Contemporary Jade Jewellery by The Village Goldsmith & Mountain Jade

The Village Goldsmith has been working with Mountain Jade to create a collection of handcrafted fine jade jewellery that combines beautiful New Zealand and international jade in contemporary new forms. Each piece in the collection is designed as an extension of the jade carving itself and celebrates the unique characteristics of this precious material while introducing innovative jade jewellery like you’ve never seen before. These one-off works of art are treasures which showcase the best of New Zealand artistry and craftsmanship.

Mountain Jade are a New Zealand-based family-run business that has been handcrafting jade carvings since 1981. Founder John Sheehan selected his finest pieces of jade from New Zealand and around the world and hand-carved them into pieces he knew were destined for something special.

The Village Goldsmith founder, Ian Douglas, took inspiration from these prized pieces of jade and designed jewellery in 18 carat yellow and white gold, accented with diamonds and rubies. Each design tells a story of the jade’s significance and beauty by complementing the natural shape and characteristics of the carving.

contemporary jade jewellery by The Village Goldsmith & Mountain Jade

The jade jewellery is handmade by our jewellers in our Wellington workshop and we are excited to share them with you. We believe the partnership with Mountain Jade is the perfect fit as it brings together the best in jade carving and jewellery craftsmanship, underpinned by our shared values of the finest quality and design. The results are items of jewellery that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Both Ian Douglas and John Sheehan, founders of The Village Goldsmith and Mountain Jade respectively, were motivated by a shared vision to bring New Zealand artistry and craftsmanship to new heights.

You can find this collection of jade jewellery at the Mountain Jade store in the Auckland International Airport. You can read about the design inspiration and provenance of each piece below and if you would like to find out more about The Jade Collection, please get in touch.

Flower jade and ruby pendant

Flower jade and ruby pendant

Embraced in a delicate golden vine with budding flowers, this pendant highlights the beautiful organic drop shape of the jade. A ruby adds a touch of regal red reminiscent of a native New Zealand Pohutukawa tree blossom.

Featuring a 0.82 carat pear ruby handcrafted in 18 carat yellow gold with 3 diamonds set into the flowers. Suspended on an 18 carat yellow gold 50cm chain.

Provenance: This is a rare marsden flower jade pounamu found near Greymouth, New Zealand. Very translucent and bright.

Jade and diamond fern leaf pendant

Jade and diamond fern leaf pendant

This design is inspired by a delicate fern leaf, New Zealand’s most iconic native plant and important symbol. The pear shaped diamond at the base of the pendant suggests a raindrop that is moments away from dripping off the tip of the fern. This piece is a reminder of New Zealand’s spectacular native flora.

Provenance: This is a rare marsden flower jade pounamu found near Greymouth, New Zealand. Very translucent and bright.

Green circle jade and diamond pendant

Green circle jade and diamond pendant

This pendant design is inspired by the sun and its infinite energy. The circular jade is carved with a fold, where a golden chute lies. A single diamond set in the centre of this pendant captures the immense light and energy of the sun, which can be harnessed by the wearer.

Handcrafted in 18 carat yellow gold featuring an 0.46 carat, G colour, SI1 clarity round brilliant diamond. Suspended on an 18 carat yellow gold 45cm chain.

Provenance: This is Canadian Jade found in the Yukon Territories, Northern Canada.

Jade and diamond pendant with gold band

Jade and diamond pendant with gold band

This pendant embodies the warmth of the sun and its connection to all living things. The jade is carved in the likeness of an angular leaf. A band of gold, set with diamonds, envelopes the jade like a ray of sunlight capturing and anchoring the leaf as it opens up towards the light.

Handcrafted in 18 carat yellow gold featuring 18 round brilliant diamonds totaling 0.554 carats. Suspended on an 18 carat yellow gold 50cm chain.

Provenance: This is Russian jade found in the Sayan Mountains in Siberia, Russia.

Jade pendant with diamond droplets

Jade pendant with diamond droplets

Inspired by the flow of New Zealand rivers, this design expresses fluidity that showcases a striking beauty from every angle. Diamond droplets gleam across the surface of the jade, reminding us of the serenity found in the organic movements of nature.

Provenance: This is a rare marsden flower jade pounamu found near Greymouth, New Zealand. Very translucent and bright.

Black circle jade and diamond pendant

Black circle jade and diamond pendant

A circle of black jade appears to fold and move across a surface of matt and polish, the streak of white gold and diamond appearing as a ray of light bursting from a distant moon.

Handcrafted in 18 carat white gold featuring a 0.70 carat, G colour, SI1 clarity round brilliant diamond, suspended on an 18 carat white gold 50cm chain.

Provenance: This is Black Australian jade found on the Cowell Jade field near Adelaide Australia.

Black jade and diamond earrings

Black jade and diamond earrings

This earring design is inspired by the beauty of reflecting lights. The gentle movements of the hanging earrings play with the light and capture its rays in a fine strand of diamond set gold, caught in the heart of the curving matt and polished jade.

Handcrafted in 18 carat yellow gold featuring two round brilliant diamonds totaling 0.06 carats.

Provenance: This is Black Australian jade found on the Cowell Jade field near Adelaide Australia.

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