JULY 2015. JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.
Finalists walking back to their hotel from the Everard Read Gallery.
As a build up to the 2015 De Beers Shining light Awards all the 12 finalist were invited to attend a 2 day workshop, in Johannesburg South Africa, where they we given the opportunity to learn more about the diamond pipeline in Southern Africa
The workshop got under way at the De Beers Headquarters in Johannesburg where our finalists were given an in-depth overview of the De Beers global operations with specific emphasis on the various beneficiation activities that De Beers is involved in across the region.
Finalists at Zlotowski Diamond Cutting works.
This was followed up by a visit to a Diamond cutting factory (Zlotowski Diamond Cutting works) where the finalists were exposed to all the processes involved in turning the rough diamonds into polished stones.
The finalists were stunned by the technology involved in the planning, sawing (laser saws) and final polishing of the diamonds.
The workshop continued on day two with a visit to a Forevermark (De Beers Diamond Jewellery Brand) Retailer where they got to gain a better understanding of the nuances that go into establishing a diamond brand. They had the opportunity to try on some of the exquisite diamond jewellery on display and interact with the staff members to understand some of the insights of the South African Diamond jewellery market.
Lilja Hasti & Louise Kiek.
The workshop was well received by the finalists and it is one of the many initiatives that the Shining Light Awards team will be embarking on to ensure that the finalists are also able to play a role in Southern African Diamond jewellery industry.
Students visiting De Beers diamond jewellery brand retailer, Adara.
Omphile Sibanda with Kagiso Frederics looking on.