DE BEERS GROUP ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF 2016/17 SHINING LIGHT AWARDS
Winners from southern African design competition receive opportunities on the global stage
1 DECEMBER 2017. WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA.
De Beers Group is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016/17 Shining Light Awards: De Beers Group Young Jewellery Designers Skills Development Initiative, which were revealed at a red carpet event in Windhoek, Namibia, last night.
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The awards, which recognise and celebrate emerging jewellery designers in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, provide entrants with a valuable platform to build their careers in the jewellery design industry.
Entrants were required to design commercially-viable jewellery collections that demonstrated an artistic interpretation of this year’s theme, ‘Protecting Nature’s Beauty’. The theme was chosen by Forevermark, the diamond brand from De Beers Group, in recognition of the company’s commitment to biodiversity, conservation and sustainability.
Finalists from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa were selected from more than 130 entries for their outstanding jewellery designs and unique interpretation of the theme.
First place winners will receive:
- A 12-month apprenticeship at the Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre in Milan, Italy, where they will have the opportunity to work alongside jewellery designers at one of the world’s fastest growing diamond brands.
The first runners-up will receive:
- A three-month internship at the same Forevermark Design and Innovation Centre.
The second runners-up will receive:
- Enrollment into a jewellery design skills development programme at a local university.
Pat Dambe, Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, De Beers Group Global Sightholder Sales
Pat Dambe, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations, De Beers Group Global Sightholder Sales, said: “We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Shining Light Awards, which provide a fantastic platform for emerging jewellery designers in southern Africa to showcase their skills, and which play an important role in nurturing design talent in diamond producing countries. Each winner will now have the opportunity to further advance their skills through industry exposure and training, and we can’t wait to see where the future takes them.”
Stephen Lussier, Executive Vice President, Marketing, De Beers Group; and CEO, Forevermark
Stephen Lussier, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, De Beers Group and CEO, Forevermark, said: “Through the Shining Light Awards, Forevermark is pleased to support the careers and learning experiences of emerging jewellery designers from southern Africa, and provide them with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the global jewellery design industry by working alongside designers at one of the world’s fastest growing diamond brands.”