Q&A with jeweller Luke Maninov

Q&A with jeweller Luke Maninov

Luke Maninov is an award-winning Brisbane-based jeweller to watch out for. By day, you will find Luke managing a leading neuroscientific microimaging facility; by night, you will find him creating intricate jewellery pieces in his studio.

Luke’s beautiful pieces carefully capture natural forms and autonomy inspired by scientific imagery.

We’ve always been a fan of Luke’s work – his work features in our touring exhibition, Greensmith, and in artisan’s Design Store.

We recently caught up with Luke to discuss his jewellery practice and how his love for science fuses with his passion for jewellery.

You have a background in neuroscience, scientific micro-imaging and psychology. How did you get into creating jewellery? And where did you learn your craft?

I began creating jewellery just by experimentation, looking for a way to explore ideas that I hadn’t been able to in other mediums. The challenge of giving form to something that exists only in your thoughts is rewarding in itself but I find following those ideas much easier and more enjoyable working in 3D. I did a short course at the Queensland College of Art a few years ago to learn casting techniques, and otherwise have been teaching myself as I go.

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Luke Maninov, Namazu Rings. Sterling silver and topaz. Photo by Luke Maninov. Courtesy of the artist.

Can you tell us more about the ethos of behind your work? How does your work as a scientist inform your creative practice? What are/who is your biggest inspirations?

I’ve always been drawn to understanding consciousness and perception, which is what led me to study neuroscience. My work now is focused on running the advanced micro-imaging facility at the Queensland Brain Institute where I work with researchers from many different areas of neuroscience to generate images for research and publication. The images from projects studying Alzheimer’s disease, Schizophrenia and sleep are incredibly inspiring and certainly feed into my ideas. My recent exhibitions at the QCA, the University of Queensland and Fallow are all informed by ideas in neuroscience.

The idea of creating new biological form, like the works of Neri Oxman and Iris van Herpen are particularly inspiring for me. Whether purely for fashion, to improve our lives or help us understand ourselves, I love the direction of their work and where it is taking us.

a land beyond the river

Luke Maninov, A Land Beyond the River. Coloured 3D reconstruction of ellipsoid body and drosophilla brain. Photo by Luke Maninov. Samples prepared by Leonie Kirszenblat. Courtesy of the artist.


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Luke Maninov, Dark Ellipse Choker. Sterling silver, gold vermeil, amethyst and patina. Photo by artist. Courtesy of the artist.

We are incredibly excited about your Unfolding Pendant. What was your inspiration behind this piece?

The Unfolding Pendant is inspired by spiritual development and the unfolding of a growing neuron. Building upon techniques developed for my solo exhibition at QCA, they include gold vermeil and particularly beautiful faceted moonstones. You can shop the Unfolding Pendant here!


Luke Maninov, Unfolding Pendant. Sterling silver set with a faceted moonstone and gold vermeil detailing. RRP$295.00. Image: Jaala Alex.

How can we keep up-to-date with your creative practice?

I try to post my work regularly on Instagram (@lukemaninov) and my website is www.lukemaninov.com.

I have an exhibition currently on at Fallow until 28th December. Next year I will have a group show “As Above So Below” at Graydon Gallery in April and a solo show with Jan Manton in May.


You can find a section of Luke’s works for sale online and in artisan’s Design Store. If you’re in California, USA, you can see Luke’s work in our Greensmith touring exhibition which will be on display at Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, from 5-31st January 2016.

cajal bracelet

Luke Maninov, Cajal Bracelet. Sterling silver bracelet. Photo by artist. Courtesy of the artist.

Feature image: Luke Maninov, Cerulean Odyssey. Sterling silver, topaz, white, blue and Australian blue sapphires, gold vermeil and patina. Photo by Luke Maninov. Courtesy of the artist.