York Jewellers’ Managing Director and Head Jeweller Douglas Ely has been recognised amongst the industry’s finest at a prestigious awards ceremony in Sydney.
Douglas was crowned Handmade Design Winner and CAD Design Winner at the Showcase Jewellers Conference - a bi-yearly celebration of the nation’s top retailers and craftspeople.
The honours came in response to two of his dazzling creations. The first comprised starry-themed white gold, diamond, and pearl hair pieces made to accentuate his wife’s bridal wear (pictured below).
The second was a pair of articulated lagoon blue and pink tourmaline drop earrings featuring ‘fancy-shaped’ white diamonds (pictured below).
He said it was humbling to be acknowledged amid such a talented field.
“We put a lot of effort into crafting the best for our clients at York Jewellers, so to have that seen and appreciated is truly special,” he said.
The accolades are just the latest for Douglas, who in 2013 earned the top gong in the Showcase International Design Awards 'Creative Design' category. That year, York Jewellers also beat 300 other stores to claim the coveted Australian Retailer of the Year award.
Douglas’ Father Robert Ely founded York in 1985 after purchasing what was then called the “Western Suburbs Diamond Centre”. Using the skills he gained throughout a lengthy tenure in the industry, he guided all four sons in roles throughout the store, but it was Douglas that would eventually take the reins and see it flourish into the much-loved jewellery destination it is today.
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