Jason Nesbitt said his Mum had always said he would make a good jeweller. He jokes that maybe she was simply trying to urge him in that direction for her own benefit but when Jason got a taste for jewellery design during work experience in Year 12, he instantly knew he had found the perfect career for him.
After graduating from the Carramar campus in 2010, Jason enrolled into an Advanced Diploma in Jewellery at North Metro TAFE and six months into the course he was picked up by local Duncraig business Egoli Place of Gold where he began and finished his apprenticeship.
After continuing work at Egoli full time for a few years, Jason got itchy feet and decided to try turning his photography hobby into something more, travelling around the world camera in hand.
“However, I soon realised that photography should only be a hobby for me and being a jeweller was my real passion,” he said.
He filled the first six months after returning home working at the family business as a carpenter before being welcomed back to Egoli with open arms.
“In my spare time, I slowly began creating my own business Orry Rose Jewellers; I’ve spent the last two years now building this business and have been very lucky to work with some amazing clients creating beautiful bespoke pieces,” Jason said.
“I specialise in designing and hand making engagement and wedding rings. I also remodel old pieces and repair all kinds of jewellery.
“I love the hands-on side of things, creating the most intricate pieces but the most amazing part about my job is the wonderful reactions and words I receive when a client sees their new piece of jewellery that I’ve spent countless amounts of time perfecting for them.”
Some of Jason’s most memorable achievements include competing in Australia’s biggest vocational education and excellence competition, The Worldskills National Championships, twice against other jewellers across Australia.
“In 2014 I just missed out on the podium and placed 4th; in 2016 I managed to make it back to the Worldskills in Melbourne and left with the gold medal!”
Jason said hobbies come and go for him – “I never really stick to the same thing apart from jewellery” – and when he’s not designing or at the workbench you will find him spending time with his puppies and fiancé, renovating his home in Joondalup and taking pride in his lawn.
Reflecting on his time at St Stephen’s, Jason really valued the ability to try different subjects at School without the pressure to complete an ATAR.
“It gave me the opportunity to pursue a creative pathway and complete and apprenticeship/trade,” he said.
“My advice for current students is to find something you truly love doing – keep pushing yourself to try new things until you discover what is right for you and once you find your happiness then you’ve really succeeded.”