Faces of Canberra: Harry Rose

Rachel Moore 26 April 2017

Faces of Canberra - Harry Rose

Each week Rachel Moore is on the hunt to find out what makes Canberra special to all the wonderful folks who live here.

Harry Rose is a fifth generation farmer’s son from the Kybeyan Valley, dedicated family man and local artisan jeweller producing some of the world’s most special and unique pieces.

From an early age, Harry was a gifted metal work student and despite having a crack at a few trades, including farming, it was on the first day of his four-year apprenticeship at a local Canberra jeweller where Harry found his passion.

Yearning to immerse himself in the art form, Harry travelled to the United Kingdom where he was successful in gaining a position at David Marshall London. In the UK, Harry worked with some of the most amazing gems, materials and diamonds in the world, creating luxury jewellery for firms such as Boodles and De Beers. Rarely is it about the size of the stone for Harry and more about the design process and looks on folks faces when revealing their unique pieces upon completion. Whilst working as a Production Manager for David Marshall London, the firm won the prestigious UK Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award.

Harry’s passion for design and the creative process is a rare gift Canberra is lucky to have. Harry’s creative mind sees people’s intentions, love and emotions, capturing this with his beautiful designs. Harry’s pieces are a mirror of this insight transformed into an externalisation of observation of his customer’s desires with the finished results being pieces of wearable sui generis art.

Name – Harry Rose.

Age – 34.

Occupation – Jeweller at Harry Rose Jewellery.

How long have you lived in Canberra – 8 years.

North, South or Q-town – North.

Most memorable event attended in the ACT – The grand opening of my workshop 8 years ago!

Things you love about Da Berra – The opportunities it’s given me.

What you loath about the city – Winter.

Most cherished memory in the capital – The birth of my daughters.

Which Canberra local do you most admire and why – My father-in-law Bruce. He’s an example of making the most of what Canberra has to offer. He came here as a teacher over 50 years ago and has built a great life around his family.

Most precious item you own – A bangle I made. My wife and daughters all wear matching ones.

First Canberra kiss and where – My beautiful wife, on the lips.

Most delicious Berra place you adore eating at – Bánh mì from I-Pho. Quick and delicious!

What do you want to be when you grow up – Explorer.

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What is a question you would like to ask everyone in Canberra – Why aren’t you smiling?

 Faces of Canberra – Harry Rose

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