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I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in the his­tory of jew­ellery, how it re­lates to and be­longs to peo­ple,” says Lucinda Bar­rett, 56, whose epony­mous la­bel is the lat­est un­der­tak­ing in what has been a life­time punc­tu­ated by cre­ative en­deav­ours. An artist and maker based var­i­ously through­out New Zealand, Aus­tralia and Europe for much of her ca­reer, paint was, for the most part, Lucinda’s medium of choice, but in­te­rior de­sign, styling, an­i­ma­tion and pic­ture fram­ing are all in her skillset. For­ever look­ing to ex­pand her hori­zons, three years ago Lucinda en­rolled in a full-time jew­ellery de­sign course, and when her el­dest daugh­ter Izzy re­turned to New Zealand from over­seas, the two de­cided to col­lab­o­rate. “She does all the things that, as a stereo­typ­i­cal cre­ative, I can’t,” says Lucinda of her savvy, 25-year-old busi­ness part­ner. Work­ing from a home stu­dio in Pon­sonby, Auck­land, Lucinda de­signs and hand makes pieces that are “earthy in de­sign and mag­i­cal in mean­ing”. The sym­bols of the Tarot fea­ture heav­ily in her work (“It’s some­thing I’ve been liv­ing by and learn­ing about for years now”), and af­ter work­ing pre­dom­i­nantly with sil­ver and bronze (“The alchemy of work­ing with metal — heat­ing it, shap­ing it, melt­ing it has al­ways fas­ci­nated me”), she is now ex­per­i­ment­ing with stones. Ear­rings are a fo­cus for the brand this sea­son. An im­age of Jane Birkin hol­i­day­ing in Barcelona in­spired the look and feel of the cur­rent col­lec­tion. “But there is no typ­i­cal Lucinda Bar­rett cus­tomer,” says the de­signer. “It’s for any­one who wants a bit of magic in her life.”

Lucinda’s jew­ellery is “earthy in de­sign and mag­i­cal in

mean­ing”. An ap­pre­ci­a­tion for un­likely ma­te­ri­als lends Zelda’s pieces an ar­chi­tec­tural qual­ity.

Alexan­dra grav­i­tates to­wards in­ter­est­ing tex­tures to cre­ate one-ofa-kind pieces.

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