DESIGN, JUNE 3RD 2020
"I think these MAURIE + EVE pieces represent the ethno era most … inspirations from all over the world. Ethnic jewellery is from different pearls and shells with large pendants, which should remind you of beautiful times on the beach."
Handmade from precious stones and rare vintage finds, SMOUN creates wearable treasure mindful of nature and a preference for personalised. Meet the maker and our handpicked pieces, just for you.
Q: Tell us a bit about the magic that is SMOUN.
A: Smoun is a small label that creates unique jewellery from vintage materials. This is what makes each piece one of a kind. I love the process of finding beautiful materials to create something new, and reworking pre-loved pearls, gems, shells and everything else that catches my eye.
Q: And your process as a creator?
A: Most of the time I start with a vision and proceed to source the matching materials to bring it to life (this can be tricky!). Sometimes the process is reversed in that I create new designs based on the pearls and gems I have in stock – coveting inspiration from a treasured vintage piece, or in collaboration with the customer.
Q: Where do you source your vintage materials?
A: I spend a lot of time at vintage online markets and flea markets … a pastime I am missing in these crazy times! All SMOUN pieces are limited, or even unique, and for this quantities are small. This is what makes my work special … your piece of jewellery can only be found on just a few others in the world, if any at all.
Q: How do you hope SMOUN wearers feel?
A: I hope they love each piece as I do. For me it always feels like a treasure to wear on my body, connecting me to nature with the reminder we must take care of our environment through transforming old into new.
Q: What stones are you most drawn to and why?
A: Oh, that's a tough question! I'm Gemini of Zodiac which means I like a lot and my opinion changes regularly! I especially love the unperfected freshwater pearls. Currently I am drawn to citrine or opals for their reaction with the light.
Q: Tell us about the SMOUN pieces now stocked on Maurie + Eve – why are they the perfect compliment to our designs, and what era of vintage to they represent?
A: Co-Founder and Designer, Kelly had the choice of a few pieces and chose beautifully. The Maila necklace is the first design I ever made. It eventuated during a creative evening with a friend, so I have a special bond with that. I think these pieces represent the ethno era most … inspirations from all over the world. Ethnic jewellery is from different pearls and shells with large pendants, which should remind you of beautiful times on the beach.
Q: What piece are you currently working on?
A: I am working on many orders at present, but one is a little extra special. It’s a necklace for a bride. I feel honoured at the chance to beautify her special day with a SMOUN creation.
Q: If you could sit for dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be, and what piece of jewellery would you create for them?
A: My Great Grandmother. She is perfect for long wonderful conversations. I would create a timeless shimmer necklace for her with an old cross pendant that I received for my communion.
Q: What Maurie + Eve pieces are you currently loving?
A: I love wearing my 100% organic cotton Soma top and I’ve fallen in love with the Kimono set in lemon.
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