About us

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A Sydney jewellery designer creating contemporary jewellery

With each piece of jewellery we design and make, our aim is to create a beautiful and unforgettable piece, of value and soul. Jewellery that evokes real emotion and real connection.

We are a family business, so value family and relationships, and believe in marriage and equality. Designing and crafting jewellery pieces that hold sentimental value is of great importance to us. We're bold and obsessed with clean design, high quality craftsmanship and beautiful gemstones. 

Our brand founder, Maria Lizunova, started her jewellery design practice over 15 years ago, when she was still pursuing a career in graphic design and advertising. As Maria's obsession with jewellery and gemstones grew, she decided to dedicate herself to jewellery design full time, and in 2012 established her eponymous fine jewellery brand. Maria is focused on purity of design and being proud of each jewel the brand produces - it has to be a striking presence yet respond to practical considerations such as wearability and comfort. Maria is very hands-on in the day to day running of the business, as well as being the creative mastermind behind each of our precious creations.

Our jewels have been featured in various publications, such as AFR Magazine, Weekend Australian, Ellements Magazine (USA), Sunday Telegraph, Ben & Co and worn on air by Channel Ten's Sandra Sully and SBS's Janice Peterson. 

Lizunova is passionately committed to ethical, local manufacturing, with each jewel meticulously handcrafted by our expert jewellers in Sydney. We use Australian-made gold, silver and platinum, with hand-picked coloured gemstones and diamonds sourced from Sydney suppliers. We invite you to visit our Sydney CBD jewellery store at  Chifley Plaza, 2 Chifley Square or book a bespoke jewellery design consultation. 

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Inspiration

Maria's Russian heritage, with its opulent art, buildings and jewellery, is a strong influence on her work, balanced by her love of geometry, clean design and Modernist and Art Deco architecture. Each of our impeccably crafted jewels explores the tension between opulence and simplicity, symmetry and asymmetry, joyful exuberance of hand-picked gems and elegance of sculptural forms.

"I aim to harmonise and balance the restraint of clean lines with lusciousness and exuberance of gems, reaching for an internal response that resonates. My goal is to make each piece an elegant wearable sculpture, a statement, that emotionally resonates with the wearer. The physicality of each piece, expressed through the shape, weight and size of materials, plays an important role in establishing an intimate connection with the wearer."

Alongside our collections, we design and make bespoke engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and dress rings. We can source and custom cut practically any coloured gem or diamond. Drop us a line to enquire.

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Craftsmanship

All of our jewellery is ethically handcrafted in Sydney by experienced master jewellers who translate Maria's designs to impeccably made jewellery pieces.

We use hand-picked natural gemstones that come from ethical suppliers. We can source and custom cut top quality coloured gemstones and diamonds for your bespoke jewellery pieces. We also offer remodelling of existing jewellery using customers' gems and metal – a wonderful way to maintain a connection with a sentimental piece of jewellery in a contemporary new design.

 

Ring sizes

We use Australian ring size measurements, which are in an alphabetical range from A-Z.

As your fingers contract and expand due to the temperature, humidity, exercise, etc, your ring will fit on your finger tighter or looser. Your ring should fit comfortably and you need to find a balance between too big and too small. It is recommended that you should have to push your ring on tightly over your knuckle and it should spin slightly around the base of your finger. There should be some resistance when the ring is taken off – this will help to keep the ring on when your fingers are cold or wet. The correct size is the one that you feel the most confident and comfortable with.

We suggest that you size the finger you intend to wear your ring on at room temperature – this should provide you with a size that should be close to perfect most of the time.

Top-heavy rings can tend to spin on your finger, as the base of your finger is usually thinner than your knuckle. We suggest when sizing your finger for a top-heavy ring, that you err on the tighter side, rather than a loose fit. This will mean that the ring will stay on the top of your finger and it will ultimately be more comfortable to wear.

If you’re choosing a wide ring, you will tend to go up a size. There is more surface area on a wider ring and therefore more metal to grip to your finger.

If you are interested in a ring that is 5mm or wider, we suggest going up a size (one size larger than the sizing gauge). We suggest going up another size if the ring you are interested in is 9mm or larger (two sizes larger than the sizing gauge).

If you are buying a ring as a gift for someone, we recommend that you measure the inside diameter of a ring the person you’re buying the gift for, regularly wears on the finger your gift will be worn on.

Measuring your finger

If you do not know your ring size you can use this guide to obtain an approximate measurement.

Before measuring the finger on which the ring you’re purchasing will be worn, please ensure the following:

The number that lines up with edges of the opening is the ‘interior circumference’. Please note this number and then refer to our Ring Size Chart to choose the correct ring size.

Download Ring Size Guide PDF

If you do not know your ring size you can use this guide to obtain an approximate measurement.

If you have a ring that is worn on the finger you need sizing, print out the ring size guide (take care to print it at 100%), and place the existing ring over the circles. Measure the inside of the ring against the outside of the circle. If you can hardly see the black line which goes around each circle, you have chosen the right size. Compare the ring to the adjacent circles to check that you definitely have the right size.

You can then double check this measurement by measuring the inside diameter of the ring, and matching that against the ring diameter measurements shown.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a ring available, you can measure the finger itself to obtain an approximate ring size. You can do so by wrapping a piece of string or thin strip of paper around the finger on which you wish to wear the ring, marking it with a pen where it overlaps. Measure the piece of string with a ruler to obtain the circumference of the finger, and compare that to the European Size measurement shown on the chart. We would recommend that in order to obtain the most accurate measurement when taking your ring size in this way, you do so at the end of the day when the finger is at its largest, and not when your hands are unusually cold as this would lead to a smaller ring size.

If you require any further assistance in obtaining your ring size, please  contact us and we will be happy to help.