Megan Webb is a Melbourne based jeweller with over fifteen years experience hand making fine jewellery. Custom designed and handmade in Melbourne, each piece can be personalised to suit your needs and budget. Using where possible antique and recycled diamonds, conflict free Australian and Canadian diamonds, ethically sourced gemstones and pearls, and sustainably mined or recycled gold, silver, platinum, and palladium.
Specialising in commitment jewellery including engagement and eternity rings as well as women’s and men’s wedding rings and bridal jewellery. One of a kind personalised jewellery including earrings, necklaces, diamond and coloured gemstone rings and men’s jewellery can be designed and crafted to any specifications.
For more information please call or email to arrange an appointment:
Mobile: 0439 998 297
Studio: 410/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
By appointment only.
"The jewellery industry is one that relies on exploiting the natural resources of our earth. After training and working as a jeweller for over a decade it became increasingly important to me to adopt practices that have as little environmental and humanitarian effect as possible. With my experience I am committed to adhering to such principles in all my work without sacrificing the quality that clients rightfully expect from a bespoke handcrafted piece."
"Starting Megan Webb Jeweller allowed me to put my passion for sustainability into practice at the forefront of what I do, whilst still using only top quality materials . It has been a long journey to reach this point and there is always more to be learnt, but it is my sincere hope that with the ever increasing demand, ‘green’ credentials in jewellery will only become more commonplace and easier to achieve.”
Each item we create is custom designed and hand crafted to our clients specifications and nothing is mass produced. We understand that our clients like to know what to expect before commissioning a piece to be made and so below is some basic information about our process.
With few exceptions everything is handmade in our Melbourne studio. During the initial consultation we will discuss your ideas and requirements. From there we will work together to source the materials and develop the design. Then manufacture can begin! You will be involved in every step of the process from start to finish.
From initial consultation to completion usually takes 4-12 weeks. This includes working with you to finalise the design, making any necessary adjustments and sourcing the right materials to make sure you are completely happy with the outcome.
Whilst it isn't possible to give an exact quote without knowing the details of your project we are always happy to discuss what can be done within your budget.
Initial consultations are free. If you do wish to proceed and have designs drawn up to scale there will be a $300 design fee that is deducted from the cost of your piece if and when the quote is accepted.
There are of course many stages in the process where it is important to minimise waste and ensure best practices, but here are some of the direct ways in which we go about reducing our impact.
These stones have been mined and cut by hand many years ago and re-introduced into the supply chain. Because they are cut by hand each and every one is completely unique.
These stones are modern cut stones that have been previously set in jewellery and re-introduced to the supply chain. Every recycled (including antique) diamond helps to reduce the demand for future mining ventures.
These are Australian and Canadian Diamonds with certificates of origin, ensuring that they are conflict-free.
White diamonds are the most readily available with champagne, cognac, yellow, pink, blue and purple available in limited quantities of Australian certified stock.
We are constantly working with suppliers and communities to find gems that are sustainably and ethically sourced and cut.
One of our great passions is working with Australian sapphires that have been sourced in small scale mining operations and cut by independent, local gem cutters. Sapphire is the hardest naturally occurring gemstone after diamond so is perfect for everyday pieces. Australia is famous for its rich blues and greens but it can also be found in yellows, pinks and more.
Lab grown diamonds are practically indistinguishable from natural diamonds so are a great conflict free option. Moissanite is a naturally occurring gemstone and with evolving technology the modern lab grown specimens are incredibly bright, durable and economical, a perfect diamond substitute.
Wherever possible the metal used in our jewellery is 100% recycled Sterling Silver, Palladium, Platinum or Gold.
Making just one ring from new metal can result in up to five tons of environmental waste, and so we work closely with our suppliers to ensure that we use no virgin metal and to minimise our effect on the environment.
The recycled metals we use are reclaimed from a combination of existing jewellery, silverware, coins and precious metal scrap.
It is not always possible to re-use your metal and stones but we are always happy for you to bring in any old pieces of jewellery for assessment.
Not all metal is suitable for melting and re-working. The best guide for knowing if it's suitable is to have the piece laser tested. This lets us know exactly what the alloy is made up of and we can assess suitability. We don’t do the laser testing on site but can arrange to have it done on your behalf or for you to do it in person.
Depending on the chosen design up to two times the weight of the finished piece is required to allow for wastage during manufacture. If you are hoping to re-use your metal we can work to create a design that best utilises the weight you are providing or it may be possible to supplement it with a small amount of fresh, 100% recycled alloy from our stock.
In some cases it may also be possible to directly reuse precious stones, though diamonds are most suitable as other stones often prove too delicate.
All this and other requirements can be discussed in detail at the consultation and design stages.
Rhodium plating is a process traditionally used on White Gold jewellery, whereby it is electroplated with a very fine layer of a pure, white metal, Rhodium. This masks the surface and creates the appearance of a brighter white, closer to that of Platinum or Palladium. To maintain this finish re-plating is usually needed every 12-24 months. Unfortunately, Rhodium mining and extraction techniques have a detrimental effect on the environment, as do the harmful chemicals used in the electroplating process.
Here at Megan Webb Jeweller we have made the conscious decision not to plate any of our White Gold jewellery. We use 14K and 18K White Gold and Palladium alloys, the whitest alloys available that do not contain nickel. This not only avoids the harmful environmental impact of Rhodium plating, but also allows more of the natural colour of the gold to shine through.
As we are a small operation that handles most processes in house there is sometimes a waitlist for initial consultations. We are currently fully booked for the remainder of 2018 but you are very welcome to send us your enquiry and join the 2019 waitlist. Apologies for any inconvenience
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Phone: 0439 998 297
Studio: 410/37 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia.
Consultations are by appointment only. For an initial meeting please allow an hour for us to ensure we have all the necessary information, and to discuss any design queries you may have.
Appointments are available between 10am-6pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and between 11am-3pm on alternating Saturdays (please enquire for upcoming dates) in our Swanston St studio.