Engagement band in 18k Yellow Gold with White Pear Diamond.
Melbourne based fine custom jewellery designer kari layton of Lott Studio creates custom pieces of jewellery that reflects the wearer. Something that becomes a very intimate part of a person's life and is something that is adored for many years to come. The process of making a custom piece is very personal.

"I work one on one with the client in a fluid creative exchange. I learn about them, who they are, what they like and dislike. I apply these elements to the piece I am designing. Each piece is tailored to the individual and should reflect their individuality. I imagine jewellery as how I first experienced it. When I was in my early 20’s I travelled through India many times. I used to spend hours going through trays of jewellery. When I found a piece I fell in love with, it became irreplaceable and something beautiful that reminded me of that time in my life. This is the experience of jewellery that I wish to pass on to all my custom clients." kari reflects.
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how and when was lott studio born? I was inspired and energised by working with my hands. My first introduction to jewellery was in Berlin. I was living there at the time and was looking for something to fill my spare time. I found a small jewellery studio who offered classes and I started attending one of their jewellery workshops making simple pieces for myself. I continued to learn different processes and after 12 months I had a series of 12 rings. I started getting requests from friends followed by strangers. I knew this was a pivotal moment and I decided to start a small studio and move back to Melbourne.
Engagement band in 18k white gold with oval Diamond. Custom wedding set in 9k Yellow Gold with emerald cut Australian Sapphire and small round Australian Sapphire
did you always know that you wanted to design jewellery? When I look back, I think it should have been obvious, but at the time I was none the wiser and was following a different path. It wasn’t until a few years later that I started to rethink my career choice to find something that I felt truly passionate about.

what keeps you inspired along the way? Jewellery has a heavy engineering focus and this makes it incredibly challenging. Every single piece we make requires its own formula. Executing a design idea can be difficult, sometimes it may not be possible, so I am constantly thinking and re-thinking. Every week there is a new challenge so it is hard to get bored. I am constantly inspired by the construction of everyday objects, the sculptural shapes they form and the way they function. The rewarding feeling you get from finishing a piece inspires and encourages me to keep exploring into new designs and possibilities.
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Mens wedding band in 18k yellow gold with hand engraving handmade Engagement band in 18k yellow gold with Emerald
advice: Jewellery should be a reflection of you. Trust yourself and allow for a creative process. This is the key to selecting a piece of jewellery that won’t date and something you will love for many years to come.

do you have a personal favourite piece? There are a few! When I achieve something where the construction was a huge challenge and match that with the design elements I wanted to achieve that is my happiest moment. The most challenging piece I have made was a custom design using a pear diamond. I wanted to minimise the use of claws so the ring flowed into the stone. This was one of the trickiest construction I have ever done. The two bands had to be the perfect scale to fit the stone at the right point. It was a setting that myself and my setters had never seen or experienced before so we were engineering something for the first time. It took 4 builds & 3 setting attempts to determine the structural security of the stone. In total I would estimate 135 hours of work. By the end we were exhausted but so pleased with the result.
Custom wedding set in 18k yellow gold with channel set black Diamonds Custom wedding set in 18k Yellow Gold. Womens band features pave set white diamonds. Mens textured band.
what is the best part about what you do: I think working in a space that is constantly changing. Each week I meet with new people and work on new concepts. I love using my minimalist approach to create simple, sculptural, timeless pieces. Sharing in the journey with complete strangers who are usually friends by the end of it is rewarding. I am lucky to have customers that appreciate what myself and the girls at the studio do.
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fine bespoke custom jewellery handmade melbourne unique lott studio to the aisle australia wedding engagement rings
kari layton