Like all of us, jewellery has a story to tell. For over half a century, Musson has helped capture customers’ stories – from the littlest of moments to life-changing milestones.
From engagement rings to statement pieces, Musson jewellery comes with a history of provenance and creation. Every piece is thoughtfully crafted using only the finest gems, including the rare Argyle Pink Diamond.
The Musson story begins when Robert and Kerry Musson open a retail store in Crow’s Nest, with the spark of an idea to create unique and beautiful pieces.
The store is first located in a little arcade below an office building, before they move in 1974 to 76 Willoughby Road Crow’s Nest, taking over a lease for a butcher’s store. They transform the space with their flair and creativity, soon becoming a destination jewellery store, renowned for unusual collections and impeccable craftsmanship.
Musson become the first distributor and service centre for Cartier fine jewellery and watches in Australia and the South Pacific. In 1979 Robert & Kerry purchase and renovate their 76 Willoughby Road site.
Robert & Kerry sign a lease for a second store, in the brand-new Chatswood Chase development. RM Musson Jewellers Boutique opens in 1983 on the Gallery Level. Today Musson is one of the very few original tenants of this iconic Sydney shopping centre. The Crow’s Nest store closes in 1988.
Robert is included in De Beers’ ‘Visions of Quality’, which named the 16 best jewellers in Australia at that time. In 1985 he receives a Diploma of Honour in the De Beers Diamonds Today Awards, and in 1987 wins a De Beers Diamonds Today Award in the Solitaire Diamond Category. Over the next fifteen years Robert is a consistent winner or finalist in the De Beers Diamond Facets Awards, before De Beers exits the Australian Market in 2000.
Selected as an original member of De Beers Carat Club, the preeminent diamond club in the world with only 11 members from Australia.
Musson is appointed as an Argyle Panel Member, the beginnings of a proud tradition and relationship that continues to this day, with Musson remaining one of just thirty Argyle Select Ateliers worldwide (and one of twelve in Australia). Musson is one of the few original Argyle Panel Members still in operation.
Robert wins the Supreme Award at the De Beers Australian Jewellery Design Awards, the most prestigious award in the country, with a magnificent bangle design featuring Australian Argyle Pink Diamonds. Musson Jewellers is honoured to be named a De Beers Diamonds of Distinction Partner.
Musson Jewellers is one of three Australian jewellers invited to launch BHP Billiton’s Aurias Diamonds to the Australian market, and Robert and Kerry are chosen to be the face of brand in Australia. Olivar follows in his father’s footsteps, completing a jewellery apprenticeship and joining the family business. His brother Damien will also join the business in 2005.
Musson is one of the founding members of Diamond Guild Australia, an association of diamond industry leaders, committed to establishing and preserving a benchmark
for quality and ethics in the promotion and sale of diamonds in Australia. Both Robert and Olivar have served as Director and Chairman multiple times.
Over the next decade Robert and Olivar will win many Diamond Guild Australia Design Awards, predominately in the Fancy Colour Category. Both will also have the honour of winning the ‘Supreme Award’ for Design Excellence, Robert in 2013 with ‘Origin’, and Olivar in 2018 with ‘Aella’.
Musson opens its second Boutique in the iconic Queen Victoria Building.
Mussons is one of the very first jewellers in Australia to carry Forevermark Diamonds, a De Beers Group brand, marking a return of De Beers in Australia, and continued recognition from iconic international industry leaders.
Musson launches the incredible ‘Fortuna’ to the world, an incomparable 26ct diamond from the fabled Golconda Mine, set in a majestic design featuring a 0.75ct Argyle Pink Tender Diamond. This is the first of Musson’s ‘once in a lifetime’ creations, a testament to their passion for diamonds and gemstones with a rare and enduring legacy.
The close of a tumultuous year sees Musson celebrate in iconic style, launching the ‘Argyle Octavia’, the largest ever gem quality white diamond crystal to be unearthed from the famous, now closed Argyle Diamond Mine. Musson is immensely proud to write one of the final chapters in the Argyle story.
The Musson Family celebrated 50 years of creating beautiful jewellery with a vision for the future. Sons Damien and Olivar, and Olivar’s wife Catherine are now directing the company, driven by a passion to inspire, to create and ultimately treasure life’s most beautiful things and moments.
To mark the moment, Musson was honoured to unveil to the world it’s latest collectible the ‘Diavik Midnight Sun’. There could be no better way to celebrate 50 years of provenance, beauty and design than with this exceptional masterpiece.
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