The story of Sebastianella jewellery began with a single 1950 penny that was given to its founder, Nella Lofts on her 50th birthday. Her father, hailing from Sicily bestowed the gift, and after his passing to commemorate their love, she had it set into a pendant to wear as a necklace.
As with many small gestures, this gave birth to her business, Sebastianella jewellery, hand made right here in Melbourne. So of course, after hearing the story and the enquiry, ‘Would you like to choose a penny from a certain year?’ I was absolutely intrigued to find out more.
When I look at a coin I wonder where it’s been in the world and how it ended up in my possession. Who’s money box did it sit within? Did that coin change someone’s life?
“There are memories connected to clothing, and I collect pieces from around the world as souvenirs. They remind me of who and where I was at a certain point in my life. I don’t keep a written diary, my clothes are like a record of my travels.”
Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski, creative director, Hermès
Isn’t that a beautiful sentiment? Clothes and jewellery tell stories and I find my coin jewellery, in particular, always has people asking, ‘Where is that from?’ From there you can end up talking about all manner of things – history, politics or art – really wherever the conversation leads from that one question.
I’ve met the designers Nella and Susan and they’re so passionate about what they do. I started off my career as a jewellery and accessories designer, so I know how much heart and soul goes into making each piece, particularly when you hope the person wearing your jewellery will imbue it with their own sentiment of emotion and memory.
Sebastianella is sourced and made in Melbourne so I know where my bracelet has its roots. Where will it end up? Only time will tell.