Jewellery not off the factory belt

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If we are masters of our fate, it’s a good thing Rick Southwick chose to study the art of jewellery and antique reproduction over journalism. Drawing influence from the German Bauhaus movement which fuelled a dramatic surge in modernist design, Zed Jewellery is bold in form, thoughtful in conception, and intricate in construction – proving that jewellery has transcended the boundary of the generic term ‘accessory’.

His new designs are retrospective of the ’60s and ’70s with a prime focus on iconicity, creating stand-out pieces with character and history that possess a sense of realism and a deserved place in nostalgia.

Working with platinum, sterling silver and white gold, Zed Jewellery features a dynamic collection for men and women including pendants, rings and cufflinks.

But it’s his ‘Dezmond Zeal’ robot that we’re coveting most (pictured, far right). This full metal beauty has more moveable parts than any Lego man and won’t clash with your casual summer wardrobe.

Of the design’s inspiration, says Rick, “When I was a kid I watched 1950s movies and television. I watched ‘Lost In Space’ and I believed they were real robots; that they weren’t papier mache; that it wasn’t just a monkey with pointy stick-on ears… It’s all just for fun; that’s why I do it.”

For Zed Jewellery enquiries, phone (02) 9232 3366, email visit