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In a creative city like Melbourne, there’s no shortage of innovative jewellers. They can craft a unique engagement ring that captures your special bond. Here’s where to find Melbourne’s best engagement rings – from traditional sparklers to hidden gems.
Unique rings from a local goldsmith
Lucy Folk is one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneway designers, sought out by Melbourne jewellery lovers far and wide. These unique yet timeless creations range from delicate promise rings to colourful statement pieces – like the rainbow gemmed 9ct gold chromatopia ring. Other rings are fully customisable, with space for initials and your beloved's water sign. Opt for the bespoke service to work directly with Folk and create the piece of your dreams.
Desire ring at Corky St Clair
Do you want the ultimate Melbourne engagement ring? Then take your sketches to iconic jewellery label, Corky St Clair. They'll turn them into a glittering reality. Corky is in the Century Building. You might remember their store in the Campbell Arcade at Flinders Street Station. They use recycled materials and ethically sourced stones. They can create customised pieces, or you might like their Desire ring. It's an otherworldly, black diamond number.
Tension ring at MDTdesign
This artisan jeweller has been crafting custom pieces on Collins Street since 1981. MDTdesign’s in-house jewellers and designers create a stylistically broad range of engagement rings. One of their specialties is the tension ring. It holds a stone in place by pressure rather than prongs. It gives the impression of a diamond floating on your finger. Their tension-set round diamond ring is definitely a minimalist statement piece.
Garden of the Beloved ring at e.g.etal
e.g.etal is renowned for promoting ultra-contemporary jewellery. You'll find the gallery in a Flinders Lane basement. Designs are bold, conceptual and architectural. If this sounds like your style, you’ll find your ideal engagement ring here. Rhys Turner’s Fallingwater ring might suit. It's a long, tapered Australian sapphire with ombre tones, set in a bold platinum band. Or the Garden of the Beloved, a smooth, wide gold band with a bundle of gold-rimmed diamonds nested in a recess.
In Search of Wonder ring at Pieces of Eight
Pieces of Eight is curated by founder and jeweller, Melanie Katsalidis. It showcases exclusive pieces by contemporary jewellers. If you’ve got a non-traditional heart, you’ll find so many pieces here that will make it sing. Go ultra-minimal with the classic I Love Ritual ring. Go textural with the In Search of Wonder diamond ring set in an organically beaded band. Bespoke commissions are also available. Check out PO8.tv on their website for inspiration.
Customised jewel rings at Ada Hodgson
Ada Hodgson’s handmade rings are made with ethical and often recycled materials. They're heartfelt and affordable. Her garden-inspired pieces have names like ‘Floral Relic’. They're understated, a little whimsical and totally unique. To get a bespoke design started, you complete a questionnaire so she can get a feel for what you might like. You can order a ring-sizing kit to use in a virtual consultation, or you can meet in her Nicholas Building studio.
Deco ring at Jasmine Fraser
Jasmine Fraser works from her studio in the Century Building on Swanston Street. She handcrafts a neat selection of bespoke engagement rings. Designs can be as simple as a diamond or champagne solitaire. Or there's the vintage-vibes of a teal sapphire or the captivating Deco ring. Jasmine takes a very personal approach to her clients. She offers a professional cleaning of your jewellery every six months. And it's completely free of charge.
Nested in Bloom ring at Craft
For a delicious snapshot of Melbourne creativity, you have to go to Craft. Among all the makers, there are some wildly exciting jewellers on rotation. Looking for a non-traditional engagement ring? The avant-garde designs of jeweller Taë Schmeisser will hit the mark. The Nested in Bloom range comes in gold or silver, and features an organic cluster of coloured stones. The gold version with a green sapphire and three diamonds is a pared back interpretation.
Halo rings at Renato Jewellers
Renato Jewellers are a sixth-generation, family-owned business. They specialise in multi-stone, solitaire and three stone engagement rings. But they’re especially known for their halo rings. These rings have a central diamond with a halo of smaller diamonds around it. Central diamonds can come in shades like pink, cognac and even black. (Very Melbourne.) The round Brilliant Halo is a Renato classic. It's a brilliant cut diamond with 30 smaller diamonds surrounding it and flowing down the band.
Heart-shaped diamond rings at Temelli Jewellery
Temelli knows weddings. They've won many bridal industry awards. Double-down on the romantic gestures with a heart-shaped diamond from Temelli. The centre diamond is crafted into an actual heart shape. Many designs halo it in smaller diamonds. Temelli also specialises in sparkling diamond-set bands. Need to speed up your ring-designing plans? Temelli offers online consultations via Zoom.
Rose gold lemon quartz at H & H Jewellery
H & H Jewellery stocks a broad range of beloved jewellery brands. You can also create a bespoke piece with their experienced jewellers. Their engagement ring selection ranges from understated to ornate and colourful. For something unusual yet affordable, there’s the rose gold lemon quartz and diamond ring. It's a juicy cushion cut, rich yellow stone with 13 diamonds in a channel setting on the band.
More of the best local jewellers
Wayne Lynch Master Jewellers
Offering unique, bespoke pieces and a range of jewellery services.
Jewellery boutique shop with a collection of fine jewellery to suit any occasion.
Custom, hand crafted jewellery including engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings and pendants.
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Fun and fashion-forward range of jewellery and accessories inspired by international runway trends.
Sells fine engagement and wedding rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets.
Simon West Fine Jewellery
Custom-designed diamond engagement rings, wedding bands and other jewellery.