Jess wears Ella close to heart

Local jeweller Bruce Rosewarne made Jessica Watson a pendant replica of Ella’s Pink Lady.

SUNHINE Coast sailor Jessica Watson may not have Ella’s Pink Lady, the little yacht that carried her to international fame, anymore, but she does have a $10,000 diamond and pink sapphire replica thanks to a local jeweller.

Mooloolaba’s Heuers Jewellers owner and jewellery maker Bruce Rosewarne gave Jessica Watson the necklace of Ella’s Pink Lady last Friday for her 18th birthday.

“It’s made out of 18 carat gold and platinum … and there’s 112 diamonds and 44 pink sapphires set into the piece,” he said.

Three things inspired Mr Rosewarne to make the necklace, “Jessica’s ability, her desire and her attitude”.

“When I saw Jessica sail back into Mooloolaba, I was down on the foreshore watching and I thought what a lovely way to give her something she would have for the rest of her life.

“(Also, at the time) she was not sure whether she would be able to keep Ella’s Pink Lady.”

The day she sailed back, Mr Rosewarne began work.

“I got copies of plans of the original hull design so I could make a piece to the exact scale model... an exact replica,” he said.

“It then took a week working out the scale and the detail and a month to complete the piece.”

Jessica’s manager Andrew Fraser said her reaction was a mixture of love and surprise.

“Ella’s Pink Lady is very close to her heart and it was a really nice gesture from Bruce,” he said.

Mr Fraser said Jessica was now in France preparing to compete in the Mini Fastnet, which is on par with Australia’s Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

“Everything she’s doing now is more based around racing and sailing faster,” he said.