A competition that shines a light on tomorrow’s top jewellery designers.
Our Shining Light Awards is a competition that showcases talented jewellery designers from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
The top three winners are unveiled at a grand finale, with the overall winner given the opportunity to receive training for a year in Milan, Italy, in a renowned design institution plus an internship with the design team of Forevermark, De Beers’ jewellery brand.
The Shining Light Awards competition, which has been running for 18 years, is for current students as well as those who have completed their studies at a tertiary institution in the past two years.
Recently, the competition has moved from discovering pure design talent to encouraging participants not only to showcase their talent but their business skills – including cost management and return on investment. Thus, designers will have not only to produce beautiful diamond jewellery but also to develop a strategy to make it commercially viable.
The success of the awards can be linked to the collaboration between industry stakeholders and Government as well as tertiary education institutions, which fits in with the company’s beneficiation ethos.