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Kiwi jewellery an Oscars favourite

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Ken Robinson and his twin sons Michael and David with some Robinson Designer Goldsmith creations
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By MSN NZ Money staff

A Kiwi family jewellery business could be decorating celebrities at this year's Oscars.

Ken Robinson and his twin sons Michael and David, from Robinson Designer Goldsmith, have been asked to showcase their high-end, unique pieces to Hollywood stylists, stars and media next Thursday at a Hollywood Award Suites event.

If they impress the decision-makers, their pieces are likely to be worn by the celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on March 7, according to the New Zealand Herald.

Mr Robinson told reporters it would be "amazing if someone picked us up".

"To be on the red carpet would be out of this world," he said.

The boys use New Zealand gold and ethically mined diamonds and gems for their creations.

Last year some of their 'Skull Duggery ' designs — featuring diamond skulls with brightly coloured vines, flowers, snakes and birds — were featured in LA's Vamped magazine.

Not long after they were contacted by Oscar organisers.

Hollywood Award Suites founder Anita Talbert said the Kiwis' creations had a large following in LA and their art designs were "amazing".

Ken Robinson started his jewellery career at a young age with a manufacturing jewellery store in Auckland before moving to London in 1986 to further his jewellery career.

Prices start at about $1000 and go up from there.

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