Time to vote for the first ever Nelson Ring, we asked Nelsonians near and far: “If there was a ring that encompassed the spirit, beauty, geography, creativeness, or history of Nelson, what might it look like?
Since the day she started in October 2011, Amanda has had a finger in every pie at Jens Hansen. That's a good thing; we love being under her watchful eye! Not only is she organised, she is quite creative, and once worked as an illustrator for an Australian educational website.
We worked with the couple to handcraft an engagement/wedding ring using a classic Jens Hansen design and Rebecca’s very special heirloom stones. The quality diamonds we set into her beautiful ring were from four individual family rings including her mother’s engagement ring and a ring once owned by Rebecca’s grandmother.
Our big Lord of the rings 'stunt' ring is in Japan for the opening of The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug. Tourism New Zealand, and Warner Bros Japan are hosting Ring-san and have made him feel very welcome as he travelled from Nelson, around New Zealand and on to Japan. The following are translations of the original @PureNZinJapan
Not only is she organised, she is quite creative, and once worked as an illustrator for an Australian educational website. She did a brilliant illustration of Halfdan and his moustache for his birthday card this year! Having a design bent means she appreciates the Jens Hansen style. When asked what her favourite piece of Jens Hansen jewellery is she says either the Sydney Fin ring or the Mobius Twist Bangle.
Soon, with apprentices and assistants on board to keep up with the nationwide orders Gurli sought, and the growing local demand, the workshop moved to Hardy St, and later to its current location on the corners of Selwyn Place and Trafalgar Square.
Jens’ talent, energy, enthusiasm, and outspoken personality made the Jens Hansen workshop a place where artisans from all over the world came to learn about the craft, and experience Nelson culture, Jens Hansen style.
He also went to Denmark to learn about jewellery. Along the way, he married a young beautiful Dane, Gurli Winter. They returned to Aotearoa in 1965, and turned his father’s chicken coop into a workshop. Ultimately, like from the feathers of a phoenix, arose Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmiths.