Luca Jouel has been created by Australian gemmologist, Tereena Lucas. With a pared back aesthetic Tereena aspires to celebrate a raw and sophisticated beauty. Drawing upon a reverence for the healing arts, her love of jewellery from antiquity, as well as patterns of botanic and architectural origin, Tereena is attracted to a timeless style and her intention is to create heirloom quality jewellery that holds personal meaning for the wearer.
“I like to create real and lasting jewellery that is at once bold, beautiful, organic … but that can also be edgy, unusual, and perhaps not commonly beautiful. I am interested in the detail that comes from layering and combining different elements and in evoking a sense of nostalgia.”
Tereena uses harmonious combinations of hand-sourced rare and unusual diamonds, gemstones and mixed precious metals to create collections that are custom made and finished by the quality crafts people she works with. Of special note, she works closely with master jeweller Kian Dastyar, who with 30 years experience as a fine jewellery artisan brings his exceptional talents and truly comprehensive understanding of how to create quality lasting jewellery to the collaboration.
The daughter of a retired member of the Royal Australian Air Force and a dressmaker, Tereena was born in Malaysia and raised in both Australia and the United States. Though she entertained pursuing a career in textile or graphic design, she has instead enjoyed two vocational passions, gemmology and naturopathy, which have seen her study and work for years in both occupations. Tereena received her qualifications as a gemmologist, diamond grader, and synthetic, imitation and treated gemstone appraiser while working for a prominent Australian jewellery valuation laboratory where she was responsible for gemstone identification and authentication. She also holds qualifications as a naturopath and received her BSc. in Molecular Biotechnology and BMedSc. in Pathology.
With the arrival of her twin boys in 2006, Tereena increasingly felt the desire to create. And so her development as a self-taught fine jewellery designer commenced and the idea of Luca Jouel was first conceived in 2010.
Tereena is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Australia (FGAA).