Pieces of Eight CBD

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 14th February 2011

Pieces of Eight brand new store and gallery in the CBD – Love the giant custom Flatland OK mirror on tbe left!  These shots by Ben Glezer.

Beautiful details in store – custom handcrafted Bridget Bodenham cups for offering clients a cup of tea!  On the right, meeting area with chairs and that light fitting from Diesel for Foscarini (available from Space) and a Konstantin Grcic table.  Photos by me.

Beautiful illuminated cabinets.  Also seriously loving the shard-like acrylic sculptures by Phillip Low.  Top shot by Ben Glezer, bottom shot by me.

Many moons ago, not long after I first started this little blog, I interviewed the very inspiring Melanie Katsalidis – Melbourne jeweller and owner of jewellery gallery and retail space Pieces of Eight.  A unique retail space showcasing the work of various super talented local jewellers, at that time Pieces of Eight’s North Fitzroy showroom also served as a shared studio space for a busy collective of 6 local jewellers (including Melanie herself).

This year Pieces of Eight is looking all grown up (and very polished!), in a brand new space in the CBD!  Housed in the new Little Hero building on Russell Place, the space has been purpose-designed by Melanie in consultation with her Dad, well known architect Nonda Katsalidis.  This stunning new store is the perfect extension for Melanie’s growing business – it’s truly inspiring to see all her hard work and determination pay off as the business goes from strength to strength!

The CBD store showcases an exclusive collection of local and international jewellery and object-based work, and will also host regular exhibitions and events.  Upstairs Melanie has set-up a brilliant multi-purpose office and small workshop – whilst the old North Fitzroy space will continue to serve as a studio space for local jewellers, many of whom Melanie represents in store.

NOW FELLAS (yes, all 5 of you), I am not going to say the V-word, but if you haven’t wowed your lover with a Flower ‘Love Bomb’ yet today, perhaps you should consider a little visit to Pieces of Eight on your lunchbreak!?  Come on now, you know she deserves it!  Alternatively – LADIES, why not take matters into your own hands with a well deserved gift-to-self, Independent Woman style?  That’s certainly the only way I’ll be getting any bling today.  :)

Pieces of Eight
28 Russell Place
ph. 9497 8121

Unique neckpieces by Peta Kruger (top) and incredible hand linked chains by Tamara Dixon

Incredible delicate geometric sculptures by Charles Wyatt, and new ceramic vessels by Bridget Bodenham.

Beautiful necklaces by Tessa Blazey

Details from Melanie’s office upstairs

Upstairs office

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 14th February 2011


  • Barb Fisher 6 years ago

    Ooooh, last time I was in Melbourne I walked past this new shopfront several times as I was staying at my mother-in-law’s apartment around the corner. I wondered what it was, but never ventured in (think it was actually closed as it was that funny time between Christmas and New Year). Will definitely pop in on my next visit, it looks stunning.

  • Marjorie Rose 6 years ago

    I love beautiful, usable things presented in an even more beautiful way.

    The Brigit Bodenham cups are exquisite..

  • Sarah 6 years ago

    What gorgeous geometric vessels from Charles Wyatt! Pieces of Eight has always been such a wonderful space and I’m so pleased that they have relocated a little closer to home

  • Ramona Barrry 6 years ago

    what a wonderful new addition to the melb jewelry scene – I loved the old space that this one is so sexy it’s hard not to be wooed! swooooon. And the staff are gorgeous so don’t be intimidated by the full on design!

  • Lauren 6 years ago

    What an inspiring space to buy jewellery and to work from! Love the colour palette – black and yellow, exposed concrete mezzanine, the curtain walls (literally), furniture, plants and that mirror! Beautiful interior to match the stunning jewellery and ojbects. Will definately have to check it out soon, love it!

  • Ami bassett 6 years ago

    Pieces of eight is defiantly at the forefront of the jewelry world in Melbourne! Customer service is outstanding! Stock is out of this world! Keep up the good stuff! If I win powerball I defiantly know where I will be disposing those funds! X

  • Vanessa 6 years ago

    I love yellow accents this year.. this place has great energy. Thanks for the photos.

  • Jess 6 years ago

    I’m sad they have moved from around the corner but great to see such an amazing new space to hold their beautiful wares!

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