Online shopping: it’s fast, easy and somewhat addictive. But when it comes to jewellery, ticking the high-quality and Australian-made boxes can prove difficult on the internet. This is where jewellery platform House of Matilda comes in. Erin McLean launched the website in 2020, and it houses delicate and statement jewellery from 11 Australian designers and brands.
Most pieces are made-to-order, and the platform helps people discover smaller Australian designers who may not have received exposure elsewhere.
“All designers have a different aesthetic and profile,” says McLean. “We try to find boutique, up-and-coming designers who have real talent.”
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The website is easy to navigate; you can shop by designer or by category, and there’s an “under $500” section. Sustainability is a big part of McLean’s ethos. “All [the] designers we choose to house operate sustainably and hand-make all pieces. We want to create a higher-end, seamless shopping experience to purchase unique pieces,” she tells Broadsheet.
There are baroque pearl earrings from By Azal, its pieces inspired by the designer’s Pakistani and Indian heritage. You’ll find diamond and sapphire rings by Melbourne’s Black Finch, recycled silver rings by Millie Savage that look straight out of a fantasy world, and rings and pendants from White November, which creates jewellery by melting down previously loved items.
You can also order custom handmade pieces through the site. The enquiry form captures which designer you’re interested in and what style you’re after, and the House of Matilda team connects you with the maker.
McLean hopes to expand House of Matilda in the future, but she plans to host no more than 25 brands on the site to avoid overcrowding. She also wants to expand the site to include Australian-made furniture and artwork.
House of Matilda offers free shipping for all orders over $300, with international shipping and Afterpay available.