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RICHES OF AFRICA 2001 (article first published : 2001-11-12)

AngloGold is exhibiting its Riches of Africa 2001 Gold Jewellery Collection at the Technikon Natal Gallery on Wednesday and Thursday, (November 14 and 15) from 08h30 to 16h00. The collection forms part of the Technikon’s Diploma Show which showcases the work of the third and fourth-year jewellery design students.

Riches of Africa is the annual gold jewellery design competition that AngloGold runs in South Africa. On the exhibition will be the 60 pieces – all in 22/24 carat gold – fashioned by the 20 winners of this year’s competition. Chris de Beer, who heads up the Jewellery Department at Technikon Natal was one of six winners in the professional category while one of his students, