Lali Silver Jewellery was established by Lali Vossgatter in 1970 in a little shop in Rosebank. It wasn’t long before the boutique was a favourite among stylish Joburgers with a yen for a touch of sparkly elegance.
Lali was a renowned silver jeweller and her shop was a treasure chest of her most beautiful handmade jewellery that quickly became well recognised for its outstanding artistry.
In 2004, Julie Tilman, a London Guildhall University-trained silversmith and jewellery designer took over the thriving business and relocated it from its original premises in Rosebank to vibey Parkview.
Julie says: ‘ I like to create a warm, friendly atmosphere in my shop and to give each customer individual attention. A special feature of Lali Silver Jewellery is that many of my pieces are created on the premises. My customers can also browse through a selection of heirloom pieces created by some of South Africa’s most talented silversmiths.’
July went on to say: ‘It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Lali Vossgatter on the 16th of March, 2020. Until then, she had continued to create special pieces for us at her studio in Wilderness.’ Julie, who took over Lali’s beautiful shop explains: ‘Lali was a great mentor to me and a good friend. Regular customers of Lali’s generation and the next continue to flock to the shop to admire and collect her gorgeous pieces.’ Julie proudly reminisces how Lali was very much a daily part of the business during her retirement years, as she regularly called to keep up with the shop’s activities and check up on her well loved customers.
In 2020, Lali Silver Jewellery celebrated its 50th anniversary.
‘Lali’s creative spirit will be greatly missed, but her memory will continue to live on in those who dearly loved her,’ says Julie.