Duncraig jeweller is golden boy of his craft


Sparkle: Jason Nesbitt with his gold medal. Inset: Mr Nesbitt’s winning creation.
Duncraig jeweller is golden boy of his craft
Sparkle: Jason Nesbitt with his gold medal. Inset: Mr Nesbitt’s winning creation.

FOCUSING on perfection rather than speed has earned a Duncraig jeweller top honours at a national competition.

Jason Nesbitt, who works at Egoli Place of Gold, fittingly won gold at the WorldSkills Australia National Competition in the jewellery category for his creation.

The 23-year-old North Metropolitan Tafe graduate used techniques such as saw piercing and soldering to make the gold piece.

“I didn’t finish my piece but I followed the marking guide to a tee and in the jewellery profession, it’s about quality and perfection not speed,” he said.

“I’ve been working towards this competition for many years and the hard work has finally paid off so I’m over the moon.”

Mr Nesbitt’s passion for a career in jewellery started in high school and as part of his jewellery manufacture apprenticeship was hired at the Duncraig store, where he still works.

He plans to expand his skills by moving overseas next year to work as a jeweller in London.

“I’ve learnt a lot of new skills over the years through my Tafe training and my job as a jeweller,” he said.

“The look on a client’s face when I hand them a piece of jewellery that I’ve created from scratch is priceless and is definitely the best part of being a jeweller.”

Carramar resident and Motor Trade Association of WA apprentice Will Trundle was another winner.

Mr Trundle won a bronze medal in the Vocational Education and Training in Schools automotive services category.