Benjamin Black Goldsmiths

Hand crafted jewellery and lifestyle accessories made in Nelson, NZ - free international shipping.
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Latest signet ring design with sketches #benjaminblack #bling #silver #style #fashion #instagood #mens #nz #gigatownnsn #art #handcrafted

Latest signet ring design with sketches #benjaminblack #bling #silver #style #fashion #instagood #mens #nz #gigatownnsn #art #handcrafted

Paua pearl ring in 18ct white gold hand crafted by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Nelson, NZ.

Paua pearl ring in 18ct white gold hand crafted by Benjamin Black Goldsmiths, Nelson, NZ.

Precious Paua Pearls

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…

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Custom Made Urn Stand

Custom Made Urn Stand

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…

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Joel looking dapper in his Designer tie pin from the Branches range #jewelry #fashion #benjaminblack #tiepin #style #nelson

Joel looking dapper in his Designer tie pin from the Branches range #jewelry #fashion #benjaminblack #tiepin #style #nelson

Letter from a Customer

Letter from a Customer

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…

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Introducing: BRANCHES by Joel Whitwell

Introducing: BRANCHES by Joel Whitwell

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,…

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Annika with her new blue topaz ring - a gift from her mum and sister. Now the whole family has a #benjaminblack piece! #jewelry #jeweler #nelson #fashion #handcrafted

Annika with her new blue topaz ring - a gift from her mum and sister. Now the whole family has a #benjaminblack piece! #jewelry #jeweler #nelson #fashion #handcrafted

Like Clockwork

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…

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Black Tie Ensemble

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the annual degustation dinner and auction to raise money for the Suter Art Gallery at the Nelson Yacht Club.

Well-dressed, distinguished gents were turned out in their dapper best, and it got me thinking about accessories that maketh the ultimate handsome ensemble.

Of course, the suave suit is a must, but a few simple pieces of classic jewellery can make…

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