News from Orion Joel

Traditionally, engagement rings for men may have not been a hugely common request, though lately I have found them to be very much on trend.

Last month I was engaged by a colleague at our Melbourne studios to help create something really special. Jasmine had recently been proposed to with a beautiful Australian blue sapphire engagement ring. Being the absolute gem that she is, Jasmine felt it only fair that her fiance should have an engagement ring too!

Jasmine is fantastic artist and graphic designer and was able to provide me an incredibly clear image of what she had envisaged. Together, we were able to lock in a g...

With every custom made piece of jewellery we design, there is always a nice little story that goes with it. Here is one I would love to share with you.

Not too long ago I was contacted by Amber and Peter of North Melbourne to help design their perfect engagement ring. 

Amber and Peter had 4 elements which they had hoped to incorporate into their bespoke ring . These ideas were to represent the most important people* in their lives.

Firstly, to celebrate Peter's Irish family we included a Celtic knot pattern to the design, not only did that represent his Irish heritage but also the Celtic knot itself is said to symbolize how life and et...

Wedding, engagement and dress rings worn all day everyday eventually lose their shine and lustre.  Rings in particular are susceptible to damage when you go about your daily routine.

Here are 5 tips from Orion Joel Custom Jewellery for keeping your rings looking their best!

  1. Try to avoid wearing your rings while gardening, exercising at the gym, cleaning and using harsh chemicals.  Have a safe place and container (e.g. ring box or velvet pouch) handy to store your jewellery while you’re carrying out these chores.  

  2. Clean your rings once a month at home using a toothbrush, dishwashing liquid and warm water.  Immerse your jew...

Gold is truly incredible! Human beings have used gold to adorn themselves since at least 4000 B.C. From the amazing works of the Aztecs and ancient Egyptians to the sunken treasure of the Spanish galleons, its rarity and beauty has captured our imagination since the earliest of times.

Here are 5 fun facts you might not have known about gold.

1) Gold is Alien- Nearly all of the gold on Earth came from meteorites that bombarded the planet over 200 million years after it formed.

2) Return to outer space- An astronaut’s helmet visor has a coating of gold so thin that it is partially transparent. The astronauts can see through it, but even this...

Divorce is a difficult thing to go through.  Wedding rings and other jewellery feel like a weight and all good memories disappear with the trauma of a break up.  What can you do with it?

Well, unless your jewellery is exceptionally rare and significant it is almost impossible to sell as many others see it as a sign of bad luck.

Recycling your jewellery and giving it a new story is an alternative solution.  Last year Orion Joel worked with a special client from Canberra to recycle her jewellery. Together they came up with a design, and throughout the process Orion Joel sent through images of the melting of 18ct wedding and enga...

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