Mother’s Day at Lobo Luxe

Gift Guide mothers Day

Find Something Special for Your Mum : www.loboluxe.com

To my way of thinking, a day that is designated to celebrate Mothers – has to be special.  With the busy lives we lead, we don’t need to live far from our parents to sometimes feel disconnected from them.   Mother’s Day pushes families together in a gentle way, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the special bond we have with our Mum’s and the nurturing and support they have given us over the years.  Mother’s Day for me is a bit of a logistical challenge, there is breakfast for me, made by my son,  lunch at my Mum’s and then my Mother-in-Law’s – phew it is a bit of a marathon but well worth it.

At Lobo Luxe we would like to offer all our wonderful customers a 30% off sale ( storewide for all ‘in stock’ items*).

 I hope you find something special for your Mum or a reward/treat for yourself.  The sale ends on the 6th May, so please be quick!. All you have to do is input the coupon code ‘thirtylove’ as you proceed through the payment process.  We also have free gift wrap and an upgrade to Express Shipping for all Australian orders – just to make sure you get your presents wrapped and on time!

We have just increased our subscribe and win newsletter offer to $75 per winner, per month…hope you have subscribed!  All you have to do is input your name and email address, you will find the newsletter subscribe box on the www.loboluxe.com homepage, left hand column, just scroll down.  The Subscribe and Win $75 gift certificate can be used store wide but only on ‘in-stock’ items, special orders or custom orders are not included in this offer.

The lucky winners for January to May 2014:  Sally Stowers, Deborah Vanderwert, Steph Proios, Tracey Lee & Rebecca Tompkinson.  Congratulations please contact the store to claim your $75 gift certificate.

*This offer finishes on the 6 May, custom or special orders are not included in this offer and there are no returns on sales items.  Please note this offer cannot be used with any other store offer.

Items L to R – clockwise:  Candy Drop Earrings by Mary Odorcic, Full Moon with Diamonds by Rebecca Overmann, Silver Haze Bangle with coral and pearl by Mary Odorcic, Postcard from the Heart Ring by Flick Pope, Love Pendant by Yasuko Azuma, Gold Peackock Stud Earrings by Priya Himatsingka

Love Stories

St Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and I have to say I do enjoy the romance associated with this day.  I do recall receiving a few Valentine’s Day Cards myself, many moons ago!

What’s wrong with celebrating love?  I  love hearing about how couples met, their ‘back story’ if you will, that’s why I really enjoyed the movie “When Harry Met Sally”; the little moments where couples – old and young share their first date and how they knew they had met the ‘one’.

St Valentine’s Day is a busy time in the store with many a romantic partner purchasing a heart shaped piece of jewellery; It’s an absolute treat when my customers share their stories about love and the inspiration behind their gifts.

The heart symbol has universal appeal, the jewellery pieces with this symbol have a strong following not only with lovers, but with family and friends too.

For example, recently a Mother bought her daughter a You and Me Bangle – by Flick Pope, as a symbol of her beating cancer and her daughter’s unwavering love and support during this stressful and challenging time.

Another customer purchased for herself the Heart of Gold Necklace – by Jessie Turner, because for her, this necklace epitomized her triumph over adversity, overcaming emotional pain and heartache; she did indeed have a giving heart of gold, the necklace became a talisman of hope, strength and triumph.  The greatest love of all, loving your self and being at peace.

Another sweet story was a young man, who enlisted his Mother’s help to purchase a gold heart pendant by Yasuko Azuma, for his sweetheart.  His Mother obligingly made the purchase on his behalf, he was under 18, and she did tell me that she was expecting to be reimbursed – pronto!  Apparently her son’s girlfriend was a gem and the Mother was delighted to help her son who had saved up for this special present.

I feel very privileged to hear the love stories from our customers, and as I always say, there never can be too much love, joy or peace in the world, Happy St Valentine’s Day!

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!

Santa Express and Gift Certificate Sale

Christmas is only 36 sleeps away!  We would like to give you some Xmas cheer with:

  • free gift wrap;
  • free domestic shipping (this will happen automatically as you proceed through the order process);
  • International customers with purchases over $150 in one transaction (and one destination) will have their shipping fee refunded!

