Christmas Catalog

It is always a delight to highlight some beautiful, striking and unique pieces for the Christmas Catalog. With so many appealing pieces it is hard to choose; so many worthy contenders — we will be definitely putting together a few more catalogs!

We hope you enjoy this hand picked selection, please click the image to find out more, enjoy!

Mother’s Day – thank you Mum!

We have many new items in store and we would love to help you find something special for your Mum.  To make sure you get your presents on time we will be upgrading our standard shipping to express shipping  – for free (Australia only). We are also offering free gift wrap and a gift card, our cut off date is Wednesday 8 May at 3pm (WST), to ensure you get your presents in time for Mother’s Day.

Just in case you don’t know what to get your Mum we are offering 10% of our Gift Certificates, this offer is available up until the 11 May; if you are running late we can email your Gift Certificate to your Mum!  Please contact the store to find out how you can redeem this offer.

Our newsletter will be delivered to your ‘inbox’ every quarter, but don’t worry we will be announcing our (randomly chosen) winners for each month for  the ‘newsletter subscribe and win’.  Congratulations to the following people on winning a $50 gift certificate to spend in store:
• January winner – Charlotte Fletcher
• February winner – Wendy Burnie
• March winner – Emma Thomason
• April winner – Hayley Stone
• May winner – Kirsten Wood
Please contact the store to claim your gift certificate.

My best wishes

Charmaine

Image R (top left clockwise):  Cross your heart ring and Wings earrings by Flick Pope, Oke Doke earrings by Flick Pope, Amethyst – Image earrings by Caroline Bassett, Sea Lace necklace by Louise Douglas and Carmen and Pearl necklace by Mary Odorcic.

Interview with Caroline Bassett

It was great to catch up with Caroline Bassett and find out more about her inspiration and design process.

Caroline describes the joy of designing as visual hedonism (visual pleasure).  Caroline’s jewellery collection is not only striking in appearance, it is also enhanced with good design and timeless style; pieces that you will treasure for years to come.

Her work combines bold colours, precious metals, patina images that are delicately transferred onto metal and semi precious gemstones; these elements are then transformed into pieces that are beautifully rendered and unique.

Caroline’s story appeals to me, the courage to make changes in her life,  taking a chance with a new direction and trusting her instincts; I hope you enjoy finding out more about the person behind the collection.

LL: What led you to jewellery design?
CB: I was working in a job that I was bored with, so I asked for a redundancy to give me the kick I needed to expand my horizons.  I then went to art school, I wanted to become a portrait artist but everyone was buzzing about the jewellery class they had just taken.

I don’t wear a lot of jewellery myself, but I liked the idea of the nobility of the metal and making it into something.  I have a strong technical mind, and love to work out processes.  Metal seemed like a good challenge.  In my first class, I fell in love with jewellery making and haven’t looked back since.

LL: What inspires/influences you?
CB: Industrial Design and Contemporary Ceramics are my two biggest sources of inspiration.

LL: How would you describe your collection?
CB: Modern, a little quirky and versatile.

LL: How do you source your materials what aesthetic do you look ?
CB: The biggest value I have when designing is Visual hedonism.  Just like good design, if it makes me enjoy the ‘eye candy’, then I use it.  I can’t get enough of design.  If I have an application or process I would like to use in the design, then I research it a lot! I like to find the best way possible and then integrate it into the piece.  I also collect things and put them aside to use ‘one day’, years might go by before it is utilised in a piece of jewellery.

LL: Do you share your work space? How would you describe it?
CB: I have a workshop by myself.  It’s a little compact.  I like to swing a cat, and at the moment it’s just not possible. I plan to relocate my workshop one day so that I can have more jewellery ‘toys’.  I love having tools.

LL: What are your passions outside jewellery?
CB: Photography is my next passion and I have a blog on the photos I take regularly.  Eye candy – I enjoy visual treats.

LL: What tips would you give on how to wear jewellery?
CB: Wear over one colour, so that the piece stands out of the body.  Most pieces are made for the little black dress.  My necklaces work well in two’s.  So if you have one already, get yourself another and wear them together.  Don’t be afraid to wear them to what suits you best.  Flaunt it.  Love it!

Image Above: Bellus Psyche Brooch

Image Below: Image Earrings with AmethystImage Necklace

On a Leap Year: Rings to Win Hearts

I have heard that in times past, a leap year gave a woman license to propose marriage; all I can say is thank goodness we are in the 21st century and we don’t have to wait to say what’s on our minds! Or wait (for whatever reason) to receive a ring, because we can purchase one for ourselves!

Maybe in this leap year, you might find one (or two), that will grace your hand?


Rings = Eye Candy!

In store we have an assortment of original and hand crafted rings, different materials, including sterling silver (and oxidised), gold, gold vermeil, resin, diamonds and semi-precious stones.  The rings are made from a range of jewellers, designers and metalsmiths from Australia and around the world, which equates to originality and uniqueness – something special for you to wear.

