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Thursday, March 8th 2018

Curiously Beautiful Jewels by Julia deVille

Fusing unusual and precious stones with artful, organic settings has us enamoured with Julia deville's curiously beautiful collection of jewels. A master architect of nuptial adornments based in Victoria Australia, each piece tells its own story of craftsmanship and romance. Inspired by Baroque aspects and brimming with rose cut champagne diamonds, parti sapphires and other unique gems - Julia talks to us about the creative process, gemstones used and what a bespoke design entails...

What defines your design style?

My work is inspired by the memento mori jewellery of the 15th – 18th centuries as well as Victorian mourning jewellery. Handmade, bespoke wedding and engagement rings are the focal point of my jewellery range. My rings are designed to look organic, antique and time worn – as if scavenged from a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

Can you describe the Julia deVille customer in a few words?

My cliental varies greatly: from very young goth couples choosing engagement rings to more conservative women in their 70’s wanting to rework family heirloom pieces. I am always delighted by the array of personality types that come through our showroom – I guess the one thing they have in common is they are seeking something distinct and unusual.

A favourite piece you’ve created?

The 20000 Leagues Ring is one of my all-time favourites. I wear this ring every day, as does my mother and sister. We all have different colour ways; mine has a parti sapphire with champagne diamonds, Mum’s has an aquamarine surrounded by rose cut white diamonds and my sister’s is a yellow beryl with white diamonds.

What are some of the gemstones and meterials you love to use?

I love to source unusual stones and cuts. Black & champagne diamonds feature a lot in my work, as do parti (green/blue/yellow) sapphires and Morganite. I also use more traditional stones such as rubies and emeralds.

I am particularly fond of rose cut, old cut and other antique looking stone cuts as well as uncut diamonds.

I mainly work in 18ct white gold as well as yellow & rose gold. I do a little bit of platinum but personally prefer 18ct white for its cool steely colour which pairs well with all gemstones.

Can you explain the bespoke process and who would you recommend this for?

First I get my clients to browse through my website and select styles they like as well as stone and metal colours. Then we arrange a meeting in my Melbourne showroom where we have hundreds of styles to view and try on, or we discuss via email and phone if they’re not able to come in.

Some people opt for a ring exactly as is, but most people want some level of customisation. This could mean simply changing the stones or metal but often it involves completely reworking a design or creating something unique from scratch. If I’m making a one-off piece it will be based on other rings the client has indicated they like, as well as elements we have discussed together.

I then source stones and make a prototype in wax for them to view, at this stage further changes can be made until they are 100% happy with the design and stones. Once the ring has been made in metal, we can do a fitting before setting the stones so the client gets to see it on their hand and check that they like the stone and metal combination.

I also rework people’s existing heirloom jewellery. This can be as simple as building on top of an existing ring or as complex as taking the ring apart and turning it into something entirely different.

Where can your jewelry be purchased?

I have a showroom behind my workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne.

We take appointments Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 11am – 4pm but can arrange other times for people that can’t make it during office hours. 

I do a lot of work with international and interstate clients via email and phone.

I also have a large range of rings at e.g.etal in the city.

View more of Julia's work on The LANE or on her website

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