MEDIA RELEASE – 21 October 2010

 From jewellery made from organic pebbles, to precious metals and gemstones, Canberra’s nationally award winning markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, will transform into a giant jewellery box of trinkets and treasures at the annual Jewel of Canberra theme day.

Taking place on Sunday 14 November 2010, Jewel of Canberra will showcase exquisite works from over 30 of some of the best jewellery designers and artists from the region.

“The designers offer a huge selection of styles and sizes, and it’s the variety and choice of handcrafted pieces that make this day so popular,” said Old Bus Depot Markets co-owner, Morna Whiting.

The range of jewellery will include exquisite brooches, earrings and pendants made from silver and titanium, Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone necklaces, organic pebble based neck pieces, millefiori beads, precious gemstones set in gold and silver, pearls, fabric brooches, mens cufflinks and much more.

“People can browse for gorgeous one-off pieces that are quite different to mass produced jewellery you find in the stores. These designers are using some very unusual techniques with mixed media and fresh approaches to colour,” Ms Whiting continued.

One such designer is Michelle Snowdon, a textile jewellery artist from the Blue Mountains who will exhibit her very unusual felt rings, necklaces made from recycled t-shirts and handspun wool and wire pendants. Jewellery collectables expert, Russell Brooks, will also be travelling from Sydney to exhibit his collection of gorgeous brooches from renowned Parisian designer, Lea Stein. The brooches, which are collected all over the world, proved very popular at the markets’ Portobello Road event earlier this year.

“From the dainty and delicate, to the big, bright and bold, there really will be something for everyone who loves to adorn themselves” Ms Whiting concluded.

What: Jewel of Canberra

Where: Old Bus Depot Markets

When: Sunday 14 November 2010

Time: 10am – 4pm

Cost: FREE entry

Web: www.obdm.com.au

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