Awards & Qualifications
- Nominated for the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
- Qualified Gemmologist (2010)
- Qualified Jeweller (2008)
- Finalist – ACT Apprentice of the Year (2008)
- Cert. III with Distinction in Jewellery-Trade (Manufacturing) (2006)
“I first knew I wanted to be a jeweller when I was 13 years old. I accompanied my grandma, Kath, on a shopping expedition and one of the day’s errands was to drop her old, worn out rings in to the jeweller to have them refurbished. We all sat down at a stylish table and they began discussing the finer details of the whole process. The jeweller began sketching and refining his ideas until both parties were very happy with the new design. A few weeks later, we went back to pick up the rings and I was absolutely amazed at the difference. The new set had characteristics of the original rings, so the sentimental value was still there, but they looked stylish, full of life and ready to be worn for another 40 years. Grandma was thrilled and I was enthralled. I wanted to be able to do that for people, to see the same satisfaction and joy on their faces as we showed on ours that day.” -Venetia Major
At 17, Venetia’s ambition to become a jeweller was fortified by attending a handful of short-courses in jewellery manufacture. At around the same time, she commenced a position in a large jewellery store as a Sales Consultant, learning a great deal over the 2 years she spent there.
In 2003, Venetia was lucky enough to complete a work experience placement with Vangeli Manufacturing Jewellers and in 2004 she undertook an apprenticeship in the field of jewellery manufacture at Diamond Ring Designs in Canberra. The year 2006 saw the completion of her Cert. III in Jewellery – Trade with Distinction from Enmore Design Centre, Sydney.
Venetia was a Finalist for ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in the 2008 A.C.T. Training Excellence Awards and later that year she completed her apprenticeship and became a fully qualified jeweller.
In 2010, Venetia completed a 2-year Diploma in Gemmology course with the Gemmological Association of Australia and is now a qualified gemmologist.
To mark International Women’s Day for 2013, the ACCC held a full day event that looked at how far women had come and how far they’ve got to go. Venetia was invited to sit on a 5-person panel discussing work/life balance with her focus being the challenges and advantages of running a business from her home studio. This year has also seen Venetia nominated for the 2013 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year award which will be announced on the 14th of November in Melbourne. In September 2013, Venetia plans to launch her first Spring Collection – ‘Birds of Paradise’, which will be a culmination of many years planning.
Everyday Venetia works to build the profile and reputation of her jewellery design studio by exceeding the expectations of her clients and designing and making beautiful jewellery. Her passion lies in creating unique and wonderful pieces of jewellery. Whilst Venetia has a high level of skill in traditional jewellery manufacture, she is constantly seeking out and experimenting with new and exciting techniques.