The Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Masters
VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED.
Jewellers from around the country have entered their inspired and beautiful collection of wearable pearl jewellery pieces…and we’d love to hear which is your favourite.
Just by voting, you will go in the draw to WIN a seat on the 2019 PEARLS OF AUSTRALIA EAST TO WEST VOYAGE worth $8,500!
Second prize is a Kimberley Lily diamond pendant from Cygnet Bay Pearls worth $870.
Third prize is a pair of Akoya hook earrings from Broken Bay Pearls worth $350.
Only one vote per person will be accepted so please choose carefully!
We have recently changed the mechanics of this competition which means your vote must now be cast by submitting the entry form at the BOTTOM OF THE PAGE.
Entries close 5pm Friday 23rd November.
The designer with the most votes will receive $2,000 cash, a 13mm Drop pearl worth $1325 and a $500 Pallion voucher.
Pearl by Nature
The Rock Pool. The inspiration to create a beautiful organic jeweller piece to capture the beauty of the Cygnet Bay Pearl.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver, Passion 8 Diamonds F-G/VS TDW=0.12ct and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 9.5mm A3+
As we gaze at the restless ocean, we wonder at the secrets it holds. The stunning Cygnet Bay Pearl is just one of it’s many treasures constantly caressed by the salty waters, represented by the mokume gane as it flows across the tops of the fingers.
HANDMADE: Palladium, Sterling Silver, Shakudo
Luna et Stellas
The divine full moon with three of its guardian stars.
HANDMADE: 18ct Gold, Palladium with Diamonds
FOR SALE $2,100
37 Years ago a massive storm, larger than the diameter of Earth, was discovered on the North Pole of Saturn. The turbulent cloud forms a hexagonal shape that does not shift in longitude but over the years has changes from blue to more of a gold colour.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow & White Gold, Sterling Silver. Cygnet Bay Pearl 13mm high button A2+
FOR SALE $4,985
Nephila Lucilia was made in the image of the golden orb weaver spiders that surround the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm. The name Nephila Lucilia is taken from the scientific names of the golden orb weaver and the green bottlefly. The spider itself is a detachable brooch.
HANDMADE: 9ct Yellow & White Gold with Black Diamonds and Tsavorite garnetsStirling
The Pirarr-Pirarr Wattle
The wattle is one of our most enduring national symbols. It has been part of the aboriginal culture for thousands of years, it’s the inspiration behind our national colours, green and gold and is the official floral emblem of Australia. The Pirarr- Pirarr is the aboriginal name for the Acacia Adoxa found in the wider Kimberley region. The wattle and its blossoms have been handcrafted onto the front of the locket with Broken Bay Akoya pearls as the flowers. Inside is a hidden plume of Tasmanian blackwood acacia flower known for its soft, yellow off-white blossoms. The chain is shaped, coloured and inspired by the seeds of the wattle. Wattles are usually the very first plants to germinate after a bushfire and are seen as a symbol of resilience, renewal, of people starting again after adversity – the true Australian spirit. When the blaze of wattle lights up our landscape every year, let’s remember that the Wattle is the Pearl at the heart of our country. “The Wattle-bloom means that her heart is of gold…” — Henry Lawson.
Sterling Silver, 18ct Yellow Gold, 9ct Yellow Gold. Oxidised handmade silver chain. All metal from A & E
FOR SALE $7,540
The infinite movement of water delicately holding the pearl.
HANDMADE 18ct White Gold, Titanium, Aquamarines, Cygnet Bay Semi Drop 14mm A3+
FOR SALE $12,200
Black to contrast the beautiful white of the pearls.
HANDMADE Sterling Silver, Black diamonds with 11mm & 12mm Keshi A grade
Pearls & Opals, a match made in heaven. Ocean blues complimenting the smoothness of the pearl.
Sterling Silver, Opal & 13mm Keshi A grade
The connection between the Moon and the oceans has been a relationship since the creation of time. The Moon controls the tides and these in turn gently rocks and lulls a pearl into being. It’s as if a pearl is a tiny ray of moonlight I wanted this pale silver grey Akoya to sit in a crater, a shimmering moon beam, a ray of glowing light against a textured landscape. A contemporary twist on the classic diamond and pearl combination.
