14 December 2018

Futuristic Gold Jewellery

Why 'futuristic'? Don't I mean atavistic, a retreat into the past?- Because these earrings sure do remind us of something we might see in a museum, made 2000 years ago, not anything futuristic.
Well, no, I really do mean that these earrings are futuristic- but the definition of this word will here take on a different flavour.
Folks have kept on publishing a stereotypical vision of the future, for a hundred odd years now, that basically involves speed and auxiliary devices that enable us to escape our physical limits- (and ultimately; to escape our body) You see it in movies and cartoons all the time, from Metropolis to The Jetsons to Back To The Future (ergo "where's my hoverboard").
In the actual future, we will laugh at all that stuff. 
In the future there will be a greater connection between humans and the Earth. 
The future will be slower. 
In the future you will love your body and not try to escape it. Then our relationship to jewellery will change, it won't ever be a symbol of wealth, or a symptom of inadequacy-  instead it will be a metallic poem about the things we love. That's what I was thinking of when I made these earrings.

30 October 2017

Earrings, Meadow Flowers

Fiori Earrings (Meadow version). These are hand-fabricated from wire and sheet stock. The seed-like parts are simply flame-melted droplets- although it does require patience, a steady hand and a tiny tiny flame. Its easy to melt the whole thing. I like weeds and meadow flowers, they are small but resilient and beautiful.

5 August 2016

Paintings Available

Following on from my 'Colour Fold' works (see earlier blog posts), Ive been making larger versions for the wall. Comprised of folded and riveted steel, these pieces take the form of a traditional painting tableaux.
What are they about? A strong nod to my silversmithing roots- I'm building vertical topographies by scribing, bending and layering sheet metal. Celebrating the fixing points, the silver ball rivets that poise the elements are made prominent. Whereas painted sheet metal is born of Industry, here, the matte, scumbled paint textures are more reminiscent of nature's weathered jetsam.

These David Neale paintings are now up for sale;  www.davidneale.bigcartel.com
There's 6 available in this set, with larger works on the way.

23 October 2015

Flash Sale- Pendants

The Hirondelle chases the sun around the world.

Im offering a very limited run of these pendants on The Golden Smith Shop 
from 12 noon, New York time, Fri 23rd Oct.
Each one is unique, individually hand-sawn and stamped by myself, David Neale in brass (lead-free).
No chain or box.

Here's the link:

22 September 2015

Wall Work

'Colour Fold'
David Neale 
Steel, paint 30 x 20cm

9 April 2015

Ray Earrings

David Neale Ray Earrings. 2.5cm across. Gold-plated silver. $300, includes shipping to anywhere!
Ask me about these or a solid gold or silver version: thegoldensmith at gmail dot com

8 April 2015

David Neale Diamond Ring

Newen Days ring with halfmoon-shaped diamond set in 18ct white gold.
Beautiful sparkle to this one!
Music; I was listening to Alhaji K. Frimpong via Awesome Tapes 

25 March 2015


The jeweller's saw can be very very fine. This one is about half a millimetre, so its relatively chunky!
Most jewellers have several tell-tale scars on the left index finger- from those accidental saw cuts. One lapse of concentration and this very thin blade slices to the bone!

20 February 2015

Australian Sapphire, Cut In Australia, Made in Australia

Do you take time to think about where an object comes from, and how it is made?

The rough blue sapphire was especially chosen by the bride-to-be, (imagine a girl in a lolly shop...) and then skilfully ground and polished, facet by facet- by a man who lives geometry- Doug Menadue of Bespoke Gems, Sydney. Apparently, the land where this stone was found is now closed to prospectors, making it all the more rare.
I was really excited to be able to bring together a fully Australian ensemble- this adds real value to the provenance, because many gems, (including Australian diamonds and sapphires!)- are cut in India, Bangladesh and Thailand, likely under working conditions that would be unacceptable in the West.
It would make a bride weep if she knew. But not this bride!

Did you know? -Although this stone is a sapphire, the long octagonal shaped cut is called an 'emerald cut'- because it was developed to best show the colour of an emerald. Nowadays it remains a popular shape for diamonds and sapphires, as well as the eponymous emerald.

Specifications: Custom-made 18ct white gold engagement ring- featuring a 3.1ct natural Australian sapphire from Lava Plains, Queensland. Goldsmithing by David Neale.

My next quest is to bring together an Australian-cut Australian diamond and recycled gold setting. Maybe its for you?

2 December 2014

Diamond Newen Days Ring

Diamond 'Newen Days' Ring.
"There's the olden days and there's... the newen days."
I'm interested in old things, as you know from reading this blog,
- but I look forward to new things even more.
This is a half-moon cut diamond set in 18ct yellow gold.
I think this will make a beautiful engagement ring.
So ask her.

6 October 2014

Fiori stud Earrings

A stud version of the Fiori earrings in 9k rose gold. I made the rose coloured alloy up myself, so its a very subtle shade of pink. (see earlier post about the making process). These are available at Pieces Of Eight right now, and here on the Golden Smith Shop very soon.

