– Penrith Jeweller Nathan Kettle of York Jewellers takes out first place at the 25th JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards with his piece “Alicia”, a white gold, diamond and sapphire pendant, replete with moving parts
– Founded in 1968, the prestigious JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards celebrate the talent and successes of jewellers on the domestic and international stage. Nathan placed 1st in the debuting category.
– Nathan can now enter the International Jewellery Excellence Awards in Hong Kong, where contestants from 27 countries present their works to an audience of 52,000 buyers.
After returning from Kazan, Russia, where he represented Australia at the international Worldskills Competition, Penrith Jeweller - Nathan Kettle has now taken out first place in the debuting category at the prestigious JAA Jewellery awards in Sydney.
Founded in 1968, the JAA Awards celebrate excellence in design and craftsmanship and provide industry members with an invaluable platform on which to showcase their work.
Valued at over $12,000 dollars, Kettle’s piece "Alicia"was insprired by the by Art-Deco movement and showcases his fascination with moving parts.
Valued at over $12,000 dollars, Kettle’s piece Alicia is a stunning Art Deco-inspired pendant that combines Kettles fascination with moving parts and intelligent design. Centring around a stunning sapphire cabochon, the piece features removable “wings” that can be transformed into earrings, with the sapphire becoming a stand-alone pendant.
We couldn't be prouder of you and your success, Nathan.
This win represents an enormous achievement for Kettle. Coupled with his success in Russia, this prestigious accolade has set the young man off to a promising start in his career as a jeweller.
Kettle currently works for York Jewellers, a well-renowned Jeweller in Penrith and studies jewellery at TAFE NSW.
Speaking on his career decision, he says "I fell in love with it [jewellery] instantly, and I knew it was for me”.