We have many sizes in stock, if you don’t see your ring size, don’t worry, many of the rings are available as a special order, so you can have the ring custom sized to fit your finger.  If you don’t know your ring size, please contact us and we will be delighted to send you a free ring sizer.
In the image above we are showcasing work (from L to R):

Over the past few months we have been creating a Beloved-Bridal Range and you can see a small snapshot below, these ring are available as special order items.

From L to R:

I have heard that in times past, a leap year gave a woman licence to propose marriage; all I can say is thank goodness we are in the 21st century and we don’t have to wait to say what’s on our minds! Or wait (for whatever reason) to receive a ring, because we can purchase one for ourselves!

This edition of the newsletter is dedicated to gorgeous, handcrafted, unique and original rings, maybe in this leap year, you might find one (or two), that will grace your hand?

My best wishes

Charmaine

Pictured Right:  Polka Dot Ring Stack by Amy Renshaw

Love Story : Out of Africa

In keeping with our LOVE theme from our newsletter, I’ve styled some contemporary pieces from the store to compliment one of my favourite love stories “Out of Africa”.

You might already know, that “Out of Africa”, is an auto-biographical account of Karen Blixen’s experience in Kenya (circa 1913). Her story was made into a magical film in the 80’s and it is certainly an epic piece of filmmaking; perfect for curling up on the sofa next time you’d like to unwind.

One of my favourite scenes unfolds when Karen (Meryl Streep) has her hair washed by Denys (Robert Redford); you’ll never think of a shampoo and rinse the same way again!

Jewellery clockwise (from top L): Image Earrings with Red Sapphires by Caroline Bassett; Past Tense (double sided) Pendant by Shauna Mayben; Aurora Bangle by Priya Himatsingka; Soraya Ring by Katie Diamond.

Winter Love: inject colour into your winter wardrobe

 

I have been a big fan of brooches for many years and it was a joy to put together a collection of handcrafted brooches for Lobo Luxe. 

 In stock we have a great selection with splashes of colour, lots of whimsy and beautiful detail. 

There are delightful upcycled pieces by Joli Jewelery from New Jersey, USA  The brooches in this collection are put together by Jody Lyons, she hand picks vintage pieces, deconstructs them and creates new pieces that are nostalgic, elegant and vibrant.   Each brooch comes with its own tag, identifying the era of the piece and the material used.

From the US we travel to Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, for the beautiful hand painted, bird, moth and butterfly brooches by Melanie Tomlinson.  Her work is like wearable watercolours, a touch of lightness, they are unique and funky.  What you can’t see is Melanie’s name strikingly stamped across reverse of each of her pieces.

If we move further north to Scotland we have the fun and nostalgic ‘Viewfinder‘ Brooch by Clare Hillerby.  The ‘Viewfinder’ Brooch contains a map from yesteryear, framed in oxidised sterling silver and covered with perspex.  Who needs a GPS?

Travelling back to the Southern Hemisphere and to Wellington, New Zealand, Caroline Basset’s ‘Bellus Psyche Brooch’, has two of my favourite combinations – red and patina.  This brooch will liven up any lapel, hat or scarf.

Felicity Peters, from my hometown of Perth, has a number of special order brooches including the whimsical ‘House’ series,  the ‘Landscape Brooch’ which is like an aerial view of the Australian Outback, the ‘Kopernik Daisy Brooch’, inspired by a daisy motif that Felicity found in her cultural exchange to Legnica in Poland, and the ‘Use it or Lose it’ Series of brooches which are not only vibrant and feminine, they can also be worn as a pendant.  

Rounding up this list is the gorgeous Flowering Gum Brooch by Susan Frisch from Victoria, Australia.  This brooch is a special order, it reflects the essence of the Australian Bush and it has a sumptuous appearance; the stunning contrast of the red or black soda lime glass against the detailed sterling silver cup.

So as you put on your winter clothes, in dark, warming shades of colour why not add some vibrance and interest to your coat, dress, wrap or beanie with one of these delightful pieces.   You will  stand out!

Images of brooches from Top Left:  Bellus Psyche Brooch by Caroline Bassett, Yellow Brick Road Brooch by Melanie Tomlinson and Red Comet by Joli Jewelery.

 

 

Top 10 Picks for Mothers Day

My ideal Mothers Day is having breakfast in bed, followed by opening a handmade card by my little boy.  I love the enjoyment he gets with giving presents, although he much prefers to receive them!

Mothers Day is a lovely time to do something special with your Mum, and for my Mum it is having all of her kids and grandkids descending on the family home for a boisterous lunch.  I am yet to decide which Lobo Luxe treasure to give her, perhaps I should take the cue from my top ten!

There are lots of lovely pieces in store for your Mum, to send hints to your partner or children, or to buy for yourself.

I have put together my  top 10 of suggestions for Mother’s Day – hope you like my shortlist!  It was really hard to choose, but I have tried to put together a range that is classical, funky, vibrant, feminine and fun, a bit like our Mum’s, a bit like me!

