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Ryley Jewellery Creations is a family owned and operated business based in the town of Toowoomba. Director, leading designer and manufacturing jeweller, ewen ryley specialises in unique exquisitely hand made bespoke jewellery creations.
Ewen’s journey to become a jeweller started in the year 2000 when his Nanna took him on a trip to visit his uncle in the small township of Cooktown. Ewen’s uncle had a strong passion for fossicking and gathering together the historical remnants of the local area. His uncle took him on numerous adventures where Ewen dug up age old artifacts and rock crystals which ignited his passion for gemstones. After completing high school and winning the senior art prize, Ewen began his study in Brisbane to become a qualified Gemmologist. This study continued while he set his sights on becoming a jeweller. Ewen pursued various silversmithing courses to enhance his technical skills before commencing his jewellery manufacturing apprenticeship in Toowoomba in 2004. On deciding to further his career in the big smoke, he obtained a leadership position in Australia's largest manufacturing workshop.
He won 'Best Overall Design' and Apprentice of the Year Runner-Up at the Queensland Jewellery Apprentice Awards and then began handmaking 'Honey of the New World' and was signed off as a tradesperson in 2009. As a trade jeweller he entered the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards where 'Honey of the New World' took out first place.
He then began to expand his knowledge and skills under a master jeweller at Queensland's most awarded jewellers. In July 2012, he was notified that his newest masterpiece 'Penguin Playground' was a finalist in Australasia's largest jewellery design competition.
He now had sight set on his the next venture of his life. To bring his passion, style and creativity to life and to share it with you by opening his very first jewellery studio in November 2013.
Ewen is a respected member within the jewellery industry, particularly with his influence in the apprenticeship program. He has provided commentary to several magazines including the prestigious Jeweller Magazine with his views on improvements to the apprenticeship pathway and the deterioration of this unique trade. His enthusiasm for quality masterpieces is recognised by leading industry professionals with Ewen judging the Queensland Jewellery Apprenticeship Awards in 2015.
Ewen Ryley is also the co-founder of Australasia’s largest industry networking group, the Young Jewellers Group. The Young Jewellers Group has grown to well over 2600 members which sees him as a very highly respected member of the industry amongst his peers. The Young Jewellers Group now hosts the countries first and only live Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Championships where Ewen Ryley was honoured to be a judge in 2015.