LOTTI Jewellery was founded by South African jewellery designer and creator, Tracey Jane Lötter. Tracey completed her degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in 2008. She then embarked on a three-year mentorship and in-service training experience at Aliverti Jewellers in Cape Town, designing and making fine jewellery.
It was here in 2011, while refining her skills at the jeweller’s bench and becoming familiar with computer aided design (CAD) that Tracey was inspired to create her unique style of contemporary collections and bespoke jewellery as ‘Made of Mettle’ which became LOTTI Jewellery in 2018.
Tracey is passionate about skills development and supports equal opportunity through education. She lectures part-time at Tshwane University of Technology, teaching computer aided design to students in the Jewellery Design programme. She also teaches hand-making jewellery techniques at the Liz Loubser Jewellery School in Randburg.
Although she didn’t know it when she chose this vocation, Tracey is a descendant of a dynasty of silversmiths, from Ausberg, Germany, some of whom settled in the Western Cape in the 1800s. They worked in the silversmithing and jewellery trade for almost 400 years from 1500-1860.
- To make aspirational jewellery of exceptional quality
- To offer an authentically South African product from start to finish
- To create a supportive and educational working environment
- To support and contribute to a creative ecosystem of collective collaboration
Over the past 9 years Tracey’s collections have been on display at various shows such as Design Indaba and Kamersvol Geskenke. Tracey was also a finalist in the 2007/2008 AngloGold Ashanti Auditions competition and achieved recognition at the South African Contemporary Jewellery Awards for her 2019 entry, Transition.