TORY & KO. Media Reviews




TORY & KO. Jewellers in collaboration with Wae Wae Pounamu
were honoured when asked to create a beautiful brooch for Queen Elizabeth II
which was presented to Her Majesty on her 90th Birthday.

Brooch created by TORY & KO. Jewellers Commisioned by The Govenor-General of NZ for Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday

Commissioned by the High Commissioner of New Zealand
and former Governor-General of New Zealand,

Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife Lady Janine Mateparae,
the brooch featured a hand-carved pounamu native New Zealand fern leaf
with a rose gold stem grain-set with nine diamonds.



Sir Jerry and Lady Janine meeting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and presenting her with the TORY and KO Jewellers Brooch for her 90th Birthday

Lady Janine Mateparae presenting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with
the TORY & KO. Brooch for her 90th Birthday.
Lady Janine Presenting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Brooch made by TORY and KO

We were delighted to launch our Limited Edition "Meteorite" Necklaces
on the Runway at Fashion Week in August.

Stella by TORY and KO Limited Edition Meteorite Necklaces in Hematite and Silver close up

Here they are featured in the
R O C H E L L E Runway Show!

Maria Tutaia wearing Meteorite Necklaces from TORY and KO at ROCHELLE Runway Show
Maria Tutaia

TORY and KO LImited Edition Meteorite Necklaces in Pearl and Sterling Silver

TORY and KO LImited Edition Meteorite Necklaces in Onyx and Sterling Silver

Behind the Scenes NZFW - The finishing touch Meteorite Necklaces ready to go down the ROCHELLE Runway Show-515

Kayla Imrie - Olympic Sportswoman

Kayla Imrie wearing Stella by TORY and KO

Photoshoot for Wellington Woman Magazine
Styled by Sopheak Seng
Photography by tam Kogler
Hair and Make-up by Natalee Fisher

Kayla Imrie wearing Stella by TORY and KO Wellington Woman Shoot pre 2016 Olympic Games

Swinging Star Earrings (Silver)
Swinging Star Earrings in Sterling Silver

Stella by TORY & KO.


Maria Tutaia - Silver Ferns Netball Star
Maria Tutaia wearing TORY and KO Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings

On location at the Museum Hotel.
Maria wore a Michelle Goodrick High Tea Dress with Mi Piaci Shoes and
TORY & KO. Fine Jewellery

Maria Tutaia wearing TORY and KO Jewellery at Museum Hotel

Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings in 18ct White Gold
TORY & KO. Bespoke Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings in 18ct White Gold
Maria Tutaia close up wearing TORY and KO Black Onyx Ring with rubies
TORY & KO Black Spinel Bracelet and Black Onyx and Ruby Ring

Abigail Boyle - Dancer Royal New Zealand Ballet
Abigail Boyle Royal NZ Ballet wearing TORY & KO

Fashion Shoot and Article for Wellington Woman Magazine
Abigail was styled by Sopheak Seng and wore
TORY & KO. Fine JewelleryDiamond Shooting Star Earrings
Abigail wore TORY & KO Diamond Shooting Star Earrings in 18ct White Gold

Abigail Boyle Royal NZ Ballet wearing TORY and KO Amazonite and Black Sapphire Earrings 

Abigail also wore TORY & KO
Bespoke Amazonite and Black Sapphire Earrings

Amazonite and Black Sapphire Leaf Earrings

Insider Tips: How to Choose the Best Metal for Your Ring
By TORY & KO. Jewellers and Felicity Newburry
2 December 2015
Rose Engagement Ring Pink and White by TORY and KO

KIA ORA MAGAZINE - Our Black Diamond Snake Ring
Featured in HOT NEWS Nov 2015

Kia Ora HOT NEWS Nov 2015


Magazines are free and available around Wellington or contact us

Wellington Woman Magazine 2015 Cover-341

Your Weekend
July 4 2015

Your Weekend July 4 2015

Air New Zealand - Kia Ora Magazine
February 2015

Our beautiful 18ct Rose Gold Rose Quartz and Diamond Earrings featured!

