The Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Competition

Below you will find all the entries to this, the inaugural, 2016 competition.

An inspired and beautiful collection of wearable pearl jewellery pieces from jewellers across Australia awaits below.

We hope you enjoy viewing them as much as we have.

This will be an annual competition and we invite all jewellers to register their interest via email in next years competition and invite the public to stay in touch to see what beautiful and creative pieces jewellers from across Australia create in 2017.

We are look at creating a few  different categories for next year and also opening up the competition to overseas jewellers.

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South Sea Dreaming

The curves on the ring represent ocean waves, the antiqued silver dots represent grains of sand and I call the band “Spun Bamboo”.

18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearl

Renee Blackwell

Renee Blackwell Design

$3800

Overall First Place Winner

 

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The Pearl Fishers

A captured pearl in its purest form, inspired by fish and aquatic life.

14ct Yellow Gold, Diamonds (0.43 TW) Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Alister Yiap

Alister Yiap

$3985

Overall Second Place Winner

People’s Choice Third Place Winner

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Saturn Rising

The galaxies and universe – is expansive and still unleashing it’s mystery and potential to those of us who look to admire and explore its beauty further. Jewellery should be the same.

18ct White Gold, 18ct Yellow Gold, Diamonds Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Benjamin Hart

Benjamin Hart Jewellers

$16850

Overall Third Place Winner

 

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Fitzgerald

Named after the famous Flapper dancer Zelda Fitzgerald from the 1920s. She portrayed strength and femininity.

18ct White Gold, Champagne Diamonds (0.25ct TW), White Diamonds (F/G/VS, 0.60ct TW), tapered Baguettes (0.40ct TW) Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Adina Jozsef

Adina Jozsef

$8900

People’s Choice First Place Winner

 

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Pearl Poseidon

God of the sea, earth shaker, waves undercurrents and the surge of crashing waves, the pearl is set in away that allows movement

Platinum, White Diamonds Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearl

Angela Hampton

Hampton Fine Jewellery & Design

People’s Choice Award Second Place Winner

 

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Sea Chimes

Hot summer nights, sea breezes and tranquil waters.

925 Sterling Silver Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls

Yuki Mathwin

Minzemay

$2200

Apprentice Award First Place Winner

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Outback Moon

Merging both Australian sapphires with a big bold pearl

9ct Yellow Gold, Stirling Silver, Queensland Sapphires Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Rachel Reilley

My Jewellers

$1500

Apprentice Award Second Place Winner

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Nature’s Gift

Inspired by a love of nature’s beauty and abundance. The pearl epitomises this sentiment with its awe and wonder.

18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct White Gold, Diamonds featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Paul Haddy

Tidal Elegance

$10,890

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Inception

The pearl is the seed or source of inspiration, an idea, an inception.

18ct Yellow Gold, Titanium, Diamonds (27 x 0.85ct TW,G/H/SI) Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Amanda Newton

MBM Jewellery Design

$7515

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Pearl of Light

Pearl Story.

Sterling Silver with Yellow Gold plating Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.Stirling

Laurie Macey

$2150

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Riches of the Bay

The pendant is inspired by an opening oyster reveling the pearl, its golden edges glistening with eleven fancy yellow diamonds, as it is gently raised to the Bay.

18ct Yellow Gold, Fancy Yellow Diamonds (11x 0.23ct TW)  Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.Stirling

Linsey Houston & Neil Pola

Girlee Woo Jewellery

$3995

 

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Conch

The ocean and its many life forms have always inspired me. Corals, shells and pearls especially. This design evolved as I put pencil to paper, the South Sea Pearl being my centrepiece. Blue and colourless diamonds evoke images of sparkling waters, endless days and mermaid legend.

9ct White Gold, 12 x treated blue Diamonds (0.015ct), colourless Diamonds (2 x 0.08ct, 1 x 0.06ct, 1 x 0.04ct, 2 x 0.02ct, G/SI) Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Meg Hepburn

Dean Walker Designs

$3465

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Drift

My first visit to the Kimberley coast. Boabs, red earth, the vastness of the landscape. Elemental forces and the cycles forming people and place.

Patinated Iron, 18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct White Gold, Diamonds, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Gerard Wollaston

Gerard Wollaston

$12,000

 

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Freedom

Inspired by the shape of the pearl, with the look of balance and buoyancy leading the jeweler to the idea of a raft bouncing on the sea. The base shaped to match the waves surrounding the raft, strength in the high polished pole leading to shaped textured sail, billowing from the wind driving the raft forward to freedom.

18ct Yellow Gold Featuring a Cygnet Bay Circle Pearl

Stephen Miles

Creative Jewellers

$3295

 

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Grace

She moved through the water with effortless grace.

