I had promised my daughter that we'd pop into the ice cream shop before we left Torquay for Barwon Heads and it's a good thing I did. Tucked around the corner yet next to it was Ginkoh's Free Range Jewellery. If you didn't know it was there, you could easily miss it. The shop itself looks a little bit more workshop than jewellery store and that suits the kind of handmade jewellery that you'll find there. It's edgy, unique and raw with all the markings, quirks and beauty of being an original creation at the hands of a master, or is that mistress in this case?
It must have been the lovely weather because we all seemed to be in the mood for a bit of frivolity with Stephanie doing a little jig which I'm sure was an action just as surprising to her as it was to me. Gotta love it. I absolutely adored all the rings Stephanie was wearing on her fingers and her lovely pendent around her neck. You'd definitely stand out as an original with a style of your own wearing her pieces. In the shop there were also life drawings, pottery and clothing, not to mention a couple of customers, one of whom seemed to be wanting Stephanie to replicate a piece of jewellery he had seen on his travels. He obviously knew her skills and expertise and trusted her to interpret an exact bespoke piece he was wanting.
Handcrafted in Australia. Image courtesy of Ginkoh Free Range Jewellery FB page
As you can see from the above picture from Ginkoh's Facebook page, the middle row (the center and far right picture of rings) consists of commissioned pieces. The center picture is a wedding ring with 'natural' diamonds in a natural gold setting and the ring on the far right of the middle row was commissioned by a couple. It's a lovely aquamarine stone with diamonds set in white gold. An engagement ring perhaps? How wonderful to have unique pieces to mark a momentous special occasion. Does that give you ideas?
Stephanie Hocking - A creative metalsmith jeweller who makes what she loves to wear and can happily live in.
Ginkoh the shop is only 14 months or so old and before that all these original pieces of handmade jewellery started life being sold at markets and so on. After many years of travelling overseas, Stephanie studied with Jan Donaldson (Doctor of Philosophy, Fine Art) at the School of Cultural Arts in 2007 and finished in 2010. Being creative runs in her veins. Her dad Tim is a master potter and his works can be seen in the shop, along with life drawings that were created by both Stephanie and her dad. She also has a clothing line; 100% cotton garments with images that have been professionally screened by hand.
Tucked away in the corner, you could easily miss the shop
Not only does she sell her creations at the shop, she has it on Ginkoh's Etsy store as well, plus a few other retail outlets like Lord Coconut for whom she makes men's jewellery. Keep an eye on the website for updates as well as on Facebook.