The inspiration of the neckpiece Forgotten Triumphs comes from The Hall of Nation building that was constructed in 1972 as a part of an exhibition complex at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. It stood as a landmark of Indian triumph and a symbol of India’s independence.
“The neckpiece pays homage to the Hall of Nations building and stands as a reminder to India’s younger generation to not forget their heritage. The design incorporates many features that were inspired by the building itself, such as the use of triangles, negative spaced triangles and most importantly, the use of concrete that refers to the concrete features of the building.”
The judging panel was composed of Kirtikumar Devjee, Kirti Jewellers; Pallavi Sharma of Platinum Guild International, India; Charlotte Crosse, Metal Concentrators; and Thomas Kapo, Akapo Jewels.
Vaishali Banerjee, managing director, Platinum Guild International, India, noted, “It’s a matter of great pride for us at PGI to be associated with PlatAfrica, which nurtures and develops talent in the field of platinum jewellery designing. This initiative is an opportunity to bring in new ideas and enrich platinum designing in India.”
Sharing her views on PlatAfrica 2017, Kleantha Pillay, head of market development, precious metals, at Anglo American Platinum Limited, said, “PlatAfrica is in its 19th year and is South Africa’s premier platinum jewellery competition. This year, we again saw some exceptional design pieces that highlighted the unique properties of platinum. With PGI’s encouragement and support, the winners got the opportunity to attend design workshops in Mumbai, developing their talent and broadening their horizons to think about designs for the global markets. We truly value this partnership with PGI, which is now in its second year.”
Presented by the world’s leading producer of the precious metal, Anglo American Platinum, in association with PGI India and Metal Concentrators, the prestigious competition is open to students, apprentice and professional jewellers in South Africa to promote innovation and technical expertise in the design of platinum jewellery.