Young jewellery designers to be feted in Botswana

Young jewelry designers from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Canada presented their creative artistry to six jewelry & design experts who will judge and award the finalists. This year received 80 entries.

The judging was a two-day process that started on July 15, 2019, and concluded on the following day. The judges select one winner and two runners-up for each country.

This year’s contest is under the theme ‘Heroines and Heritage’. Under this theme, entrants were encouraged to look into their heritage and showcase how they would celebrate their countries heroines and heritage.

Corporate Affairs’ Rebecca Quartey-Papafio (first left) and Pat Dambe (third left) join judges (from left) Labi Kapo (South Africa), Raes Abdoola (Botswana), Professor Alba Cappellieri (Milan, Italy), Mothusi Lesolle (Botswana) and Andreas Herrle (Namibia). © De Beers

Winners will be announced on the 5th November 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana at a Gala event. The designs from the winners will be developed into jewelry pieces to be unveiled at the finale. They will also pick up a one-year scholarship at the Poli Design Polytechnic in Milan, Italy.

The runners-up will receive a three-month internship with Forevermark, also in Milan, and the third-placed designers will benefit from a one-year scholarship at Akapo Jewellers in South Africa.

De Beers Group continues to be a significant player in beneficiation through skills development of the youth

Wanetsha Mosinyi – De Beers group

The winners of the previous contest were Mbako Baredi (Botswana) with his signature collection “Li-Phant”, Richard Shoombe (Namibia) – “It Begins with Us” and finally Andile Mbeje (South Africa) – “Crowning Glory”.

The awards have evolved into a competition where selected participants design commercial collections. This has become an essential element of De Beers Group’s beneficiation strategy, which promotes wealth creation by creating especially in Africa and skills development by supporting diamond-related activities in the countries where the diamonds were produced.

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