A passion for the exceptional and a determination for perfection sees a partnership of talent, imagination, desire and enthusiasm culminate in the Zara Phillips Collection by Calleija. These are the inspiring and dynamic qualities that have influenced the lives of two different people, but unite them today in their common ambition.
Zara Phillips and John Calleija
Born from their mutual desire to create an elegant and refined collection that perfectly defines the modern woman, Zara Phillips and John Calleija have fused their unique talents to conceive a contemporary yet timeless collection. The collection initially arose from a meeting between Zara and John on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise Beach Australia in 2013, when Zara visited in her role as Ambassador of Racing Women Australia and Calleija was the Official Jeweller for the Magic Millions Horse Racing Carnival – roles which continue for them both. Zara was dressed in Calleija jewels for the beachside Barrier Draw, an incredible event that sees horses galloping along the beach, with over 1,000 people watching the sunrise and the spectacle.
Talking about the partnership, Zara Phillips said: “From the very first meeting with John, I felt an instant connection to Calleija’s designs – it felt fantastic to wear them. John and I talked then about creating something together and how great it could be. We agreed that, for it to truly represent our personalities, we would both need to play an active role in the designs, from the choice of gemstones through to the overall finish, and that is what has happened. Based on some amazing sketches John did, we discussed how each piece would reflect the spirit of Unbridled Elegance – the theme on which we had decided for our collection and I am really delighted with the finished pieces. I am no jewellery designer but I have had a great time working on this with John and Calleija and I hope everyone enjoys the collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.”