By the way, I have also sent the top 10 ( via a wishlist through the store), to my husband, I wonder which piece I might get…

Happy Mothers Day!

My best wishes

Charmaine

Top Image clockwise from lower left: Wave Bangle by Felicity Peters, Leaf Lariat by Louise Douglas, Grace Leaf Necklace with Charm by Amy Renshaw, Queen of Hearts Rings by Flick Pope, Image Earrings with Red Sapphires by Caroline Bassett

Image Below: clockwise from lower left: Folded Form Earrings by Susan Frisch, Circle Inlay Pendant – Forever by Gillian Hillerud. Money Makes the World Go Round Heart by Shauna Mayben, Silver Haze Bangle and Silver Haze Bangle with Charms by Mary Ordorcic, Full Moon Ring with Diamonds by Rebecca Overmann

The Dragonfly has landed

The fluttering wings of the Dragonfly have landed gently here at Lobo Luxe.

A friend of mine told me that she was looking for a dragonfly pendant and she had searched high and low but couldn’t find one, I found this challenge irresistible and thankfully, so did Caroline Bassett!

Caroline has created two beautiful dragonfly jewellery pieces one a pendant and the other a necklace which you can wear in several different ways.

The dragonfly pendant, made of sterling silver and a soft patina finish, is  light and ethereal.

The other piece is a handmade sterling silver necklace, with a patina finished dragonfly, adventurine drops and amethyst. This necklace can be worn as a lariat, wrapped around your neck like a scarf and in several different other ways – Caroline has created a clever clasp which means that the dragonfly and adventurine drops won’t feel like they are weighing you down.  It can also be worn as a belt, lots of versatility with one piece of jewellery !

There are many different symbolic meanings associated with the dragonfly, from prosperity, harmony and good luck to happiness, purity and strength; a nice cocktail of good vibes for all women!

Image of Dragonfly necklace worn as a double loop necklace:

Thank You

Thank you to everyone for their positive feedback on the store, I am glad you like it!  Lots of comments have been made about the uniqueness and vibrancy of the jewellery, and the site design.  I would like to acknowledge the great effort of my web designers Clever Starfish, thank you very much.

Welcome

Lobo Luxe Goes Live!

If you’re looking for a piece of unique jewellery, something you won’t find in your usual haunts or being worn by at least  two other women you pass on the street or at your next major event or birthday party,  then you have come to the right place!

I understand, that your time is already stretched, or perhaps you live too far away to scour boutiques for quirky and eclectic jewellers, designers and artists.

The good news, I have done the hard work for you!

I have sourced many unique pieces from across the globe – necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles and brooches. There are even cuff links for the man in your life.

The collection encompasses gold, silver, diamonds and semi-precious stones, as well as funky resin and acrylic pieces.

From Australia I am proud to represent whimsical and romantic pieces from by Flick Pope of the Mornington Peninsula and embellished vibrant necklaces and bangles by Amy Renshaw of Melbourne. If you appreciate the cool pairing of  glass and sterling silver, you must venture to the delightful necklaces and earrings by Susan Frisch of Victoria.  From Sydney we boast a stylish and feminine range of pearls and resin pieces by Mary Odorcic while Perth’s Felicity Peters has a sublime collection of earrings, necklaces, bangles, brooches and rings.

Not to be outdone, artists from across the Tasman offer bewitching designs, from handmade necklaces and detailed patina pieces by Caroline Bassett of the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand, to richly detailed earrings, rings and necklaces from Louise Douglas of Nelson.

You will also find work from the U.S, from quirky offerings by Joli Jewelery from Brooklyn New York, the stylish minimalism embraced by Rebecca Overmann of San Francisco and  exotic pieces by Susan Fleming from Wyoming.  The diverse landscape of California sparks an inspiration all its own – among the finest, rich and vibrant designs by Robindira Unsworth and gorgeous adornments from Rings Eclectic, and Elyssa Bass of Georgia introduces an echo of old world luxury and charm in the shape of bangles with semi-precious stones.

North of the U.S,  I have handpicked a range from Canadian artists. It includes celestial inspired pieces by Jessie Turner from Vancouver, glass and silver, funky and vibrant pieces by Tank in Toronto and minimalistic to rich in detail works from Gillian Hillerud of Calgary.

Rounding up this stellar group of jewellers and metal-smiths is a talented delegation from the U.K.  Take a look at the whimsical and nostalgic postal and postcard range from Scotland’s Claire Hillerby and the organic leaf forms featured in necklaces and earrings by Tracy de Chevron Villette, and you can’t go passed the vibrant, quirky winged brooches by Melanie Tomlinson a veritable hot house/atrium full of butterflies, tiger moths, birds and flowers.

So… take a few minutes with your favourite brew to enjoy browsing our treasures. Allow us to help locate a special treat for yourself or a loved one.

I look forward to helping you locate a special piece that you can make your own which will accentuate whatever you are wearing.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on any aspect of our products or our web presence.  Please feel free to get in touch – you can reach me via the Contact page .

I hope this will be your first of many visits at Lobo Luxe.