When most students graduate they hang their certificate on a wall, but two NMIT graduates will hang the fruits of their studies around their necks and from their pockets after being awarded the prestigious Kaiserman Prize - an award established by South Yarra's Kaiserman Jewellers to help launch the careers of young jewellers.
Noha Khalaf and Breanna Timmins, both 2008 graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery) at NMIT's Fairfield campus, were among the three Kaiserman Prize winners announced for 2009.
Noha was selected for designing and making a sterling silver pendant titled The Donut which can be taken apart to become a ring and a pair of earrings. Fellow graduate, Breanna, was selected for her sterling silver pocket watch with interchangeable lids.
The Kaiserman Prize supports recent tertiary graduates, like Noha and Breanna, in their transition from the classroom to the workplace. Competition entrants, from colleges and universities around Australia, each designed a piece of jewellery and the ten finalists were required to produce their design and submit it to a judging panel of industry professionals.
Along with their trophies, Noha and Breanna have been awarded studio space in South Yarra, precious metals, diamonds, pearls, gemstones, tools and on-going support until October, at which time their extensive collection of work will be exhibited at the Kaiserman showroom.
Noha was very excited to have won and said, "It's a fantastic opportunity ... the only prize I know of which offers mentorship". Breanna said, "Having access to a professional studio space will definitely help me. I hope to be able to develop my skills further".
In his presentation speech, Mr Simon Kaiserman, founder of The Kaiserman Prize, noted that this year the Prize had received more entries than ever before and that the standard was extremely high. He praised all ten finalists (seven of them from NMIT) for the outstanding quality of their work before announcing the winners.
Mr Kaiserman complemented Breanna on producing an "incredibly intense three dimensional work of great innovation". He also noted that the pocket watch and its interchangeable lids were "beautifully presented". Of prize-winner, Noha Khalaf, he said her winning entry was "well made and versatile to wear".
Having won the prize "I hope to improve my skills and learn new techniques in jewellery manufacture," said Noha.
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