Pendant is belle of ball
JEWELLERY MASTERPIECE UP FOR AUCTION
TWO women in the Esther Foundation's program have been given a hands-on experience while helping to create an expensive piece of jewellery.
The Como-based organisation teamed up with South Perth jeweller Soklich & Co to put together a pendant, which is estimated to be worth $5000.
Sam Athan and Emily Potter helped design and make the pendant, with help from the jewellery shop staff, and it will be put up for auction at Esther Foundation's Opened Doors Cocktail Ball.
The foundation helps young women who have experienced substance abuse, sexual or emotional abuse, mental health issues, eating disorders and other issues.
Ms Athan said it was a privilege to take part in the creation of the pendant.
“It's been really fun and great to work with Emily with the help of the staff,” she said.
“We both love art, so to do something creative like this has been great.
“My favourite part of the process was the collaboration aspects of it but when the gems that we would use came out, that was very exciting. I'm excited about how it's going so far and to know it's worth $5000 is crazy. I think it will all feel real on the night of the ball.”
Soklich & Co jewellery designer Terry Hunt said the two women had spent several weeks finalising the design.
“The girls are the driving force behind the design and we are going to make sure that it works,” he said.
“It's the first time that we've done something like this; we thought it could make a significant difference for a local charity.
“I estimate the pendant is worth about $5000 as it has a Broome Mabe Pearl, three main diamonds, a Rhodolite and a row of small diamonds.
“It will take about another two weeks for the pendant to be finished and we will bring in the girls to do some polishing.” Esther Foundation events and marketing manager Annette Russell said the significance of the Opened Doors Cocktail Ball was that it symbolised new opportunity, hope and progress. “It's about new life and second chances,” she said. “The night opens with the girls showing off their amazing talents, which is a bit of a secret. “It's a very entertaining and touching night. Two of the girls will share their life stories, which are very moving.”
Sam Athan, Mitch Parry and Emily Potter at work on the pendant.