Awards of Excellence Canadian Jeweller Magazine – Winner Best Platinum Design:
Erkki Mursula and Idar Bergseth, Idar Jewellers
THE AWARD-WINNING PIECE: This unique ring is completely handmade in Platinum with 18K red gold detail around the gallery. It is set with .60cts of Argyle mined natural fancy pink diamonds, baguette-cut, VS clarity. The ring also features a .70ct Canadian diamond in the centre with a Forevermark branded stone of VS clarity.
THE ARTISTS: As a young boy, Idar became enamoured with the world of rock and stone, collecting fossils and other unusual artifacts. His passion for stones led to his first job as a polishing boy in a local jewellery store. In 1972, Idar and his family moved to Victoria where he opened his first shop, Idar Goldsmiths. Today, Idar designs pieces that are blended with Nordic, West Coast, and ancient Celtic designs to create jewellery that is both fresh and classic. Erkki Mursula was born in Finland, where he trained to be a professional goldsmith. He has been making spectacular handmade pieces of jewellery for over 40 years. Erkki lived in Toronto and Calgary before moving to Victoria two years ago, where he started working with Idar Bergseth at Idar jewellers.
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