Like a hand to a perfectly made glove, so is the story of Janine and Glove Jewellery. Sometimes, when you find something that’s just right, you just know. Janine’s (g)love of SA combines with an eye for beautiful silverwork to create pieces you’ll want to wear forever.
- Hello Janine! So, what’s your deal?
Hello Pretties! I grew up in the beautiful Eastern Cape. I only moved to Cape Town in 2001, which I absolutely love! This is home now. I stay in a beautiful part of Cape Town not known to many called Mikpunt. It’s a small holding area just outside Durbanville. Here I feel so closed to nature but still have the luxury of living close to town.While I was in high school I always knew I wanted to do something creative. But never ever knew what. Unfortunately we did not have art in school so I could not even explore the possibilities there. Well, one afternoon 2 weeks before I write my last subject in Matric, my best friend and now bridesmaid asked me what I am going to do next year. I had no idea…so, I asked her what she is going to do…her answer changed my life! She continued by telling me she is going to study Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the college in our town. I thought that was an amazing thing to go study and so the next day I drove to the same college and enrolled in the jewellery course. So, I started studying jewellery design and manufacturing in 1999. I finished the course there and decided it’s not enough. I wanted to come to Cape Town and study further! So, I carried on studying till 2005 and ended up with a degree in jewellery design and manufacturing.
- It must have been fate! And how did you go from there to Glove Jewellery?
When I decided to do my degree I had to find a topic. I always loved fashion and if I hadn’t gotten the idea to study jewellery I probably would’ve done fashion design. Anyhow, I thought jewellery and apparel design should work together as a collective and compliment each other rather than try to outshine each another. So I found a wonderful boutique that was situated in Kloof Street to do my study with. Then, I had to find a name for my brand. After thinking long and hard I thought of Glove, an accessory to fashion - the perfect name for my brand! And so, Glove Jewellery was established in 2005.
- That’s a really great back story. So, aside from fashion, what else do you “Glove”?
SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER! Is it here yet? (Ed. note: Sadly not. *goes to drown sorrows in a vat of hot chocolate.)
I absolutely glove summer! It makes me feel happy and inspired. There’s so much more to do…like walk on the beach, or lie on it, and swim in the sea…well ok, I glove the sea too.Personally I don’t think there is much that makes me feel as happy as doing what I love! I love making new jewellery and hearing the response at my little market stall every weekend. At the moment I eat, sleep and live gLove. I have a great support system in my life (my fiancé), and don’t think I would be able to do it without him.
- Speaking of jewellery, tell us about the gLovely things you make?
I lived in the UK for 2 years. I truly believe without that experience I would not be where I am to day. Before I left I always made a range of wildflower pendants and earrings. When I came back from the UK I realised how much I love living in South Africa, and wanted to show it in my work. So, I started making the South African collection which has 5 wildflowers, 5 icons and 5 animals. Out of that range also came the Africa ring. So it’s evolved all on its own.The wire heart rings I make also led to many more pieces. The heart wire ring came from the idea of creating a South African Claddagh ring. I just loved the idea of wearing a ring that means something. And so came all the other little wire rings and shapes I started to make. At the moment I am obsessed with gifts brides can give their wedding party and family. So I have made new little pendants with special messages stamped on them, and then of course the little knot ring. Such a sweet gift with a little note that says thanks for helping me tie the knot.
Ah, what a great idea. By the way, ever since I started planning this interview, I’ve been singing along to songs by replacing the word “love” with “glove”. Do you ever do that?
Bahahaha! Not yet…but I think that is a great idea! I do change the work love to glove a lot when I write and when I speak. Here are some funny examples:
- Spread the Glove
- No, Glove No Love
- Lots of Glove
I love the wordplay. It’s also sweet to hear other variations. A lot of people call it G Heart and always ask what the G stands for. I glove creatives :)