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December 26, 2015


Jens Hansen Holiday Season Store Opening Hours December 2015 - January 2016

Want to visit our Nelson store over the festive season?

Here are the Jens Hansen Holiday Season Store Hours

Jens Hansen 2015 2016 Christmas and New Years Holiday Opening Hours

Christmas Day Friday, 25 December CLOSED
Boxing Day Saturday, 26 December CLOSED
Sunday, 27 December CLOSED
Monday, 28 December 10.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday, 29 December 9.00am to 5.30pm
Wednesday, 30 December 9.00am to 5.30pm
New Years Eve Thursday, 31 December 9.00am to 5.30pm
New Years Day Friday, 1 January CLOSED
Saturday, 2 January CLOSED
Sunday, 3 January 10.00am to 2.00pm
Monday, 4 January 10.00am to 3.00pm
Tuesday, 5 January 9.00am to 5.30pm




November 23, 2015


2015 New Zealand Christmas Postal Dates

It is time to place your Christmas orders.

Lead Times

Our licensed The One Ring replicas and The Chain of Frodo Baggins normally ship within 2-3 working days of your order. (We work Monday-Friday). Most of our other jewellery including the Movie Ring, Elvish Love Rings, The Fellowship Circle and The Nelson Ring are made to order with a lead time of about 1 week.  Laser & Custom engraving options may add another 1 week of lead time to an order.

Below are the likely cutoff shipping dates to reliably receive a package from New Zealand for Chrsitmas:










Weds 16 December

Mon 14 December

Fri 11 December






Standard Post, Standard Parcel, Tracked Parcel

Fri 18 December



FastPost, Courier Parcel, Courier & Signature Parcel

Weds 23 December




Latest Jens Hansen pendant design gifted to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall

The Mayor of Nelson Rachel Reese is to gift a Jens Hansen 18ct gold pendant to Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall on Saturday 7th November.


Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall is here with Prince Charles on an official royal visit to the region. The Golden Kiwi pendant by Jens Hansen will be gifted to The Duchess on the arrival of Their Royal Highnesses at the Church Steps, when the Mayor will meet them for the first time.

Halfdan Hansen from Jens Hansen jewellers said as soon as they heard about the visit he offered the soon-to-be-released pendant to the Mayor of Nelson as an official Nelson gift for The Duchess.

“It was forty years ago this year that my father, Jens, was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council travel grant for a residency at the Goldsmiths High School in Copenhagen, so we were thrilled when The Palace accepted the pendant as a gift for The Duchess,” Hansen said. “It is a very elegant design, so we believe it will suit her.

“The Golden Kiwi pendant has been nearly two years in the making from 2D concepts and 3D developments, to its final handcrafted form,” he says.  “We were planning to launch it in December, but we have worked hard to move that launch forward to this week now that it will be given to The Duchess on Saturday!

“Our New Zealand and international customers often ask us for something distinctively Kiwi,” says Hansen. “Now, Jens himself was a famed New Zealand jeweller so any of his classic designs really fit the bill, but with The Golden Kiwi we decided to create an elegant and wearable piece of jewellery that specifically combines New Zealand’s national symbol with Jens’ sculptural style to create a timeless jewellery icon.”

“We handcrafted various versions and tested them on different people to make sure the necklace looked great and was easy to wear,” he says. “During this testing period we could see how well it suited everyone who tried it, regardless of what they were wearing or what they were doing, so someone said it was like “New Zealand’s little black dress of jewellery”, and that catch phrase has stuck.  “We’ve also had fun playing on our Kiwi heritage here since The Golden Kiwi was the name of New Zealand’s national lottery from 1961 to 1989.”

Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese says the pendant is a beautiful depiction of the Kiwi.

“It is a very stylish, delicate piece of jewellery, and we are very pleased to gift it to The Duchess on behalf of Nelson City,” Reese says. “It’s fitting it is from one of our own Nelson icons, the Jens Hansen workshop.

About The Golden Kiwi pendant

The Golden Kiwi pendant is a beautiful stylised interpretation of the national symbol of New Zealand, the rare flightless Kiwi bird. It is handcrafted from solid (NZ-sourced) 9ct or 18ct yellow, white or red golds.  It measures 15mm wide x 13mm high. The necklace chain is also made in New Zealand in the rolo style (a round cable link). Each Golden Kiwi has its gold carat hallmark, and the Jens Hansen and New Zealand-made hallmarks.

The Golden Kiwi pendant is currently the subject of New Zealand Design Application No. 420559.

It can be purchased at the Jens Hansen artisan jewellery workshop, or online at jenshansen.com

The necklace was gifted to The Duchess of Cornwall in an inscribed box made from sustainably sourced New Zealand Rimu wood.

March 18, 2015


All Tony Bowater said was, “I got it from Jens Hansen”

At 19, Tony Bowater sold his prize drum kit to help pay for the engagement ring for his 18-year-old sweetheart, Janine Collingwood.

With permission given from Janine’s father, Tony set off to work a little early one morning and called in at Janine’s workplace along the way – the ring safely tucked down, deep in his pocket.

