Adorn - - DESIGN AWARDS - By FRASER SCHENCK (2nd place in The Stu­dent & Ap­pren­tice Cat­e­gory)

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.

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