Spirit Of Africa

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Plat Africa 2016, an an­nual jew­ellery de­sign com­pe­ti­tion, re­cently an­nounced its 25 fi­nal­ists and three win­ners, who pre­sented out­stand­ing pieces crafted with the rare plat­inum metal, com­min­gled with al­ter­na­tive ma­te­rial to cre­ate modern African nar­ra­tives rooted in re­gional cus­toms. The theme, Nuevo Tra­di­tions, threw up many chal­lenges for its par­tic­i­pants – right from choos­ing rit­u­als, norms and mores and cul­tural sto­ries to rein­ter­pret­ing them in wear­able forms of jew­ellery bear­ing ur­ban aes­thet­ics in mind. Each piece ac­com­pa­nied an es­say by the par­tic­i­pant de­scrib­ing the thought process be­hind the ex­e­cu­tion of the idea and the tech­ni­cal­i­ties to bring the piece alive.

Pre­sented by the world’s lead­ing min­ing con­glom­er­ate, An­glo Amer­i­can Plat­inum, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Metal Con­cen­tra­tors, the es­teemed com­pe­ti­tion was open to stu­dents, ap­pren­tice and pro­fes­sional jewellers in Africa. The Plat­inum Guild In­ter­na­tional – In­dia of­fered a chance to the win­ners to par­tic­i­pate in the de­sign sourc­ing process.

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