3 Dec 2023

Moutere valley jeweller wins gold at Florence Biennale

From Culture 101, 12:30 pm on 3 December 2023


Stacey Whale

Stacey Whale Photo: Supplied

A New Zealand jeweller has won big at the XIV Florence Biennale Exhibition and Awards, taking first prize for Jewellery Art and Design. Stacey Whale’s Biennale necklace, fit for a queen, is shaped like an elaborate collar and made of gold and diamonds.

“My creativity and the uniqueness of my necklace amidst such a competitive environment truly spoke volumes and was celebrated as a piece of art, and the recognition means the world to me.

Stacey Whale Necklace

Stacey Whale Necklace Photo: Supplied

The Nelson-based jeweller’s necklace selection for the awards began a crowd-funding campaign for Whale in May. Donors pledged more than $20,000 to ensure she could make it to Italy. 

Stacey Whale - Florence Biennale Award

Stacey Whale - Florence Biennale Award Photo: Supplied

Stacey Whale

Stacey Whale Photo: Supplied

Whale spoke to Culture 101’s Perlina Lau from her shop in rural Upper Moutere where she’s proudly displaying her winning necklace along with her ‘Lorenzo il Magnifico’ award.

Correction: The stockist in London taking interest in Stacey Whale's jewellery is Harvey Nichols, not Harvey Normans.