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4 January, 2022

Jewellery apprentice recognised state-wide

YOUNG Atherton jewellery enthusiast Declan Stewart has had a unique necklace named “Moon Water” recognised by TAFE Queensland, winning Apprentice Jeweller of the Year: Rising Star Award.

By Ellie Fink

First year jeweller apprentice Declan Stewart has won Apprentice Jeweller of the Year: Rising Star Award for his piece “Moon Water”.

The first-year apprentice participated in the state-wide competition against other first and second year apprentices, with an unexpecting theme catching him off guard. 

“It had to be based on reflection and I didn’t really know what to do, so I Googled a bit and found a lot of water reflections,” he said. 

“I saw a few with the moon reflecting in the water which I thought was pretty cool and took it from there. 

“The competition was a part of the third years graduation ceremony and (TAFE Queensland) encouraged us first and second years to enter our pieces to give people something more to look at.” 

He said that he was amazed at winning and even though he couldn’t attend the awards evening at the TAFE Queensland Campus, he made the best of it. 

“It was really cool, and I was super surprised to see the outcome and there was a whole heap of other entrants there too,” Declan said. 

“The ceremony was held down south at the South Bank TAFE Campus, so I sadly was not able to attend.” Declan will now be selling “Moon Water”, with his highest bidder being his own proud father.

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