HANDMADE: Oxidised Recycles Sterling Silver, Diamonds TDW=0.06ct, Aquamarine with Australian Akoya 7.5mm AAA
FOR SALE $830
I’ve made several rings in this “Moon” series, all set with different pearls, all unique in coloration and hue. With this pearl and its subtle tones of pale silver pinks and mauves, I wanted to bring out its light, contrasting the dark iridescent colours of where it originated from. The deep reds, blues and golden hues created by hand painted oxidisation of the silver, celebrates not only the pearl, but the celebration of the oyster from which it came.
HANDMADE: Oxidised Recycles Sterling Silver, Diamonds TDW=0.06ct with Australian Akoya 7.5mm AAA
FOR SALE $ 740
This ring celebrates the brilliant lustre of a Cygnet Bay Pearl in concert with the motifs of the Art Deco period: luxury, glamour and exuberance. Set in a band incorporating the memorable themes of flowing cubism, brought to life by the careful placement of 112 hand-picked diamonds, the design pays homage to a hopeful time after the Great War’s end. This was a period when rich materials, exquisite craftsmanship and modern styles were used with abandon, matching the world’s overflowing optimism.
18ct White Gold, Diamonds with Cygnet Bay Pearl 13mm B1
FOR SALE $14,600
Pearling Under the Southern Cross
Platinum, Sterling Silver with Cygnet Bay Keshi Pearl 11mm A grade, Broken Bay and Australian Argyle diamonds TDW=0.125ct.
FOR SALE $15,960
Butterflies Feeding on Nacre
This handmade ring features a Cygnet Bay, South Sea Pearl and an Akoya Pearl. The title has a play on words. Instead of butterflies feeding on nectar, I have worked around the concept of butterflies feeding on nacre for my design. The ring emulates components of a flower and a cluster of butterfly surround the beautiful Akoya Pearl. Both pearls are highlighted in this piece. The South Sea for its large size and Lustre and the Akoya for its beauty.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 10mm A2 & Broken Bay Akoya 8mm AAA
FOR SALE $2,900
The Pearl & the Centaur Princess
Her story tells the nature of kindness when she saves the life of young mermaid who has ventured too close to the shore, and been washed into the shallow rock pools, stranded to die. When the Princess Centaur who is playfully dancing along the beach sees her stranded, she carries her on her back into deeper waters, and saves her life. For this bravery she was given a rare pearl, and a legend was born about The Pearl and the Centaur Princess.
HANDMADE: 18ct White & Yellow Gold, Fine Silver and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Baroque 14mm A2+ & 10 Keshi 4mm A
Sun and Sparkle
The pearl represents the setting sun, the diamonds the light sparkling.
24ct Gold, Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and Diamonds with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Button Pearl 11mm A1+
FOR SALE $1,350
Circulum Margarita (Latin for Pearl Ring)
Sterling Silver & 24ct Yellow Gold
FOR SALE $950
Queen of Hearts
A modern twist on a classic design. Hearts also feature in the pearl cup.
HANDMADE: 9ct Yellow & White Gold with Cygnet Bay, South Sea High Button Pearl 10mm B1
FOR SALE $1,249
I had a vivid dream about this design, I felt like I had to make it.
HANDMADE: Titanium with 2 Broken Bay Akoya 8mm AAA
Nautilus (Catch a Moon Wave)
My inspiration comes from my fascination with Cephalopoda, or sea molluscs. In this case, the nautilus, which rises from the depths to feed under the glow of the moon, the twinkle of the starts.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold w Diamonds TDW= 0.16ct EF/VS with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearls 10.5mm A1+/A2+
FOR SALE $6,000
Balance is created by the contrast of the metal against the soft, undulating texture of the pearl.
APPRENTICE HANDMADE: 9ct Rose Gold, Sterling Silver & Copper with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearl 13mm A
FOR SALE: $3,425
Pearl is the sun setting over the giant tides (scrolls) with the reds (18ct Rose Gold) being the reds of sunset, Sapphires beings tints that occur in the sand at sunset. Engraving on front are Australian grasses. Engraving on back, marine plant life.