Some important dates for you to be aware of:

  • For orders within Australia, our Xmas shipping close off is the 18th December;
  • If you are shipping outside of Australia you will need to place your order by the 10th December;
  • If you are planning to purchase a special order item, you will need to have your order in by the 20th November.

Selected Gift Certificates are on sale @ 20% off!

  • $300 certificates can be purchased for $240; and
  • $100 certificates can be purchased for $80;
  • please read our terms and conditions, below*

*Terms and Conditions for Gift Certificate Sale*

  • There is a six month expiry on this Certificate; however the certificate will only be active from the 25th December 2013, onwards.
  • You can purchase as many items as you wish, however you can ONLY use one Certificate per transaction.
  • You can elect to receive your Gift Certificate by mail, or we can email it to you or your intended recipient – please see the picture of the Certificate below.
  • The Certificate is as good as cash and you should keep it safe; however it cannot be redeemed for cash.  Lost, stolen, or misplaced Certificates will not be replaced.
  • You can only use the certificate once.  Unused credit at the end of the transaction is forfeited.
  • To use this Certificate, just select your items and add them to the cart, as you review your order input the unique code (you will be given) into the Gift Certificate Redeem box.  The credit will be applied to the total payment due, no change will be given. If the order is great than the Gift Certificate amount, you will need to use your credit card for the balance.
  • This offer can not be used with any  other Store offer/promotion.  This offer can not be used in conjunction with the newsletter promotion (subscribe and win $50 gift certificate).
  • This offer is available up to the 24 December 2013, however we may cease this offer earlier at our discretion.
  • Please note that purchases of special order items , received on the 25 December 2013 or thereafter, will only be shipped late February /early March 2014;  Our jewellers, designers and metal smiths tend to take January off to spend with their families.

And now we are 3!

Three years have flown by! It’s been a wonderful journey, hand selecting unique pieces from around the globe for their new homes with you in Australia, NZ,  the US and Europe.

I’d like to thank you for supporting our independent store as we’ve grown and expanded our showcase. We love what we do here, and an important part of that is providing a personalised shopping experience for you.

One of our favourite things to do is keep up to date with new designs. We’ve added gorgeous bangles, elegant earrings and statement rings by talented designers by  Louise Douglas, Joli Jewelry, & Mary Odorcic.

Our random, lucky subscribe and win newsletter winners for June to October are:
• Sasha Rayner
• Megan Norbury
• Helen Humes
• Leonie Ravell
• Bronwyn Bowcock

Congratulations and please contact the store to claim your $50 gift certificate.

Stay tuned—we’re excited to be unveiling two new designers shortly! And you can always catch up on the latest news via our  facebook page

As always, we welcome  your comments and feedback.

Best wishes

Charmaine

Image R:  New bangles, earrings by Louise Douglas

Expect lots of lovely new pieces over the coming weeks. Please stop by with your favourite brew and enjoy a leisurely browse.

Items above L to R: Aria Necklace, Mah Jong Earrings, Silver Haze Charm Bangle, Aria Earrings.

Three years have flown by! It’s been a wonderful journey, hand selecting unique pieces from around the globe for their new homes with you in Australia, NZ,  the US and Europe.

I’d like to thank you for supporting our independent store as we’ve grown and expanded our showcase. We love what we do here, and an important part of that is providing a personalised shopping experience for you.

One of our favourite things to do is keep up to date with new designs. We’ve added gorgeous bangles, elegant earrings and statement rings by talented designers by

New in Store

We have so many new things in store from gorgeous sterling silver bangles with charms, to delightful earrings and stunning rings.

Remember if you don’t know what to buy for that special person in your life a gift certificate is a great option – we can email it for speedy delivery or snail mail it.

If you don’t know your ring size, we also have free ring sizers – so please contact us with your address and we would be happy to send you one.

Sparkle & Twinkle Wishlist

It has been a delight to choose a wishlist for Christmas!  I’ve included pieces hand-picked by bloggers such as Liss, from ‘Day Dream Lily’ & Rachel from ‘In Spaces Between’. Thank you, lovely ladies!

I have also added my own selection to the mix, so there’s certainly a variety to make your holiday choices a breeze.

The Santa Express: As an extra treat, we are upgrading all standard domestic shipping to express between now and Christmas. If you are an overseas customer we’ll happily refund your shipping by $10 when you spend $150 or more.

