Colourful, fun Japanese themed jewellery

Wellington, New Zealand · 71 Sales


Colourful, fun Japanese themed jewellery

Wellington, New Zealand 71 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I enjoy the colour and pattern possibilities paper provides which are often not present in other materials. I hand craft my jewellery from individually selected pieces of Japanese origami paper and found paper (such as maps, sheet music and sometimes magazine paper) so that they are unique. All of my paper jewellery has been varnished making it durable for every day wear.


I enjoy the colour and pattern possibilities paper provides which are often not present in other materials. I hand craft my jewellery from individually selected pieces of Japanese origami paper and found paper (such as maps, sheet music and sometimes magazine paper) so that they are unique. All of my paper jewellery has been varnished making it durable for every day wear.

Imogen Wilson

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Imogen Wilson


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It started it as a hobby in 2009. I went full-time in 2013, and never been happier with my work or my life!

I live in my home town of Wellington, New Zealand, where I’ve been running my own handmade business since I started it as a hobby in 2009. My origami crane earrings had a simple conception—they were something I personally wanted to wear, simple as that.

As a child I attended a Japanese immersion primary school. We learnt Japanese from age 5, ate Japanese food, did Japanese crafts... including making the classic origami crane. So really you could say I was destined to do something with a Japanese flavour.

I enlisted the help of my Japanese friend David to make the first pair of earrings, as I was convinced I couldn't fold a piece of paper that small. After seeing the result, and wearing them happily for a couple of weeks, I thought I'd have a go at making some myself. It was a bit of a challenge at first, but so much fun that before I knew it I had ten pairs... then twenty! Suddenly I had more crane earrings than I knew what to do with. I decided to attend my first craft fair, to see if strangers liked them as much as I did. There, I was approached by the owner of a local shop who asked if she could stock my earrings... and the rest, as they say, is history!

I was having so much fun making cranes. And I felt so validated being stocked in a well-known boutique that I started contacting other shops to see if they would stock my wares. I only had one product—and some truly awful product photos—but, boy, did I have passion and determination in spades! Fast forward to 2013, and I found myself in a unique position: I was getting married and going on a two month honeymoon. My day job couldn’t give me that much time off. I could request less leave and have a shorter honeymoon. Or I could quit my job and leap into the big, scary unknown world of self-employment. And seeing as I made roughly the same selling cranes as I did working 9-5…

I quit my job.

It was completely terrifying, and yet it also wasn't at all. It felt right; I felt ready. I've never been happier with my work or my life. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of hard work and very long hours, but I am giving it a shot and it’s a great feeling betting on myself!

Since becoming a full-time maker, I have expanded my origami product range and created two new brands: Ex Libris Jewellery and Major Tom Jewellery. I love how being a 'one man band' means there’s a variety of work, there is always something to do, and it's different every day. Sometimes motivation is hard, but often the moment it's lagging will be when I receive a bit of feedback from a happy customer, which makes it all worthwhile.

I make jewellery that is colourful and fun, yet elegant and unique. It’s important to me that my work is different, makes people smile, and doesn't take itself too seriously! As much as I love simplistic jewellery made from precious metals, or a bit of bling now and again, the reason my jewellery works is the pop of colour it adds to an outfit.

I make things I enjoy making, enjoy wearing, and enjoy promoting. It's something I can do from the comfort of my house (while the newest addition to the business, my 3 month old baby, sleeps in the other room). I am adding to the micro-economy, to the handmade movement, and creating something from (mostly) found materials. When you buy from me, you buy from my heart, from my hands, from my family. You add to my story, and become part of it.

A mentor of mine, Jess Van Den, said it best:

“I believe in handmade. I believe in the power and the goodness of the micro-economy. I buy handmade wherever I can. I believe that the more of us who succeed, the better our world and our lives will be.”

Shop members

  • Imogen Wilson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I’m Imogen, the gal on the other side of the screen. I live in my hometown Wellington, New Zealand. I’m a jeweller, a blogger, a wife, an only child, a chocolate-addict, a bookworm & facebook-aholic.

  • Lindsay

    Designer, Motivator, Breakfast Maker

    Lindsay is Imogen’s husband, the Robin to her Batman. There would be no jewellery without Lindsay being the expert alarm clock and breakfast maker that he is. He’s also the brains behind logo design, website building/design & my no.1 fan.

  • Handmade by Me

    Ethos, Philosophy

    I am part of the Etsy team 'Handmade by Me' which guarantees that I make everything in this shop by hand, no mass production here!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 18, 2013
Welcome! Thank you for visiting Imogen Wilson Jewellery!

Colourful, fun jewellery (jewelry) that is elegant, unique and doesn't take itself too seriously - handmade in New Zealand by Imogen Wilson

*I handmade each item in this shop myself, if a colour or pattern you desire is not available please contact me and I will list one if already available in my studio, or make one for you from scratch!

*My jewellery is made from paper, some of it is bought, but most of it is found (old maps, magazine off cuts) I love recycling and re purposing materials where possible

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Accepted payment methods

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Returns and exchanges
I offer a 10 day full refund for return policy. If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, please contact me within 10 days of receiving it. However - please be aware that I cannot accept returns of custom orders. I also cannot accept returns of earrings that have been worn for health and safety reasons.

I want you to be happy with your order, and I will do whatever I can to work with you to sort out any issues!

Return the item in original condition, and I will refund the full price on receiving it back. I cannot accept responsibility for repaying postage and handling charges.
Payment is accepted through PayPal. If you don't have an account, you can still pay using a debit or credit card!

If you live in New Zealand and would like to pay by direct credit please contact me for my bank details as this is no trouble!

If your payment will be delayed for any reason, please get in touch!

If I don't receive payment and don't hear from you within four days, I will re list the item and cancel the sale.
All items listed are already made, sitting in my studio, awaiting your purchase. This means the turn around time for me to post them to you is very short. I will often post the day of the sale, and if that is not possible for some reason, the day after.

I do ship internationally; however, please remember I am shipping from NZ. I cannot promise your package will arrive by a certain date. Sometimes packages are held up in Customs for seemingly no reason, and transit times vary wildly. For example, I have had packages reach the UK anywhere from 10 days to 24 days after sending.

Please make sure your Etsy address and PayPal address are the same, as confusion with address will lead to delays with your order.

Please note tracking is not included with your order- NZ Post does not include tracking either domestic nor international tracking as part of their standard shipping cost. If you'd like to upgrade your shipping to include tracking, please let me know, however it can be quite expensive.

If your package does not turn up within the expected time frame, please contact me and I will do my best to rectify the situation! However, please be aware that I don't consider a parcel 'lost' in the post until it has been a full 30 days from the date of shipping, and I will not replace an item sooner than this.
Additional policies and FAQs
How to Care for your Paper Jewellery:
All paper jewellery is varnished for strength and durability however it is still fragile and will last much longer if you treat it this way. I would suggest spraying perfume before putting jewellery on to stop it reacting with the varnish or damaging the paper.

Please keep in mind that all items in this shop are completely handmade, and therefore some small imperfections may be present. Hopefully, you will, as I do, see any small imperfection as part of what makes a personally hand-made item unique. After all, we are, none of us, perfect!



I do sell wholesale; please message me for more information!

Usually no, it would have to be a pretty huge order for me to consider it.