CQUni jewellery-making students sparkle at Gemboree 2019

Published:12 April 2019

CQUni Visual Arts (Jewellery Making) students Pat Handley and Russell Eadie took out the Novice and Open categories respectively at the recent 2019 National Gemboree in Rockhampton.

CQUniversity jewellery-making students Pat Handley and Russell Eadie have taken out first prizes at the recent 2019 Gemboree at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Held from 19-21 April, Pat and Russell were among 20 Certificate III and Diploma-level Visual Arts students who exhibited works at the annual event, which attracted thousands of exhibitors from around Australia and the world.

Entrants had to use the chrysophase gemstone in their pieces, a precious stone found in Marlborough.

Russell won first prize for a necklace in the open category - the first time he's ever entered a national competition.

"I think it just goes to show that you don't need to have a huge gem in your piece for it to do well," he said.

Russell also received third place for another byzantine-style necklace.

Fellow student Pat Handley won first prize in the Novice category for a stunning silver broach and also two second prizes for a  bracelet and a pair of cufflinks.

"I've never won prizes in a national competition before, but I've entered pieces in many competitions over the years," she said.

The 55th annual GEMBOREE included field trips, guest speakers and lectures, demonstrations, tailgaters’ (external traders), onsite camping at the Rockhampton Show Grounds and the judging and awarding of 37 competition sections.

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