Pakohe, or argillite, has become one of my favourite materials to work with. Not only is it found in the Nelson-Marlborough region of New Zealand, where the Benjamin Black Goldsmiths studio and workshop is based, it also has a striking dark colour, hardness and strength, which makes it perfect for jewellery.
We often see clients who want to purchase something special, but are unsure of what their partner would like. Rather than purchasing a piece of jewellery that might not be 'quite right', we often recommend buying an individual gemstone. That way, your significant other has the pleasure of working with us to design the ring/design of her (or his) choice.