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Tony White is Australia’s most important jewellery designer. He has not only created one-of-kind jewellery over four decades, but has also had a one-of-a-kind career, carving out a singular space in the Australian art world. No one else in the country has matched his unique vision, the versatility of his style, nor his success, with his designs located in the world of fine art, rather than that of craft and commerce. His work is sculptural and wearable, and combines the beauty of the past with timeless style.

Tony White’s unusual and striking creations are held in private and public collections around the world and such prominent galleries as the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. His clients have included prime ministers, governor generals and both Australian and international celebrities. He has received numerous honours and has traveled the world extensively to exhibit his work.

White’s jewellery ranges from necklaces featuring a spectacular gem or curio with rows of ruby or emerald beads to whimsical designs of natural keshi pearls fashioned into tiny birds or the buds of a flower. There are bees, butterflies, dragonflies and especially flies of gold, pearls and gemstones. There are pieces inspired by countries and cultures such as Ancient Egypt, China and the South Seas; and early pieces incorporating organic and natural materials such as tusk and shell. Each of his pieces are individual and unique, never to be recreated or repeated.

If there is one word to describe Tony White’s art, it’s ‘bold’: boldness of colour, design, materials and vision set with the highest quality, using a refined and offbeat taste. His work is meant to be warn, not locked away.