It didn’t take too long after Sarah & Sebastian was founded in 2012 for Sydneysiders – quickly followed by Australians more broadly – to start coveting the label’s minimalist, demi-fine jewellery. Its pieces are now stocked in top-tier boutiques and department stores around the world, and co-founders Sarah Gittoes and Robert Grynkofki opened the flagship store in Paddington in 2017, cementing its local presence. Now, there’s a new bridal retail concept exclusive to Sydney.
Gittoes and Grynkofki launched their White bridal collection in early 2018, and as the range’s popularity increased and customers began requesting tailored designs, they discovered the limitations of traditional over-the-counter retail – particularly when purchasing something as personal as an engagement ring. This challenge sparked the idea to create a more immersive retail experience, rather than a traditional store.
The new 80-square-metre Sarah & Sebastian outpost in Mosman is more showroom than store. The star feature is its frosted-glass private consultation room for one-on-one appointments (or two-on-one, if you bring your partner) with engagement-ring specialists, enabling clients to co-create their ring in a face-to-face setting.
Over three consultations – the first to decide on the design, the second to view the diamond and a visual mock-up, and the final to try on (and take home) the finished ring – an engagement-ring specialist will help you select the diamond type, cut and carat, as well as your preferred setting, band and optional engraving. Design options are abundant, meaning almost any dream engagement ring can be brought to life. There are natural and champagne diamonds; brilliant, pear, oval, emerald and cushion cuts; and rose-gold, yellow-gold and white-gold bands.
Wedding bands, for both men and women, are also available. And there are kits with samples of all the band and diamond variations for customers to touch and play around with. All diamonds are Gemological Institute of America certified (meaning you can trust your diamond is what the jeweller says it is) and hand-selected from ethical and trusted suppliers.
The clean lines, glass surfaces, walnut colouring and concrete details of the brand’s Oxford Street store have been mimicked in Mosman, with Landini Associates again involved in the interior design. The overall aesthetic is not dissimilar from the brand’s White bridal range: luxe, yet understated. Anchoring the minimalist interior and running the length of the shop is a museum-style case, where product displays and art installations show seasonal inspirations and concepts. Rough industrial finishes of blackened metal throughout the space add a raw contrast.
The Mosman showroom is not only for brides-to-be: the brand’s full jewellery range is in stock. Some pieces are available to buy over the counter, but the majority are made to order (and couriered to you in three days). On Sundays, an artisan jeweller will weld the brand’s popular Soldered bracelets onto shoppers’ wrists.
For those who can’t visit the store in person, Sarah & Sebastian has sought to replicate its engagement ring service online, with a team that works closely with the designers and jewellers. The Co-Creation Ring Builder allows users to (virtually) build their dream ring and receive an instant quote. There’s also a try-at-home kit that costs $220, which is fully refunded when returned within 14 days. It includes the full range of settings, bands and diamond cuts, allowing you to mix and match (the stones stick onto the bands) until you discover your perfect combination.
Sarah & Sebastian
Shop 1/ 1–5 Mandolong Road, Mosman
Mon to Sat 9.30am–5.30pm