HANDMADE: 18ct Rose & Yellow Gold, Platinum w Yellow Parti Sapphires with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 10mm A1
FOR SALE $3,950
As an artist, when I’m looking for inspiration, exploration is always my starting point. I enjoy the rush of discovery when learning about cultures, history, processes and ideas. Cygnet Bay Pearls has a history that is intrinsically linked with the Bardi people of Ardyaloon. As Australia’s oldest cultured pearling business, the ties with the Bardi have spanned generations and continue today. As an outsider to the pearling industry of Broome, I am inspired by this unique relationship and the cross-cultural understanding and respect that it represents.
HANDMADE: 9ct Yellow Gold & Magnets with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearl 12.5mm A1
FOR SALE $18,480
The clear blue water that South Sea Pearls are grown in and the waves that the beaches bring.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver w Blue Topaz with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Circle Pearl 10.5mm A2+
Cygnet Bay, the marine life, Kimberley area.
HANDMADE: 18ct Rose Gold w 128 Diamonds TDW=1.19ct FG/VS with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 12mm A3
FOR SALE $14,100
When the ocean and the earth work together to make beauty.
APPRENTICE HANDMADE: Silver w Diamonds and Australian Blue Sapphires with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearl 10mm A
Birth of Keshi
Conceptualizing our collective passion for these undersea treasures, this design dares to capture the poetic vision of a pearl emerging from the depths of the South Sea. Featuring a stunning Keshi pearl as a mythical Goddess of the Ocean, with a golden aura, escorted by silver bubbles and diamond droplets.
HANDMADE: Sterling Silver, 14ct Yellow Gold w Diamonds 0.005ct and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearl 6 3/4 mm A
FOR SALE $1,795
Pinctada’s Princess Ring
Drawing inspiration from the harsh textures and beautiful colours from its oyster namesake, this handmade ring delivers a textured sterling silver cradle edges with two tones of gold, echoing the outer layers of the Pinctada Maxima. This shell shaped piece is designed to follow the contour of the hand with a pearl that splashes out of the design, ready to adorn the South Sea Princess.
HANDMADE: Sterling Silver, 14ct Yellow & White Gold w Diamond 1x 0.06ct G/Si, 9x 1-1.2mm TDW=0.06ct and Cygnet Bay Drop Pearl 8mm A2+
FOR SALE $2,435
The piece was inspired by my experiences of both snorkelling and beachcombing. I wanted to evoke a sense of floating above and also being immersed in another world. While the piece alludes to various textures and patterns in that world: coral, sand, driftwood, seaweed, pebbles etc., it’s not meant to be representational of any specific one.
HANDMADE: Sterling Silver, 18ct Gold with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi
FOR SALE $2,400
My inspiration is from my mothers love of anything autumn tones or colours.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold w 8pt Diamond H/Si, 2.9 Round Zircon, Green Sapphires 0.16ct and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Baroque Pearl 13mm A3
FOR SALE: $3,400
Ma is a Japanese word to describe the concept/idea that empty space/time can also be as significant as the object/time surrounding it. I wanted to create a ring with this concept of the negative space of the ring is the integral part of the ring itself.
HANDMADE: 18ct White & Green Gold with Broken Bay Akoya Pearl 7mm AAA
FOR SALE $1,800
The ease and natural birth of my child, a piece created so naturally and beautifully, like the pearl.
HANDMADE: 18ct Gold w Diamond, Human Hair and Broken Bay Akoya 6mm AAA
FOR SALE $2,300
Riding the wave of life’s ups and downs.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Fine Silver, 9ct Rose Gold w RBS 12pt Diamond G-H/Si and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Button Pearl 13mm A3+
FOR SALE $2,220
APPRENTICE/HANDMADE: Sterling Silver with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 13mm B1.
FOR SALE $700
Wabi Sabi Ma
APPRENTICE HANDMADE: Sterling Silver with Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 13mm B1+.
