award-winning jewellery designs
John Calleija’s designs have been awarded with many prestigious national and international awards.
Virtual Eros Diamond Mask: International De Beers Diamond Award Winner
John Calleija’s ‘Virtual Eros’ diamond face mask, winner of the coveted De Beers International Diamond Design Award in 2000 is still regarded throughout the world as one of the most daring and exquisite examples of contemporary jewellery design. Renowned as the Academy Award of the jewellery design sphere, over 2,500 entries were received that year for the De Beers award. The piece, featuring 44 carats of brilliant diamonds, even attracted the attention of Madonna, who named it her favourite piece among the entries. Since receiving the award, Virtual Eros has gone on to appear in countless publications and has even featured in Alexander McQueen’s catwalk collection. The jewellery and design worlds’ continued fascination with this stunning piece speaks to its designer’s unparalleled talent for cutting edge design and flawless craftsmanship. Today, the piece holds pride of place in Calleija’s 3-storey Royal Arcade boutique in London’s Mayfair, for visitors to admire.
Matrix and Pure Zen: Harpers Bazaar Australian Diamond Guild Awards
John Calleija’s dedication to contemporary, out-of-this-world design has seen him win countless awards, not least of which, the Harper’s Bazaar Diamond Guild of Australia Award. John took home awards from this esteemed celebration of Australian designers not once, but twice, for his equally unique and exceptional designs, Pure Zen and The Matrix.
The bold yet elegant and refined Pure Zen features a single White diamond perched above a band, which gives the impression that the diamond is floating above the wearer’s hand.
‘I wanted to push through the boundaries and the usual borders of design to create something that was inspired by the light.”
A nod to minimalism which encompasses Zen Buddhism’s fundamentals of balance and harmony, Pure Zen was recognised with the Diamond Solitaire Award for its innovative design, fashion appeal, originality and exceptional craftsmanship.
It was for these same characteristics that The Matrix was also recognised for the same award in the men’s category. This piece was created for the modern man who appreciates traditional design, but who wants to express his unique sense of style with an equally unique piece of jewellery, incorporating traditional techniques and quality craftsmanship.
“Both pieces were inspired by my passion for unique, bespoke jewellery that breaks all the traditional rules,” says John Calleija of Pure Zen and The Matrix.