30 July 2013

The MELBOURNE cufflink - media release

‘the MELBOURNE cufflink’
 A group exhibition of student made cufflinks
$500 acquisitive prize

Exhibition opening: Thursday 1 August  5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition: 2 – 17 August

Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s foremost men’s jewellery emporium, is pleased to announce the opening of the inaugural ‘the MELBOURNE cufflink’ exhibition and $500 acquisitive student prize.

All students who were currently enrolled in jewellery design courses at RMIT, Box Hill Institute and NMIT were encouraged to submit a pair of cufflinks to the exhibition.

Cufflink submissions were received from: Zoe Beman, Samantha Carr, Man Chiang, Linda Clark, Megan Greenwood, Henry Hazeldine, Melanie Hilder, Yu Ishito, Jana King, Samantha Lee, Chris Massey, Philip Monk, Alicia Hannah Naomi and Georgia Pignolet.

The inaugural winner of the $500 acquisitive prize, as chosen by Lord and Lady Coconut themselves from one of the 14 entries, will be announced during the exhibition opening.

The exhibition opening is a fantastic opportunity to meet the student jewellers themselves and discuss their cufflink inspirations, the jewellery techniques they employed when making the work and how they wish their jewellery career to progress after they have completed their courses.

Georgina Pignolet, when describing her sterling silver and driftwood cufflinks states “My work comes from the beauty of nature. I love what our earth can create and I just want to show this through my work”.

Alicia Hannah Naomi, when describing the inspiration behind her resin and sterling silver ‘Ablation’ cufflinks says she is inspired by “the haunting beauty and tragedy of the rapidly retreating glaciers across the Polar regions. My cufflinks are my response to the study on the effects of global warming on glacial ice conducted by the Extreme Ice Survey”.

High resolution images of all submitted cufflinks are available upon request.

Lord Coconut is Melbourne’s only retailer, gallery and online boutique selling contemporary jewellery designed exclusively for men. Lord Coconut stocks over 400 individual jewellery pieces and designer cufflinks and represents over 35 Melbourne jewellers, artisans and designers.

25 July 2013

I WANT THAT : 2013 RMIT Gold & Silversmithing Jewellery Auction

This is your chance to pick up an exceptional contemporary jewellery piece at a good price.
RMIT gold and silversmithing students are hosting an auction of over 80 jewellery pieces by students, recent graduates and leading contemporary artists. All proceeds from the auction go towards funding the 2013 RMIT Object based Practice Gold & Silversmithing Graduate Catalogue.

To be held at the Mercy bar + eatery in Flinders Lane on Wednesday 7th August, it will be a fun night of intense bidding for exciting work.

On offer will be a diverse selection of quality, original and innovative jewellery including rings, pendants, brooches and earrings made by RMIT students and established artists such as Mark Edgoose, Kirsten Haydon, Nick Bastin and Katherine Bowman - and some lucky person will secure Jan Donaldson's work 'Mon Enfant'. 

To whet your appetite and help plan your auction strategy, the catalogue of work is online at www.rmitgoldandsilversmithingauction2013.blogspot.com This will be continually added to and updated until the night

Preview the jewellery from 5.30pm before the auction commences at 6.30pm. There will also be a silent auction from 5:30-8.30pm - an opportunity to sneak up on an excellent piece by writing down your bids in front of each item. 

You will be entertained with live music during the short intermission – just enough time for your credit card to cool down - before the second round of fierce bidding begins. The auction concludes around 10.30 but you can stay on at Mercy 'til late.

Wednesday 7th August

Preview 5.30-6.30
Auction from 6.30

Catalogue prior to auction:
credit and eftpos facilities available

Mercy bar + eatery
31 Flinders Lane Melbourne (above Craft Victoria)
(03)9290 0400
The Mercy menu and drinks from the bar will be available throughout the evening.

23 July 2013

New work by Emily Becher

Emily is a jeweller based in Melbourne working from a shared studio in Kensington’s Ironside Studios. Her work is quite varied with several divergent ranges that each explore distinctive concepts allowing for experimentation with different techniques.

Her heavily textured range stocked by Lord Coconut explores the tangible experience of acquisition, the tactile nature and connection that one can encounter with their choice of adornment. Her work investigates the playful nature of interacting with moving elements, the sparkle of light reflecting from surfaces and the base characteristics of surface texture that allow one to visually and physically engage with ones choice of embellishment.

Emily graduated from NMIT with an Advanced Diploma of Jewellery in 2012 with High Distinction. This follows an academic trail of consistency to perform at a high level winning numerous awards, the most recent recognition received in 2012 from the Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia for Best Hand Skills, and has since been accepted as a Fellow member of the Guild in 2013. Her work has been selected for a range of prestigious exhibitions including Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013, Graduate Metal ’13 and Contemporary Wearables ’13.

Large Triangle sterling silver cufflinks - $220

Medium Triangle sterling silver cufflinks - $220

Folded Corners sterling silver cufflinks - $200

Small Triangle sterling silver cufflinks - $195

Flat Angles sterling silver pendant - $135

V sterling silver necklace - $220

Cushion Square sterling silver pendant - $95

Cushion Square oxidised sterling silver pendant - $95

Spin sterling silver ring - $355

3 Stack sterling silver ring - $130

3 Stack sterling silver ring - $130

19 July 2013

New Stock from new jeweller Helen Hadfield

Self taught, Helen makes beautiful, unique jewellery using old Australian postage stamps. Most people keep these miniature art-works locked away. I believe they should be adorned and appreciated for all the world to see. Fascinated by the history of each piece it is shared with the wearer so they know where their new jewels originated from. Helen has been creating such treasures for over two years now, ever learning, ever discovering, ever making.

$110 pair

View the full range online HERE

Rail Link 1970

Flinders 1966

Queenie 1960

Banking 1967

Platypus 1937

Flying Doctors 1958

Melbourne Cup 1960

Melbourne Olympics 1956

1st WA Stamp 1954

Queenie 1975

15 July 2013

Highly Recommended

I recently purchased a sterling silver ring online. Although I found it difficult choosing a ring based on what the pictures looked like, the ring exceeded all expectations. From placing a order till post delivery Mark was constantly in contact letting me know what was happening as I had a needed the ring within a few weeks. When I received the beautifully crafted ring by a Tasmanian designer I was astounded by not only the ring but the packaging. The overall customer service and ring was just fantastic! I highly recommend the store and will return.


13 July 2013

Great Service, Amazing Ring

On a recent trip to Melbourne, my fiancé and I visited this store and were welcomed by Mark and his extensive collection of interesting and amazing rings. Mark was extremely knowledgeable about all his products and gave us plenty of time and attention to pick the perfect ring. Upon receiving the ring in the post this week, we could not be happier. The ring was absolutely perfect! We were also pleasantly surprised by the amazing packaging, the ring found its home in the core of a vintage art book. The book is so lovely, we are going to use it to hold both our rings for our ceremony. Mark provided us with great service (and ring!) and we highly recommend Lord Coconut.