The Stefano Canturi jewellery pieces that starred in Baz Luhrmann’s epic Australia are now on tour.
Forty-two-year-old Canturi said the 11 jewellery pieces created for Nicole Kidman’s character, Lady Sarah Ashley, were designed to “reflect the high jewels worn by women in the 1930s”.
“Inspired by nature, the jewels engage elements of geometric abstraction with the sophistication of glittering diamonds and sultry Australian black sapphires,” he said.
“The idea was to achieve the ‘starburst’ of art deco movement whilst adding an abstract element”.
The collection is made up of four brooches (including the pictured woven brooch featuring sparkling white and cognac diamonds and white gold), four pairs of drop earrings, a black sapphire and diamond cuff, an engagement ring and a wedding ring.
According to Canturi, many of the Australia jewels have strong elements of existing Canturi Collections. For example the engagement ring and the woven brooch have qualities found in the Metropolis Collection which was inspired by art deco architecture and sculpture.
The Australia jewels have recently been on display in Canturi’s Brisbane and Sydney stores and are now on display in Canturi’s Melbourne store.
In 2001 Canturi designed and created the 1308 diamond ‘Satine’ necklace for Nicole Kidman’s character in Moulin Rouge. The necklace is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the most valuable piece of jewellery ever created for a modern motion picture.
* Image of Nicole Kidman courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox