DIAMONDS might be a girl's best friend, but any jewellery is fine by Ashley Naumann.
The 24-year-old jewellery manufacturer at Maleny Showcase Jewellers had his skills recognised this week with a scholarship of up to $7000 to hone his craft in the country of his choice for up to two years.
The Caloundra man will leave the Coast in April with his wife to study gold sculpture and engraving techniques in Florence, Italy.
From there the pair will head to the United Kingdom, before returning to Australia.
Queensland Governor, Penelope Wensley, presented the scholarship on behalf of the Queensland Overseas Foundation, a non-profit organisation that has helped high-achieving Queenslanders for the past 28 years.
"I'm so lucky to have this opportunity," Ashley said.
"I want to gain as much experience as I can and become a master jeweller."
Ashley fell in love with jewellery manufacturing six years ago and enjoys all the facets of it, from creating one-off pieces to remodelling and repairing.
He said he chose to study in Italy because it was the home of jewellery and it held a special place in his heart.
"My wife and I were married at the Amalfi Coast (in Italy)," he said.
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