Skin Studio, a jewellery label started by Melbourne-based designer Chi Mai in 2018, makes nine-karat gold-filled necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.
Gold-filled jewellery is made by bonding a thick layer of gold to a base of jeweller’s brass and sterling silver (which is different from gold plating, where metals are simply dipped in gold).
Recently Mai launched an elegant new necklace collection inspired by the signs of the zodiac. Each pendant is hand-engraved with a tarot-style design, and hangs on a 45-centimetre chain.
The designs are by Mai’s friend and illustrator, Hannah Johnson, from Melbourne photography studio Twinewood. On the back of each pendant, there's an etched constellation representing each sign’s astrological transit. Small charms representing the wearer’s moon or rising sign (or the sign of a loved one) can also be added to personalise each piece.
“The Virgo necklace – as I’m a proud Virgo – features the illustration of a dreamy woman in a field of flowers,” Mai says. “The Virgo woman is gentle, yes, but she’s also full of creativity, and thrives in ... the pursuit of perfection.”
Skin Studio’s pieces are produced in a family-owned factory in India. “We also recently switched our packaging to 100 per cent recyclable and compostable [materials],” says Mai.
Zodiac Collection necklaces cost $149 each. They’re currently sold out online, but will be restocked in mid-August.