Winners of the 2018/2019 Shining Light Awards under the theme Heroines and Heritage have been announced. The competition was officially launched on the 14th November 2018 by Pat Dembe, VP of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations of De Beers Group at the Botswana National Museum in Gaborone.
This year’s theme (Heroines and Heritage) was about creating master pieces that evoke feminine elements and speaks to women symbolizing their strength, wisdom and beauty, reflecting the De Beers Group commitment to standing with women and girls around the world.
The organisation received a total of 110 entries, from amongst which the finalists were selected for their outstanding jewellery designs and unique interpretation of the theme.
The following are the young jewelry and designers who were feted:
2nd Runners up:
- Khumo Makwa (Botswana)
- Rana Mireskandari (Canada)
- Ikela T. Aksel (Namibia)
- Lesego Ragolane (South Africa)
(Awarded a 1 year jewellery skills development scholarship at a regional jewellery design institution.)
1st Runners up:
- Victor Motlokwa (Botswana)
- Edna Milevsky (Canada)
- Jackson Vateleni ( Namibia)
- Michaela Fair ( South Africa)
(Awarded a 3 months internship scholarship at the Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre in Milan, Italy)
1st Place Winners:
- Gaone Otsile (Botswana)
- Cara Fitzell (Canada)
- Isaak McAllan (Namibia)
- Malefa Phoofolo (South Africa)
(Awarded a 12 month post graduate scholarship at Polytechnic di Milano in Milan, Italy)
The Winning jewellery designs were brought to life at the diamond banquet, through the craftmanship of jewellery manufacturers from the producer countries, among them a 4-piece winning design from Botswana which was manufactured by KGK, a De Beers a Sightholder.
The President of the Republic of Botswana Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi accompanied by the First Lady Mrs. Neo Jane Masisi and De Beers Group CEO Bruce Cleaver, awarded the jewellery design winners from the 4 countries. Their outstanding jewelry pieces were also showcased at the red carpet gala.
In addition to attending the gala awards night, the finalists visited Orapa mines and Damtshaa Mines, De Beers Global Sightholder Sales facilities, the Global Diamond Academy and factory visit at M. Suresh.
Canada will host the 2020/2021 Shining Light Awards. The host country for the awards rotates amongst De Beers Group’s diamond producer countries.
The Shining Light Awards is a celebrated jewelry & design Initiative hosted by De Beers Group for over 22 years.
The completion has been instrumental in realizing the design and manufacturing of beautiful, Inspiring and sought after jewelry pieces conceptualized by the most creative top young jewelry design talent from four countries including Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and its newest entry Canada. The program is also part of De Beers Group beneficiation efforts focused on giving the youth opportunities to become part of the diamond value chain.