The Queen of Gems Design awards held its inaugural ceremony in 2006, as an initiative of Winton local business owner, Mary Pearce. The first event included a Fashion category of evening wear, and an open Jewellery category, with entrants from across Australia showcasing both the Queensland Boulder Opal in all its splendour, and the creativity of their design and manufacture. Since then, the annual competition has increased to receive entries from Australia-wide and internationally.
The awards grew over the years, with expanded categories for both Fashion and Jewellery. Unfortunately, the Fashion categories are no longer sustained, but the QBOA is pleased to announce the new OPEN CATEGORY for Object and Jewellery.
Sponsorship for the generous prizes has come from QBOA membership and Winton Shire Council. We have the pleasure of exhibiting the entries, and hosting the awards ceremony, at the spectacular world class Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, Queensland.
The QBOA offers a forum for talented jewellery designers and makers with a view to stimulating the creativity of the contemporary Queensland Boulder Opal jewel. The competition aims at showcasing the modern opal jewel through the limitless creative energies of our designers / jewellers; avant-garde ideas and exclusive designs are a must. It promotes boulder opals in general and the QBOA as a “centre of excellence” in particular. The competition is open to professional and non-professional designers, students, graduates, teachers, jewellers, goldsmiths, etc.
The categories for the Jewellery Design section are as follows:
Please read the Terms and Conditions for each category carefully.
A short technical description, and the source of inspiration, is to accompany each piece.
The technical description should include the materials used to complete the piece. Please send electronically, either in an email or as an attachment, to the QBOA secretary.
The source of inspiration should include the concept/idea the piece conveys to the maker and their audience. Please send electronically, either in an email or as an attachment, to the QBOA secretary.