Lawrence Gibson was brought up in the hamlet of Nantithet on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. After attending the local primary and secondary schools he decided to follow the one year Art and Design Foundation Course at Falmouth School of Art. He gained his National Diploma in 1991 and, at the end of that year, relocated to pursue a three-year degree course in Industrial Design. He gained his First Class Degree with Honours from Cardiff Institute of H.E. in 1994.
Post education, Lawrence worked in the model-making business where he learnt new techniques and processes which lent themselves to the design and manufacture of jewellery. Having worked partly on jewellery design for a few years, Koa Jewellery was finally born in 2010. New forms took inspiration from the UK coast, its beautiful coves and beaches, fishing harbours and surf culture. Now based in Sully, South Wales, the process continues… as does the creation of ocean inspired jewellery.