If you love food just as much as you love jewellery, read on. There’s a very quirky boutique you need to check out in Melbourne’s CBD: Lucy Folk. Opened in 2011 by jewellery designer Lucy Folk, today her namesake flagship store is jam packed full of pizza, nachos, chips, and other iconic Aussie snacks – all in jewellery form!
Folk grew up surrounded by food and after studying gold and silversmithing at RMIT, scored her first solo exhibition named Nibbles in 2006 at Pieces of Eight. For this exhibition (and since then), real food was electroplated and turned into everything from Burger Ring earrings to pretzel necklaces. And it’s hard not to fall in love (and drool over) each piece.
Her collections have grown over time, too. You can almost pick your Lucy Folk jewellery pieces as you’d pick your entree at a restaurant. Currently her collections include golden nacho chip necklaces and sliced mushroom earrings, anchovy cuffs, dough rings, and peppercorn chain rings. So many delicious things!
As for the inspiration behind Lucy’s pieces, she says it has a lot to do with travel: ‘Definitely travel.. I love to pack my bags and head somewhere interesting and peruse the galleries, shops, cafes – you know just absorb all the culture I can!! I LOVE Paris and the Palais de Tokyo. I am a bit of a Google fiend, too; I spend most nights on my laptop, admiring all sorts of marvellous things people are up to. I have a small library of books that I add to when I can and I always go back to’.
Here are some other Melbourne-based jewellery designers not to be missed:
Erstwilder is a quirky vintage label that designs all its pieces in Melbourne and boasts some of the most sought after accessories in town. You’ll find a brooch, necklace or pair of earrings for everyone here, from artistic geometric wombats to rockabilly mermaids and colourful cupcakes.
Pieces of Eight
Dedicated to innovative design and handmade treasures, Pieces of Eight is the go-to place for exclusive and limited collections of contemporary jewellery in Melbourne. Pieces of Eight also has a studio on-site which offers a residency program for selected artists.
For unique pieces that are designed exclusively for men, head to Lord Coconut along Melbourne’s Flinders Lane. This exciting boutique stocks over 400 individual pieces of jewellery and represents more than 35 Melbourne and interstate jewellers.
Located in Fitzroy’s arts precinct, Studio Ingot gives a voice to new and established artists with their high-end gallery of jewellery pieces. More than 50 artists are represented here and exhibit one-of-a-kind pieces made of titanium, platinum, enamel, plastics, silk, silver, gold, and more.