Founded in 2014 "To Hold & To Have" was established and quickly became recognised as a leader in the manufacturing of quality hand-made and bespoke jewellery, paired seamlessly with innovative and excellence in design.
With a heart to focus on providing impeccable customer service and create a jewellery store that is as original and welcoming as each of the team members the words "we love what we do and who we do it for" it quickly became an echoed sentiment with each of the clients who they served as their family jeweller. This has seen them grow to provide jewellery care for genertions of families and build strong friendships and loyalty within the community of the Sunshine Coast and to establish a significate customer base Australia wide.
"To Hold & To Have" has served their industry with excellence and integrity and has been awarded winners in the Australasian Jewellery Awards twice for their design and manufacturing skills and represented Australasia twice in the World Titles of Jewellery Design and Manufacturing in Hong Kong. They were also awarded the "Best Small Jewellery Store in Australia" and most recently awarded the Winner of the "Wedding Industry Awards - Sunshine Coast". An award initiated and voted for by their loyal and enthusiastic engagement and wedding clients.
Jo and her team are determined to continue to bring their best to the Jewellery Industry and their clients and to foster Australia's Manufacturing and Design industry with a commitment to being a provider or apprenticeships and training and relationships with schools and educational institutions to see this level of excellence celebrated, expanded and continuing in Australia.
Jo is a true Sunshine Coast local, born on the coast and raised in the sunshine on a pineapple, strawberry and avocado farm in Palmwoods. Jo studied art on the weekends with local artists since the age of nine then went on to complete a Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree and exhibited in many regional, state galleries and in the National Gallery of Victoria.
After graduating Jo worked as photo journalist for the local papers here on the Sunshine Coast and the Courier & Sunday Mail. She also taught photography at the local Tafe Colleges. Her first social documentary overseas assignment led to a stint overseas living in developing nations and working with indigenous cultures always incorporating art, photography and jewellery. Jo spent several years at the end of her travels in Canada where she established a fashion jewellery label 'Ellakabella' which she successfully wholesaled across Canada before bringing it back home with her to Australia.
Jo has lived and still lives a very full life but is finally bringing together all her experiences. She is enjoying the opportunity to develop and enrich 'To Hold & To Have' with her amazing, broad skill-set and serving her much loved community. The freedom to design and create beautiful pieces of jewellery in a shop-front that she considers an extension of her home is a life-long dream come true and has also been the catalyst for her daughter Isabella to continue in her footsteps as she is on track to have her tenth National Museum exhibition at the age of 17.
The “To Hold & To Have” family is an exceedingly creative and passionate team made up of master tradespeople and apprentices. The award-winning team form an inspiring space for your jewellery to be designed, created, repaired and cared for. Whether you are looking for a bespoke handcrafted piece designed specifically for you, to repair a much loved piece, remodel a preloved treasure into a new creation or choose from our carefully curated collection of retail pieces, each of the trained and knowledgeable team are excited to help deisgn, create or assist you to choose the perfect jewellery piece.