – and as the design takes form this develops. It’s a pretty special thing.
But occasionally I get asked to create something extra special, something which stays with you forever – like this sterling silver…
It’s not often you receive an actual letter these days (one which isn’t a bill anyway).
So when Amy and I were given this letter, by our dear customer Rita, we were absolutely blown away -
a) by her beautiful comments, and;
b) because she went to the effort to type it out and bring it in to us at the studio.
All artists know there are days when things go wrong – it doesn’t matter what you do, if…
Benjamin Black Goldsmiths has just launched a brand new range of contemporary dress jewellery, BRANCHES, designed by 22-year old award-winning jeweller and Artist in Residence, Joel Whitwell.
Joel has been working on the BRANCHES range since he joined our Nelson-based studio and workshop in January.
Continuing on from Joel’s previous exhibition, Infra-thin, which took place in Auckland last year,…
The ancient craft of watch and clock making has been around for centuries (or even longer perhaps).
My father, Rod Clark, is currently Nelson’s only fully qualified practicing watchmaker and we’re very lucky indeed to have him with us at Benjamin Black Goldsmiths.
We’re keeping him busy with plenty of repairs, overhauls, services and watch batteries. So when our friend Ishna Jacobs(photographer…