18ct Rose Gold, 18ct White Gold, Diamonds (26 x 0.29ct, 3 x 0.017ct), Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Jacqui McMaster

Jacqui’s Studio

$4940

 

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Ocean to Outback

The magnificent sweeping landscapes, vistas and colouring of West Australia’s North, are captured in this luxurious piece of jewellery. The yellow and rose gold ring perfectly showcases a wonderful Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl, enhanced with natural green and yellow diamonds. Ocean, beaches, flora, sweeping landscapes and the outback, forever beautiful, eternally encapsulated.

9ct Yellow Gold, 9ct Rose Gold, 7 x green RBC Diamonds, 10 x yellow RBC Diamonds, (total approx. 0.39ct) Featuring a Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl

Dean Walker

Dean Walker Designs

$4250

 

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Echo of the Tide

Inspired by the cone shell found in the Kimberley waters, often found in the skeleton form washed up on the Kimberley shores.

18ct White Gold, Diamonds Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Barrie Lander

Fusion Jewellers

$3800

 

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Where Land Meets Sea

I wanted to give the keshi a new life in a replicated landscape of the beautiful red cliffed coastline of Broome, the gold and diamonds representing the land and the keshi representing the sea.

9ct Rose Gold, Argyle Cognac Diamonds, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl

Sonya Kelly

Artistic Alloys

$6500

 

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Life

Inspired by the life of coral and its battle with man and the elements of the sea. Life for the coral is fragile with its mixture of soft and rough textures. Using Sterling Silver and a sand blasting finish to give texture to the softness of the saw pierced shape. Attached to the hand made chain including clasp inspired by the rolling of the waves and water is the anchor holding the coral steady in its challenging environment.

Sterling Silver (rolled down, saw pierced, domed, draw down wire, sand blasting finish, 20.453g TW), Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Rhianon Barrett-Brook

Creative Jewellers

$1599

 

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Water Baby

The micro world of a rockpool.

Platinum, 18ct Yellow Gold, 18ct Rose Gold Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Lucas Blacker

$4900

 

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Kissing Keshi

A tribute to the beautiful Australian organic form.

18ct Yellow Gold, Australian Champagne and Cognac Diamonds Featuring a Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl

Venetia Major

Venetia Major- Bespoke Jewellery

$11690

 

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Eastern Calytrix

The Calytrix, or more commonly Starflower, immediately jumped out to me. Not just for its’ shape but what was most apparent were the fibres that run from the centre of the flower and vein along the piece. I found this to be a wonderful detail which would lend your eye to be drawn to the heart of the piece, in this case my Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Platinum, 18ct Rose Gold, Diamond (3.31ct, F/VS), 2 x Pink Argyle Diamonds, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Jonathon Calleija

Mancuso Diamonds

$31,800

 

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Adella

Waves of the Ocean

Sterling Silver, 9ct Rose Gold Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearl

Erin Jackson

Pearl Perfection

 

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Cygnet Bay Pearls

18ct Yellow Gold, Yellow Sapphires, Diamonds, Handpainted Mineral Glass, Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearl

Gary Coffey

Giulians

$12900

 

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Lotus Pendant

Pearls, Sapphires and a Lotus Flower

18ct White Gold, three Ceylon Sapphires, Diamonds Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls

Danielle Klar

Plumery Pty Ltd

$5800

 

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Horizon with Pearl

Continuing my preoccupation with that mesmerising point where the sky meets the sea, my design aims to highlight the unique beauty of this strangely shaped pearl in both an unpredictable and unconventional way, where the pearl is literally captured and partially obscured by the two halves of the blushing horizon.

14ct White Gold, 9ct Rose Gold Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Cinnamon Lee

$4500

 

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Pearl and Sapphire Necklace

The colour palette of Australia’s diverse natural environments – Rust-coloured inland, lush green national parks, white pearly sands surrounded by sapphire blue seas.

18ct Yellow Gold, Australian Sapphires Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Marina Antoniou

Marina Antoniou

$1700

 

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Umi- Japanese for Ocean

Inspired by the ocean, the hand engraved background serves as the water upon which the pearl floats above

Platinum and 18ct Yellow Gold, Hand-engraved Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearl

Matthew Townsley

Mirai Jewellery

 

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Nautilus

A shell which is still beautiful as it is gradually worn by sand and lapping waves. Perfectly imperfect

Sterling Silver Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Jo Lillicot

Sparkle Station

$850

 

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Chrysalis

A butterfly emerging from its golden chrysalis, the delicate transition to natural beauty from within the safety of a protective shell. Much like a pearl forms within an oyster, true beauty comes from within.

18ct White Gold, 18ct Green Gold, Diamonds (20 x RBC 0.10ct, F/G, VSI), pear shaped Green Sapphire (0.57ct), Featuring a Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl

Kimberley Horn

Underwood Fine Jewellers

$4950

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A totally handmade ring.

Cognac Diamond, 18ct Rose and White Gold Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls

Garry Kreutzmann

$8800

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Nesting

The beauty and fragility that occurs in nature.

