Sydney jeweller Robert Musson has won the ‘Supreme Award’ at the 2013 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards for an 18 carat white gold dress ring featuring six pear-shaped diamonds “symbolising the origin of life”.
Introduced this year, the Supreme Award is given to the DGA Jewellery Awards category winner which scored the most points in the overall judging process – the ‘Origin’ ring was the winning design in the DGA Award’s Fancy Shape category.Musson, who began his career with a jewellery apprenticeship at Clark and Walton’s in 1967 and now has two jewellery stores in Sydney, was also the main prize winner in the Daily Diamonds and Solitaire categories.
DGA executive director Melissa James said the calibre of pieces entered in this year’s competition “raised the bar for this prestigious design awards to new heights”.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
She said the entries in the competition were judged by an esteemed panel of judges which included Carla Zampatti (fashion designer). Dr Brandon Gien (CEO of Good Design Australia), David Perryman (jewellery photographer), Susan Skelly (editor of Qantas-The Australian Way) and John Calleija (DGA member and award-winning jeweller).
The winners at the 2013 awards were:
Red Carpet Award:
James Ballas, Steven James Jewellers
‘Petaloudes” – a necklace featuring a collection of butterflies sculptured from 18ct white, yellow, rose and green gold accented with a total of 970 diamonds (total weight 15.9cts)
Fancy Colour Award: Matthew Ely and Steve Der Bedrossian, York Jewellers and Pink Kimberley
‘Illoura’ – handmade 18ct white gold ring set with natural pink and blue fancy coloured diamonds (total weight 3cts)
Daily Diamonds: Robert Musson, Musson Jewellers
‘Opera Celebration’ – an 18ct white gold sculptural ring set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (total weight 0.75cts)
Gents Award: Varoujan Djevahirdjian, Varoujan Jewellers
‘Emporer’ – a white gold gents dress ring featuring 30 brilliant-cut diamonds and coloured enamel panels (total weight 1.90cts)
Fancy Shape Award: Robert Musson, Musson Jewellers
‘Origin’ – an 18ct white gold dress ring, featuring six pear-shaped diamonds (total weight 3.42cts)
Emerging Talent Award: Kirra-Lea Caynes, Stephen Dibb Jewellery
‘Bubbles’ – a freeform white gold arm cuff featuring rose and yellow gold domes highlighted with black ruthenium arches framed by grain-set diamonds (total weight 0.86cts)
Solitaire Award: Robert Musson, Musson Jewellers
‘Entwined’ – a 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 F S11 diamond)
Supreme Award: Robert Musson, Musson Jewellers
‘Origin’ – an 18ct white gold dress ring, featuring six pear shaped diamonds (total weight 3.42cts)
* Pictured above is Robert Musson’s ‘Origin’ ring