The Melbourne Cufflink exhibition


Lord Coconut presents an exhibition of student made cufflinks –  $500 prize

Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s foremost men’s jewellery emporium, is pleased to announce the opening of the inaugural ‘the MELBOURNE cufflink’ exhibition and $500 acquisitive student prize.  All students enrolled in jewellery design courses were encouraged to submit a pair of cufflinks to the exhibition.

Exhibition opening: Thursday 1 August 5.30-7.30pm
Exhibition: 2 – 17 August

Cufflink submissions were received from: Zoe Beman, Samantha Carr, Man Chiang, Linda Clark, Megan Greenwood, Henry Hazeldine, Melanie Hilder, Yu Ishito, Jana King, Samantha Lee, Chris Massey, Philip Monk, Alicia Hannah Naomi and Georgia Pignolet.

“I explored the themes of love and loss, a journey of sailors who go off to war, leaving behind the woman who loved them when designing these cufflinks. Adding oxidisation further creates an aesthetic of being weathered and ship wrecked. As if the ships are drawn from under the sea to relive the battle that kept them from their loves”.
– Ships of love and War by Megan Greenwood

The inaugural winner of the $500 acquisitive prize, as chosen by Lord and Lady Coconut themselves from one of the 14 entries, will be announced during the exhibition opening.

The exhibition opening is a fantastic opportunity to meet the student jewellers themselves and discuss their cufflink inspirations, the jewellery techniques they employed when making the work and how they wish their jewellery career to progress after they have completed their courses.

” cast from real twigs found in my garden, these cufflinks will remind me of my time in Australia and its native flora”
– Twig by Yu Ishito

Georgina Pignolet, when describing her sterling silver and driftwood cufflinks states “My work comes from the beauty of nature. I love what our earth can create and I just want to show this through my work”.

Alicia Hannah Naomi, when describing the inspiration behind her resin and sterling silver ‘Ablation’ cufflinks says she is inspired by “the haunting beauty and tragedy of the rapidly retreating glaciers across the Polar regions. My cufflinks are my response to the study on the effects of global warming on glacial ice conducted by the Extreme Ice Survey”.

‘I am attracted to the beautiful soft white lustre of fine silver and used a thin layer on the cufflinks surface to create a sense of simple elegance”.
– Soft White by Philip Monk

Lord Coconut is Melbourne’s only retailer, gallery and online boutique selling contemporary jewellery designed exclusively for men. Lord Coconut stocks over 400 individual jewellery pieces and designer cufflinks and represents over 35 Melbourne jewellers, artisans and designers.


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