Image clockwise, L to R: Celestial Pendant by Rebecca Overmann, Astrid Pendants by Katie Diamond, Heart of Gold Earrings by Jessie Turner, Silver Haze Bangle & Silver Haze Bangle with Charms by Mary Odorcic, Sea Lace Ring by Louise Douglas, You & Me Bangle by Flick Pope, Azure Ring Stack by Robindira Unsworth, Ornament Earrings by Amy Renshaw.

Image below: Golden Star Necklace by Jessie Turner

New Designer: Priya Himatsingka

We have just added several elegant and stylish works by Priya Himatsingka.  Priya has a very clean and minimalistic style to her collection, many a piece is accentuated with 18 or 22 carat gold, bi-metals and oxidised sterling silver.

Priya is based in Rhode Island, U.S.A., her background is from the vibrant, diverse and unforgettable country of India, these two cultural influences create a very unique aesthetic in her work and this equates to highly desirable pieces that you will fall in love with.

Of course the first thing that drew me to Priya’s collection was her bangles, she has an amazing range of pieces and she also does stunning precious gemstone bangles, similar to the Aurora bangle (pictured top left with freshwater pearls) but with sapphires, diamonds and rubies.  The bangles we have in store have a lovely sculptural aesthetic; it makes you want to touch and feel the finish.  They will work well stacked and with whatever you already may have on your arm…

Her pendants are glorious and I particularly love the sparkler pendant and earrings shown below – they are quite unusual in that they are fine silver wrapped in a tight coil, so when light hits them they have a lovely luminescence.  I have chosen one necklace from her range the Dew Drop Necklace, because of its ethereal lightness and it gives the appearance that that soft luminous rain drops have formed on the oxidised sterling silver links (model wears this piece in the image below).

Priya has many rings in her collection I have selected two of my favourites for Lobo Luxe, I love the peacock pattern and this is available in the oxidised sterling silver ring and 22ct gold bi-metal (gold fused to sterling silver) pendant and earrings.  The Laurel Wreath ring has already been popular with its organic leaf shape that when worn feels like a soft caress, this is available in sterling silver but you can special order this ring in 18ct gold.

Image Top, clockwise L to R: Aurora Bangle, Laurel Wreath Ring, Aster Earrings, Spangles Pendant, Gold Peacock Pendant, Sparkler Pendant, Midnight Peacock Ring.

The Passionate Collector

An Interview with Clare Hillerby

I think I have more than my fair share of ‘collecting’ genes in my DNA, I love calligraphy, and I have a large collection of vintage stamps and postcards from my youth.  These items are like a time capsule that transports you back into yesteryear where people relied on the written word and the postal service to communicate, they had beautiful penmanship and maps were hand drawn with pen and ink; a GPS was not even on the horizon!

I discovered Clare Hillerby’s work a couple of years ago and was in awe of how she captured many of my favourite things and transformed them into highly desirable contemporary jewellery. Clare has a passion for ephemera; she collects old papers, handwritten pieces and extracts from postcards, stamps, postal markings and old maps.

Clare says of her work: “handwriting forms the starting point for my work. Old papers featuring handwritten messages by unknown characters are sourced, interesting sections are extracted; messages become ambiguous, they are then combined with new metalwork, and contemporary stories emerge.

Silver is often oxidised for a depth of colour and to allow papers to become the highlight. Details of yellow gold tube riveting are used to construct parts of the work to reference an industrial landscape; our new history being created daily. Semi-precious beads are added for texture and colour.”

Interview with Clare:

Charmaine: What led you to jewellery design?

Clare: When I started studying I first specialised in fashion. Then I noticed in my fashion designs that I was more interested in the details so I decided to change direction, applying to Edinburgh College of Art; the jewellery course was so well respected and such great people were graduating from there. I appreciated the way you design in fashion though, I think I took that with me into jewellery, and I love the creative process of  jewellery, from the designing through to making and selling.

Charmaine: Tell us about your passion for postcards and stamps from yesteryear…

Clare: I’m inspired by the everyday, people, the city – perhaps from coming from a small compact town to Edinburgh.  The city is full of layers of history merging into the way we use it today, narrow closes and roads beneath roads, I have been really inspired by my time living here.

