Behind the Bench
Join Matthew Ely behind the bench. Here, you'll discover stories about the making of our most remarkable pieces, jewellery tips and trend advice, and information about our most precious gems sourced from around the globe.
Introducing Iluka: The Largest & Longest Keshi Pearl Necklace in the World
After 13 years of sourcing and 700 hours of handcrafting, Matthew Ely is proud to present Iluka: the largest and longest strand of Keshi pearls in the world. Discover the story behind this remarkable miracle of nature.
Pink Gemstones: The Top 4 Gems & Trends
Pink gemstones are the boldest high jewellery trend of Spring Summer 2023/24, from pink diamonds to morganite rings, rubellite tourmaline and pink sapphire. Matthew Ely explores the top 4 pink-focused jewellery styles of the season.
A Guide to Buying Pearls
How can you tell if a pearl is real? Should you choose a Baroque pearl or round pearl? Discover tips from Matthew Ely and the Autore South Sea Cultured Pearl Classification Guide.
Top 4 Pearl Trends: How & Where to Wear Them?
Classic pearls are well and truly back in the spotlight, but it's nothing like your grandma used to wear. From Baroque shapes to layering, here are the top pearl trends of 2023.
The Making Of: La Parade Azure
Crafted 100% by hand over more than 300 hours in a tiny Parisian studio, this is the story of 'La Parade Azure'.
Meet Matthew Ely Jeweller, Louis
“Australians are more creative! While the French aesthetic is classic and reserved, the trend here is towards explosions of colour that go far beyond traditional diamonds."
What Jewellery To Wear in 2023
A new year, a new collection, a bold new suite of jewellery trends. Think Grandma’s 1920s jewellery box paired with post-Covid extravagance, ‘Viva Magenta’ and some not-so-classic pearls.
The Making Of: A Tourmaline 'Sanctuary' Ring
A clandestine octopus hidden in a tourmaline, a hand-etched ocean seascape bubbling under the surface, and a finalist at the Jewellers Association of Australia Awards. This is the story of Sanctuary.
Introducing Matthew Ely Jeweller, Velvet
You may have met her in person at the Matthew Ely boutique, or you may have seen her incredible, nature-inspired designs on social media. Either way, our up-and-coming jeweller, Velvet, is a face (and name!) to remember.
How To Find The Perfect Jewellery Gift
Find the perfect jewellery gift for an anniversary, milestone birthday, Valentine's Day or special occasion. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
The Making Of: A ‘Transformable’ Art Deco Tourmaline & Pearl Necklace
A classic pearl necklace for brunch, an elegant brooch for afternoon tea, and a remarkable Art Deco pendant for dinner – all thanks to a single piece of jewellery.
What are Keshi pearls?
Named after the Japanese word for ‘poppy seed’, Keshis pearls are “nature’s accidents”, formed as a by-product of the pearl culturing process. Find out more about this slightly edgy, effortless yet luxurious pearl style.
The Spring Bling: Vintage Floral & All Things Green
Florals are back in town – but they’re brighter, bolder and more eclectic than ever. Discover Matthew Ely's top 5 overall jewellery trends of the spring 2023 season.
The Making Of: A 'Family Heirloom' Sapphire & Diamond Ring
It started with two rings, ten diamonds, and one sketch. The request? To transform and unite two sentimental heirlooms, our client's late mother’s rings, into one beautiful, iconic piece.
The Many Colours of a Diamond
Did you know: coloured diamonds represent only 0.01% of diamonds mined in the world. So - white, pink, yellow, green or blue? What makes each diamond colour so unique? And which one is right for you?
The Making Of: A Diamond Tiara
From initial sketch to final product, discover the story of this custom made diamond tiara, handcrafted over 600 hours with 580 diamonds and 11 South Sea Pearls.
The Chameleon Gem - Colour Change Alexandrite
Is it red? Is it blue? Wait… is it purple? Don’t worry, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. This custom made 4.21ct Natural Chrysoberyl Alexandrite ring has remarkable colour change properties!
To Diamond Or Not To Diamond
While diamonds are the classic choice for engagement and wedding rings, alternative gemstones like ruby, aquamarine, emerald and sapphire have gained popularity in recent years. So, which would you choose?
Top 5 Jewellery Trends of 2022
Matthew Ely shares some of the major shifts he has seen in high-end jewellery, alongside the key upcoming trends for 2022. Think colour blocking, ring layering, unique materials, new technologies and all things aquamarine.