Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith, Nelson

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Jens Hansen - The Ringmaker is Nelson's Most Established & Only International Recognised Artisan Jewellery Workshop.

Jens Hansen's hand-forged designs are easily recognized and crafted to last for generations.

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson asked Jens Hansen to design and make the Movie Ring for his film versions of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings™ and The Hobbit™ books. Reproductions of "The World’s Most Famous Ring”, and the iconic The Golden Kiwi are available.

Originally established in 1968 by Jens and Gurli Hansen, the central Nelson studio workshop is now run by Jens' son Halfdan Hansen.

Jens’ work is highly regarded nationally and internationally; he is in the Marquis Who’s Who and has designs in the permanent collection of the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa.

Jens passed away in 1999, but his legacy lives on in the hands of the internationally experienced in-house jewellers. Creating designs with the distinctive ‘Jens Hansen’ style, these artisan jewellers hand-forge beautiful pieces of jewellery that are easily recognised and crafted to last for generations; diamond engagement and dress rings, bracelets, pendants, brooches and silverware.

Jens Hansen was also Peter Jackson's ringmaker of choice to design and make the ring depicted on screen as The One Ring for his movie versions of J. R. R. Tolkien's famous The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books.

Go to www.jenshansen.com to learn more about Jens Hansen's history. See Jens Hansen The Ringmaker and all Nelson has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nelson vacation route planner. Put Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith into our Nelson trip itinerary maker website and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • When I first got my eyes on The Nelson Ring via the website, I immediately fell in love with it. I love the country New Zealand *even lived there for 6 months. Therefore, I decided to treat myself wit...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I were visiting New Zealand on a month-long trip from Canada. To make it extra special I wanted to propose to my Lord of the Rings fan with a ring from the jeweler who designed the O...  more »
  • We went there to see the shop, because they were the makers of the rings from LOTR. The owner was a nice guy who showed us one of the rings, that they had there. We did not buy anything, but they have...  more »
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  • I ordered the replica Ring in 18 karat gold with no Hallmark. I wanted complete fidelity to the original, and this ring will be my wedding ring. The ring is beyond anything I could have imagined. The weight, so incredibly satisfying, the rich golden hue unspeakably beautiful, and of course that timeless design, so complete in it's perfection. Aside from the ring itself, the packaging was exquisite. I loved the hand written note, polishing cloth, and certificate of authenticity along with description of how the ring was originally made. Also, all of my interactions with Customer Service, Lee-Anne in particular, were amazing. Thank you so much for everything. I'm incredibly proud to own a piece of history crafted with such skill and passion by Jens Hansen Goldsmith and Silversmith. That skill and passion pours out not only in the ring itself, but in every aspect of my experience and interactions with your team. For potential customers, I cannot recommended working with Jens Hansen enough. Their craftsmanship is of a Masterwork level, and the professionalism with which they do business is truly a pleasure to experience. Also, their website is easy to use on both mobile and PC. It is intuitive and straight forward, so you always know what you're getting. There is a wealth of information provided about their products to help international buyers get a clear idea of the products. Please support this incredible business so fully devoted to their craft and their customers.
  • Ordered an engagement ring from Jens Hansen to surprise my now-fiance. She loved it, and we had to come back for the wedding rings to match. We love the rings - they're just what we were looking for and will make our wedding day that much more special. We love the Lord of the Rings and were so happy to discover Jen Hansen's history with the movies. The ability to work in the Elvish and the LOTR fonts are so unique and so awesome! The quick shipping was greatly appreciated - it was so exciting to see the rings in the mail just a couple days after they were finished being made. And to top it off, the service is excellent - very responsive and helpful in making the right selection without being able to see anything in person. Made us much more comfortable making this big of a purchase over the web!
  • Stunning ring. More solid than I usually wear but very comfortable. Superb customer service & communication, super fast delivery. Look forward to buying more of your stunning pieces in the future
  • I'd first like to say that the ring I received looks very well done. However, my fiance had many issues when ordering my engagement ring. First, the website needs some updating. Every little choice you make, or sometimes even when just scrolling down the site, the site will perform a full refresh. This resulted in my fiance choosing the option for an engraving but when the page refreshed the option she chose was subsequently erased without her knowing. She then received a blank ring and had to pay for the engraving AS WELL as for shipping it back to New Zealand (we live in the USA) all because the website is very archaic as far as it is designed. She paid all they asked for, but the fact that Jens Hansen was unwilling to at least reimburse the shipping cost or help out in any way at all was very insulting after she spent over $700 on my ring. TLDR: Be aware of the website when ordering. It is not up to date and will erase options chosen. Also, pictures show BLACK SPEECH on rings but they cannot legally sell rings with Black Speech. False advertising and terrible customer service. I'll never recommend anybody purchase The One Ring from them.
  • Got the smallest 9ct rose gold ring! I don't know much about rings so i won't say if materials are worth the price or things like that. To me though it looks awesome and more importantly my girl loved it ;) Besides, guys from Jens Hansen helped me a lot with things like estimating tax prices, chosing ring size based on a photo - communication was quick and helpful And the website is nice ;) Generally I am very happy with the ring and there is a good chance i'll be back for some wedding bands in a couple of months

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Nelson has the range of accommodations you would expect to find in a modern city in a great location. More upmarket hotels line the river and cluster in the city center. Budget-minded travelers will also find a number of hostels and motels here. On the outskirts of the city there are more motels, RV parks, and campsites, offering great options for those interested in outdoor excursions and city day trips.
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