The best jewellers in Canberra

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Where to find the best jewellers in Canberra. Photo: file.

Whether you’re after a gift for yourself or something special for a loved one, jewellery can be an excellent choice. From simple necklaces, to sparkling rings and intricate bracelets, there are so many different styles, materials, and adornments to choose from when shopping for jewellery.

Unless you’re already and expert, choosing the right piece of jewellery for your occasion might seem daunting. The price points of different items can be as varied as the items themselves, and it’s always important to go into any transaction with your eyes wide open. So where do you start?

Finding a reliable jeweller who will sell you ethical, high-quality products with transparent costs is crucial to making sure you get exactly what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve put together this article, with a helpful guide to some of the most highly-rated jewellers in Canberra.

What makes a great jeweller?

Jewellery can be an expensive investment, and you want to be completely confident that your jeweller sells high-quality pieces and has a great reputation. We suggest that you look for the following traits:

  • They’re reputable and established. You want to pick a jeweller that has a solid reputation for excellent customer service and high-quality wares. Years in service also means experience and know-how – look for a jeweller who has been around for long enough to know the ins and outs of their profession.
  • You can trust them. It’s important that you feel comfortable and can trust your jeweller, not only to answer your questions clearly and help you find exactly what you’re looking for, but to be upfront with you about the cost and source of their jewellery.
  • Sustainable and ethical practices. The production of jewellery has long been destructive and exploitative of both people and the environment. However, many jewellery companies are working hard to mitigate this, by sourcing conflict-free jewels, using fait trade materials and being transparent about the source of their products. Look for jewellers who are dedicated to supporting these efforts by selling products made by ethical companies.
  • Wide selection and varied services. Look for a jeweller that offers a wide variety of jewellery. Ideally, they’ll have a gemologist on staff to help you find the perfect stone, a bench jeweller on staff to help repair or resize your jewellery and offer custom work.
  • Clear policies with fair prices. The policies should be easy to understand, fair, clear and concise. Being surprised with extra costs at the end of your transaction, whether it’s the purchase of a brand-new item or the repair of an old one, is the last thing anyone wants when working with a jeweller.

The best jewellers in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and maintain a minimum average of 4/5 stars on both Google and Facebook reviews.

Aharoni Jewellery

Aharoni Jewellery has supplied the residents of Canberra and the surrounds with custom jewellery designs, jewellery repair and re modelling, refashioning, cleaning and maintenance since 1989. Run by a dedicated husband and wife team, they specialise in designing and offering unique pieces that their customers love.

Facebook user Anna Damiano left this review for Aharoni, Beautiful, unique jewellery. Eytan and Nurit are very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a fantastic experience and highly recommend Aharoni jewellers if you are looking for something extra special that can’t be found anywhere else.

Harlequin Manufacturing Jewellers

Harlequin is run by jeweller Matthew Hengge, whose passion for quality jewellery goes back as far as his childhood. He has dedicated himself to producing master cut stones and perfecting jewellery making to create custom pieces for his clients – whether you know exactly what you need or have no idea where to start, Matthew offers complimentary design consultations and promises to help you find the perfect piece.

As happy customer Elizabeth Casling wrote in their Google review, “I’m very happy with the 3 rings Matthew has worked on for me – craftsmanship of the highest quality, beautiful designs. I wouldn’t choose anyone else as my jeweller.”

KIN Gallery

Established in 2015, KIN has graduated from a pop-up space to a permanent space on Lonsdale Street. Now with over 60 designers and makers across the country making up their collection of casual to formal jewellery and much more, you are sure to find what you’re looking for – and if you don’t, they can make it for you.

See what Facebook user Em Avery had to say in their review for KIN, Wonderful workshops, fabulous shop, and super talented people running the place! If you want a truly original piece of jewellery, KIN is the place to check out!

Kin Gallery

Learn how to make jewellery at Kin Gallery. Photo: Daniella Jukic.

