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we launched the Nelson Ring design competition, to give Nelsonians a chance to design and win the first ever Nelson Ring.

The Nelson Ring Contest

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?
If there was a Ring that encompassed the spirit, beauty, geography, creativeness, or history of Nelson, what might it look like? To find out, we have launched a Nelson Ring design competition, to give Nelsonians a chance to design the first ever Nelson Ri

Design & Win The Nelson Ring

If there was a Ring that encompassed the spirit, beauty, geography, creativeness, or history of Nelson, what might it be?
Team Jens Hansen Profile - Amanda Wearing

Team Jens Hansen Profile - Amanda Wearing

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.
Modern transformation of heirloom diamonds

Modern transformation of heirloom diamonds

We worked with the couple to handcraft an engagement/wedding ring using a classic Jens Hansen design and Rebecca’s very special heirloom stones.

Titanium vs tungsten wedding bands for men

Titanium vs tungsten wedding bands for men

The tungsten vs titanium debate can get quite heated but the most important thing any man must know is that neither metal is a good choice for a wedding band!
what finger do i wear my engagement ring on?

Engagement ring on which hand?

We're often asked about which hand the engagement ring goes on. Traditionally the engagement ring is given at the beginning of the 'engagement' and is worn on the ring finger of the left hand. 
Modern transformation of heirloom diamonds

Modern transformation of heirloom diamonds

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.
lord of the rings stunt ring by jens hansen

The Lord of the Rings Stunt Ring goes to Japan

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
amanda wearing jens hansen team

Team Jens Hansen Profile - Amanda Wearing

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
Dane famed as father of modern NZ jewellery.

Dane famed as father of modern NZ jewellery.

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.
A video of a Visit to the Jens Hansen Workshop

A video of a Visit to the Jens Hansen Workshop

World Traveller is a 20min show broadcast every Saturday night on the Shanghai Documentary Channel. In Feb-Mar 2009 they visited the Nelson region of New Zealand and saw us at our studio workshop. 

Someone has posted a brief clip of the show on YouTube showing the guys in the studio hard at work, making a Movie Ring.
jens hansen the ring maker

A life Less Ordinary - Jens Hansen

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.