For Elaine Emmanuel of Emmanuel & Cox, her foray into the world of jewellery design was fuelled by a love for accessories and the desire to find the perfect piece.
Initially Elaine’s craft was self-taught, re-working her own jewellery pieces and creating simple bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
Eventually, Elaine wanted to learn more about the craft, enrolling at the Brisbane Institute of Art, where her now business partner, Daniel Cox was her teacher.
Daniel’s entry in the world of jewellery was via sculpture and painting at university, but after dabbling in jewellery, he was hooked.
The pair worked separately on their own independent labels creating commissioned pieces, before joining forces to create Emmanuel & Cox earlier this year.
“After some time and after many suggestions from surrounding friends to merge our creative minds, we finally decided to join forces. It seemed inevitable; we have always been able to collaborate so well.” Elaine says.
Daniel says the key to their partnership is communication.
“It’s such an intimate process when it comes to creativity,” he says. “Starting off on the same page is important, but most of the time it ends up like kids in a candy store going ‘and we could do this…and what about this…what about that!’”
Their latest range, ‘Abira’ is their second collection, drawing inspiration from an eclectic mix of influences, including nature, travel, history and culture, and featuring a curious fusion of insect designs, raw gemstones, bones, recycled acrylics, leather and recycled silver.
All pieces are hand-created in their Stones Corner studio, that for the most part of the year, acts as a teaching hub where the duo impart knowledge of silversmithing, bone carving, and hand forging to a throng of inspired students.
Come December 7, the studio will convert into a dedicated retail space for two weeks, where the duo will sell to the public, as well as raise money for the ‘Love Your Sister’ campaign.