The Whinsical Llama
Although we sell ourselves as a jewellery store for men there is no doubt in our mind that all our jewellery is in fact unisex and suitable for women and men to wear.
These whimsical Llama cufflinks in sterling silver by Nerea li Santi are a case in point.
They would make an ideal gift for men or women starting their first office job who want to impress the boss on day one and wear a French cuff shirt.
As Nerea has her own unique style she is also able to custom design similar animals, so the world really is your oyster when it comes to choice.
Chemical Symbol rings
We represent a lot of very talented jewellers at Lord Coconut and one of the most local is the very special Ali Alexander. Not only is she super talented with her wax cast rings but her jewellery has the lowest carbon footprint out of all of our jewellers as she lives a mere 5-minute walk from the shop. As she also casts her rings 5 minutes away all of her work is walked to and from each process in the manufacturing of each and every ring.
This ring is pretty special as its part of her Chemical Symbol range of rings where you can ask for whatever chemical symbol you like to be put onto the ring. We usually have Coffee and Alcohol in the shop but have done many others, including Ketamine (but we won’t ask what that particular customer wanted that on a ring).
Meet the Makers – Lord Coconut at MFW
Lord Coconut, Melbourne’s only jewellery store for men (and women) is proud to give you the opportunity, as part of Melbourne Fashion Week, to meet some of our 40 plus local jewellers, designers and artisans at the Melbourne Town Hall forecourt.
Our jewellers on the day are all experts in their field. Each have their own jewellery style and technique which will be highlighted on the day. This event is the perfect chance to see some of them in action and get a taste of what is available in-store and online at Lord Coconut.
Participating jewellers include Ali Alexander, Beth Croce, Gillian Hillman, Ginkoh Jewellery, Nerea Li Santi, Marko Radosavljevic, Alannah Sheridan, Justin Siow, Aimee Sutanto and Jacqui Williams.
Wedding ring variations
We pride ourselves at having one of the largest ranges of handcrafted wedding rings for men in Australia. We make this claim as we represent over 40 Australian based jewellers, designers and artisans. As we deal directly with the individual artisans there is a world of possibilities when it comes to ring design.
One option are these Explosion rings by Melbourne based jeweller Gillian Hillman. Not only do they come in different widths (these are just a few of the options) but they can be made in white, yellow or rose gold. We can even do 9ct, 14ct or 18ct versions. We do, of course, make them to specific ring size and we have been known to go up to Z+7 on occasion (which is a mighty big finger).
The moral of the story is if you want to view one of the largest ranges of wedding rings for men then check out our range. You won’t be disappointed.
Eon signet ring
The Eon signet ring in sterling silver is made using the sand cast technique by Albert Tse.
What is the sand-cast technique I hear you ask?
It’s where an impression (in the case the shape of the signet ring) is pressed into a bed of damp sand. Once the impression is left molten sterling silver is slowly poured into the indentation to form the basic shape of the ring. As the silver bubbles and boils as it hits the sand, air pockets are formed, and little parts of the sand fall away giving this ring its unique texture. After it cools a quick tidy up and polish is all that is needed to end up with a ring that looks as cool as this.
We’re always looking for a new way to promote and advertise our handcrafted jewellery for men and we stumbled across this beauty from a few years ago. It features the Navy Wings ring in sterling silver by David Parker. It would have been cool if we had our hand x-rayed whilst wearing the ring, but we must confess that we’ve placed the ring image on top of the hand x-ray so that its looks real. We still think it looks cool. Let us know if you think we should develop more of these images to promote our work on social media.
A lot of our customers ask if we are purely an online store or do we have a brick and mortar store as well. The good news is we have a physical store up on level of Mitchell House in the Melbourne CBD. Mitchell House, corner Lonsdale and Elizabeth Streets, is a heritage listed Art Deco building and is a well-known landmark. As our store is on the top right-hand corner we are bathed in natural light which streams through our steel framed windows. We must admit our view out is special as we overlook one of the oldest churches in Melbourne which means there is a great sense of depth with the view (many other buildings pretty much just look straight into the next buildings windows). If you’re ever in town pop on in and say hi and check our wonderful building and view.
Fordite swell ring
This Swell ring in sterling silver with a Fordite face by Sebastian Cilento has a wonderful story.
Wikipedia states “Fordite, also known as Detroit agate or Motor Agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the build-up of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times”
What this means, as cars are no longer painted this way, is that the material is extremely rare and will never be made again. That means each and every one of these rings is a unique, never to be repeated, piece of history and art.
Our wedding ring process
At Lord Coconut we pride ourselves in having a bit of fun as part of your wedding ring purchase decision. When couples come into the store to look for a ring we always have a quick chat to the couple over a glass of bubbles to determine what sort of ring (or rings) they are looking for. This usually leads to many stories on how the couple met, what they are planning for the wedding, what they do for jobs and how they are coping before the big day. This allows us to gently steer them in the right direction ring material wise so that they make the perfect choice. It’s important as they will be wearing the ring a long long time (or forever as one part of the couple is always quick to add). Rest assured our process is designed to make each individual relaxed and comfortable with such an important decision and there is never any hard sell involved. We like our customers to enjoy the stress-free process it should be.
One ring or more?
Although we find that men purchase rings for all sorts of reasons there is always one common denominator………………. they always start with just one if they’ve had a secret desire to wear multiple rings. After the first is purchased, often but not always not from us, we find that the initial ring must pass what we call the mate shit test. The shit test is all about whether your mates give you shit or not wearing a fashion ring. If shit is given the ring quietly goes into the draw never to be seen again. If shit is not given it means the wearer is more than likely to purchase a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even 5th ring (often at the same time). This image is one of our customers who started with the ring on the right pointer. The ring isn’t one of ours, but I know it was purchased in the hope more would follow. He clearly didn’t get any shit from his mates and not long after he came in and purchased another three rings from us. You must admit it’s a pretty good look and a great mix of rings. Working left to right our rings are Classic Skull signet by Ant Hat, Stack by Marko Radosavljevic and finished off with Tiger Eye Fokker signet from Sebastian Cilento.