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Friday, March 6, 2009

DTC's 8th Annual Shining Light Awards

The launch of the eighth DTC Shining Light Awards Collection marked an historic occasion: for the first time ever, the competition was opened to South Africa’s neighbouring diamond producing countries - Namibia and Botswana, making the 2009 Shining Light Competition, one that is truly southern African.

This new collection is a statement of bold design expression - each piece captivates the imagination and beauty intrinsic to this prized gemstone. The overall winning piece of the eighth DTC Shining Light Diamond Design Awards Competition in South Africa was chosen for its contemporary minimalism and unique execution in design. Overall Winner, designer Bhekithemba Ngema, a 2008 Tshwane University of Technology graduate, created his ring using 18ct yellow gold and 725 diamonds with a total carat weight of 16 carats, provided by sponsor and DTC client, Schachter & Namdar.

First launched in 1996, the objective of the DTC Shining Light Awards has been to provide support for the future of the South African jewellery industry by helping to develop both technical and design skills of South African designers, as well as an ethos for South African jewellery design.

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