The models are wearing the winning jewellery pieces of the professional category. From right to left is 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
HERE ARE THE WINNERS PLATAFRICA 2018
Anglo-American Platinum hosted their 19th annual PlatAfrica Jewellery competition this year and the winners were announced at a gala event last night in Johannesburg.
The competition, hosted in association with Platinum Guild International (PGI) India and Metal Concentrators, encourages South African jewellers to embrace platinum as a medium in their craft.
“What we’re trying to demonstrate is the ability of South African jewellers to work with platinum and what we’re really encouraging is the growth of platinum jewellery manufacturing in this country,” says Chris Griffith, CEO of Anglo-American. Griffith adds that although South Africa mines half of the world’s platinum, we only manufacture a small portion of that.
PlatAfrica therefore creates a platform for professional and student jewellers to work with platinum. Each year the jewellers are provided with a piece of platinum to work with and briefed through a theme. This year’s theme, Blessings of Love, challenged entrants to create memorable pieces of jewellery that celebrate important milestones in a women’s life.
The winners of this year’s professional category are Nicki Böttcher (1st), Jefta Mtole (2nd) and Mandlenkosi Moses (3rd). Jefta Mtole is no stranger to the competition and placed in both 2015 and 2016 as a student. He tells Fin24 that he feels like his first win as a professional is the beginning of big things to come. “I believe that with the support we have from Anglo Plat we are going to bring something new to the platinum world,” he says.
The winners of the student and apprentice category are Callen Miller (1st), Lonwabo Majola (2nd) and Zola Ntintili (3rd).