In a sea of same same but different, I love stumbling upon the new. As a traveller, filling my home with treasures from my travels is a way of connecting to the people and places I’ve experienced, even when I’m far from those dreamy destinations.

So I was excited to discover this new Australian shopping site selling hand-picked jewellery and homewares from Peru. El Hummingbird sources the pieces directly from artisans and designers in Peru, and sells them on their online store, as well as at Bondi Markets and soon, Mosman and Paddington Markets. There are plenty of lovely items to tempt the traveller (and armchair traveller). Here are a few of the things I have my eye on:

These silver rings embellished with semi-precious stones (above) by jewellery designer Alexandra Temple, from $79. I want them all!


This vibrant frazado, $300, a traditional Peruvian handwoven blanket, has precious heirloom woven right through it. Imagine snuggling up underneath it in autumn, or using it as a design piece by draping it over your bed.


Nothing feels as good as alpaca. Warm, soft, luxurious, El Hummingbird sells a number of alpaca blankets, and I love this fringed blanket with alpaca motif, $100.

El Hummingbird is offering free Australia-wide delivery to celebrate their online launch. Visit their website elhummingbird.com.