Vintage becomes modern in Sobojewels' jewellery range

TO SEE a piece from the Sobojewels' range is to see unique colour, style and design.

Sobojewels is the passion of Don and Gayle Knott, who design the jewellery themselves and sell it at a number of venues including the Caloundra Street Fair.

Don said Sobojewels had begun as the wholesale arm of their Eumundi Markets business, selling a mixture of their designs and "off the shelf” pieces.

As it became more and more apparent there was a strong demand for their own handmade pieces through Sobojewels, they decided to make them for the markets.

Don said this was satisfying for his creative side as it meant he could make unique one-off pieces.

"People were attracted to the variety of our pieces which could have a modern edge but also a contemporary vintage feel with an ethnic twist,” he said.

"I try to make new designs regularly as I don't like repetition and I am very inspired by the materials I am using.

"I also have an interest in landscape design and I think it's a flow-on from that, mixing colours and using shapes and colours in the landscape.

"Ultimately, though, it must be pleasing to the eye and thankfully our jewellery appeals to a very broad market - from those in their 20s through to well into their 60s, we enjoy having something for everyone.”

Given that Don has been known to make up to 300 new designs in a year, jewellery is definitely his great talent.

Many of his regular customers visit from down south on their annual holiday to the Coast.

Asked what he and Gayle enjoyed most about having a market stall, Don said it was the freedom to enjoy this beautiful part of the world.

"We get to meet some great people and have made friends with many fellow stallholders,” he said.

"I enjoy selling my designs.

"It gives me a buzz.

"The Caloundra Street Fair has in the past been very good for our business and the people of Caloundra are a friendly, happy lot and it all makes for an enjoyable visit for locals and tourists alike.”



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