RARE EARTH: AUSTRALIAN MADE
First launched in 2015 by Courtesy of the Artist, Rare Earth: Australian Made is a contemporary fine jewellery collection that celebrates Australia’s most coveted gemstones.
Each year, the eight Courtesy of the Artist resident artists (Cesar Cueva, Cinnamon Lee, Carla Maxine, Fealofani Elisara, Todd Turner, Roberto Mattei, Marina Antoniou and gem curator Nina Cueva) work closely with Australian gem cutters and fossickers to create an innovative and unique jewellery collection showcasing beautiful and rare gems from around the country. These gemstones include crystal opal from South Australia, boulder opal, sapphire and parti sapphire from Queensland, black opal from New South Wales, white and cognac Argyle diamonds from Western Australia and turquoise and zircon’s from the Northern Territory.
“I have a very strong connection to and am continually inspired by the rich biodiversity and natural landscapes of our unique and beautiful country. Over the years, my Rare Earth: Australian Made collections have drawn inspiration from Australia’s natural wonders, in particular those I have had the pleasure of experiencing and exploring first hand. The outback opal mining town of Andamooka, South Australia and my home away from home, the tall coastal forests that edge the shores of Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast continually inspire my Rare Earth body of work.”
Rare Earth: Australian Made is available exclusively at Courtesy of the Artist in The Strand Arcade, Sydney.
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Photography courtesy of Cesar Cueva