Apprentice has his eyes on the jewel in the crown

Jason Nesbitt is a fourth-year apprentice and was announced as a finalist in the JAA Australian Jewellery Awards. Picture: Emma Goodwin d424102
Jason Nesbitt is a fourth-year apprentice and was announced as a finalist in the JAA Australian Jewellery Awards. Picture: Emma Goodwin d424102

The 21-year-old Egoli Place of Gold Duncraig apprentice is one of three finalists in the third and fourth-year apprentice category of the awards to be announced on September 1.

His entry piece ‘Golden Galleon’ is a contemporary ring influenced by his love for the sea and ships.

‘The band itself has a sea-wave like design, with a pirate ship set right in the middle standing roughly four centimetres high,’ Jason said.

‘The ring is made from sterling silver, nine carat white gold and 18 carat yellow gold and took me approximately 50 hours to make over the course of three weeks.

‘I was absolutely stoked I made the final, just to know all of my hard work had paid off.’

Jason said his ring was valued at $4500, but was currently not for sale.

Egoli Place of Gold store owner Nicki Whitehorn said the competition gave jewellers like Jason a platform to enhance their career.

‘The award-winning pieces are highlighted to the international public via the awards presentation event held in Sydney in September and are promoted throughout the industry across the world,’ Ms Whitehorn said.

‘Being one of three finalists is a massive achievement for Jason and we are extremely proud of him.’