Flick Pope ~ new styles

It is hard to believe that the store is entering into it’s fourth year of operations.  One of the first jewellers that I selected for the store is Victoria’s Flick Pope, her work resonates with me on so many levels, the romance, the feminine and organic forms and each piece has such an appealing essence.  I can’t say which piece I love more, but what I can say I love getting surprised with new pieces that Flick sends me, from time to time.

More recently we received the cross your heart ring, the silver princess earrings (yes to match the bangle), cloud earrings, wings earrings, and the sumptuous oke doke earrings.

Flick’s appeal transcends Victoria, with fans from all the states in Australia and a growing fan base internationally.

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.

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’

Cufflinks to match the personality of the special Man in your life!

Spring is nearly here and the first big family gathering in our social diary is Father’s Day, so I thought it would be a good time to highlight the fun, funky and highly desirable cufflinks we have in store.

There are all sorts of handcrafted cufflinks, miniature treasures to give to your Dad as a special present this Father’s Day.

To help you choose, I have put together a list of cufflinks and matched them to the many varied and different personality types of the Dad’s out there.  The cuffs are in no particular order but there is a lot of choice to suit your Dad or any of the special men in your life.

Sporty Dad, loves his footy and cooking where there is danger involved (like the BBQ)! Sterling silver Football Cuffs by Felicity Peters, Western Australia

Map Dad, adventurer & explorer.  Map Cuffs: Oxidised sterling silver cuffs, with remnants of maps from yesteryear and perspex by Clare Hillerby, Scotland.

Creative Dad, likes to be different and thinks outside of the box.  Circle Cuffs: sterling silver, Chiyogami hand pressed paper, Resin by Susan Fleming, U.S.A

Do It Yourself Dad, loves his shed and is a true handyman (just ask him and he will tell you!).  Corrugated Cuffs: sterling silver by Felicity Peters, Western Australia.

Current Affairs Dad, loves the news, travelling, ‘TOP GEAR’ and using the GPS.  Post and Map Cuffs:  Oxidised sterling silver, remnants of maps and postcards from yesteryear, perspex by Clare Hillerby.

Sun, Surf and Sea Dad, loves to sail, windsurf, swim, surf and enjoys hanging at the beach.  Sail Cuffs: Sterling silver by Felicity Peters, Western Australia

Collector Dad: loves to scour wine shops for back vintages, car yards, bike shops, antique stores and car yards and collects car magazines.  Three Colours Stamp Cuffs: Blue:  Oxidised sterling silver, stamps from yesteryear, perspex, by Clare Hillerby, Scotland.

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

From our newsletter: Interview with Susan Fleming

Wearable Treasures

I have always been a big devotee of Japanese papers, especially the hand silk screened variety – Chiyogami; I believe each piece is a work of art – good enough to frame!  So when I discovered Susan Fleming’s collection I was thrilled to see these beautifully made papers framed in sterling silver and ready to wear.   Susan has a talent for designing and creating complimentary, gentle, organic shapes that capture the Chiyogami papers and transform them into wearable art.

There is a strong whimsical and almost zen like quality to Susan’s work, which captures your attention and draws you into her pieces.  Susan’s work has been very popular at Lobo Luxe and it was great to catch up with her in New York and stock up on some new pieces in her collection.

Susan tells us about her inspiration for her collection:

LL: What led you to jewellery design?
Susan : My initial interest in jewellery making came via an interest in rocks and geology. I kept a rock collection from the age of six which later translated into a love of semiprecious stones and jewellery. My interest continued as I got older and was fueled by some jewellery making courses offered at the high school level. I took all the courses that my school had to offer and finished my senior year with further independent study. After studying political and environmental science in college, I returned to jewellery making the summer following graduation. I apprenticed with Sam Shaw on the Maine coast and it was there that I really honed my skills and began to establish my own body of work. I stayed on with him for seven years and then moved to the Rocky Mountain West area  in 2000, and have maintained a jewellery studio ever since.

LL: What inspires/influences you?
Susan: Many, many things: living in the mountains, the vast sky, architecture, simple lines, paper, texture, shadows, Ray and Charles Eames, crafty friends, conversations, things old and new, and more.

LL: How would you describe your collection?
Susan:
Modern, organic and colourful. I set hand silk screened paper in sterling silver settings and protect them with a thin waterproof layer of resin. the paper patterns are based on prints that date back to the Edo period but they still have a wide ranging appeal today giving them a classic as well as modern quality.

LL: How do you plan your collection?
Susan:
Most often it is the patterns in the paper that drive the design of a piece. Whether it is the scale of a floral pattern or the repetition in a geometric print, it dictates or speaks to a specific shape. For example, I recently acquired a new paper with a large sunflower type print and created a bezel to perfectly frame a specific flower from the paper.

LL: Do you share your work space? How would you describe it?
Susan:
I share a workspace with my amazing assistant, although we each have separate work benches. I think I work better in an organised and tidy environment although you would not gather that from looking at my desk. I usually work on multiple projects at once and so my desk often appears to be in a chaotic state, but there is an organisation to it even if only apparent to me.

LL: What are your passions outside jewellery?
Susan:
Spending time with my husband Doug, daughter Finna, golden retriever Pema, family and friends, playing in the mountains, especially hiking and skiing, traveling(wherever), baking, eating yummy food and designing interior spaces.

LL: what tips would you give on how to wear jewellery?
Susan:
Wear it often!

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: