Browse the unique handmade jewellery at JTaranaki at The Station
There’s a new bespoke space that’s opened right on the corner of Watt St and Scott St at The Station, JTaranaki Jewellery is Newcastle’s newest jewellery spot that boasts unique 100% handcrafted pieces and is officially back open to the public.
Brought to us by young family Jacob Taranaki, Charley King, and their newest addition, Quentin, The Station-based shop is the culmination of over ten years of expertise in the jewellery industry.
Jacob, originally from Cambridge, New Zealand, and Charley from Killcare on the Central Coast, have quite the story of how their journey to Newcastle came to be.
“It goes back thirteen years of back and forth all over the world really. We can’t really talk about the jewellery without talking about our relationship,” Jacob shared.
Following a stint in the construction industry, Jacob was looking for a change of scenery to get back in touch with his creative side, before long he enrolled in at Peter Minturn Gold Smithing School in Auckland and launched his own brand, JTaranaki Jewellery in 2015.
“I cut my teeth doing a lot of repairs, I visited five shops in Hamilton, New Zealand where I would do a lot of repairs. It was a great way for me to get familiar with different styles and build my skills up. During that time, I started doing custom work which has now become what I’m known for.”
Moving to Newcastle in 2019, the young couple worked towards building up the JTaranaki Jewellery base by expanding their custom-work and creating their unique signature style and pulling their own line of jewellery together.
Following a six-month search for the right space, the JTaranaki Jewellery space officially opened up to the public at The Station on the 7th of June this year. With the last 13 years seeing the couple move so much, it was important they chose a spot where they could really feel comfortable putting their roots down.
“Because we’ve moved around so much over the last 13 years, we found a space that we both feel really connected to and able to meet local people. A lot of our clientele has been scattered here, there, and everywhere over the years, but now, to actually have a space and meet the local people of Newcastle has been a really big thing for us,” Charley said.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted with the ever-evolving range of JTaranaki, but also select homewares pieces from Islington-based retail store, edde.
“Shelley from edde is my mum and she’s been great for really spreading the word about Jacob’s work and her products actually really complement the style of jewellery we create too,” Charley said
So, what exactly can you expect from a visit JTaranaki Jewellery?
The locally-based brand boasts an incredibly unique style of jewellery, with each and every piece having its own bespoke design but featuring an iconic JTaranaki touch. The retail range is heavily influenced by Jacob’s time working in construction, with each piece heralding an architectural design.
“For me personally, I like to be able to see how things are made. That’s a bit of what inspires me. My construction background really has had quite the influence on my work.
“I don’t try and hide how things are made. I’d much rather make a feature of it, that’s where a lot of designs come from. It’s been really great to have our retail side so I can get creative with my own designs,” Jacob said.
JTaranaki Jewellery’s current retail products include Dovetail rings, the JT links, Scar rings, and the Hallmark range. The Dovetail rings feature the dovetail joint commonly used in carpentry; a simple design where the construction creates the focal detail.
“It doesn’t hide from its construction, instead, it’s a made a feature of.”
The JT Links are unique in that they’re unlike any links you will have ever seen on the market. The original design sees each link 100% handmade and assembled, and the Scar products feature heavy textures and are perfect as a wedding band or a unique gift for a loved one.
The Hallmark range is our personal favourite with the story behind the name connecting the brand to Jacob’s family heritage. Depicting Nga Kete, the Hallmark design is Jacob’s take on an ancient Maori legend; the three baskets of knowledge.
“Tane, the god of forests and birds, travelled to the heavens to collect the baskets of knowledge and bring them back to humankind. A quest for enlightenment. We believe that we are all on that quest as individuals and collectively as a human race.
“Tane encounters many struggles on his journey, battling plagues of insects and reptiles sent to him by an older brother who felt more deserving of the three baskets. The legend highlights that to master skills or develop knowledge takes effort and persistence. Nothing worthwhile comes easy.”
With each piece of the JTaranaki Jewellery retail range made to order, you know that your piece will have as much love, dedication, and time poured into it as it would if it was a custom piece. Speaking of custom pieces, Jacob is big on working with clients to create a unique piece for whatever the occasion.
“With the custom, every piece is just so different. We try to keep every piece really different, and most pieces will have a really meaningful element.”
Since opening in June, the CBD space had only a few short months of trade before heading into lockdown, but since reopening on the 14th October, they’re excited to welcome people in to browse the JTaranaki Jewellery range or to discuss custom pieces.
With plans to constantly evolve and with an official launch party on the horizon, we’re so excited to welcome this incredible new business to The Station in Newcastle’s CBD.