Unique Diamonds

If you’re creative, youthful, vibrant and unique jeweller, Unique Diamonds is the place for you. The staff strives to design each client a piece of jewellery that reflects the clients’ personalities, inspirations or stories. They offer several services including jewellery design, watches, wedding rings, engagement rings and more.

Oliver Tester writes on Google, “Got my partners engagement ring and both of our wedding bands from here. Service is A+ and Mia and Josh really know their stuff! They go above and beyond to make what you are imagining into a reality.”

Harry Rose Jewellery

Harry Rose opened Harry Rose Jewellery in 2008. As well as making hand-made pieces, Harry is able to repurpose old jewellery and turn them into entirely new pieces, so you never have to say goodbye to your precious jewellery. At Harry Rose, it’s all about delivering beautiful, unique, and high-quality items to every customer.

As happy customer Chloe Smith writes in this Google review, “Harry repaired a ring for me and cleaned it up beautifully at the same time. I got my ring back quickly and looking brand new, perhaps even better than it was when I got it.”

Looking for the perfect gift for someone? Check out our articles on the best gift experiences and the best gift shops in Canberra for some inspiration!

Your experience with jewellers in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback, if you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you worked with a fantastic jeweller in Canberra? Did they help you design a gorgeous piece of jewellery that is perfect for your occasion? We want to hear about it. Share your favourite jewellers and your experience in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my jewellery is ethically sourced?
If you already own the jewellery or it was gifted to you, then it might be very difficult to find out about its history. However, when you're shopping for jewellery, there are a few things you can look out for - do your own research, avoid purchasing gems from countries with known violations, and don't be afraid to ask the hard questions when you're in the shop.
Do engagement rings have to be diamond?
Not at all! Diamonds are not in some peoples' taste, and despite the tradition there's no hard-and-fast rule that says engagement rings must feature diamonds. If you know your partner would prefer something a little more unique and personal than a diamond, then there's nothing stopping you from finding a sapphire or emerald ring, or even a ring without any gems at all. The decision is entirely yours, and good jewellers can help you through the design process.
How can I shop for jewellery affordably?
It's no secret that a piece of jewellery can easily become one of the most expensive purchases you will make, it doesn't have to be this way. There are many ways to avoid spending thousands of dollars and still get a beautiful and unique piece. The best way is to try avoiding precious gems and turning instead to stones or intricate metalwork designs. However, if you really want gemstones in your jewellery, find someone that sells synthetic jewellery. It may sound like you're losing out on the real thing, but in fact you get an item that is practically indistinguishable from the real thing, and there's no risk of supporting unethical companies.
How can I figure out my ring size?
The easiest way to do it at home is the wrap a string around your finger at a comfortable tightness and position, then measure the length of the string. There are plenty of sizing charts online that you can use to determine what size your ring is, which will help you avoid needing to get a ring resized in the future!
What style of jewellery should I wear?
There are as many different styles of jewellery as there are styles of fashion - whichever one you choose to wear is entirely up to you. If you're after something unique, geometric and unique, try Art Deco; if you prefer whimsical, natural designs and muted colours, maybe Art Nouveau is for you; if you like big, bold and colourful styles, then look for Retro and Retro-Modern. Whatever you're after, an experienced jeweller will be able to guide you through the decision and find the perfect piece for you.

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Thomson's Thomson's 11:22 pm 08 Apr 21

I would not recommend McGlades, they reined my eternity ring! Terrible job! Had to get it fixed by Briolette in Manuka. A big shame they have closed down!

jewelrymaster jewelrymaster 10:49 pm 13 Aug 20

if you are going to visit india you should go to kalyan jewellers – https://www.kalyanjewellers.net/

Chrissie333 Chrissie333 10:04 pm 06 Apr 15

I had my engagement, wedding and eternity rings made at Vangeli in Woden and so did my best friend and her sister too! I would never go anywhere else. We love Jeff!

There are lots of jewellers in Canberra that send your jewellery away to be made because they can’t actually do it themselves. Jeff does everything at his big workshop in Woden from beginning to end. Jeff is the only jeweller I would ever trust with my jewellery.

