The annual PlatAfrica competition is synonymous with excellence in platinum jewellery design and manufacture. As one of Anglo American Platinum’s key benefication activities, the competition gives student designers a chance to work with platinum and expose them to the world’s largest platinum jewellery market.
Separated into two categories, professional and student, jewellery designers submitted pieces of bridal platinum jewellery fit for a celebration of the coming of age in the burgeoning Chinese market. The winners of both categories were announced during an awards ceremony that was attended by designers, Anglo Platinum dignitaries as well as South Africa’s Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor.
The professional category saw Cari-Mari Wilsenach take first place with Johan Botma and Lizel Botha’s designs take second and third respectively. A Chanel-inspired hairpin granted student designer, Chelsea Barrow first place in the student category while Siyabonga Cele and Kgomotso Busung were awarded silver and bronze awards for their ring designs.
The quality and the creativity of this year’s pieces truly reflect South Africa’s talent and passion for platinum design!