The Diamond Trading Company Botswana celebrated the launch of the 3rd Shining Light Awards collection that had the theme: Women of Africa - Your Light Shines. The event in Gaborone featured jewelry pieces from Namibia in addition to unveiling the Botswana collection. Competitions were held in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa with the theme being Women of Africa, Your Light Shines.
There were 103 entries for the Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) competition with the awards evening showcasing eight pieces of diamond jewelry from the seven finalists containing more than 14,000 polished diamonds with a combined wholesale value of in excess of $1 million. The overall winner of the Botswana Collection was Banyana Mpete who designed an 18K white and yellow gold neckpiece set with 486 round brilliant and fancy diamonds with a total weight of 36.64 carats sponsored by Blue Star Diamonds.
The other winning items were sponsored by Ankit Gems, Eurostar Botswana (Pty) LTD, Swana Diamonds, Teemane Manufacturing Co, Steinmetz Diamonds, Chow Tai Fook (Botswana) Diamond Cutting Works, Shrenuj Botswana and Pluczenik.
The overall winner for the Namibian Collection was Erkki Hifindwako, whose design was sponsored by Julius Klein Diamonds Namibia (JKD) and was a basket ring made from 18K white and yellow gold and set with 575 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 13.57 carats.
Ankit Gems, Pluczenik, Steinmetz Diamonds, JKD, Almod Diamonds and NU Diamond Manufacturing sponsored the other winners. In South Africa, the winners were Tsholofelo Sefako, Lucinda Dabbs, Hunandi Tlomatsana, Lea Ann Coetzee, Thulisile Matshika, Retha Minnie, Retshepile Mametja, Genenvieve Wocke, Robyne Cowling and Vernon Harry Korff.
The event showcased eight pieces of spectacular diamond jewelry from the seven finalists following the 2012-2013 design competition. "With their participation in the Shining Light Awards, contestants come out of the entire experience with their knowledge about diamonds, jewelry design and entrepreneurship in general having been enormously expanded," said DTC Botswana Managing Director, Tabake Kobedi.
"Diamond beneficiation is a business imperative which has become the defining message of our time, and in order to maintain our credibility on it, we should not only beneficiate diamonds, but be seen to do it through our deeds. The success of these Awards - as indeed that of the designers we honor this evening, is proof that DTC Botswana and its sightholders’ contribution to this process is having a demonstrably positive effect on the ground and is indeed promoting the ideals that beneficiation envisions."
The Botswana Shining Light Diamond Jewellery Design Awards were launched in 2008. The primary aim of the awards event is to celebrate the beauty and purpose of diamonds through jewelry design. The awards provide a platform for local designers to showcase their work internationally.