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2013 DIAMOND GUILD AUSTRALIA JEWELLERY AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The finalists, judges and their guests joined members of the Diamond Guild for a cocktail event held at the historic Mint Building for an evening celebration of exceptional Australian diamond jewellery design.

Trophies were awarded in the expanded range of 7 categories in this year’s competition including the newly added ‘Emerging Talent’ and ‘Daily Diamonds’.

In addition the inaugural Diamond Guild Australia ‘Supreme Award’ was presented for the winning piece scoring the most points in the rigorous judging process.

Being asked to be one of the judges for the Diamond Guild Awards was a great honour and fun - viewing the wonderful submission was a treat for the eyes. I was most impressed withe the creativity quality practicality and the intricacies of the designs and would have liked to have several in my jewellery box! I travel the world and love looking at beautiful jewellery - what I saw in these submissions was very impressive.

— Carla Zampatti.

The winners of the 2013 Awards were announced as:

CATEGORY

WINNER

DESCRIPTION OF PIECE

RED CARPET AWARD

JAMES BALLAS

STEVEN JAMES JEWELLERS

FOR ‘PETALOUDES’

A NECKLACE FEATURING A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF BUTTERFLIES SCULPTURED FROM 18CT WHITE, YELLOW, ROSE AND GREEN GOLD ACCENTED WITH A TOTAL OF 970 DIAMONDS

970 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 15.90CT

FANCY COLOUR AWARD

MATTHEW ELY AND

STEVE DER BEDROSSIAN

PINK KIMBERLEY AND YORK JEWELLERS

FOR ‘ILLOURA’

HANDMADE 18CT WHITE GOLD RING SET WITH NATURAL PINK AND BLUE FANCY COLOURED DIAMONDS INSPIRED BY THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR SEEN IN THE MORNING SUN BEAMING DOWN FROM A CLEAR BLUE SKY TO THE HARSH RED AUSTRALIAN EARTH FROM WHERE THESE UNIQUE DIAMONDS ARE BORN

DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 3.00CT

DAILY DIAMONDS

ROBERT MUSSON

MUSSON JEWELLERS

FOR ‘OPERA CELEBRATION’

AN 18CT WHITE GOLD SCULPTURAL RING SET WITH 12 BRILLIANT CUT DIAMONDS

12 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 0.75CT

GENTS AWARD

VAROUJAN DJEVAHIRDJIAN

VAROUJAN JEWELLERS

FOR ‘EMPORER’

A WHITE GOLD GENTS DRESS RING FEATURING 30 BRILLIANT CUT DIAMONDS AND COLOURED ENAMEL PANELS

34 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 1.90CT

FANCY SHAPE AWARD

ROBERT MUSSON

MUSSON JEWELLERS

FOR ‘ORIGIN’

AN 18CT WHITE GOLD DRESS RING, FEATURING SIX PEAR SHAPED DIAMONDS SYMBOLISING THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

6 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 3.42CTS

EMERGING TALENT AWARD

KIRRA-LEA CAYNES

STEPHEN DIBB JEWELLERY

FOR ‘BUBBLES’

A FREE FORM WHITE GOLD ARM CUFF FEATURING ROSE AND YELLOW GOLD DOMES HIGHLIGHTED WITH BLACK RUTHENIUM ARCHES FRAMED BY GRAIN SET DIAMONDS.

109 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 0.86CT

SOLITAIRE AWARD

ROBERT MUSSON

MUSSON JEWELLERS

FOR ‘ENTWINED’

A SINUOUS AND ELEGANT SOLITAIRE DIAMOND SET RING CREATED FROM UNIQUE TRILLIANT SHAPED 18CT WHITE GOLD WIRE THAT TWISTS AND CURVES TO FORM THE SETTING AND BAND.

1 X 2.31CT ROUND BRILLIANT CUT DIAMOND F, SI1

SUPREME AWARD

ROBERT MUSSON

MUSSON JEWELLERS

FOR ‘ORIGIN’

AN 18CT WHITE GOLD DRESS RING, FEATURING SIX PEAR SHAPED DIAMONDS SYMBOLISING THE ORIGIN OF LIFE

6 DIAMONDS = TOTAL WEIGHT 3.42CTS

Diamond Guild Australia invited an esteemed panel of judges, each expert in their own design discipline, to judge the entries for the 2013 competition. The panel included:

CARLA ZAMPATTI Iconic Australian Fashion Designer
DR BRANDON GIEN CEO of Good Design Australia
DAVID PERRYMAN Jewellery photographer
SUSAN SKELLY Editor of Qantas – The Australian Way magazine
JOHN CALLEIJA Member of Diamond Guild Australia and award winning jeweller.

“The calibre of pieces entered in this year’s competition was of an exceptional standard and raised the bar for this prestigious design awards to new heights.’ commented Melissa James, executive officer of Diamond Guild Australia. “We received entries from all over Australia reflecting the fact this is a truly national event open to all jewellers working in a retail environment.”

‘We were absolutely delighted with the level of participation and with the outcome of the 2013 Awards. We are now looking forward to presenting these amazing diamond pieces to the public to showcase the world class design talent we have here in Australia.”

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