Founded in 2014 by creative, Jo Saxelby and jeweler Shiree Hobson because of a shared vision. Both hard working with a passion for quality jewellery and innovative design, they developed 'To Hold & To Have' with a focus to provide impeccable customer service and create a jewellery store that is like no other. The artistic talent of these two wonderful strong hearted women have served their industry with excellence and integrity for many years. Their experiences and skills are both different and complimenting. Having already been awarded winners in the biennial Australasian Jewellery Awards for their design and manufacturing skills, Jo and her team are determined to continue to bring their best to the Jewellery Industry and their clients.
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 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.
The “To Hold & To Have” family is an exceedingly creative and passionate team made up of established tradespeople and promising young creatives. 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 or one from our delicately selected retail brands, all of the knowledgeable team is excited to help you find what you desire.