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bM chats to: ERICA MILLER, DIRECTOR @ IKECHO AUSTRALIA

Nikki Yazxhi

One of our favourite jewellery designers and one of our favourite people, we loved styling this photoshoot with gorgeous Erica Miller and her super-cute daughter Charlize – and finding out more about what inspires Erica to create her beautiful pearl and opal pieces for Ikecho…


{ABOVE: Erica wears dress by Mamapapa and Ikecho Adjustable Basket Necklace.}

{ABOVE: Erica wears dress by Mamapapa and Ikecho Adjustable Basket Necklace; Charlize wears tutu by Tutu Du Monde and Ikecho Bambini Collection.}

{ABOVE: Erica wears shirt by Baz, skirt by Mamapapa and Ikecho 18ct White Gold Tahitian Near Round Strand and 18ct Tahitian Round Stud Earrings.}

We asked Erica the bellamumma questions to find out more about her life and loves …

You, in three words? Independent, loving and friendly.

What inspires you? My work, family and friends.

What’s your work title? Director

What was your first-ever job? My first job was working for a lady called Karen Lindley, Karen is a gemologist opal and jewellery designer, Karen was my mentor before I started my business, we were business partners for the first five years of Ikecho.

What did you want to be ‘when you were little’? When I was little we travelled a lot as a family, I always wanted to work with people, I always admired the front desk ladies in the big hotels, so wanted to work in hospitality.

How did Ikecho come about? Ikecho was launched in July 1999 when I was 19, through the help of Karen Lindley and my father Erik (well-known opal exporter). I have grown up in a jewellery family, my childhood memories were being in opal mines in Lightning Ridge. I have always loved pearls and since it was my birthstone thought what a better gemstone to work with.

Explain your usual day? My usual day would be, going for an early walk with my blue staffy Max cranking the tunes, then come home and to wake up my 4-year-old daughter Charlize, get her ready for the day then off to the office with my awesome team.

What ‘makes your day’? Coming home to a successful day in the office to my husband and daughter.

Three things in your life you can’t live without? My husband, my daughter and my phone.

4 fave songs on your playlist? The Horses, Round Here, Always Remember Us This Way, and Bennie and the Jets.

Fave place to escape to? My place in Port Macquarie, its located right on the river, is away from the city hustle and bustle, I can escape to the water’s edge and just watch the world go by.

How do you relax? Glass of wine.

The best piece of life advice you’ve received? Be challenged in life inevitable, being defeated is optional.

Best career advice? Be a doer and follow your dreams, never give up.

What will you be doing 5 years time? Hopefully, have another addition to the family and be living the dream.

{ABOVE: Charlize wears tutu by Tutu Du Monde and Ikecho Bambini Collection.}

{ABOVE: Erica wears shirt by Baz, skirt by Mamapapa and Ikecho 18ct White Gold Tahitian Near Round Strand and 18ct Tahitian Round Stud Earrings.}

{ABOVE: Erica wears dress by Mamapapa and Ikecho Freshwater Pearl Bracelet; Charlize wears tutu and caplet by Tutu Du Monde and Ikecho Bambini Collection.}

{ABOVE: Erica wears shirt by Baz, skirt by Mamapapa and Ikecho 18ct White Gold Tahitian Near Round Strand and 18ct Tahitian Round Stud Earrings.}

the team & contacts

Photographer: Jodie McBride – instagram @jodiemcbride
Stylist: {me} @bellamumma
Hair & Make-up: Jessica Berg – instagram @jessberghairandmakeup
Ikecho Australia: shop ikecho.com.au – instagram @ikechoaustralia
Mamapapa: shop mamapapa.com.au – instagram @virginemamapapa
Baz Inc: shop bazinc.com.au – instagram @bazincbrand
Tutu Du Monde: shop tutudumonde.com.au – instagram @tutudumonde