All things that sparkle and shine at SkyCity
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.
All that glitters: High St jeweller David Worth with one of the engagement rings that will be on show this weekend.