THE SPEAR OF TIME BY SYLVESTER LOUW, PNEUMA JEWELLERS ( PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY) – FIRST PLACE
The inspiration for this platinum and silver bracelet is derived from an old African tradition of slaughtering a goat to seek ancestral protection. The Isphandla, a topic of controversy for years, does not appeal to the youth of today, who find the tradition outdated. Basically, Isphandla is the skin cut from the goat’s tail.
The designer fused the old tradition into a contemporary bracelet in the form of the nail that is currently in vogue among the African youth. The finial is shaped like a spear, symbolising protection, and the goat skin is added to the piece to remind one about the controversy.