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Championing Jewellery Design with Atlas Pearls

Nobody can forget Audrey Hepburn’s charming performance in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with her pearl necklace combined with a classic little black dress. Way before that, pearls had been used as jewellery since ancient Greek times. Today, pearls still have a place in modern jewellery trends. The designs have become more varied, from antique to modern. Atlas Pearls, an Australian ASX listed company, is one of the global leaders in eco-pearling, specialising in the highly sought after silver and white South Sea Pearl. Their pearl farms include those Alor, Lembata, Flores, Papua and Bali. Just a few months ago Atlas Pearls held a jewellery design competition in cooperation with Indonesia Design. Many designers submitted their ideas and the winners have been chosen.

Atlas Pearl - Balinese Hand fan Earring

Finalist: Dinda Rizki Amelia
Design concept: Balinese Hand Fan

Dinda aimed to create a modern urban contemporary design based on something traditional from Indonesia. Atlas Pearls having one of its pearl farms in Bali inspired her to develop a jewellery design from the hand fan shape that is used by Balinese Legong dancers. Designing something urban from something traditional was quite a challenge for Dinda. It was not so easy to create something with a geometric basic shape into something that’s more ergonomic and comfortable to wear on a daily basis.

To add more elegance to the earrings, she combined the white round South Sea Pearls with 18k yellow gold, following the modern jewellery trend. The thing that she likes the most about pearls is the variety of shapes and colours. But that also made it harder for her to decide which ones to use for the design.

Dinda admires the long process of the pearl formation. “Beauty and achievement will not be reached instantly and easily, just like a beautiful pearl,” says Dinda, which somewhat illustrates the designing process in the competition.


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