Matakana’s Hidden Gem
Matakana’s hidden gem is the collaboration between Master Goldsmith John Crockett and jewellery designer and manufacturer Michael John, now located at Matakana Country Park (between Brambles Café and Art Matakana). Their intention is to create a fusion of traditional and modern jewellery design and manufacturing techniques, specialising in bespoke custom made jewellery.
Master Goldsmith and Gem Setter John Crockett has been creating and hand making one-off jewels for 50 years. Previously he owned the Auckland Ring Company before deciding to move to the Matakana area to work and live. John says, “best decision ever.” The move reignited his passion to craft exquisite jewellery and so the space at the Country Park enabled him to showcase some of his more creative ideas using colourful gems. The gold and gemstone jewels he makes now, are still to enhance and delight, whilst being enjoyed as unique and different to traditional jewellery.
Michael John, better known as MJ, has been designing diamond engagement rings and unique one-off pieces for the last 15 years. From his humble beginnings in a K'rd studio, to the bustling London life of Hatton Garden, MJ has designed and manufactured for many of the leading jewellery houses around the world. He set his own company up eight years ago and relocated to the Matakana Coast two years ago. He uses one of the most advanced computer aided jewellery design systems in the world. He can produce an on-screen 3D model of your jewellery and phenomenal photo-realistic images of your design that allows you to visualise your finished piece well before the creation of your jewellery begins.
John & MJ had already been working together for a few years, when MJ was also looking for a studio space. They subsequently joined forces to combine their talents and skills, something quite unique in New Zealand. Together, John and MJ have a unique skill set unseen before in this beautiful area we live in. They are a wealth of knowledge in all areas of jewellery design and manufacture. Pop in and see them for jewellery advice, direction and inspiration.