Hidden Gems at Maleny Jewellers
For 22 years, Jim and Sandra Goulton have designed and handcrafted bespoke jewellery from their studio in the artisan streets of Maleny. Georgia Beard discovers how the couple turns jewellery dreams into radiant realities by personalising the way their clients adorn.
Name Jim and Sandra Goulton
Business Maleny Jewellers
How was your business born?
Sandra worked in the original Maleny Jewellers store for a gentleman by the name of Barry Jacobs. When the GST came into effect, he said: “Here’s the contract for the business. You’ve got what it takes!”
So, on April Fool’s Day in 2000, we officially signed the contract and took over the business. We’re celebrating 22 incredible years next month!
What do you love most about your business?
Creating beautiful jewellery and translating people’s ideas into pieces that surpass their expectations. The joy we feel sharing in our clients’ most memorable moments.
How would you describe the style and aesthetic of your shop?
We recently refurbished the store into a unique shop design using elements from Maleny and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland area, including wooden fixtures carved by local artisans.
We want to our customers to experience the heart and soul of Maleny as they tour each individually-crafted section of the store.
How would you describe your clients?
We have the pleasure of working with a very diverse group of clients from the newly-engaged couple looking for a special experience they’ll treasure forever to the client that loves being part of the whole process – from a sketch to a unique, one-of-a-kind custom creation.
What inspires your stock purchases?
We are always striving to purchase items that are unique and have that ‘wow factor’ while never compromising on quality.
What do you love most about working on the Sunshine Coast?
We get to see the beautiful rolling green hills and listen to the Obi Obi Creek at our back door. But most of all, the incredible community we are part of in Maleny.
What advice can you share with fashion start-ups and retailers?
You don’t have to follow suit. You can create your own path, be different and unique, think outside the box.
What can we expect to see in store?
We are creating a new range inspired by the interest from the Bridal Industry to ensure our clients can have the ultimate collection to choose from when it comes to Engagement and Wedding rings.
We have just recently finished our own exclusive Obi Waters range right here in the workshop influenced by our local surroundings and nature.
What are the current trends in jewellery?
Simple, elegant and timeless Solitaire Engagement Rings and Laboratory-Grown Diamonds.
What is your jewellery styling advice?
We love the effect of layering pieces and mixing metals. Don’t be afraid to be uniquely yourself! We love this quote by Garance Doré: Jewellery is a very personal thing; it should tell a story about the person who’s wearing it.
What fashion item can you NOT live without?
Diamonds, of course, and my divine South Sea Pearl necklace! – Sandra.
Jim – Art
Sandra – Mowing
Jim – Spiced Rum Lime & Dry
Sandra – Vodka Lime & Soda
Jim – Asian
Sandra – Thai
Jim – “Trust me, it will look good.”
Sandra – “Hello Gorgeous.”
Jim – iPad
Sandra – South Sea Pearl necklace