Founded and designed by Soweto born jeweller Nqobile Nkosi and UK-based goldsmith Paul Spurgeon in 2009, the Cornerstone project is aimed at empowering disadvantaged and marginalised people of all persuasions, primarily from the African continent.
Plans were made to initiate a training and employment programme based on giving individuals the skills, dignity and income to survive the ravages of poverty. The eventual objective for the jewellery is to be made in the Cornerstone workshop in South Africa by the people of South Africa.
The Cornerstone philosophy is “by the people for the people” while caring for its environment.
Cornerstone jewellery is based on a coming together of creative ‘hearts and minds’ from the African communities fused with a European influence.
The result is a collection that is not only unique but has freshness unlike anything seen before.
Artisans will be drawn from far and wide, with the express emphasis of giving sustainable lifestyle to those in challenged circumstances.
There is an undoubted potential of its people and resources Africa has to engage with and compete in the global market. With this in mind the Cornerstone brand has developed a distinct style and edge that has an appeal and relevance to all markets.
Wherever possible the materials used will be locally sourced – thus eliminating unnecessary import costs and minimising environment damage.
Cornerstone Creations will be exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch in the Design Quarter, held at the NEC in Birmingham 7-11 February 2016