The postcards I use have been sourced from old bookshops in Edinburgh, while I was studying I collecting them for inspiration.  The postcards weren’t really valued or appreciated at that time, which is what I liked, people’s lives intrigued me; little pockets of stories from decades ago, and you can’t help but imagine the lives the writers of the postcards had and that of their intended recipients.

Gradually the postcards became part of my work. I see them as a precious material, more than the silver in some ways as they are so unique. I discovered a shop to buy great postcards which also sold stamps so I gravitated to other forms of ephemera to make some interesting contrasts, I like variety (I get bored very easily!)

Charmaine: How do you source your materials what aesthetic do you look for?

Clare: People used to write so well, there’s a certain time in the mid-20th century were people perhaps stopped taking so much care, condensing their narrative to ‘having a great time/weather is good’ kind of a postcard, I suppose the more ways to communicate and the busier we get, the more watered down they each become.

I like the older postcards, where people were more likely to take their time using real ink pens and it was a treat to buy, send and receive a postcard.

Having said that, back then, there were more mail deliveries throughout the day, you do find postcards with a quick one liner ‘meet you at 6′.  We do the same now electronically –with our mobiles.

I’ve become more particular with the ephemera I choose over time, searching for interesting, characterful handwriting. The writing has to be quite compact to get a lot into the ovals I cut out for the jewellery; each has to say something about the writer. They always have to feel nice too, although they are trapped between silver and perspex for practical reasons, the feel of the paper is just something special I get to enjoy!

Charmaine: Do you share your work space? How would you describe it?

Clare: I have a studio on my own in a building full of artists and makers. So it’s a completely dedicated studio space to make and design and think. One side of the studio is making and the other is the thinking side with a wall full of pinned ephemera (Charmaine: see image below this wall is like a work of art). It’s a very practical space, brick and concrete which only opens to the public once a year. I’m lucky to have a window which gets lots of sun and a view of roof tops with a million chimneys and a sky that constantly changes; it’s good to look at clouds when you’re trying to think!

Charmaine:  I can see where you got your inspiration for the silver lining and rain cloud earrings (see image right and  below)!

Charmaine: What tips would you give on how to wear jewellery?

Clare: I like to see people wear my work quite casually and regularly, rather than just for special occasions, and mixing things their own way. Although I do make bracelets to wear with particular earrings for example I think you can mix anything together to your own preferences, postcard necklace with stamp earrings for example work really well. I like the way people pair them up, it’s often in a different way than I imagined. People gravitate to certain materials too, (I sold to a geographer recently who wanted mostly maps!).

Charmaine: If you had an opportunity to meet anyone who would it be and why?

Clare: There are so many well-known and interesting famous people to choose from but I would really prefer to visit a regular someone in a time and place very different to what I take for granted, seeing how they live and work, it would be far more interesting.

Some new pieces from Clare:

In store we have some new pieces by Clare, including several charming cufflinks featuring maps and stamps.  In addition, we are stocking some new pieces with the option of customising her necklaces and a bracelet with your choice of semi-precious beads (just check out the options tab under each item).

Image Above L to R:  Line of Colour Necklace in Labradorite, Postcard and Oval Earrings, Bangle Wound Quiet.

Image Below L to R: Stamp Earrings, Silver Lining Earrings, Clare’s creative visual board from her Studio, Viewfinder Brooch & Circles Bracelet.

From the Newsletter : Interview with Rebecca Overmann

Timeless Elegance

It was great to catch up with Rebecca in New York, in February this year, and I relished the opportunity to feast my eyes on her entire range, I am in awe of her skills and the beauty and elegance of her collection. There is a sense of understatement in Rebecca’s work, soft lines silhouette dreamy moonscapes, diamonds are added to highlight and each piece has a tactile quality, a textural finish; it makes you want to reach out and touch, to wear and claim as your own!

Rebecca re-invents and designs jewellery in a way which is not fussy or over the top;  a touch of colour and sparkle - with a champagne (briolette) diamond to a necklace, or a sprinkling of diamonds to 14ct gold or sterling silver,  her work is highly polished and luminous. Rebecca also uses bi-metal in her pieces, for example, her double lily pad earrings are made of 18ct gold, fused to sterling silver, this reduces the price point and gives you the luxe of gold but not at a solid gold price.

