Jen Banks

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Jen was born a creator and lover of pretty, shiny things, but it wasn’t until 2002 that she discovered the thrill of working with precious metal. A weekend class to ” make a ring” was the beginning of a passion to continually learn new techniques and increase her skill in creating stunning, wearable impressions of the world around her.  Jen studied in both Auckland at Workshop 6, and in Brisbane at the Goldsmiths School.

Making the leap from nature-loving city-slicker to coastal village resident very quickly proved the perfect thing for this nature-inspired jeweller.

Jen finds her inspiration in the world around her- anything from a mossy branch or crashing wave, from a soaring bird to a tiny seed pod, can start her creative cogs whirling.  Each piece is made by hand to create an original work of wearable art.  Jen collects many of mother nature’s works of art on walks around the shore or bush, and when she finds a piece that is too gorgeous to keep to herself, she will cast it in precious metal to share with her customers.