Air NZ Kia Ora Magazine Hot News Feb 2015 page 1 copy-539

Dominion Post -
Dec 8th 2014:


Oct 22nd 2014: NZ Herald - Your Business
Victoria Taylor & Kirstin O'Brien of TORY & KO. Jewellers



Duchess of Cambridge

TORY & KO. Jewellers are honoured to announce palace staff of
Her Royal Highness
The Duchess of Cambridge
 selected 4 pieces of TORY & KO. jewellery for her to consider wearing
prior to her Royal Tour of New Zealand in April 2014.

The pieces which we sent to Kensington Palace were from the
"Pretty" and "Bespoke" Collections.

"Pretty Collection" Citrine, Gold and Silver Bow Earrings
TORY & KO. "Pretty Collection" Citrine Bow Earrings in 9ct Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver
"Bespoke Collection" Cultured Pearl and Diamond Earrings in 18ct White Gold
Culture Pearl and Diamond Earrings from the Bespoke Collection by TORY and KO

"Bespoke Collection" Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace in 9ct White Gold
TORY & KO. Bespoke Collection Cultured Pearl and Diamond Necklace in 9ct White Gold
"Pretty Collection" Blue Topaz, Gold & Silver Bow Earrings
TORY & KO "Pretty Collection" Blue Topaz Bow Earrings in 9ct Yellow Gold & Sterling Silver


Media Coverage

Stuff Article - TORY & KO


Breakfast One News Monday 7th April


Sunrise  Australia TV Screenshot of video

Good Morning America TV Interview










NZ jewellery store flooded with emails after Royal
Published: 8:57AM Monday April 07, 2014 Source: ONE News

A New Zealand jewellery designer and her business partner say they have been inundated with inquiries after the Duchess of Cambridge requested four of their pieces to potentially wear on the Royal tour.

Designer Victoria Taylor and Kirstin O'Brien from Wellington-based jewellers Tory and Ko were asked to supply three pairs of earrings and a necklace for Catherine.

Tory and Ko were recommended by Ms Taylor's sister, New York based fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, who has previously dressed the Duchess.

Ms O'Brien told TV ONE's Breakfast that they followed Rebecca's recommendation up with Kensington Palace.

"The palace came back straight away to us and said they loved our jewellery and they would like to select some pieces.

"They were very specific about the pieces they wanted and that made us quite delighted because they chose some wonderful pieces from two different collections."

She says it is "very exciting", and says they have been "inundated with emails from all over the world", with people asking for a pair of earrings that the Duchess may wear.

Catherine chose two sets of earrings from their Pretty Collection. One pair is in citrine with a gold bow and sea pearl, costing $695, and the other is in blue topaz.

Ms Taylor says she designed the pieces a few years ago and says they were based on a Victorian Royal motif.

Catherine's aides also chose a pair of pearl and diamond white gold earrings, costing $2900, and a matching 18k necklace at $1500. Ms Taylor says they are a "great classic combination."

It's not the first time Catherine has worn the work of a Kiwi designer. The Duchess wowed in a stunning canary yellow coat by Kiwi Emilia Wickstead when she was eight months pregnant.

And Vira Tavioni, who manages Tav Pacific in Mt Eden in Auckland, received calls from Dubai, the United States and Europe after Catherine was photographed wearing a Tav printed dress while on tour in the Solomon Islands.

The Duchess and Duke of Cambridge and their son Prince George are expected to arrive in Wellington at around 11.45am today.

