About

There’s a phrase I love: Buying handmade makes you one in a million, instead of one of millions.

Rebecca Ramage Photographer

 

Who I am

I’m Esther Weinberg, an artisan jeweller working out of my plant-filled studio in the creative heart of Melbourne, the Nicholas Building.

 

What I believe 

Investing in handmade jewellery makes you MY one in a million and even if I make two of the same thing, they will never be totally alike. Why? Because I work with my hands. Over and over again, I make the choice to create something from bare materials. I saw, roll, solder, melt, emery and polish metal.

 

What I make

I offer a range of almost-ready-to-wear jewellery designs (they are still handmade to measure!) and I truly love when people want one of these designs. I make time each week to sketch and create new designs and keep my brain ticking.

 

What I make

I offer a range of almost-ready-to-wear jewellery designs (they are still handmade to measure!) and I truly love when people want one of these designs. I make time each week to sketch and create new designs and keep my brain ticking.

I also cherish the opportunity of creating custom jewellery, one of a kind pieces for my customers. Each of these pieces are infused with their dreams and memories, and we truly collaborate and create something incomparable. Sometimes they’ve envisioned something for themselves, and sometimes it’s for someone they love.

 

What I know

I’ve always been a (jewellery) maker, and my first label, Eleven Hearts Jewellery, was stocked in boutiques across Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

I formalised my skills with Product Design at NMIT where the emphasis was very much on hand skills and working with different materials and this cemented my passion for working with metals (precious and otherwise).
I then studied Gold and Silver Smithing at RMIT – a highly conceptualised, boundary-pushing course giving me a rounded view of both jewellery and art history. In this course, I directed my practise into silversmithing and creating larger objects, such as the eponymous RMIT teapot – a traditional student-work for this course since 1961!

 

What I love

I live with my endlessly supportive and unconditionally-loving partner Yowie, and my dogs, way too many plants, and way too many renovation projects. I’m always creating in every aspect of my life!

 

Why I love YOU

You’re here, and you get it: whether it’s ready-to-wear or custom, you know there is no other piece like it on anyone else’s neck, wrist or finger. The handmade jewellery you wear, and supporting hand-makers sets you apart from everyone else. You’re one in a million.