The Diamond Ballroom: A Night at DGA Awards 2023

cass and zen at the DGA awards

I flew in from Adelaide with fellow Jewellery designer, Bell and Brunt work colleague and creative soul, Zen Chew. As we were driven towards the coast, sweeping around the corner, I was struck by the impressive towers rising from the sand. They are unmissable, deep in colour resembling faceted crystal-like forms breaking out from the flat landscape. A gold cursive Llogo glistening in the sun, The Langham, the venue for the awards presentation. Now I am getting excited! 

 

The Langham Hotel Gold Coast

I have been a finalist in jewellery awards before, but this would be the pinnacle; the prestigious Diamond Guild of Australia Jewellery Awards. My design, the Diamond Metropolissuit brooch, had been recognised by the judges and selected as one of only two considered finalist for Diamond for Mencategory. No one had designed a suit brooch to resemble the pocket square before, a truly unique design concept, an award worthy ideacould I be in with a chance?! We were greeted at the Langham’s Diamond Ballroomchampagne flowing and sophisticated Carla Zampattigowned women wearing the finalist pieces for us to admire close up and touch. All stunning and aweinspiring

DGA Awards

The carefully chosen judges set the bar high. Lester Brand managing director of Lester Brand Jewellery, Brandon Gien CEO of Good Design Australia, Karlie Ungar creative director at Carla Zampatti, and Bebe Bakhshi jewellery blogger and influencer (we were lucky enough to share a table with Bebe, so lovely with the most deep velvet eyes!) These professional creatives had held my design in their hands and deemed it worthy of the possible highest jewellery design awards in Australia

Our master maker at Bell and Brunt jewellers Benjamin Shore had brought to life my vision. Bell and Brunt’s history of establishing in 1920 had been the catalyst for my Art Deco inspired design. The name Diamond Metropolispays homage to a favourite black and white film by Fritz Lang of that era. The resurgence of suit fashion, threepiece suits, actors like Leonardo Dicaprio dressed by Catherine Martin in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby, Timothee Chalamet who dared to wear tailored Jacket with bare plunging necklines with jewels on the red carpet, all an inspiration.

Like the roaring 20’s, we had now come out of the pandemic restrictions to express ourselves again and make going outexciting and memorable. I imagined suited men and women elevated when wearing the Diamond Metropolis at a black tie event or catwalk. When the piece flashed and shone on the video screens and down the central runway at the Diamond Guild of Australia 2023 awards I was satisfied, it looked every bit impressive and dazzling as I wanted. Diamonds truly come to life when worn on the body with movement and showcasedDiamonds are born to be worn.

DGA awards night
The Diamond Guild of Australia had put on a night to remember, luxurious and exciting. The pieces from all the entries were of the highest standards and mind- blowing creativity. I thought I may be coming to the final chapters of my 30 year career in jewellery but now I feel like I am beginning again, I am so excited and inspired.  I didn’t want the night to end, my only regret of the night were I had to flee early to catch a ride to Brisbane that night for a redeye flight and that I wasn’t wearing a Carla Zampatti dress!

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