WHO I AM -I’m Esther Weinberg (she/her & hard of hearing), an artisan jeweller working out of my plant-filled studio in Melbourne, the Manchester Unity Building.
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. These pieces are infused with dreams and memories, and we truly collaborate and create something incomparable. Sometimes you’ve envisioned something for yourself, and sometimes it’s for someone you love.
WHAT I KNOW -
I've always been 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 on hand skills and working with different materials, which 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 jewellery and art history. In this course, I directed my practice 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 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.
WHAT I CARE ABOUT -
I care about the impact my work has on the environment. Where possible, I work with recycled metals. If you have old pieces sitting in your jewellery box I am more than to work out a plan to use them. The same goes for heirloom gemstones. All gemstones are sourced from Australian suppliers. I ship all jewellery in compostable packaging. Your jewellery is shipped in a branded jewellery box. This is not an area I have found a workaround yet. I do offer a credit of $10 to your next piece if the box is returned to me.I am fully committed to working towards a zero-waste studio.
There are plenty of ways to work with me on a beautiful piece of jewellery. Check out my custom jewellery for a little inspiration.