.......... April 23rd 2014
Wednesday 23rd April

FishHead Magazine November 2013:
Wellington's Top 50 Xmas Gifts - Our Fantail Charm Necklace still as popular as ever!
FishHead Magazine Wellingtons Top 50 Xmas Gifts 2013(copy)

Roxy Cinema Charity Great Gatsby Ball for Ronald McDonald House Wellington June 2013:
We sold our gorgeous crystal bracelets and raised $1,300 on the night!
Ronald McDonald House(copy)
Presenting our Cheque for $1,300 to Lesley Slieker - Chief Executive of Ronald McDonald House
Kirstin     Tory Kirstin Crystal Bracelets for Ronald McDonald House Wellington(copy)
Charity Bracelets - we still have some available - $20 each with full proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Wellington
Perfect for gifts!

Jack Yan Mayoral Fundraiser event for Canteen:
We donated $500 of jewellery and a voucher to this great cause - helping teenagers living with Cancer and also the siblings of patients.
Jack Yan Mayoral Campaign Fundraiser for Canteen(copy)

Dom Post Winter 2013:
Dom Post Winter 2013 TORY (copy)

Jewellery for the BAFTAs and Oscars!!
We have recently been asked to design and make some beautiful jewellery to be worn with a Ruby bespoke designed dress for the BAFTAs (Sunday 10th February) and Oscars this year.
Oscar Earrings  1

   BAFTAS Morganite Ring

BAFTAs Red Carpet  BAFTAs Nominee After Party
Pictured Left: Kylie Clayton rocking the Red Carpet at the 2013 British Academy Film Awards wearing jewellery designed and made by TORY & KO. .
Pictured Right: Kylie & David Clayton (Nominated for VFX for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) at the BAFTA Nominee's Party
In December 2012, for the first time ever, the Royal Academy of Dance staged its flagship event, the Genée International Ballet Competition in New Zealand in association with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand School of Dance.

Tiara for Genee
TORY & KO. Jewellers were given the privilege of designing and creating a jewelled tiara and a special pair of black diamond swam cufflinks for the winning dancer of the Genée International Ballet Competition 2012  Audience Award which were presented on stage at the St James Theatre in Wellington on the final night.
Congratulations Ariana Hond!

Tiara Presentation

PRESS RELEASE: November 20th 2012:
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There are over 250 women and children on any one night in the 44 Refuges across New Zealand over the Christmas period. While Christmas is a happy time for most, the women and children who find themselves in the safety of a Women’s Refuge safe-house have been subject to violence and are scared and alone.

Co-founders of TORY & KO. Jewellers: Victoria Taylor and Kirstin O’Brien - both mothers of small children - feel strongly about giving back to the community and when they heard of the situation over Christmas for a lot of mothers and children they decided to make a difference by appealing to their family, friends and clientele for assistance.

TORY & KO’s MISSION: To provide a Xmas gift for every child at a Women’s Refuge shelter this year.

“We are thrilled and very touched by TORY & KO’s kind assistance.” said Kiri Hannifin, Women’s Refuge National Office Spokeswoman. “It’s really tough for kids in Refuge at anytime, but Xmas is especially hard and it’s so nice to be able to help make Xmas kind of normal. Most of them come in with only the clothes they are wearing so a little gift means heaps.”

Kirstin O’Brien from TORY & KO. commented: “When Tory & I heard about the plight of many women and children in N.Z. Women’s Refuges at Christmas we wanted to help in some small way. All we hope is that a present for every child in a safe-house on Christmas day will bring a smile and let them know that people care.”

Bring in a child's gift to the TORY & KO. store (upstairs beside the florist, Mezzanine Floor in the Old Bank Arcade, 233 -237 Lambton Quay, Wellington or courier to the same address) and they will package it in a white bag with a pink or blue ribbon.

Your efforts will be rewarded: select from the little parcels on their Xmas tree - some of which have a TORY & KO. surprise in them for you!
Victoria and Kirstin’s goal is to provide 200+ children's presents to the national branches of the Women's Refuge to be distributed appropriately on Christmas Day. They will also be providing a substantial amount of gifts to the cause.

They hope that all these gifts will provide a little smile on the faces of the children and their mothers on Christmas Day.
They would love your help!

