MURKANI features unique, handcrafted pieces of jewellery inspired by travel and crafted from sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Collections are whimsical and folk inspired with design influences taken from ancient art, architecture and textiles of exotic locales such as Morocco, India and Turkey…with an emphasis on creating statement pieces that translate into today’s contemporary lifestyle.
Creating beautiful items with durable materials in a sustainable way is at the heart of everything we do.
With a love of jewellery from an early age, Kiralee coveted pieces from her grandmother’s collection in her pre-teen years……followed shortly afterwards by her fimo faze (do you remember that!?),creating pieces in the shape of gum leaves and nuts and selling it to craft stores. Needless to say, these weren’t the best sellers! Years later however, the call to design jewellery returned after having her first child…and she handmade pieces while little Holly, her first born was sleeping. But it wasn’t until she moved to Vietnam with her husband and 3 young girls in 2011 that she felt the time was right to leave her corporate career behind and begin the new venture that has become Murkani.
All Murkani jewellery is designed by Kiralee McNamara, in Saigon and then made by very talented artisan silversmiths in the hills of Ubud, Bali and by the Karen Hill tribes in the northern hills of Thailand. The home for the brand is in Melbourne where Kiralee works with a lovely Melbourne based team and will return soon.
We aim to ensure that all the materials used in crafting our products are long wearing and designs are timeless, therefore reducing the need for land fill.
We strive to only ever work with organizations that provide good working conditions for their people, employ people of suitable age and treat them with respect. We travel to these work places to ensure that these standards are met and are upheld.
Longer term, we would like to collaborate with communities in need, to design gorgeous products that create sustainable and long term opportunities for these groups via sales in western markets around the world.
If you hear of any such organizations that are looking to work with companies like ours, please don’t hesitate to contact Kiralee on [email protected].
And lastly, we always want to work with a spirit of fun and passion in everything we do.
Stay tuned to see more new collections from the team at Murkani!