I have always been a big fan of vintage jewellery and was delighted when I discovered Joli Jewelry. I first fell in love with brooches from the collection and now I am happy to tell you we have added some gorgeous necklaces and earrings to the store.
Jody Lyons, the creative force behind Joli Jewelry, epitomizes vintage chic and is a big advocate of reusing and upcycling materials. Through her collection, Jody hopes to share her love and interest in original, old materials and the importance of reusing things like: vintage glass, original plastics (like celluloid and Bakelite), old metal findings, old French enamels and mother of pearl pieces.
The design process mixes real vintage and upcycled materials with different cultural motifs and new components, such as semi-precious gemstones. This evolves into fabulous contemporary creations, with a nod to the awesome vintage styles of yesteryear; that are still highly desirable and continue to have timeless appeal.
Because of the limited availability of the unusual components, everything continues to be limited editions.
Jody designs everything in the line. The small production runs are then handmade by a group of wonderful women in her small studio in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York.
Image Below; Grace Necklace
The southern winter is setting in for a cosy stay. As we seek out warmth, it is only natural that our wardrobes take on darker hues and sumptuous fabrics to absorb the sunlight and insulate us against the cold. This darker colour palette creates the perfect backdrop to add unique handcrafted jewellery that brightens and lightens your look.
Hence, winter inspires our latest Lobo Luxe photo shoot; we have assembled a few looks to highlight the exquisite pieces we have in store, showcasing some ideas for your winter wardrobe.
In the top image, our model Dani is wearing the Trinket Neckpiece and Oval Banglewith Charms by Amy Renshaw. Amy’s work is subtle, yet striking. She employs asymmetrical lines to add character and interest, infusing a touch of surprise with the use of vibrant colours. All this is beautifully contrasted against the silky minimalism of sterling silver. Amy is based in Victoria, Australia.
Dani is also wearing the ‘Bee Loved’ Ring by Melanie Lynn, Rings Eclectic. Melanie has a gorgeous collection of handcrafted rings with some pieces having up to 5 different components, with each tiny crystal or pearl placed lovingly by hand. The base of the ring is acrylic, polished individually and then for a final touch, engraved with her signature on the inside.
We recently interviewed Susan Fleming for the Newsletter and her work is inspired by the love of handmade Japanese Papers, she creates, what are like handcrafted sterling silver frames to capture the beauty of these papers, it’s like wearing mini works of art. For those who love stationery, especially Japanese Papers, it is a charming way to showcase your passion! All of her work is covered by a waterproof resin overlay. Susan is based in Wyoming, U.S.A.
Felicity Peters has two collections in store. Her signature range includes, sterling silver, 24ct gold and semi-precious stones, while the funK Dimension range comprises of acrylic, wood fibre, cubic zirconia and sterling silver.
The Kopernik daisy theme was inspired by a stained glass window in a Church in Kopernik, in the suburb of Legnica, Poland; this body of work is sublime and certainly striking, there is a touch of whimsy and a strong feminine appeal, and there are rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs, bangles and brooches.
In the image above (R), Dani is wearing the Hypnotic Fob Pendant by Tank. Amy Johnson and Jill Cribben are the creative designers, glass blowers and metalsmiths behind Tank, they create beautiful glass and sterling silver pieces that are funky and contemporary, creating stylish and unique works with the added bonus and lustre of glass.
Louise Douglas was interviewed recently for the Newsletter and her work is strongly inspired by nature; softly formed pieces that echo organic shapes found in the forest or beach. Her work is charmingly nostalgic, reminiscent of holidays, sun, sand and surf. The Long Sea Necklace is a statement piece from her collection, large sterling silver elements, reflecting sea foam and found objects from the sea, highlighted with- vibrant red coral pieces – stunning! Louise is based in Nelson, New Zealand.
Shauna recently won an environmental award from the Tasmanian government for her commitment to using sustainable practices in the production of her pieces. She uses 100% recycled sterling silver, upcycled perspex and reclaimed photographs.
In the Money Makes the World Go Round Series – Shauna explores the impact of money on our lives, and all the pieces in this series showcase currency, taking it from the transactional to highly desirable, wearable objects of beauty. Earrings and Pendants provide two views into currency pieces. The pendants are delightfully framed in handcrafted sterling silver, perspex and her signature makers mark tag on the clasp.
Shauna work has a timeless feel to it and a strong feminine aesthetic, striking and beautifully made. She has others works in sthe store including the vintage photograph series , he whispered sweet nothing in her ears earrings, awesome custom made lockets that have incredible detail, and a custom made ring which you can personalise by providing your own image. You can find out more about Shauna by reading the interview we did with her for our Newsletter.
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!
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:
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!
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.