My only advice would be to book early, he is in high demand.

dodgycamel dodgycamel 11:19 am 29 Jan 14

Both the wife and I had our wedding rings made at Creations in Manuka. Service was good, price was good and the items themselves are lovely. Would recommend.

DC

concamkel concamkel 9:47 am 29 Jan 14

A few years ago there was a Jeweller at the Hyperdome called ‘Hypers’. The mans name was Micheal, who worked with his wife (not sure of her name). Micheal was excellent and very well priced. He is gone from the Hyperdome, but does anyone know where to? If you can find Micheal I would recommend using him.

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 7:58 am 29 Jan 14

annus_horribilis said :

I can’t speak to the quality from personal experience. But this lot have some stunning and original designs http://www.aharoni-jewellery.com/collection.html
They are in Bunda St

Agree but you have to have some serious cash to fork out on a ring at Aharoni cause Eytan only deals in gold and the best gems. If you’re willing to think outside the box a little, then they do have cute necklaces made of coloured silver.

Masquara Masquara 11:28 pm 26 Jan 14

There’s a wonderful old jeweller upstairs above Green Square in Kingston.

wooster wooster 1:50 pm 26 Jan 14

I know this is a bit of a way out, but I went to the subcontinent fairly recently and it was astonishing how big the gulf was between the prices we pay here compared to there.

I’m not big on jewellery myself, but I worked out that if one was to spend more than, say, $4,000, it would actually work out cheaper to go over there and get something really remarkable.

If you like I can go into a bit more detail, but I can assure you that I will struggle to justify buying any jewellery (maybe exception of some pearls and opals – ‘native’ to oz) in Australia ever again.

Willoring Willoring 11:21 am 25 Jan 14

Thank you all for your advice and suggestions.
We will start with McGlades and Diamond Girl, then follow up the others.
Cheers
Willoring.

Thumper Thumper 12:49 am 25 Jan 14

Depends what you want. Check out Fabled Fox….https://www.facebook.com/fabledfoxjewellerysmith

ns ns 12:36 am 25 Jan 14

The travel costs of going up to Sydney will be offset by how much cheaper Sydney jewellers are than Canberra.

Having said that, there is a talented old guy who’s located in Woden near the post office. Right next to the Soul Bar. I think it might be called Vangeli’s.

annus_horribilis annus_horribilis 8:58 pm 24 Jan 14

I can’t speak to the quality from personal experience. But this lot have some stunning and original designs http://www.aharoni-jewellery.com/collection.html
They are in Bunda St

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 5:05 pm 24 Jan 14

Emma Kidson, who is based in Wagga but has a stall at Kingston Bus Depot Markets most weekends. She works closely with you in regards to design and her stuff is awesome and well priced.

http://www.kidsonjewellery.com.au/home.html

Robina Robina 4:23 pm 24 Jan 14

Diamond Boutique, Braddon
Girls are fantastic and listen

banco banco 4:13 pm 24 Jan 14

You can get top quality stuff over the net for about 1/3 less than what you’d pay in Canberra. Check out: http://www.bluenile.com/au/ and any of a dozen other large internet jewellers.

savalas savalas 4:12 pm 24 Jan 14

http://www.mcglades.com.au/ in the Canberra Centre, Civic has a nice range of unique stuff.

If you want a ring handmade, you could also try Harry Rose in Garema Place, also in Civic: http://harryrose.com.au/

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:50 pm 24 Jan 14

McGlades under the impeccable skills and discerning taste of gemmologist Angie is the equal of any in the region… but don’t take my word for it, check out the number of customers they have these days.

Persephone Persephone 3:29 pm 24 Jan 14

McGlades in Canberra Centre.

shirty_bear shirty_bear 3:22 pm 24 Jan 14

Don’t do jewellery myself, but a friend who gives a cr@p about such things swears by Diamond Boutique (formerly of Canberra House, now in Lonsdale St, Braddon)

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:28 pm 24 Jan 14

Workshop Bilk in Manuka.

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