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Karl Schwantes

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An award winning designer, he is a man of many talents and a true gentleman. With a background in the military, he encapsulates the values of honour, integrity and focus. But it is his love of diamonds that truly makes him shine.

His skill at creating magnificent pieces of jewellery was honed as a child playing at the work benches in his parents’ business – Xennox Jewellers. As an earnest seven year old, he helped out at the Brisbane store sweeping floors and making coffee, observing the craftsman at work, guided by his father. By the time he was 12, he was creating and designing pieces of his own. Little wonder diamonds are his passion…and always on his mind. He loves putting pen to paper and you will often find him with sketch book and pencil immersed in creation, designing pieces that truly captures the WOW factor. From the cut to colour, to creation and crafting, Karl is the ultimate guide when it comes to selecting the perfect piece for that moment in time.

Described by those who know him as a ‘diamond surgeon’, what he knows about these precious stones could fill a book or three. His first book ” Rock Her World” is the ultimate guide to choosing the perfect engagement ring, and is a must read for the romantic guy looking to surprise his partner with a dazzling engagement ring. His regular blog posts explores the world of diamonds and jewellery, teaching people everything they could want to know.

His craft lies in making unique jewellery but also in connecting with the people who walk through his door, taking them on a journey to find or create a special piece that tells a story. He has helped over 5,000 couples find or create their ultimate engagement ring that symbolises their story. He is not just about jewellery; what really makes him hum is creating unforgettable experiences that celebrate life’s breathtaking events. Karl’s passion is to inspire and deliver beyond all expectations and redefine what a jewellery store experience should be like.

As a passionate and committed philanthropist, he gives his time to a number of worthy organisations including The Zig Zag Foundation where he has sat on the board and was an ambassador for many years helping raise more than $100k for underprivileged children. As the father of four children, this a charity close to his heart.

Proudly supporting Legacy, over the past three years, Xennox Diamonds has helped them raise over $30,000. Since 2011, Karl grabs his sleeping bag in support of Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout . Blessed with good fortune, he knows that sometimes life can throw a curve ball and we all need to step up to help out. Lending his voice to Vinnies is his way of helping to raise awareness about homelessness.