FOR SALE $1,000.
Upon receiving these pearls, I noticed they fit together. Just a kiss. A motivating coincidence that needed to be highlighted and utilised. “Kissing Keshi’s” is a ring set that can be stacked and worn by one person. It was however, designed to be shared. Between two people. Partners, parent and a child, siblings or even best friends. As a symbol of the love they share for each other.
HANDMADE: 9ct White Gold w Diamonds RBC’s G-H/Si and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearls 13mm A
FOR SALE $6,320
Signature Scarab Rouge Crescent/Texture/Colour/Light
HANDMADE: Recycled Yellow Gold with Diamons G/Si and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 14mm B1+
This kinetic handmade ring is inspired by the mythology of mermaids and sirens luring sailing ships and their crews to their impending doom. In various folklores, it is said that mermaids have the ability to cry tears of pearls. Others regale stories of humans being rewarded with treasure for an act of kindness towards a mermaid.
HANDMADE: 9ct White, Yellow & Rose Gold, 18ct Green Gold w Broken Bay Akoya 8mm
Inspired by the slow degradation of sunken ruins.
Men’s ring – Sterling Silver w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearl 11mm A
FOR SALE $1,050
The Sun and the Sea
A celebration of the sun and the sea of a place I call home, the West coast of Australia.
APPRENTICE HANDMADE: Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, Enamel w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearl 10mm A3
Pearls in Full Bloom
My inspiration was to create a blooming pearl, because I believe that pearls are the flowers of the sea.
APPRENTICE HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow & Rose Gold, 9ct Yellow & White Gold, Platinum w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 10mm and Broken Bay Akoya 6.5mm AAA
The stereotype of what a man is supposed to be is challenged in my design of this ring aptly called ‘Man’. It’s a fact that men have both the male and female chromosome. And men can be strong and hard; and yet gentle. The ‘Man Ring’ design reflects these traits with its robust and solid structured form and the use of a delicate and fluid Keshi pearl as the centrepiece. Keshi pearls, which are ever so different from one to the next, represents individuality. Little black spinel rounds add the finishing touch to lend an elegant black tie feel and look to the ring.
HANDMADE: Sterling Silver & Black Spinal w Cygnet Bay,
South Sea Keshi Pearl 11mm A
FOR SALE $1,800
Full moon rising behind silhouetted trees.
Sterling Silver & Vitreous Enamel w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Keshi Pearl 10mm A
FOR SALE $800
The egg-shaped pearl inspired the Faberge-esque design. The precious pearl represents the yolk, suspended inside protected by the shell made of gold and diamonds.
9ct Yellow Gold w Diamonds and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearl 12.5mm A1
FOR SALE $3,190
The pearl I chose had some beautiful characteristics on its surface. I designed a cage so there was no need to drill or damage the pearl keeping it in the purest form.
Raw 9ct White Gold w Diamonds and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Round Pearl 12.5mm B1+
FOR SALE $2,360
Kym the Man
Geometric lines and shapes seen in aboriginal art. Whiteness of the pearl.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Sterling Silver w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Button Pearl 9mm A1+
FOR SALE $1,950
Poppet in Bloom
An expression of joy and love for my daughter and the beauty I see as she grows.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Fine Silver w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Circle Pearl 14mm A3+
A Gentleman’s Pearl
When I saw this new category I immediately knew I wanted to create a man’s bracelet. I was inspired to use leather, hand tooled with a Celtic knot pattern. Celtic knots are a series of overlapping or interwoven knots which have no clear start or end. I have designed the piece to be elegant yet masculine, sturdy and wearable. The centre plate is sterling silver with four tiny rivets holding it to the leather band. These rivets have been engraved in the same Celtic knot pattern as the hand tooled leather band. The 18ct Gold bezel enhances the lustre of the exquisite Cygnet Bay Pearl, which is the focal point of the bracelet. The snap closure provides easy wearability.
