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Providing a unique opportunity for emerging designers and jewellers aged under 30, ‘On Show’ offered apprentices, students and those aged under 30 an opportunity to showcase innovation, fresh thinking and creativity to over 1000 retailers, wholesalers and suppliers over three days at the industry’s largest trade show, the JAA International Jewellery Fair. 

This year's On Show exhibition saw 18 entries from young and upcoming Australian designers.

There were 120 votes received over the 3-day Fair, with hundreds more visiting the JAA stand to view the pieces. 

Erin Coates from Queensland took out the People's Choice Award with her entry 'Arabesque'.  

Erin's 9ct white gold and diamond ring was inspired by the feeling and seeing of "movement everywhere and in everything; in nature, in my body and my life. For me it evokes passion and joy and I have found that gracefully or forcefully, it has the power to change the direction of my life. I wanted to translate the beautiful simplicity of movement into a wearable piece that reflects this vision. I call it 'the art of movement'."

The winning entry is from Erin's upcoming branded range 'Elegance & Joy'. It features a series of curved shapes and textures that were inspired by the wings of a butterfly. The flowing curves wrap from one side of the finger to the other and meet together in two delicate curves of diamonds in the centre.

JAA Executive Director, Amanda Hunter said "All entries were of exceptional design and standard - congratulations to all entrants. The JAA commends all entrants for their outstanding efforts. We have a great array of young talent in our industry and the JAA hopes to foster that growth now and into the future." 

The results: 

First place
Name: Erin Coates, aged under 30
Name of piece: Arabesque
Entry description: This is a piece from my upcoming branded range 'Elegance & Joy'. It features a series of curved shapes and textures that were inspired by the wings of a butterfly. The flowing curves wrap from one side of the finger to the other and meet together in two delicate curves of diamonds in the centre.
Motivation: I feel and see movement everywhere and in everything; in nature, in my body and my life. For me it evokes passion and joy and I have found that gracefully or forcefully, it has the power to change the direction of my life. I wanted to translate the beautiful simplicity of movement into a wearable piece that reflects this vision. I call it 'the art of movement'.

Second place
Name: Yue Fong, student
Name of piece:  Woodland ear cuff
Entry description: Ear cuff inspired by Sakura cherry blossom tree and the crown of Thranduil, the Elven King of the Woodland Realm.
Motivation: I am inspired by the whimsical flowing forms of nature and wanted to experiment with creating a statement ear piece that played with silhouette and weight that also can be worn comfortably.

Third place
Name: Lingjun Sun, aged under 30
Name of piece: The Bird of Paradise
Entry description: A pendant with a dark body tone hand-carved black opal from Lightning Ridge with shinning rainbow fireset in yellow gold with one larger diamond and pave diamonds to adorn it. The piece combines the Australian gem with oriental imagery
Motivation: When I saw this beautiful black opal for the first time. I saw in it a galaxy filled with birds of paradise. I brough one of them out to realise my vision of what is contained in the opal

 

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