For more information contact:

TORY & KO. Jewellers: Kirstin O’Brien (Director)
Ph +64 (0)210 722 700 e-mail:
Women’s Refuge: Kiri Hannifin (National Office co-ordinator)
e-mail:   Crisis Line: 0800 REFUGE or 0800 733 843

Lucire Issue 29 - The global fashion magazine:
Click here to read more about Lucire Magazine and to order a copy!



Wellington Woman Magazine Spring 2012: Article
Wellington Woman Cover copy
Wellington Woman Tory   Ko Article 1 copy

Dom Post September 2012: Fashion Fix - TORY & KO "Kiss" Necklace
Dom Post Sept 2012

Capital Times May 2012: Logan Brown Champagne Promotion: WIN a Pearl & Diamond Ring by TORY & KO.

Dom Post Bridal Feature April 2012: TORY & KO Asscher Cut 3 stone Diamond Ring

Dom Post Showcase Fashion Feature Feb 2012: TORY & KO Pretty Collection Black Diamond Snowflake Necklace
DomPostFeb2012Black Diamond Snowflake
We have a little piece of Royal News! Kate Middleton has recently been seen wearing Rebecca Taylor (Tory's sister) designs. TORY & KO. jewellers also mentioned in the article.
Kate and WilliamApril 26 2012

As Seen in Bride & Groom Magazine Feb/March 2012:
BrideandGroomMagazine 1

Smith + Caughey's Christmas Advert 2011:

As Seen in Simply You Magazine Summer 2011:
Tory & Ko Page SY Summer

DOMINION POST -AUGUST 2011 Fashion Feature:

Swallow Necklace in DOMPOST Aug 2011

TORY___KO._Special_Edition_Sterling_Silver_Dolphin_necklace_1.jpgSPECIAL EDITION DOLPHIN CHARM TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR
TORY & KO. have created a special edition Sterling Silver Dolphin charm which can be worn on a bangle or necklace in support of the Oceanic Preservation Society.

These Special Edition Dolphin pieces can be purchased on our website or at our store in Wellington, NZ and are now available in New York! Tory's sister, internationally renowned fashion designer Rebecca Taylor, has collaborated with TORY & KO. to create these dolphin jewellery pieces and is selling them in her two New York Boutiques in May.
Click here for more details

Dominion Post March 2010 - "Adorn Jewellery Breakfast"
Tory & Ko Press Release - Adorn Jewellery Breakfast.jpg

Air NZ Koru Magazine - February 2010:
Air NZ Koru Magazine - February 2010 (small).jpg

2008: Dom Post article on the "Pretty Collection":

“As an avid collector of vintage jewellery, many of Victoria’s pieces, which include pretty little moonstone and diamond earrings, dazzling pink sapphire rings, mesmerising black pearl pendants and princess like tiaras, have been inspired by antique designs.

Her exquisite work has proved so popular that it has been commissioned by designers Cynthia Rowley and Rebecca Taylor for shows at New York Fashion Week, hung around the necks of top models including Amber Valetta, seen on the catwalks at New Zealand Fashion week and in the pages of greek vogue, it has even been worn by Hollywood starlet Robin Tunney in the film Paparazzi.

Living in middle earth at the hub of the New Zealand film industry, Victoria was called upon to supply jewellery for Richard Taylors wife Tania Rodgers to wear on the famous red carpet at the 2004 oscars ceremony.

“I enjoy being able to collaborate with other creative people and work on exciting projects.  Working with my sister has been a lot of fun.  For the show she just had at New York Fashion Week I designed strings of oyster, white, pink and beige fresh water pearls that were intertwined with moonstones and tied together with ribbons to go along with the underwater theme she had.”

“I’m really excited about being able to introduce more people to my jewellery. It’s very different from what most people expect from New Zealand jewellers. I’m a big fan of anything sparkly and girly and I love the idea of creating timeless pieces that make you feel wonderful every day and that you never grow tired of wearing.”