The Gold Coast is quickly becoming known for our many talented creative, many of whom are launching businesses and being noticed on the world.
One such creative, with definite worldwide stardom potential is Jess Rowlands, a local silversmith, jewellery designer and owner of Coyote Stone.
We sat down for a chat with Jess about finding inspiration in nature casting native flowers into silver jewels.
How long have you been a Gold Coast local?
I’ve been living on the Goldie now for over 11 years.
What do you love most about living here?
I love that where we are, in Currumbin Valley, it’s really relaxed. I’m in between the rainforest and waterfalls and the most beautiful beaches are really close so I get the best of both worlds.
How did you get into the jewellery making business?
At the time I was working in retail and hospitality, and was finding it hard to balance work and home life with the kids. I started thinking about what else I could do which lead me to silversmithing and I really enjoyed it. It’s grown and evolved from there.
Where do you find inspiration for your creations?
Always from nature. The greatest wisdom is always found in nature, I love finding crystals that have the ocean within them, and I’m slowly incorporating more botanical elements into my pieces.
How are your pieces unique?
I think it’s really important to always be mindful of what’s being used. So I source stones from small run mines, build relationships to know who cuts and shapes them, and try to be as waste/ plastic free as possible to lower my carbon footprint. I have recently started incorporating the lost art of wax casting to include Australian and medicinal flowers and plants into silver to add to my work. I’ll then be able to reuse and re-melt leftover silver so that’s not wasted either.
You use a lot of turquoise in your jewellery, what is it about this stone that you love?
I’ve always loved the energy of turquoise, I find it very grounding and I love working with it and similar coloured stones as they remind me of the ocean.
Where can people find Coyote Stone pieces?
You can find Coyote Stone pieces online and on Instagram page. I will also be featured on a new boutique shopping app Adzurra, which has just been released and super exciting!
What are your plans for the rest of 2018?
I’m a mum so all of my work is based around home life and the kids. I’m super focused on growing my business so it’s flowing more and working and studying alongside that. I’m hoping to get a sneaky holiday in there somewhere too.
Tell us your favourites on the Coast:
Beach: Currumbin Alley, Tugun, Kirra and Rainbow Bay
Cafe: Salt Mill and Social Espresso
Restaurant: Barefoot Barista
How does your weekend usually look? My weekends always have some form of nature in them, whether it’s the beach or the forest. I love going to see live music too. This last weekend was spent going on a road trip to check out a new waterfall, family beach and puppy hangs at Dbah, coffee catch-ups and a bit of work.