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!

Store News – Wishlist *

We have been busy adding new pieces to the store, gorgeous hand crafted rings, necklaces, earrings and bangles.  Why not relax with your favourite refreshment and have a look around?

Many of our customers have been using the ‘wishlist’ function in the store, have you tried it?  It is very easy and means that you can send your wishlist to the special people in your life; to help them choose a present that you will love!

The winner of this month’s newsletter ‘subscribe and win’ is Belinda Edmunds.  Congratulations Belinda!  Please contact the store to claim your $50 gift certificate.

Image R: Joy Necklace by Priya Himatsingka, sterling silver and 18ct gold stamen centre, with oxidised sterling silver chain

New Rings by Shauna Mayben

We have some awesome new rings by Shauna Mayben, these rings are a part of her ‘Penny for Your Thoughts’ Collection.  Shauna uses 100% upcycled sterling silver, so you can enjoy wearing these stunning rings and feel good about it too!

Image Above: Swan Queen Ring, Image Below, Florabunda Ring, Flourish Ring

New in Store: Sustainable jewellery by Shauna Mayben

I love Shauna Mayben’s work, the ethos behind it, how she uses rescued images and brings them to life, with upcycled perspex and then as a shining highlight, she masterfully adds recycled sterling silver, the result – awesome jewellery that is sustainable, contemporary, unique and very appealing!

So I was very excited to get some new pieces into the store from the following Collections:

‘Money Makes the World Go Round’: Shauna plays with notions of money, value and beauty; using currency from around the world, upcycled perspex and recycled sterling silver.

‘He Whispered Sweet Nothings in Her Ear’: Shauna uses old romantic novels and images of flowers, cutting them and rearranging them to create a new perspective on the meaning of flowers.  Pictured above is the Eternal Pendant – it has two looks to the one piece, which means lots of versatility!

‘Penny For your Thoughts’: Shauna use imprints from currency to create delightful and eye catching earrings from recycled sterling silver.

Shauna says of her work: “The items I make are of high quality materials and manufacturing using traditional craftsman techniques insuring stability, durability and a long life of wear and tear.   Each piece therefore becomes an artistic, one of a kind collector’s item. My items also have an intellectual narrative telling a story…it’s not just a bauble to adorn.”

You can find out more about Shauna’s work and inspiration here.

Image Below: Money Makes the World Go Round: Flourish Earrings

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.

 

 

Interview with Shauna Mayben : from our Newsletter

Photos, Romance & Money

It sounds like a ripping yarn, a crime thriller or a good episode of your favourite soap opera, but it is in fact a summary of Shauna Mayben’s collection at Lobo Luxe.

Shauna’s collection was just recently launched at Lobo Luxe and I thought it would be great for you to find out more about the artist behind the “Antique Photo”, “He Whispered Sweet Nothings in Her Ear” and the “Money Makes the World Go Round” Collections.

Shauna is based in Hobart, Tasmania and her work is not only beautiful it is also environmentally friendly, she uses reclaimed, recycled and up-cycled materials.

What led you to jewellery design?
Shauna: I have always had a love for the arts as young as I can remember. I dabbled in sculpture, and then moved towards furniture design. It wasn’t until I travelled around Europe at the age of 19 and came back to Australia that I realised the importance of obtaining a fine craft ‘skill’. My Grandfather was a jeweller so I initially worked with him as well as doing my degree. I haven’t stopped learning since.

What inspires / influences you?
Shauna: Antiques; objects with previous lives. Old photographs that have lost their home, books, history and fine arts. I can spend hours lost in time in museums and galleries. I love visiting the heritage houses of Tasmania which are like time capsules. Decorative wallpapers, cabinets filled with scrimshawed whales teeth, handcrafted pipes, boxes with intricate gold and shell inlay. Beautiful handcrafted objects that would take a lifetime to master, the finest skills to construct.

What led you to incorporating sustainability into your design?
Shauna: I found my self in a dilemma. I love to make, to produce beautiful handmade items, but these days it seems a bit selfish when there is already so much out there. It’s also hard for me to know that the jewellery industry is one of the worst polluters in the world, not to mention the questionable ethics that are involved in the trade.
Once I was aware of some of the negative impacts of the craft that I loved I resolved to become an ‘ethical jeweller’ and a teacher who imparts knowledge about the less glamorous aspects of our industry. In doing this I hope to change work practices where the jewellers demand more environmentally sustainable mining and processing of gold and silver. Did you know, for example, that one gold ring generates 20 tons of by-products, leaching toxic metals and acid into soil and water?
So I made a choice to reduce the impact I had, by using salvaged materials and pre-existing materials. Each item is made from 100% recycled silver, up-cycled perspex and found images. I would like to think I can make a change by increasing awareness. (Don’t we all?)

How would you describe your collection?
Shauna: Considered, timeless, vintage inspired and elegant.  Designed for the intelligent woman, who loves quality and sophistication, but also knows how to enjoy themselves.

How do you plan your collection, ie how do you decide on themes and does one inform the other – are there links?
Shauna: Most definitely, I do a lot of research before I make a range. Just recently I had an exhibition of works called; “I would rather have roses on my table than diamonds around my neck”. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded that love is better than material possessions. That a rose garden is more beautiful than any stone dug up from the earth. Money is the oil that lubricates the machinery of life. It is important but it’s not everything. I worry that in today’s society we put money before everything. In doing so, we miss out on the smaller details of life.

Ultimately though all my work inspired and informed by the secret language of objects. Jewellery, photographs, dried flowers, old love letters, movie ticket stubs, we all collects these ‘worthless’ items to reminds us of intimate moments and loved ones.

Do you share your workspace ? How would you describe it?
Shauna: I share a studio called “Five Flights Up” with three other very talented jewelers. My studio is organised chaos. Yes, you may think that a jeweler is meticulous and clean but not me. Picture cut up magazines and books strewn across a table, streams of paper overflowing onto the floor, my jewellery bench, filled with silver wire, tools, small drill bits and bobs. On the wall I have my pictures of inspiration, other jeweller’s work I admire, and a photo of my beloved dog, Hero.

What are your passions outside jewellery?
Shauna: I love to teach and funnily enough I am also a soccer player. You wouldn’t think so if you met me, but there is nothing better than running around with friends playing that beautiful game.

What tips would you give on how to wear jewellery?
Shauna:  Dare to be different… and you will be noticed.
A black dress with an elegant, but some what original designer piece and you are sure to be asked a million envious questions. Have a story to tell about your special piece of jewellery, where it came from, what it means, how it is helping the planet by recycling materials. The same black dress with pearls, or gold earrings, you just won’t get a second glance. So, try it. I have, many times.
Original designer jewellery can become a conversation starter, and who knows where the conversations can lead….