Overall winning piece, Namibia, designed by Erkki Hifindwako, Sponsored by Juluis Klein Diamonds Namibia.
18ct white and yellow gold basket ring set with 575 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 13.57cts.
The event was held at the Safari Conference centre on 21 February 2013 and in addition to unveiling the Namibian collection it featured jewellery pieces from neighbouring Botswana, boasting a grand total of over 14,000 excellently cut diamonds crafted into the most exquisite jewellery pieces dedicated to the Women of Africa.
“Our African women need to be celebrated. They endure the most difficult possible conditions to ensure their children have the best in life and can built a solid future for themselves. It is a commonly known fact that a house without a mother is just a house, but a house with a woman is a home full of love and comfort”, said Shihaleni Ndjaba, NDTC CEO.
“For over a thousand years the diamond industry has been focused on shaping and forming a precious raw material into a dazzling end product. We are constantly looking for new ways to release the inherent beauty and value in these gifts of nature. I am delighted to say that the Shining Light Diamond Design Awards is continuing this proud tradition – the only difference is that with this initiative, the precious raw material is you: the emerging diamond design talent in southern Africa, the home of diamonds “ said Varda Shine, Executive Vice President: De Beers Global Sightholder Sales.
Erkki Hifindwako, a visual arts student at the Namibia College of the Arts, walked away the overall winner for the Namibian Collection. His design sponsored by Julius Klein Diamonds Namibia (JKD) a NDTC Sightholder, is a basket ring made from 18ct white and yellow gold and is set with 575 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 13.57 carats.
“I still can’t believe that I won the competition. All the other designs were of a very high standard and I really feel honoured to have my design win the first prize. I would like to thank the NDTC and my sponsor JKD Namibia for allowing me to realize a dream”, said Erkki after the event.
“We are immensely delighted to have sponsored the winning piece. The primary ethos of the Shininglight Design, that of transference of skills and knowledge to Namibians, is something that JKD Namibia strongly believes in and we are proud and honoured to be associated with the awards’’ Philippine Angula from JKD Namibia said after the event.
The journey of the collection began in November 2011 with educative road shows in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb to ensure there is a wider participation in the country. To diversify the Shining Light Awards, the NDTC last year introduced the model search competition, which gives a platform for young Namibian models to showcase the jewellery collection in all promotional material of the Shining Light Awards.
Like with previous Shining Light Awards competitions, the sponsors have yet again contributed immensely to the success of the current collection.
“None of this would have been possible without the support of the Sightholders whose support and commitment to beneficiation activities is unwavering “said CEO of NDTC Mr. Shihaleni Ndjaba.
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