The Fitzroy

This August we continue to commemorate significant milestones at Courtesy of the Artist. Throughout 2015 we have enjoyed celebrating our tenth year of exhibiting Australian Contemporary jewellery and artist made objects and this month we will focus on Courtesy of the Artist Custom reaching its first anniversary.

Courtesy of the Artist Custom began in Fitzroy Place Surry Hills, our current creative headquarters and spiritual home before spreading its wings to join some of Australia’s finest designers, bespoke makers and retailers at The Strand Arcade.

To celebrate this occasion and add another facet to our Rare Earth: Australian Made Story we are very excited to reveal the first Courtesy of the Artist Custom gemstone design, The Fitzroy.

The art of gem faceting is an exacting process, an endeavor that requires patience, precision and an acute awareness of the unique qualities inherent in each mineral specimen being cut and polished.

Master gem cutter Doug Menadue is responsible for breathing life into The Fitzroy and has perfected its design with a finesse known only to a master craftsman. Doug has cut two superb examples of The Fitzroy to spectacular effect in the opposing hues Black and White in Australian Black Spinel and Silvery White Topaz.

What better way to celebrate this collaboration than to toast the occasion with a carefully crafted Negroni and Contessa cocktails courtesy of the folks at Four Pillars Gin.

These guys know a thing or two about the pursuit of excellence, a commitment to quality craftsmanship and are fans of the odd collaboration themselves. You can read more about this inspiring Australian Distillery here.

The Fitzroy launches at the Strand Arcade's 'Evening with Our Designers' on Wednesday 19th August 2015 at Courtesy of the Artist in the Strand Arcade. RSVP essential.