A spoonful of diamonds..a spoonful of gold…by Amy Renshaw

Amy Renshaw has playfully captioned her new collection of bespoke rings “a spoonful of diamonds, a spoonful of gold”,  in this series you will find the striking and stunning: “Polka Dot” Rings.  Her work brings a new colourful and sumptuous aesthetic to stacking rings, using 18ct gold, a Ceylon blue sapphire and brilliant cut diamonds. 
The joy of this collection is that you can choose your gemstone, be it sapphire, ruby, or white diamonds.  You can choose yellow or white gold.  You can create an individual ring as in the ‘Single Polka Dot Ring’ (shown right) or the ‘Polka Dot Ring’ or as a stack ‘Stack Polka Dot Rings’.  Endless choice and lots of latitude to create something special for your hand. 
To view the rings in the collection please click the following links: ‘Single Polka Dot Ring’ , ‘Polka Dot Ring’ , ‘Stack Polka Dot Rings’

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.

Yasuko Azuma at Lobo Luxe

I have just added a charming and delicate collection of necklaces by Yasuko Azuma.  I love the intricate detail of the pieces, the brushed finish of the pendants, the combination of  gold and silver, and the delightful sprinkling of diamonds and semi-precious stones.

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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.