Humble beginnings

Born in Lanciano, a small village on the east coast of Italy, Nicola Cerrone immigrated to Australia when he was 12 years old. Following his schooling he was employed as an apprentice to a master jeweller in Sydney’s central shopping district, thus igniting his passion for what would become his life's work.

1972

The Opening

Cerrone travelled the world and learned from masters and artists throughout Europe before opening his flagship store in the backstreets of Leichhardt in 1972.

1982

The expansion

Word spread of Cerrone’s work and he garnered a loyal following for his craftsmanship. Within five years his workshop grew from two to 20 employees and he now operates the largest handmade jewellery workshop in Australia.

1991

BESPOKE SUCCESS

In 1991, Cerrone was commissioned by the Argyle Diamond Mine to design and execute the largest diamond necklace ever made in Australia. The brief from Argyle was to create an exhibition piece for investors. Cerrone’s answer was to craft what would become known as the Million Dollar Necklace (right), an awe-inspiring piece that includes hundreds of cognac, champagne and white diamonds, totalling an unprecedented 230 carats.

1998

The accolades

In 1998, Cerrone created the Elizabethan Ruff, set with 559 round brilliant-cut diamonds. Each diamond is bezel-set to a radiating platinum frame which fastens with hinge joints and an invisible clasp. The impressive piece earned Cerrone the 1998 De Beers Diamonds International Award, presented in Paris – an event that jewellery insiders have nicknamed the "Oscars of the jewellery industry".

"When I am designing a piece of jewellery for someone, I do not think about what I like, but what she would want to wear. In order to create the perfect piece I get to know my client first. I look for her spirit, her emotion, her character. That way every piece is different"

- NICOLA CERRONE

2006

The Awards

In recognition of his success in Australia, Cerrone received the Key to the City (il Frentano d’Oro) in his hometown in Italy in 2006. The award celebrates individuals who have succeeded abroad and made a positive difference to arts and the community. The presentation officially opened a three-day festival that included a parade showcasing his 2007 Passione collection, plus Italian cuisine, wine, horseracing, picnics and nightly fireworks displays.

2008

BRIGHT FUTURE

In 2008, Cerrone was honoured to create three vessels that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI used at World Youth Day’s Closing Mass. He designed a Chalice, Paten and Ciborium to reflect native Australian flora with Australian cognac and pink diamonds. In 2009, a new retail store in Sydney’s Martin Place and the 2011 reopening of the Castlereagh Street store marked another chapter in Cerrone’s climb to success. Cerrone’s continued acclaim can be attributed to his belief in constant adaptation and diversity. His workshop is staffed with artisans from varied backgrounds, who add flair through different techniques and cultural influences.

2012

The awards

In recognition of his success in Australia, Cerrone received the Key to the City (il Frentano d’Oro) in his hometown in Italy in 2006. The award celebrates individuals who have succeeded abroad and made a positive difference to arts and the community. The presentation officially opened a three-day festival that included a parade showcasing his 2007 Passione collection, plus Italian cuisine, wine, horseracing, picnics and nightly fireworks displays.

Who we support

In recognition of his success in Australia, Cerrone received the Key to the City (il Frentano d'Oro) in his hometown in Italy. Paying forward the families success to arts and the wider community has always been an important part of Cerrone.

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