Champagne and Lobster with Laura Lobdell

by Kelly Sparkes on August 28, 2012


Small, but perfectly formed, Laura Lobdell’s shop in Greenwich Village is a real treat.  Even the number is whimsical – 183 1/8.

The pale grey painted brick walls, clever use of mirrors and the beautiful silver painted tin ceiling tiles make the space feel light and airy, despite the bijoux proportions.

Each piece in Laura ‘s collection is unique and very personal to her, many of them cast in precious metals from every day objects she has found or been given, each having it’s own story.

It all started when she sculpted a guitar pick in silver to be worn as jewellery as her musician friends kept loosing theirs and asking if anyone in the audience had one.  It works as a real plectrum and Laura collaborated with a musician to ensure it produced the right sound.

Laura Lobdell
Laura’s unique sense of style is evident in the way she displays her jewellery, the frame below contains pendants from the ‘Swims with Mermaids’ collection.  All cast from objects found at the beach, including stones, coral, shells and a small crab claw.

Jewellery DisplayEven Laura’s cute little dog Xaio gets a special home in a bird cage adorned with Champagne bottle corks and cages.

Champagne CorksHer champagne cage rings are fabulous, Laura says that ‘wearing a piece from the Champer’s collection, is like having Champagne everyday’.

Champagne RingsOther quirky pieces include ‘Bubbles Royale’, a bubble wand in sterling silver or gold that actually comes with liquid bubbles.

Silver Bubble WandThe ‘seeds of silk’ are hand knotted silk with Sterling Silver and precious embellishments, like cultured pearls, turquoise and stones.  They are a reminder about patience.

Seeds of SilkThe minute I walked into the shop I knew I wanted to treat myself to something, but the more I heard about Laura’s collection the harder it was to choose!  In the end I went for a ‘Champers’ ring and Laura engraved it with my initials, all the fun of Champagne without the hangover :)

My Champagne RingI also went for a necklace cast from a lobser claw for the ultimate ‘Lobster and Champagne’ celebration.

Laura Lobdell Lobster ClawYou can see Laura’s full collection on her website and be sure to pop in and say hello if you are in New York!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura Passey August 29, 2012 at 10:35 pm

How creative to take these everyday objects that would usually get discarded and glam them up. I love the golden bubble wand!! Can’t wait to see your champagne ring! :-) xx

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Kelly Sparkes September 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I know, it was great listening to the stories behind each one and how she casts them. Hopefully you will get to see it soon! :) xx

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geraldine August 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm

What a lovely find, I love that bubble wand too. Is the dog a Chihuahua as that cage seems very small, then again its name sounds Chinese and translated means small :) x

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Kelly Sparkes September 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm

It was hard not to buy that wand too! I will have to drop some hints around Christmas time :)

The cage is actually quite big, Laura’s dog is a Japanese Chin, so cute! x

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tina September 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

Oh, Kelly what a great find and what a treat. I LOVE your ring, so discreetly adorning your finger as you look like a pro with your camera:) What a great shop.

I want a ring like your and ‘bubbles royale’. End of!!!!

Welcome home lovely xx

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Kelly Sparkes September 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thanks Tina :) it’s nice to be home! xx

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JMD September 2, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I’ve enjoyed following your travels in and around NY!

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Kelly Sparkes September 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Thanks Jo! Was worried I would be boring you guys :) x

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Laura Lobdell September 4, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Chin chin, Kelly! Champagne & Lobster, my favorite, too. Thank you for visiting and for the post.

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Kelly Sparkes September 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Chin Chin Laura :) No worries, I absolutely love your shop and designs. I’ve had lots of positive comments on my new jewellery.

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