Alongside its edgy yet wearable clothing collections, Dunedin-based brand Company of Strangers have been dabbling in a side of fine jewellery more for than a decade, with several of the original designs still bestsellers.
Founder and creative director Sara Munro talks us through some of the clever and captivating pieces. Interview Josie Steenhart
The Pawnshop ring and the Till Death Ring we have been producing for around 12 years. They are so unique yet familiar as most customers have a family ring that looked similar so they are quite nostalgic to people.
The Till Death ring was the first ring we made. I had my paternal and maternal grandmother’s rings and wanted to fuse them together with one of my own small pearl rings. The two grandmother’s rings are on either side of mine – being the middle pearl ring. We used the actual rings to wax and then mould into a new cast form.
Yes, we always make everything here, except our nail polish range, which is made in Australia. We are very passionate that we remain New Zealand-made, for us it’s about keeping our industry alive. We have fantastic makers who are all from small family businesses. They put so much love and pride into their work.
I’m not sure about that, although Dunedin people don’t take themselves too seriously and have a great sense of humour and also a love for the unique.
We currently have around 30 styles, and rather than doing a new collection every six months we add to it when we feel like it’s ready. Mostly when I want something new to add to my own rotation!
The Divorce ring is simply the Till Death ring cut right down the middle. Having divorced parents and my husband and I having a nuclear family of our own I have a very realist view on divorce and think that time should still be remembered with fondness and not bitterness. Why not have a laugh about it and remember the good times!
My favourite is the Living End necklace for sure, it’s two pieces that link together and is the perfect accompaniment to any wardrobe. You can wear them separately as a bracelet and a choker necklace or link them together to make one longer necklace with two textures. I wear mine most days, I’m obsessed with it.