Jens Hansen The Ringmaker, 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. See Jens Hansen The Ringmaker and all Nelson has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nelson vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Nelson

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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  • We visited the One Ring maker as part of a LOTR tour of New Zealand. Our group was fortunate to hear about the making of the rings, and we got to see many of the rings designed for the movies. Of cour...  more »
  • Being LOTR fans we couldn't resist visiting Jens Hansen. The service we received there from Lee-Anne was above and beyond. The store was quite busy and she managed to still give personal care to makin...  more »
  • This is definitely a must-visit place for Lord of the Rings enthusiasts. Jens Hansen is the maker of the One Ring. I went with a tour group, so we were able to go back into the workshop and hear from ...  more »
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  • Absolutely delighted with my purchase. Recently got my 'One Ring' and couldn't have asked for anything else, it was all taking into consideration from the presentation box to the actual item. I even left a request to which they completed. Everyone is kind and absolutely a pleasure to talk to, it's also all a team effort. Would definitely buy again, and this time for myself as this ring was given to a friend as a gift.
  • I got the Ring and its amazing! Such great craftsmanship! I ordered the Silver One Ring. One day I will upgrade to the Gold! Thank you so much. This is my Wedding band. My wife and friends also loved it. They contacted me making sure that I got it and that I loved it which felt great knowing they care about their customers! Thank you once again. I look forward to ordering from you again.
  • The Team at Jens Hansen were top quality from idea, to concept, to design and to the finished product. While Lee-Anne replied to my initial request the lovely Tanya carried most of the details alongside the incredibly talented Zane who brought me a fantastic 3D render of what the end design would be. With only a month before our trip to New Zealand the team were incredibly fast at replying, keeping me in the loop and getting everything done not just quickly and ahead of schedule, but to a higher standard of what I expected and to a quality that photos do no justice (despite the hundreds my new fiancée has taken). Thank you so much Jens Hansen for making our ring so special and taking into account my budget and design requests. I sought them out as they had designed the One Ring for the Lord of the Rings, and what I received was the one ring for the love of my life! Can't wait to visit in a few days!
  • My experience with Jens and his team was a real pleasure. Everything went smoothly and quickly. I ordered two wedding bands with specific instructions for an engraving in Elvish, just like the films. The engraving is the first four lines of a poem I had written for my fiancé so it was important to me that the engraving was perfect. Shortly after placing my order, Jens’ team contacted me to verify a few things. Communication was clear, efficient and friendly. Soon after that I received an email from Jens’ team showing photos of my wedding band with the engraving, exactly as it should be. I confirmed that everything looked great and days after that my wedding rings arrived here in the UK. The rings look wonderful. My fiancé will be thrilled, as am I.
  • We're absolutely thrilled with the end result! The amount of details on the rings is fantastic, we love the engraving, the weight and delicacy of the rings, the way the shine, so many things to talk about, just wow! Thank you and the team, for making such a nice piece of art for us, we knew from the beginning that we made the right choice when we contacted you to do the work for our rings. It's something that will last for our lifetime and will carry on as a legacy of our love, commitment and happiness. All of our friends and family are excited as we are with the final product, and it's such a wonderful story to tell, the people that made "The Lord of the Rings" rings made our wedding rings, who gets to say that? We are waiting patiently for our big day to come now, and we have something so amazing that will show to the world our Love. Thank you for everything.