Richard Peplow, of Peplow Jewellers in Worcester and Stourbridge, has been presented with a unique sculpture following the announcement of his retirement as a British delegate from the World Jewellery Confederation (WJC), after 40 years of service.
The hand-crafted quartz macaw sculpture mounted on a tourmaline rock can be seen by the public for the first time at the Worcester jewellers.
Created by sculptor Karina Sena, whose family has been mining, sculpting and selling gemstones for nearly 50 years in Brazil, the piece was presented by the president of the CIBJO, Dr Gaetano Cavalieri at a gala dinner in the country.
During his time with the federation, Mr Peplow was instrumental in the WJC’s joining of the UN’s central platform for international sustainable development, the UN Economic and Social Council.
Peplow comments: “It has been a great honour to serve for so many years and I’m incredibly moved to be given such a prestigious gift.”
The sculpture can be seen by the public for a limited time at Peplow jewellers’ newly refurbished Worcester store.