has been exhibiting at Philip Bacon Galleries since
1974. He was born in Sydney, Australia, where he graduated
from the University of Sydney, and although he earned
a degree in architecture, his heart was in jewellery
Tony has the distinction of exhibiting his one-of-a kind jewellery creations in the capitals of the world to a clientele with an appreciation of his unique artistry and opulent use of precious gems. He is distinguished for having a selection of his designs in the permanent collection of the Australian National Gallery. In 1994 he was honoured and his jewellery exhibited in Washington, D.C. during a week of celebrations honouring the talents and artistry of Australia, and hosted by the Australian Ambassador to the United States. In 1993 Tony White was honoured in New York City at a reception hosted by the Australian Consul General.
There are no solitary diamonds in a Tony White Collection. No strand of perfectly matched pearls. He favors enormous South Sea Pearls in sea washed colours. His collections of ancient Intaglios and Tassie Glass stylishly incorporated into rings and necklaces are considered among the finest examples in the world. Tony’s Australian Opal collections could easily be called extraordinary. Tony thinks coloured stones, unusually carved, massive and exotic shaped pearls, and designs of unique style with a sense of distinction are more interesting to today’s active women than formal jewels.
For many years Tony travelled extensively for inspiration, buying selected stones and having private showings all over the world, the most notable of which was in 1986 for the royal family of Brunei, where his entire collection was bought intact.
Tony makes his home in Sydney when not travelling for inspiration or the acquisition of rare stones, or presenting new collections across the world. Originally trained as an architect his home is considered one of the finest in Sydney and houses his showroom.
Many of Tony’s pieces are carved and shaped by the renowned Moghul carvers of India, who follow a tradition over 400 years old. Other pieces are rare and irreplaceable European carved stones, intaglios dating from the first and second century A.D., through the 18th and 19th century.
Tony White jewellery is designed to reflect the lifestyle of a contemporary woman…who insists on wearing one-of-a-kind creations uniquely designed of extravagant stones and incomparable craftsmanship.
Tony says that stones, like people, don’t have to be faultless: natural forms complement the human body.
His works have become world renowned with some notable collectors among his fans including the Duchess of Westminster and Lauren Bacall.