3 October 2014

Jasper and Turquoise

This ring was a custom request for a variation on my Newen Days ring with spidery turquoise and an arc of jasper. The gold was recycled. The customer's fiancé found the red jasper on a field trip - I love that kind of personal significance. It was tricky to cut in this shape though!

15 August 2014

Golden Ratio Ring

A ring designed to rhyme with your finger bones. But not too precise. It has a warmth.
You can buy this 9k gold version from The Golden Smith Shop.
Also available in silver, platinum or 22k gold by request.

14 July 2014


New batch of David Neale earrings at Pieces of Eight in Melbourne. Gold-plated silver.
International folks; please email me if  you'd like a pair...
US$300- Free shipping to anywhere.

19 June 2014

Old Game

All thats left of this game is the bone bits. I wonder if the missing tiles were wood. It is some kind of egyptian checkers- Im guessing the object is to get your pieces to the other end(?). Very sculptural.
British Museum.

18 June 2014

Gold Beater

History of Metalworking:
Beating gold into sheet or foil by hand-hammering.
Note also lattice flooring- if you drop something precious, it gets compartmentalised.

14 May 2014

Advice To My Younger Self

Thanks to Debbie Pryor from Craft for an interesting interview, 10-odd years on from when my work was in Fresh! '03.
 Read the rest here  -includes Advice To My Younger Self. 
Ah yes, 20/20 hindsight.

5 May 2014

Hermann Jünger rarity

Here's a rarity:
A Hermann Jünger brooch, 1960/70 at auction. (auctionata)
Also a rarity- a chance to see the back! Something I have never seen.
Jünger's maker's mark is a standing bird- and looks to me as though he's engraved the stamp himself-
a nice touch.
I was not expecting to see the square wire framework supporting the composition- very interesting.
There's a freeness in the face composition, and then a lot of formal, organised work to hold it together underneath.
There is always lots of things going on in a Jünger piece;
claw-setting, bezel setting, enamelling, granulation, fusing- a kind of playful game, mixing things up...
you'll see an emerald next to green glass, ivory next to white enamel.

15 April 2014

Gold Loom Bands?

2,000 year old Loom Band?
Or as the style is known to jewellers;
'Loop-in-loop' chain

10 March 2014

Golden Ratio Rings

Golden Ratio Rings
In silver, set with white marble and lapis lazuli

Horseshoe Nail Ring

A gold horseshoe nail ring I made recently as a custom request.
Its a classic form that I've never made before, so it was fun to forge out the geometry with hammer and anvil. I wanted it to have a forgey, satiny, textural finish, so I didn't polish it.

18 February 2014


My work was featured on the Pinterest Blog… shucks!

27 January 2014


Francois Pompon

24 January 2014

24k Horse Pendant

I love working with pure gold- not typically used for today's jewellery, being somewhat softer than the lower alloys, but the trick is to make it proportionally hefty, then it is very robust, and… well…


 Silver or 18k Horse Pendants can be adopted from
 or the rare 24k breed by special request, 

23 January 2014

Gold Stud Earrings- Custom

Custom-made gold studs 
-that can spin!
Got ideas you'd love to crystallise?

22 January 2014

Pine Needles- Black

Pine Needle pendant
Blackened Silver

Yours at The GoldenSmith Shop

7 December 2013

New Earring Patterns

New earrings. Some of these patterns are now at Pieces of Eight in Melbourne...
Or world-wide folks can get them from:
The Golden Smith Shop
Email me if you cant see the patten you like.

Horse / Walk

Dad's new horse- I went for a little walk. 

Golden Ratio Rings

Golden Ratio rings.
Formula with Feeling- that's my intention.

28 November 2013

Newen Days Rings

Newen Days rings;
Moonstone and reclaimed ebony in gold.
Joe thought of the name;
"coz dere's de olden days and, dere's de newen days"

26 November 2013

Golden Fiori

Fiori Earrings in vermeil. These have extra flowers too.

1 November 2013

Lapis, Lapis, Lapis, Lapis Lazuli

Finding a rhythm in making these over and over...
Silver, too, if thats your colour.

30 October 2013


David Neale, Colour Fold
Acquired by National Gallery of Victoria

21 October 2013


You can now find me on Instagram:


Check it out for more jewelry (and jewellery too)


 'Mayon' Bangle.  Steel. I was thinking of a climber's mallion. Plus Marcel Wander's quote:
"we can no longer marvel at a tube being bent"- well the tube part is straight.
Simple and heavy.
'Rond' Bangle

'Lozenge' Bangle.
Gold plated bronze.
I first made this in 2009 I think...
but I may start making them again.

16 October 2013

Diamond Ring

David Neale 'Emerald-cut' Diamond, 18k Gold Ring
Simple, simple.
Golden Ratio proportions.

14 October 2013

Stack Rings

Gold, lapis lazuli or turquoise stack rings.
To be worn above other rings,
 or alone, 
or flip over and wear below.