Subaqueous Locutorium. It’s quite an odd name for a jewellery showroom. Jewellery designer, artist and taxidermist Julia Deville explains the title for her new space, “the latin ‘locutorium’ is just like a parlour. And I’m calling it subaqueous because of the octopus [chandelier] and there’s a seahorse on the wall. I’ve been looking for an antique diving helmet too”.


Creating treasures in her studio at the same site for nearly a decade, the building has a diverse energy. Originally it was a button factory and the tenant prior to Julia who resided here for 30 years was an artist and tai chi master. Julia herself now lives upstairs; the new showroom used to be her bedroom.


“I have a lot of private clients coming to get engagement rings and commission pieces. In the studio now there’s up to eight people working so it’s quite an intimidating environment. A lot of guys are quite nervous when they’re coming to get an engagement ring and they don’t want eight people hovering around. So having that dedicated space is really important for us to give our clients the right experience.”


Julia designed the Subaqueous Locutorium’s fit-out herself with “a collection of things that I love, my work and other artists’ work that speaks of me and my aesthetic.” Her favourite possession in the room is the aforementioned octopus chandelier by fellow artist Adam Wallacavage, commissioned for one of Julia’s toy-themed art exhibitions. “Luckily I got to keep it afterwards, but I’m actually swapping a taxidermied raven for it…it’s very kind of gothic isn’t it, paying for things with ravens?”


That peculiar transaction reflects Julia’s creative eye, which is inspired by mourning jewellery and love relics. “I don’t really work in collections, I’m always making new pieces,” she explains of the treasure trove found in her new showroom. “My problem is getting to make all the ideas I have. I just constantly make new stuff but all of my old pieces are still available as well. So it’s always a collection of things, some up to 10 years old in terms of design and some brand new. I think we’ve got a few hundred pieces in there at the moment!”


For bridal clients visiting Subaqueous Locutorium for a consultation (often over a Hendricks G&T or two), Julia’s favourite materials of the moment include pairing blue sapphires with champagne diamonds and white gold. Her current palette is quite colourful; incorporating rose gold, pale pink morganite and dainty pearls. Her clientele seek out her designs for their asymmetry and organic feel.

While her jewels might be slightly unconventional, the thought and feeling behind them is rather traditional; “the thing that I’m drawn to with jewellery is that it’s all about sentimentality. Whether that sentiment is about betrothal or celebrating someone that passed; it is all about love. Love for a child or a partner, devotional love for a god or otherwise…”


“Really jewellery is all about love.”


Images via Julia Deville

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such beautiful bespoke jewellery; something truly special and unique!

By getting your wedding guests involved, everyone will feel the love during your ceremony! Elena has some great advice on how your guests and even your bridal party can take the lead during the ceremony and perform what traditionally is done by the celebrant.. and why not? As long as the legals are covered, you can be as creative as you like!


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Some fabulous ideas to include your guests in your ceremony – nothing like “sharing the love” around a little!

About Julia’s Celebrant Agency: Julia’s Celebrant Agency is a website that showcases the best Melbourne Celebrants who are available on your wedding day! With just a click of a button you can see straight away who is available and who would LOVE to perform your wedding! Each profile displays the Celebrant’s fees and inclusions which will make your search easy, informative and with no hidden surprises. With over 20 video interviews on the site you can see the Celebrant’s fun personalities come to life, making your important decision all the more easy and enjoyable!


1. The Boomerang Farm. I love photographing here. Tracey and her crew now how to throw a party. The grounds are super photogenic with a beautiful barn setting for the reception. Perfect for your rustic needs! Image by Mitchell J Carlin

2. Meeting Unique Couples. Probably my favourite thing of all is meeting awesome couples. There are not many jobs where you meet different people every single week. Let alone share a major life event with. Every couple I photograph is as unique as the next no matter how big or small the wedding. I sometimes have to pinch myself that this is a job that allows me to travel, create what I want and share it with people all over the globe. If I could give any advice to any couples out there,  just do what you want and be yourself. It’s your party to throw! Images by Mitchell J Carlin

3. Confetti. Who doesn’t love a good confetti shot. Plus it’s fun to throw! Image by Mitchell J Carlin

4. Paul Voge Marriage Celebrant. Paul is such a great guy and an amazing celebrant. He’s funny, professional, hardworking and c’mon…look how handsome he is! I wish I could work with him every wedding! Image by Natalie McComas

5. Anchored CinemaThere aren’t too many videographers that I come across that make my job as a photographer easier. James is one of those film makers who makes my life easier. He just gets it. He knows where to be and where not to be, He knows his way around a wedding and as you can see, does what he needs to do to get the shot. Image by Anchored Cinema.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a fun wedding favourites wishlist! We love confetti too! – it just makes everyone happy!

About Mitchell J Carlin Wedding Photographer: Hi, I’m Mitch! I like to photograph people. I like that in a split second you can freeze an expression and keep it forever. More importantly, I live for the fact that photographs of people or beings can cause a reaction. This reaction might be good, bad, happy and even sadness, but, you name it, portraits will stir emotion. I follow a deep desire to create emotion through photography, and that is what put me on the Wedding Train!