“It was a very long time ago, but my memory tells me she came out to the car and I told her we had better make this official,” says Tony. “I can’t claim it was particularly romantic, because I didn’t get down on one knee to propose and I wasn’t confident about choosing the ring for her by myself, so we chose it together.

“She knew the proposal was coming at some stage, and we knew we couldn’t get married for a while. Janine’s mother had very firmly said she had to wait until she was 20. We married two days after her twentieth birthday.”

Tony and Janine were teenagers when they met at a Nelson nightclub.

“It was one of those classic moments. We were there with our own groups of friends and our eyes met across the room – the dance floor was between us,” Tony grins. “I wanted to buy her a drink, but she wanted to buy me a drink. I told her she could buy me a drink on the condition she allowed me to take her to lunch on Monday.

“I was 45 minutes late for that lunch date because something came up at work.  Over the years, Janine has often said she should have taken my lateness that day as a warning sign; that I was always going to be a bit too dedicated to work.

“I haven’t changed,” he laughs “I’ll duck into the office to do something and I’ll still be there, three hours later. Fortunately for me, Janine understands my work ethic and she knows I wouldn’t be late for special events or family occasions.”

“There wasn’t a lot of money for jewellery in those early years of our marriage,” Tony remembers. “We started our family – Joel, who is now 25, Jontee is 22, and Oscar is 15 – and we were mortgaged to the hilt. One year, I bought her a bottle of perfume for her birthday. She insisted I take it back and told me the money would be much better spent on nappies.”

Janine concedes; yes, she did turn down the gift of perfume. “The perfume Tony chose happened to be rather strong,” she laughs.  “It was a really nice idea, but we didn’t have a lot of spare cash in the early years of our marriage.” 

 Now, when asked how she feels about Jens Hansen jewellery being bought for her, Janine happily says “perfect.”

And, as for Tony’s prized drum kit, he replaced it with a new set once he and Janine had been married for about 10 years. He has no idea where that original drum kit  ended up, but asked if he made on the deal when he sold them back in the 1980s, he smiled and said: “I guess I did – yes. I’ve had the last 26 years, married to Janine.”

Win this 24ct golden rose for Valentine's Day 2015

Jens Hansen is giving away a unique $300 gold-plated rose. The 11-inch rose was cut at the height of its freshness before being coated with 24 carat rose gold by electroforming, to preserve it for eternity and celebrate this week of love. For the chance to win this stunning gift, simply come into the Jens Hansen studio on the corner of Selwyn Place and Trafalgar Square by 4pm, Friday, February 13, and you could make someone very happy on Valentine’s Day this Saturday.


Tanya Rowe with the 24 carat gold-plated rose that the Nelson Weekly and Jens Hansen will be giving away this Valentine’s Day. Photo: Jessie Johnston.


Tanya Rowe with the 24 carat gold-plated rose that the Nelson Weekly and Jens Hansen will be giving away this Valentine’s Day. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Thank You to Everyone Who Participated in The Nelson Ring Contest

Whether you entered a Nelson Ring design, or voted for your favourite, thank you for participating in the Nelson Ring design contest.



Our team are currently reviewing the top five ring designs as voted by the public, and will announce the winning designer of the Nelson Ring on Friday this week. Check back on Facebook for the big announcement.



If you voted for your favourite design, liked the Jens Hansen Facebook page, registered on Gigatown.co.nz, and entered your email details, you are in the draw to win a $300 Jens Hansen voucher! The winner will be drawn on Wednesday 3rd September, check back on Facebook to see who wins! And later this month, keep an eye on Facebook to see the Jens Hansen jewellers hand-forge the very first Nelson Ring, under the watchful eye of its designer!



The Nelson Ring Contest

Time to vote for the first ever Nelson Ring

On 21 July, we asked Nelsonians near and far: “If there was a ring that encompassed the spirit, beauty, geography, creativeness, or history of Nelson, what might it look like?” And to find out, we launched the Nelson Ring design competition, to give Nelsonians a chance to design and win the first ever Nelson Ring.  

We asked participants to submit a photo of a hand-sketched or computer-generated design, and tell us their inspiration behind the Nelson Ring. Now it’s time for the public to vote for the top five finalists by Midnight Sunday 31st August, and the Jens Hansen team will then choose the ultimate winning design in the week commencing 1st September. 

To vote and view contest details, click here.

All voters will be entered with a chance to win a $300 Jens Hansen voucher - so be sure to vote daily!




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*Jens Hansen – Gold & Silversmith is the designer and maker of The Movie Ring (the rings made for the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie trilogies), the ONE Ring(s) (made exclusively for Weta Workshop under their license from Warner Bros.) and The Jens Hansen Replica Ring (the replica rings available from Jens Hansen – Gold & Silversmith). Jens Hansen is not otherwise authorised, endorsed, affiliated or otherwise associated with Tolkein Enterprises, The Saul Zaentz Company (owner of the trade marks LORD OF THE RINGS, THE HOBBIT and THE ONE RING), New Line Productions or Warner Bros.

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