Lobo Luxe stocks one of her Rebecca’s favourite bangle designs from her collection, the ‘Spine Bangles; she wears them in a stack -of different metals and finishes - as shown in the image below.

We have some new work of Rebecca’s in store including the Full Moon & Diamond Ring (shown above top right), the Celestial Flower with diamond pendant (shown above lower right), the 14ct Gold Full Moon & Diamond Ring (shown image below ), the 14ct Water Circle Necklace with Champagne Briolette Diamond (shown image below) and Spine Bangles (shown image below).

Below is an interview with Rebecca, you will find out that she is passionate about designing and making jewellery and is obsessed with rough diamonds; more power to her  - I say!

Charmaine: What led you to jewellery design?
Rebecca: I started Savannah College of Art & Design as a photography student — by chance, I signed up for a beginning studio class in jewellery as an elective. In this first class, I found that I really enjoyed creating dimensional objects (probably more than I enjoyed creating photographs), and got caught up in all the excitement of the contemporary jewellery movement that was happening in the US at that time — artists like Thomas Mann, Paloma Picasso, and of course my first teacher, Julie Mihalisin (who also happens to own the very first piece of jewellery I made). In retrospect, I think what I was first drawn to, was that at the end of the day, I could wear what I had created — I love the idea of an ornament or decoration that’s both an accessory and an art object.

Charmaine: What inspires / influences you?
Rebecca: Ultimately, I’m most influenced by natural forms — rather than designing pieces that are literal representations, I tend to create pieces that are loosely based on reality rather than something specific. I’ve also found myself a little inspired (obsessed might be a better word) with raw diamonds. I can appreciate the perfectly cut stones we’re all used to seeing, but for me the imperfections and array of colors in the raw and antique cut stones are infinitely more interesting.

Charmaine: How would you describe your collection?
Rebecca: I’m not interested in ‘fussy’ jewellery — too much detail and clutter. My collection is about form and function — something inspired and interesting, that someone would feel comfortable wearing everyday. When I create new pieces, it’s important that they ‘say something’ about the process and inspiration, but also that they could end up as that favourite piece that never sees the inside of a jewellery box.

Charmaine: How do you plan your collection, ie how do you decide on themes and does one inform the other – are there links?
Rebecca: I wish I could say that my collection is planned, but it’s really more a series of happy accidents, a lot of trial and error, and maybe even a little intuition. Most of my great ideas come in the weeks before a show or a new collection is launched — my instinct and the reaction of buyers, customers and friends steers me towards the creation of a larger body of work. As far as themes and connections in my collection, the more I create, the more I believe that everything I do is related — the themes of texture, mixing of metals and stones, and a love of things in their raw form are evident in all of my work.

Charmaine: Do you share your workspace ?  How would you describe it – organised or organic?
Rebecca: I’m lucky to have a beautiful (and spacious) studio space in a great neighbourhood (in San Francisco)— sure I have to contend with the occasional leaky roof, but I can’t imagine a better place to be. I’d say that structured chaos describes my studio fairly well — I’m a bit of a neat freak, but as an artist, those two parts of my personality frequently do battle. If I had it my way, I’d be at the bench full time. I currently share with another designer which provides a little bit of a reality check once in a while, and of course keeps me from turning into a hermit.

Charmaine: What are your passions outside jewellery?
Rebecca: What do you mean ‘outside jewellery’?

Charmaine: What tips would you give on how to wear jewellery?
Rebecca: This is a pretty personal question — it’s a different answer for everyone, so I can really only speak as to how to wear my jewellery : )  Everyone has a couple pieces that are those ‘special occasion pieces’ — maybe because they’re a statement, or maybe they’re sentimental. For everything else, I like the idea of wearing it every day. Wear it in the garden, to work, or out to dinner. The greatest compliment is when someone comes back to me and says that their ring needs some cleaning or repair — because they never take it off and it got little scuffed while they were out pulling weeds. The thing I try to show my customers, is that the jewellery should belong to them — it should become a part of their own signature look — and that they don’t need a piece of jewellery to define themselves.

Charmaine’s Note: Does anyone wear  jewellery to do their gardening?  Clearly the lovely Ms Overmann has not read the Lobo Luxe care of jewellery section ; )

The image above includes a picture of Rebecca and her studio in San Francisco.

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