On the 26th of October, a Botho University graduate Yozikee Juliet Kariambahe participated in the 2021 De Beers Group Designers Initiative (DBGDI) Shining Light Awards, where she came out in second place. As an award, Ms Kariambahe will get a 12-month Artisan hands-on jewellery manufacturing training.
De Beers Group recorded 123 entries for the competition by graduates from design programs in Botswana, Canada, Namibia, and South Africa. Only twelve participants were selected, three from each country, where they designed an entire jewellery collection, including a ring, necklace, earrings, and bangle/bracelet. The design included a single 1 carat (ct.) polished diamond, and the pave embellishment was to be 0.05 or below.
Ms Kariambahe’s passion for jewellery design has grown over the past years. During her studies with BU, Ms Kariambahe excelled as a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Jewellery Management and Design student. In 2018 she was awarded a Gemology Institute of America (GIA) scholarship in Mumbai, India. She has also participated in De Beers Shining Light Awards in the year 2017.