There’s something incredibly special about owning something with a story. You have not just a memory of when you bought it, but the tale of how it came to be. Items like this are immeasurably valuable, particularly when compared to something mass produced. Jewellery with a story is particularly special. Fine jewellery has the ability to span generations, be resized, reworked and collect more stories all of its own.
If the idea of pieces with a past is your kind of speed, you’ll love Melbourne-based jewel gallery e.g.etal. To be clear, if your taste in jewellery is made by Tiffany & Co, you won’t find it here. Displaying pieces by contemporary jewellers from Australia and New Zealand, e.g.etal retails small, unique pieces with big stories to tell.
Case in point: the latest collection from jeweller and taxidermist Julia deVille – Can The Voices Of The Living Be Heard By The Dead. This collection sees stones with stories reworked into modern marvels. Pieces that at first glance you’d believe are your grandmother’s jewels but on closer inspection are too contemporary, too imperfect and too elaborate to be so (just see the images below!).
Across all her collections and media Julia’s work centres around a common theme of celebrating life with her wearable pieces intended to act as a memento mori (a reminder of mortality). Rather than being morbid, they’re more a visual carpe diem chip. Think a significantly more beautiful and less regretable version of that ‘I’m-going-to-pursue-my-dreams’ tattoo we all secretly considered getting in our early twenties.
e.g.etal currently represents a large variety of jewellers and designers working with materials ranging from plastic to diamonds. Can’t get in to see the store? Don’t fret, they have a gorgeous collection in their online store.
Pieces in Julia deVille’s fine jewellery range from her current collection start around the $590.00 AUD mark.