Shining Light Awards 2010/2011

Diamond Trading Company Botswana launched its 2nd collection of diamond jewellery on 7th June 2011, at the Gaborone International Convention Centre. The 2010/2012 SLA competition is the 9th competition to be run in South Africa and the 2nd competition to be run in Botswana and Namibia. The Shining Light Diamond Jewellery Design Awards were launched in Botswana in 2008.

The theme of the 2010 competition, Enduring Bonds is based on the symbiotic relationship between diamonds and stories, and symbolizes the unique and emotional bond that exists between two people whether it is one of love, loyalty or friendship.

One hundred and six (106) entries were received in the 2010 competition from Botswana professional designers; and student and apprentice jewellery designers from across Botswana. With international interest and awareness in this prestigious competition on the increase, the 2010 Judging Panel comprised of international judges including supermodel Alek Wek (Sudan), international jewellery designer, Karen Lee (China), and Art Consultant Yoshiko Ikoma (Japan). Local judges comprised of Jacob Thamage (Coordinator of the Diamond Hub); Mildred Boduwe (founding Principal of the Oodi College of Applied Arts and Technology); Philisani Amos (Lecturer, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology); Sheila Khama (former Chief Executive of De Beers Holdings Botswana); and Brian McDonald (former DTC Botswana Managing Director). The 2010 SLA collection comprised of 30 pieces of diamond jewellery (10 pieces per country), collectively representing the indigenous diamond design talent of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana making this particular collection the largest collection of diamond jewellery ever designed and created for Diamond Trading Company.

Mr. Brian McDonald, said, “the importance of nurturing Botswana’s design talent cannot be over-emphasised, and we are fortunate to have a close and supportive relationship with stakeholders who share our values and priorities. We have Sightholders who like us, see virtue in creating opportunities for skills development and job creation. We have a group of highly driven, young Batswana designers who do not only want to develop their creative talent, but to also claim space in the international stage and fly their national flag with pride’’.

Shining Light Award Winners 2010/2011

David Atho Moatisi

Overall Winner

18ct white gold neckpiece set with 2,848 round brilliant black and white diamonds with a total weight of 73.17cts.

The love of a country begins an attachment that harnesses actions of both honour and dishonour but never indifference

Buhle Mguni

Winner

18ct white gold & rhodium plated Sun Cuff set with 887 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 17.43cts

The warmth from the sun awakens the earth’s sleep, heaven smiles and love no longer weeps.

Kefilwe Mmolotsi

Winner

18ct yellow gold woven cuff set with 1,480 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 5.31cts.

A single thread twists together to strengthen and defi ne the essence of who we are; builders of bridges or destroyers of frontiers

David Ditlhako

Winner

18ct yellow gold shield choker set with 718 round brilliant cut diamonds and 6 Forevermark diamonds with a total weight of 11.80cts

In pursuing purpose I unlocked the music of my soul and surrendered to the movement

Thusonyana Caiphas Othomile

Winner

18ct yellow and white gold neckpiece set with 158 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 8.66cts.

Her motion swayed the time honoured rhythm and the infant on her back grew sleepy and still.

Thusonyana Caiphas Othomile

Winner

18ct white and yellow gold neckpiece set with 592 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 12.16cts.

Between the melting and the freezing, love’s heat is a refl ection of a fading or a budding bloom

Shanti Lo

Winner

18ct white and yellow gold pendant on a black cord set with 99 round brilliant cut diamonds & one 1.49ct Forevermark diamond - with a total diamond weight of 3.28cts.

Love is most nearly always is a silent expression of when the here and now cease to matter.

Neo Matome-Harun

Winner

18ct white gold linked neckpiece set with 1,311 round brilliant and baguette cut diamonds with a total weight of 16.88cts.

The legacy of our family is an everlasting bond bequeathed to and sustained by our ancestors.

Ditshupo Mogapi

Winner

18ct white and yellow gold neckpiece set with 344 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 16.16cts.

When my tongue tasted dust and the sunburnt veld cracked beneath my feet, our most loving Mama obliged Africa and swept our plains with rain.

Tiro Mokgoare

Winner

18ct white gold bangles set with 520 round brilliant cut diamonds with a total weight of 14.68 cts.

Where there is no order, chaos reigns – but with order one is able to applaud the dance of life and revel in the sweetness of one’s destiny.

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