De Beers group announces the 2018/2019 shining light awards (SLA) winners
De Beers Grouprecently announced a record number of winners of the 2018/2019 instalment of the De Beers Group Designers Initiative at the 2019Shining Light Awards Banquet in Gaborone.
The jewellery design competition is open to students from De Beers Group’s diamond producing partner countries (Botswana, Canada, Namibia, and South Africa) currently enrolled in a jewellery design and manufacturing programme, or graduates from one of the related programmes in the last two years.
The 2018/2019 competition marks first-time participation of entrants from Canada, extending the competition’s reach and impact, and bringing the number of finalists to 12, the most ever awarded in a single competition.
The theme ‘Heroines and Heritage’ reflects De Beers Group’s commitment to standing with women and girls around the world.
When interpreting the theme, students needed to consider how to include design elements that nuancedinspirational women, evoked national pride and featured symbols of strength, heritage, wisdom and beauty
Finalists from Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa were selected from more than 110 entries for their outstanding jewellery designs and unique interpretation of the theme.