Most of the jewellery at Bold in Gold is the work of Zita Stadelmann-Gsell, a Swiss-trained master jeweller who has received high acclaim both in Australia as well as internationally.
|Born in Switzerland, Zita was educated at
the School of Arts in Lucerne. Later she completed an
intensive four year apprenticeship with the well known
Goldsmith Rene Liffert. It was then that her
talents first won her major recognition when she won the
National Skill Olympics title in Switzerland.
|In 1981, Zita migrated to Australia and her unique designs and superbly crafted jewellery won her further recognition with first prize in the very prestigious Australian Jewellery Design Awards. Since then Zita has gone on to win many prizes and awards as well as a discerning circle of loyal clients which extends far beyond Australian borders.|
|Zitas work has a definite European
flavour yet her designs are not culture specific, but
rather individualistic. Closer scrutiny reveals an
impressive technical virtuosity. Zita is impressed
by clear lines and strong forms, often favouring the
delicate combination of both gold and silver, thus
uniting strength and warmth.
Unique gems displaying unusual cuts appeal to
her and she does not shy away from incorporating
triangular or freeform settings in her pieces. Sapphires,
Tourmaline and Opals hold a particular fascination
because of their colour spectrum, as do white and
coloured diamonds for their brilliance.
Escaping the city,
Zita and her husband Erwin travelled Australia and were attracted
by Queenslands climate and opportunities. They were
greatly impressed by the abundance of artistic skills on the
Sunshine Coast and neighbouring Hinterland and decided to settle
in Maleny. Within 18 months Bold in Gold was established
and has been a showcase for both fine art and Zitas
exquisite jewellery since 1993.