Pen­dant is belle of ball

JEWELLERY MASTERPIECE UP FOR AUCTION

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d470406

Sam Athan, Mitch Parry and Emily Pot­ter at work on the pen­dant.

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