18ct Gold, Sterling Silver, Pewter Snap & Leather w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Button Pearl 13.5mm A3+
Something in the way she moves
When designing jeweller pieces I will aim for movement, fine lines and showcasing the beauty and process of nature.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow, Rose & White Gold w Diamonds 10x 0.025ct, 6x 0.015ct F-G/VS TDW=0.34ct and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearl 10mm A2
FOR SALE $6,300
“Tidal” is a two piece ring set inspired by the concept of connecting the wearer with the Broken Bay Akoya pearl and the natural processes/elements involved in her creation. The feature ring is 9ct White Gold and showcases a 7mm Broken Bay Akoya pearl set in such a way as to contact the skin and hence directly engage the wearer with this natural gem. The pearl in this piece also represents the moon which affects the tides throughout its formation. The second ring of the set, a split 9ct Yellow Gold piece, completes the set, in its representation of the ocean where the pearl was birthed. The wave shaped band with its gradient of blue sapphires which lighten in colour to their peaks echo the water and waves of the ocean, whilst the 9ct Yellow Gold of this band mirrors the sand of Broken Bay where this pearl is cultured and farmed.
9ct White & Yellow Gold w Blue Sapphires and Broken Bay Akoya 7mm AAA
FOR SALE $2,475
The coast lines of Cygnet Bay and Broken Bay. The Cygnet Bay Pearl demonstrates a fully mature pearl which has a rich history and value. The akoya from Broken Bay is a much newer Australian pearl industry and looks to the South Sea Pearl with the hope and admiration of a young girl … beautiful women.
HANDMADE: 18ct White Gold, 16ct Green Gold w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Baroque Pearl 11mm & Broken Bay Akoya 6mm AAA
FOR SALE $2,600
These are a duel purpose earring. They can be worn as a fancy hoop or slipped over the top of the ear. As an ear piece. Plants and trees blossoming in spring time was the main source of inspiration for this piece.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, small Cabochon Moonstone w Broken Bay Akoya AAA
FOR SALE $2,790
The amazing, magical coral reefs of Australia
Sterling Silver & Rose Gold w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Circle Pearl 16mm B1+
FOR SALE $1,650
Cygnet Bay Pearls? Well I had to make a swan!
HANDMADE: Sterling Silver, Fine Silver, 18ct Gold w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Baroque Pearl 14mm B1+
FOR SALE $1,980
Ebb & Flow
The inspiration for this piece was a fusion of elements: the pattern of light through water to the sandy bottom; rise and fall of the empires; and mans striving for beauty, that is both enhanced and surpassed by the beauty to be found in nature. An independent valuation has been made and is available upon request.
HANDMADE: 18ct Yellow Gold, Palladium, Titanium w Diamonds and Cygnet Bay, South Sea High Button Pearl 12mm A2
FOR SALE $10,800
My grandmothers name is Pearl and I love the combination of silver and pearls.
Sterling Silver and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Drop Pearl 12.5mm A1
FOR SALE $6,800
Dressed to Kill
The winged queen ant of the nuptial flight. In early summer the sexual mature ants fly out of their colony in huge swarms. They mate in the air, in order to start new colonies. Shortly after mating the male ants die – its life purpose has been fulfilled and the fertilised female-ant search to find a suitable nesting-place to start her new colony. I imagine that the Ant-Queens will look, as beautiful, strong, powerful and their very best, in the competition of attracting the best males.
HANDMADE: 14ct Gold w Cabochon cut Rubies 0.18ct and Cygnet Bay, South Sea Baroque Pearl 15.5mm B1+ and Keshi Pearls 4mm A
FOR SALE $10,250
The sixth planet in our planetary system, Saturn, with its circles of broad rings of ice blocks and stones. The wholes in the silver-plate create the imaginary stones and ice blocks. The cufflinks are made so that the Saturn(s) are angled when placed in the shirt, to make a soaring look.
HANDMADE: 14ct Gold & oxidized Sterling Silver w Cygnet Bay, South Sea Near Round Pearls 10.5mm A3+
FOR SALE $10,750
Pearls & Dollars
Cygnet Bay Pearls, sand dollars & the aboriginal link to pearl shells
HANDMADE: Silver, diamonds & Circle A3+/B1+