A Q&A with Lumo designer, Lucia Mouet

At Visible Interest, we love the stunningly spare look of Lumo jewelry. From the Crossroad Ring to the highly coveted XL Bar Ear Cuff, Lumo jewelry exudes that casual, laid-back Southern California vibe and beautiful handmade simplicity that makes it eminently wearable and the epitome of modern jewelry. Lumo jewelry is the creation of designer and metal smith Lucia Mouet, who creates each piece by hand in her San Diego, California studio.

We recently asked Lucia about her approach, philosophy and design crushes.Here’s what we learned.

How did you start designing jewelry?

It was a hobby before it really became a full-time job. I guess you could say that it started all the way back to when I was in elementary school and I would make beaded bracelets for my friends. In high school, I started to get more interested in it as a craft and I began to take classes in silversmith.

What is your favorite part of the jewelry making process?

One of my favorite parts of making a jewelry piece is buying the stones. I personally hand pick every stone for our pieces. Many people think that all stones are the same, but that is far from true. Each one has its own distinct characteristics.

                                                           Tiny Pearl Earrings by Lumo                                        

Do you have a favorite medium? I would say gold, because it's so easy to work with.

Do you have a favorite piece?

I put a lot of thought into each piece that I make, so I love all of my pieces. But, in the end, I always end up falling madly, deeply in love with whatever my newest design is at the time.

What is your design philosophy?

I’ve always thought that comfort is very important. Because of that, I like to create dainty and delicate jewelry that is meant to be with you always; pieces that you will never want to take off.

                                                                Gemstone Lariat Necklace by Lumo

What did you want to be when you were little?

An astronaut. And I still want to see how the world looks like from the moon.

Describe your look/work in three words. Minimal, elegant and timeless

Who or what inspires you?

I find inspiration everywhere. But, a lot of designs come to my mind after a good workout.

Who is your design/fashion crush? Kate Moss. She is perfect.

Do you have a signature look? Denim, white or black shirt and black Converse.

What makes a woman look modern? Her attitude

What piece of jewelry is most important for a woman to own?

I would say that rings are the most meaningful piece of jewelry that someone can own. After all, traditionally we commit to the person we love with a ring.

                                                               14K Crossroad Ring by Lumo                                                               

What visibly interests you?

I'm very attracted to interesting shapes, clean lines, and white or brick walls. But I must say that I find interest and inspiration in almost everything.

What can’t you live without? My cellphone, black converse and my welding torch.