Sterling Silver, 9ct Yellow Gold, sublimated Aluminium Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Erin Venville

Erin K Jewellery

$1350

 

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The Forgotten Pearl

The inspiration for my piece was to showcase a pearl with attitude. The rose gold pendant, set with diamonds, brings to life the dusty pink zircon whilst enhancing the lustre of the Cygnet Bay South Sea Pearl. I wanted to showcase the pearl and its natural flaws. My pearl is individual. We are always searching for perfect in this world and we sometimes miss the natural beauty that is so readily at our reach.

9ct Rose Gold, Diamonds (7 x RBC 1.5pt), Kite Pink Zircon, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Jessica Bott

Dean Walker Designs

$1750

 

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The flower variance of the metals and the blue of the ceylon sapphires represent the uncertaintity and colour of the ocean. Totally handmade earpiece earrings.

18ct Yellow, White & Rose Gold, two Ceylon Sapphires Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls.

Robert Oliver

$13,700

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Earring 1

Cygnet Bay Pearls

9ct Rose Gold Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls.

Gillian Hillman

Gillian Hillman Designs

$2290

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Pendentif 2

Cygnet Bay Pearls

Forged Silver, 9ct Rose Gold, Black Diamond (0.19ct), Onyx Beads Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Gillian Hillman

Gillian Hillman Designs

$1380

 

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Pendentif 1

Cygnet Bay Pearls

9ct Rose Gold, Black Diamonds (0.48ct), Onyx, Spinel, Silk, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Gillian Hillman

Gillian Hillman Designs

$2640

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Broche 1

Cygnet Bay Pearls

9ct Rose Gold, Black Diamonds (0.44ct), Surgical Steel, Featuring 15mm Cygnet Bay Pearl

Gillian Hillman

Gillian Hillman Designs

$2680

 

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Pearls of Wisdom: Put your play shoes on

A pearl of wisdom for Barb, using some of her metal and an expression she is well know for.

Gold, customers stones featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Ali Alexander

Ali Alexander

 

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Bonny

The infamous, Sassy Pirate Anne Bonny

Oxidised Silver Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Judy Pinnegar

$150

 

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We all have another face

Picasso’s Painting, the Stranger by Billy Joel

Opal, Sapphire, Diamonds, Sterling Silver, Fine Silver Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls

Nao Hirata

 

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Ocean Bride

A journey, embracing the abilities of boundless self. To transform personal creative vision into physical forms of structure and elegance.

Sterling Silver Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Sayeh Alizade Ahrabi

Sayeh Hand Made Jewellery

$680

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Untitled

I’ve been forging a lot of steel lately – I really love the contrast between the hard black steel and the soft yellow pearl + gold.

Sterling Silver, 18ct Yellow Gold, recycled Steel and Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Zoe Richards

Zoe Ace Metal

$1197

 

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Fishtrap Pendant

Aboriginal fish traps

18ct Yellow Gold, 25 Diamonds E/F Colour and VS Clarity, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl.

Sam Farmer

$5050

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Bubbles Ascending

I’m in the seemingly infinite moment on a clear, dry season day in the crystal water of a neap tide. The moment when an exhaling diver looks toward the surface from the ocean floor to see shimmering light streaming through a chandelier of ascending bubbles. As a lover of diving and a jeweller, it is this moment I have tried to emulate.

  18ct white gold, Diamonds Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls.

Jesse Metcalfe

Metcalfe Jewellery

$4490

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Swings Pillars

Childhood nostalgia and home comforts.

18ct White Gold, Diamonds (10 x FIY 1mm, 22 x LFY 1.1mm RBC, 22 x FY 1.3mm RBC, 52 x SI 1.3mm RBC, 58 x FGSI 1.15-1.8mm RBC) Featuring Cygnet Bay Pearls

Tammy Vu & Yves Delbeke

Atelier Diamant

$11827

 

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Dancing Ribbons

Flowing, swirling, liquid movements… Reminding me of the way ribbons of rhythmic gymnasts seem to ‘dance’. They are so mesmerising.

18ct Yellow Gold, 3mm Round Pink Tourmaline, Diamonds (23.5pts TW, G/H/SI), Featuring a Drop Cygnet Bay Pearl

Anita Jamieson

Anita’s Jewellery

$4788

 

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Pearls and Swirls

Broomes massive swirling tides.

18ct Yellow Gold, Diamonds, Featuring a Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl

Fidge Button

Fidge’s Fine Jewellery

$7850

 

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Neck Chandelier

Colours inspired by Cygnet Bay pearl farm mangroves at high tide

18ct Yellow, White Gold, Spinel, Pink Sapphire, Diamond and Emerald Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Kate Harrington

John Adam Jewellery

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XO Earrings

The kisses (X) & hugs (O) symbol sent to someone you love 

18ct White Gold, Diamonds Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Danielle Klar

Plumery Pty Ltd

$2200

 

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XO Necklace

The kisses (X) & hugs (O) symbol sent to someone you love 

18ct White Gold, Diamonds Featuring a Cygnet Bay Pearl

Danielle Klar

Plumery Pty Ltd

$3300

 

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