De Beers Group has announced the winners of its latest Shining Light Awards jewellery design contest.

The competition which has run since 1995 asks recent graduates aged 18-35 to design a full jewellery collection, including a ring, necklace, earrings and bangle or bracelet.

For the Shining Light Awards 2020/2021, De Beers asked entrants to design pieces with the theme of ‘The Evolution of Love and Life’ in mind.

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First place winners receive a 12-month post-graduate scholarship at a leading design school, Poli. Design in Milan, Italy; second place winners receive 12 months of artisan jewellery manufacturing training and third place winners receive a three-month local internship with De Beers Group Company.

De Beers Group selected three winners from each of the countries in which it mines diamonds.

In first place were Laone Kaelo Rahele (Botswana), Valerie Lamiel (Canada), Juliana Bonita Fredericks (Namibia) and Tebogo Shaun Ledwaba (South Africa).

Pat Dambe, vice president of market outreach for Natural Diamonds, part of De Beers Group, said: “We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s Shining Light Awards, who represent a bright new generation of jewelry designers from BotswanaCanadaNamibia and South Africa.

“The Shining Light Awards extend the positive impact that natural diamonds create in the countries where De Beers discovers diamonds by cultivating opportunities for emerging designers to showcase their talents on a global stage.

“It was a privilege to work with this diverse and inspiring group of designers, and to provide them with access to sustainable development pathways to build long-lasting careers.”