by Roxanne Mccarty-O’Kane | 21st October 2010 | Sunshine Coast Daily

WHEN Bruce Rosewarne sat at his desk designing the next signature piece for the Australian Jewellery Awards... image could not escape his mind – the majestic Opera House. Working with sapphires, blue and white diamonds and 18 carat gold, the accomplished Mooloolaba jeweller created a unique replica of the renowned landmark. Aptly name Opera House, the impressive piece graced the pages of Marie Claire’s November magazine alongside works from some of the world’s biggest jewellers, including Tiffany, Bulgari and Chopard.

At $3000, Opera House is on the smaller budget scale of the showpieces Mr Rosewarne has created. Most of his showpieces have cost between $10,000 and $20,000. His World Supreme Awards entry in New York in the 1980s cost a whopping $150,000. “One of the things I found when creating award-winning pieces is you make over-the-top designs that never sell,” he said.

“In Australia, people are very conservative and want to spend their money on something they can wear every day.” Nevertheless, many readers of Marie Claire have recognised the piece, which is proudly displayed in Mr Rosewarne’s Heuers Jewellers shop window at Mooloolaba, and have taken the opportunity to go inside to try it on for size.

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