Ethical Jewellery Australia

Posted on May 15, 2018

Custom handmade ethical engagement rings and wedding rings

Since 2007 Ethical Jewellery Australia has been working with people all over Australia who choose to have their engagement rings and wedding rings specially designed and handmade for them. The people who ask us to create their engagement and wedding rings do so because they love being involved in the design process and they love the level of attention they receive as the design goes from concept to reality.  They also care about ethical sourcing, and are looking for a handmade ring that will last for many generations.

We use only ethically sourced and cut diamonds and gemstones and responsibly recycled metals in our pieces. All of our jewellery is handmade in Australia by extremely talented and passionate jewellers.

As our designs are customer driven, we listen to what you want and work closely with you to fine tune every detail.  You can ask as many questions as you like and take all the time you need to ensure your vision is realised. No matter where you live in Australia we can make it happen for you.

To see some of our previously commissioned work, have a look through the engagement or wedding ring galleries.

About the team behind Ethical Jewellery Australia

Ethical Jewellery Australia is a premium online bespoke jewellery business specialising in custom made engagement, wedding and commitment rings and other significant jewellery pieces. Also available is‘The Promised Ring’ an innovative alternative to presenting your partner with a finished engagement ring. All jewellery is handmade in Australia. Each piece is made with non-conflict, sweatshop free Diamonds from either Australia or Canada and Fair Trade or Australian coloured gemstones and recycled precious metal.

After a year of research and planning, the company was launched in June 2007 by Melinda Nugent and her partner, Benn Harvey-Walker.

Melinda Nugent FGAA
Melinda Nugent FGAAFounder, Director

Melinda, a jewellery designer and certified Gemmologist, is the driving force behind Ethical Jewellery Australia (EJA) and creator of ‘The Promised Ring’.When she learned of Oxfam’s ‘No Dirty Gold’ campaign; she signed the pledge immediately. Her resolve to provide an environmentally and socially responsible alternative strengthened even further when discovering through her Gemmology and further studies that the cost of mining and processing gemstones can be very high on both workers and environment.

At the time, a co-owner of a retail bespoke jewellery business, she made the decision to sell her interest in the shop and, with the support of her partner, Benn Harvey-Walker, launched Ethical Jewellery Australia.

She manages all the Gemstone, Diamond and design related tasks, tries to maintain the blog, looks after social media, business promotion and photography and tries (not very hard) to not be distracted by the menagerie. Melinda really needs an assistant. Melinda is a member of GAA(Gemmological Association of Australia) and Fair Jewelry Action

Benn Harvey-Walker
Benn Harvey-WalkerCo-Founder, Director

Benn is the Co-Founder of Ethical Jewellery Australia. He spent seventeen years as a marketing and management consultant before moving into building construction.As the jewellery industry is driven by high-quality marketing, Benn’s input has been crucial in developing EJA’s branding. His consulting experience continues to ensure EJA is managed in an efficient and conscientious manner – for the sake of the team and to ensure happy customers.

Lately Benn has become more involved directly in projects, he worked closely with Melinda to create the engagement ring design EBook and aspires to further his efforts in business development and marketing. Benn maintains the business’ LinkedIn profile and has taken over some of the writing duties.

He can also be persuaded to make coffee from time to time and is an extremely rare talent at Bananagrams (but Melinda is better at Scrabble).

Our Wonderful Jewellers

Ferdinand Woolley
Ferdinand WoolleyJeweller
We are very fortunate to have Ferdinand Woolley – a very talented, creative and meticulous jeweller (and a fabulous human being) manufacturing our beautiful rings. Ferdinand has over 20 years industry experience. He somehow manages to turn some talk, lots of hand gestures and a few (bad) scribbles (and usually an essay) into the perfect ring. Ferdinand is also a highly skilled gem and diamond setter and is experienced in working with Platinum and Palladium. We could not do what we do without him and he is treasured by us and all who wear his rings. Ferdinand is a key ingredient in our success. It is because of his unique ability and amazing care that it has taken us so long to expand our jeweller network. He has shown us that it is worth taking time to find the right people.
Ann Cheng
Ann ChengJeweller
Ferdinand now has Ann working with him once again in the workshop. Previous winner of JAA Apprentice of the year, Ann qualified as a jeweller in October 2013 and was awarded Best technical aspects, Best Design folio, Best overall design and Apprentice of the Year!!! Ann is an innovative designer and a thoroughly charming person. She currently makes a lot of our wedding rings and some of our other pieces. Ann is an exquisite hand piercer and has made a gorgeous intricate Celtic piece for us. Ann is definitely an up and comer and will be making more of our pieces in the future.
Christian Gortz
Christian GortzJeweller
Chris is the latest addition to our manufacturing team. With over 40 years jewellery making experience, Chris hand makes jewellery for us from his beautiful, peaceful studio nestled in 100 acres in the Byron Bay Hinterland in NSW. An award winning jeweller and setter, Chris is a calm and patient man and is meticulous in his attention to detail. Producing work of the highest quality, every piece is painstakingly finished to perfection. We are very fortunate to be able to share his skills with you and look forward to our continuing collaboration. Chris also creates the CAD renders we often use in our design process, a tool that has become extremely useful to our customers.
Ethical Jewellery Australia is an online bespoke jewellery company. Our primary focus is on manufacturing engagement, wedding and commitment rings, however, we are happy to work with you to make any special piece at all – rings or otherwise. All of the jewellery we offer you is locally handmade using recycled precious metals and traceable, ethically processed diamonds and gemstones. Our base is in Brisbane and we have successfully worked with customers all over Australia since 2007.

Contact Us

By email:
By phone: 07 3311 2042
By mail: PO Box 779, Ashgrove, Brisbane, Qld 4060

If you would like a free ring sizer, just include your mailing address in your initial email and we will send you one.

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