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Jewellers Celebration of Opals

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Showcasing this weekend was the most exquisite and diverse collection of opal jewellery entered so far into the prestigious International Opal Jewellery Design Awards. The opal jewellery pieces ranged from opulent and bold to whimsical and avant-garde. 

Each piece entered into the Awards is unique and handcrafted. The opal jewellery pieces were displayed at the Lighting Ridge Opal and Gem festival and modelled during the Gala Awards Dinner. Guests at the Awards dinner were magnetized by how striking and dramatic the pieces were.

Sydney designer Vicki Rodd won the lion’s share of the Prestige Professional Awards category, claiming first place with the $380,000 Eternal Flame pendant, finalist with the $480,000 Eternal Flame earrings and finalist with the $1.2 million, My Valentine brooch/pendant.

The one hundred and twenty six pieces entered into the Awards have an estimated value of seven million dollars.

Lyn Carney, President of the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Association said this year’s Awards have provided the most dazzling spectrum of jewellery designs we have seen to date. Jewellery designers around the world are celebrating our national gemstone; opal, to create breathtaking statement pieces.

Opal jewellery pieces were embellished and infused with white and pink diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and pearls. Free form opal was intricately and painstakingly carved to create a labyrinth of shadow and light.

A number of categories are included in the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards such as Prestige Professional, Non Professional, Apprentice Professional, Carving Abstract, Carving Figurative, Object D’Art and Jewellery Sketches.

The International Opal Jewellery Design Awards is the largest opal competition in the world. It is the only opal jewellery design competition open to the use of opal from any region. The main criteria of the Awards is the use of freeform and or undulating opal.  This criteria has inspired overseas and Australian designers to create pieces that are sympathetic to the natural shape of this precious gemstone when it is first unearthed.

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