The Jewel Beetle Story

Established in 2004
Through friendship, collaboration and a love of craftsmanship, the creative partnership that is Jewel Beetle was born.

Jewel Beetle - A creative partnership of jeweller's Allison Judge and Yvon Smits

Destined to meet through a mutual friend, Allison and Yvon, both classically trained goldsmiths, began collaborating in a small studio in Nelson in 2004. Fusing their distinct creative skillsets and styles, they craft beautifully intricate, refined, and feminine pieces. The Jewel Beetle name was decided upon from a poet friend who suggested it. After researching Jewel Beetles and discovering how colourful and iridescent the beetles are, they thought it was the perfect name for their business. In 2016, they moved to their new retail premises on Bridge Street in the heart of the city. Which is where their shop and workshop still operates from today.

Yvon Smits - Goldsmith

Yvon Smits trained as a goldsmith at the Vakschool, Schoonhoven in the Netherlands and gained experience at workshops in Germany and Holland, before opening her first studio-workshop, in Venlo in 1988. She moved to New Zealand in 1994 and ran a studio- workshop from her home while her children were young.
“We both trained and worked as goldsmiths in the UK and the Netherlands, and love extending our skills and creativity. Nature is a big inspiration. Our range of charms, brooches and pendants reflect our love of the birds and native trees of Aotearoa-New Zealand, the land we now call home.”

Allison Judge - Jeweller and Designer

Tana - Head of Security and Cuddles

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