Nikki Bingham.
Nikki Bingham.

Pink's link with Gympie

MOST of us have heard about the six degrees of separation but few would know about the “Gympie connection”.

The theory that each person is no more than six introductions away from every other person demonstrates the possibility of linking any two people in the world. The links in the chain appear to be less if you live in Gympie.

Just ask local goldsmith Nikki Bingham, of Big Design, who designed and crafted a silver bracelet for Pink when the vocal powerhouse was on tour in Australia.

Ms Bingham was asked by a friend (also a friend of Pink’s) to custom make a piece of jewellery as a special gift for the iconic performer.

The chunky bracelet was engraved with “Brisvegas Tour 2009” and handed to her personally after the last Brisbane show.

So just how did a modest goldsmith living at Cedar Pocket near Gympie come to handcraft a piece of jewellery for one of the most popular female recording artists of our time?

“I used to have a stall at the Noosa Harbour Markets and became friends with a woman who had been a catering manager for touring bands in Europe,” Ms Bingham said.

“Her job was to stock the fridges in the main dressing rooms and from that she got to know ‘Alecia’ quite well.

“They really hit it off and when Pink was in Australia they caught up.”

Pink said she wanted to take something back to the United States in memory of her visit to Brisvegas and Ms Bingham’s unique pieces of jewellery sprang to mind.

“It was a personal gift to Pink from my friend Jo. I wanted it to be perfect so I took it to Shaun Treasure (of Tesoro Designer Jewellery) to have a look over it. He gave it a few tweaks before I sent it off.”

Ms Bingham said she had backstage passes to Pink’s concert but missed meeting her because a mate in Gympie was rushed to hospital suffering from a heart attack.

“That was nice of him, wasn’t it,” she joked, adding that some things were more important than a brush with fame.

 Ms Bingham demonstrates goldsmithing at the Gold Mining Museum cafe every Sunday from 10am.

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