Each piece is created with exquisite intricacy with hints of of Art Deco, Art Nouveau & Gothic design. Each piece is lovingly crafted by hand from beginning to end in Sterling Silver; occasionally with accents of Gilding Metal, Bronze & Copper suggesting sumptuous and graceful age reflective of these era's.
Julia Banks Jewellery Est. 2010
My designs are distinctive and purposely created to be atypical but still everyday wearable. I'm pretty handy with a blow torch so everything is handmade by me from start to finish. No mass produced jewellery means the likelihood of bumping into someone else wearing the same piece extremely rare. Many designs are influenced from botanicals in my home garden; each piece inspired by nature. I’m a member of the Silversmiths Guild of Canterbury and work from my home studio in picturesque rural Greendale just 30 minutes drive from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Thanks for supporting local and handmade.
My philosophy strongly reflects recycling and an ethical green aesthetic in jewellery creation and packaging.
Supporting handmade from local artists & designers ensures you are not only purchasing quality goods but you also help reduce mass-produced products often created in extremely poor working conditions.
When you buy locally created products you support our economy and independant small businesses; creating fair wages and working environments.
Materials & Processes
All sterling silver used in my jewellery designs is 100% recycled by the metal merchant, meaning they do not use materials that are obtained from mines but only use metals that have come from scrap such as jewellery and photographic equipment. Copper is from recycled copper wire, mainly electrical cabling that would otherwise go into landfill. Where possible jewellery treatment methods such as adding patina to metal will always be achieved using natural methods rather than chemical processes.
After becoming frustrated at the amount of throw away products and packaging I actively look to use recyclable packaging material where available. I strongly believe even small businesses & individuals can make a difference. If everyone just makes one small change then we achieve one giant step.
©️ Julia Banks Jewellery 2022