All things that sparkle and shine at SkyC­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Jo­ce­lyn Rein

Men in Auck­land this week­end will be hang­ing on to their wal­lets and steel­ing their re­solve as the coun­try’s finest col­lec­tion of all things sparkly comes to town.

More than 100 jew­ellery de­sign­ers from around the coun­try will be show­ing their stuff at the New Zealand Jew­ellery Show which starts on Fri­day at the SkyC­ity Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Jew­eller David Worth, who owns the Jew­ellery Work­shop on High St, is en­ter­ing the show for the first time.

He says the event is a way for peo­ple to see there is a re­ally good in­dus­try within New Zealand.

“A lot of jew­ellery in New Zealand is im­ported and man­u­fac­tured over­seas, mostly in Asia,” he says.

“But there’s a lot of tal­ent and qual­ity jew­ellery here.”

Mr Worth will be en­ter­ing a small col­lec­tion of the work­shop’s spe­cial­ity item – en­gage­ment and wed­ding rings – in the show’s fine jew­ellery sec­tion.

Al­though not a jew­ellery­maker by trade, he says an un­der­stand­ing of the tech­ni­cal process of craft­ing the ma­te­ri­als is needed in his job, which in­volves work­ing with clients to de­sign one-off pieces.

“You need to be able to make some­thing that’s go­ing to func­tion well as a piece of jew­ellery.”

He says that’s some­thing which is even more im­por­tant now that peo­ple are wear­ing their jew­ellery more than ever.

“Peo­ple used to leave it in their jew­ellery box at home.

“Th­ese days it needs to be stronger to cope with that wear and the de­sign needs to re­flect that.”

It would be un­der­stand­able to think that in a re­ces­sion lav­ish jew­ellery pur­chases would be stricken from many peo­ple’s shop­ping lists, but Mr Worth says busi­ness has re­mained fairly sta­ble.

“Busi­ness hasn’t changed, but what we’re sell­ing has changed.

“There’s more em­pha­sis on en­gage­ment and wed­ding jew­ellery and less on gifts.”

The show, held in Welling­ton in the past, will make its Auck­land de­but this year and show­cases con­tem­po­rary and fine jew­ellery from de­sign­ers through­out the coun­try.

To­mor­row night The Re­gal Cast­ings De­sign Awards, New Zealand’s only na­tional jew­ellery com­pe­ti­tion, will be pre­sented and vis­i­tors to the show this week­end will be able to view and buy pieces from win­ners and fi­nal­ists.

Within the show there will be two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions – Hand­stand, show­cas­ing in­no­va­tive and con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery, and De­signer’s Choice, a se­lec­tion of high­value, fine jew­ellery.

Show or­gan­iser Grant Steven­son says he’s looking for­ward to pre­sent­ing the show in Auck­land for the first time.

“All work in the ex­hi­bi­tion is made here in this coun­try,” Mr Steven­son says.

“We have de­sign­ers com­ing from as far south as Dunedin and north of Whangarei, mak­ing it a truly na­tional event.”

The New Zealand Jew­ellery Show runs from Fri­day to Sun­day at the SkyC­ity Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

Tick­ets cost $18 and are avail­able at the con­ven­tion cen­tre door.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

All that glit­ters: High St jew­eller David Worth with one of the en­gage­ment rings that will be on show this week­end.

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