Windhoek — This year's diamond jewellery design collection features over 14 000 pieces of Namibian-mined, cut and polished diamonds. The collection will be unveiled tonight at the third annual Namibian Diamond Trading Company's (NDTC) Shining Light Awards in Windhoek.
Also on display will be diamond design pieces from Botswana. The 14 000 diamond pieces are in the top six designs that have been selected out of 100 designs submitted for this year's event.
The designs are by local aspiring jewellery designers. The event runs on the theme of - Women of Africa, Your Light Shines.
"Our African women need to be celebrated. They endure the most difficult possible conditions to ensure their children have the best in life and can build a solid future for themselves. It's a commonly known fact that a house without a mother is just a house, but a house with a woman is a home," said NDTC's Chief Executive Officer, Shihaleni Ndjaba.
"Women of Africa can be any woman who blows life into what they touch, they encourage and inspire others to live their best lives. They love unconditionally and they are the pillars of our society so it is only fitting that the collection celebrates the huge contributions that women in Africa make in all parts of the society, whether in the workplace or with their families, in culture or in politics. Women in Africa are fundamentally important to all facets of life on the continent," noted NDTC's chairperson, Varda Shine.
The journey of the collection began in November 2011 with educational road shows in Windhoek, Keetmanshoop, Swakopmund, Otjiwarongo and Tsumeb to ensure wider participation in the country. To add some diversity to the competition the NDTC last year introduced a model search competition as a platform for young Namibian models to showcase the jewellery collection in all promotional materials of the Shining Light Awards.
As with previous Shining Light Awards, the sponsors have once again availed their resources and time to ensure the competition surpasses expectations. "None of this would have been possible without the support of the sight-holders whose support and commitment to beneficiation activities is unwavering," added Ndjaba.