Give Mum Flowers This Mother’s Day

Lucas has created a gem-set flower pendant and ring that will be sure to wow your Mum this year. The sterling silver pair has been set with natural pink tourmalines, spessartite garnets and amethysts to create a colourful bouquet. This combination of fun colours and bold shapes will be sure to brighten anyone’s day, any time of the year. 

 

When asked what he thinks of these pieces, Lucas said, “When I look at the pieces, they make me want to smile”. This set is one of a kind and can nip your present buying stress in the bud. “This is wonderful gift idea and with Mother’s Day around the corner I felt this was an ideal time to share this set with you all.” 

The ring is $395 and the pendant and chain is $595.

 

If you would like to know more about these pieces or you would like to talk about any other options for Mother’s Day, please do not hesitate to contact Lucas.Lucas has created a gem-set flower pendant and ring that will be sure to wow your Mum this year. The sterling silver pair has been set with natural pink tourmalines, spessartite garnets and amethysts to create a colourful bouquet. This combination of fun colours and bold shapes will be sure to brighten anyone’s day, any time of the year. 


Lucas Blacker Jewellery now available in Melbourne!

After many years without a representative gallery in Melbourne, I have now established a relationship with the Gray Reid Gallery. I have always had a good response to my jewellery in Melbourne and I feel it is important to have a place where clients can view my work or discuss any needs they may have. I have chosen the Gray Reid Gallery as they are a member of the Gold and Silversmith’s Guild of Australia. Furthermore, we share the same values both creatively and in terms of supporting quality Australian jewellery.

For the entire month of April, there will be a pop-up exhibition of my recent work at the Gray Reid Gallery, which is located at 156 Collins St Melbourne.

Please see below the flyer they have put together for the exhibition of my work:

If you are in Melbourne please take this opportunity to view a selection of my recent work.


Quality Not Quantity!

In Australia, we are lucky enough to have access to a wealth of jewellery styles and suppliers, but is this really a good thing? Much of the Australian Industry has become centred around mass-produced, imported jewellery rather than bespoke, artisan designs that challenge the status quo. Australian jewellers are extremely talented, up there with the best in the world, so why do we look for quantity over quality?

 

The Gold and Silversmith’s Guild of Australia (GSGA) is the only national craftsman’s guild in Australia. It upholds a code of standards and ethics to promote jewellery of the highest quality. The main aim of the GSGA is “to promote the Guild Mark as a symbol of excellence. I believe that this organisation is vital to the survival of the Australian Jewellery Industry.

 

I was accepted to the Guid as a Fellow in 1993 where I joined a great network of innovative jewellers. I am a registered fellow under the criteria that I am “an individual, professional craftsperson in the Precious Metals industry. This title ensures that I make jewellery that upholds Australian standards using only the finest quality metal. Being aligned with the GSGA also serves as a reminder to my clients that my jewellery adheres to GSGA quality standards and comes with an ethical product guarantee. 

 

Inspired by the hallmarking system in Britain, the GSGA has its own system of jewellery stamping where registered members and fellows can be identified by their stamp. You may have noticed on my pieces of jewellery that there are two stamps. The first one is my maker’s mark “LB” pictured left, the next is the metal purity stamp and the third stamp in the shape of a kangaroo head (pictured right), is the GSGA mark. My maker’s mark is registered with the Guild. This is the equivalent to an artist signing their artwork and makes the piece identifiable as being made by me and cannot have been mass-produced. Furthermore, by having my jewellery as a representative for the GSGA, I am held to the standards of the Guild to make good quality jewellery. 


 

Late last year, I attended Enmore Design Centre’s exhibition called ‘One Night Under Lights’. The evening provided a showcase offine jewellery metalwork from the final year jewellery students of the TAFE course and I was invited to present an award on behalf of the Gold and Silversmith’s Guild of Australia (GSGA). The Head of Jewellery at Enmore Design Centre, Catherine Harrington, opened the evening by describing the exceptional skill of these young Australian jewellers and the pressures faced by these artists to compete in a world of mass production. She presented that we need to support quality craftsmanship over inferior imported products and this became a common theme discussed in the remaining speeches as well. There is no doubt in my mind that the quality of Australian jewellery matches or even betters that of the rest of the world; we cannot let the collective talents of our nation go to waste.

 

The GSGA campaigns for these exact ideas that Ms Harrington introduced. It supports craftsmanship and bespoke jewellers. I believe that the Guild promotes excellence in the field, encourages the creation of unique metalwork and supports ethical jewellery manufacture, which is an admirable feat in today’s climate of importation and mass-production.  

 

For a full list of the GSGA Aims, please see:

http://www.gsga.org.au/images/PDFs/Documentation/5_CONSTITUTION_2008.pdf

 

For a full list of the GSGA Standards, please see:

http://www.gsga.org.au/images/PDFs/Documentation/6_STANDARDS_2008.pdf