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Countdown to opal awards

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The June 30 closing date for entries in the 2009 International Opal Jewellery Design Awards competition is fast approaching.
 
The biannual Awards event, which attracted 167 entries from around the world in 2007, will be held at NSW’s Lightning Ridge in July.
 
Lyn Carney, president of the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Association, said the competition promotes freeform opal with undulating surfaces and its use in jewellery.
 
“In 2007 extraordinary benchmarks were created for innovative design using freeform and/or undulating opal,” she said.
Categories in the 2009 Awards include:
  • Haute Joaillerie – Jewellery Design/Manufacture
  • Apprentice –  Jewellery Design/Manufacture
  • Non Professional – Jewellery Design/Manufacture
  • Carving
  • Object D’Art
  • Jewellery Hand Sketches
  • Fantasy – Jewellery Design/Manufacture
The Awards will be presented at the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Gala Dinner on July 31.
For more information visit: www.iojdaa.com.au
 
Pictured above is the winning piece in the 2007 Awards prestige professional category – designed and created by Vicki Rodd from Ricco Ricco Jewellers in Sydney.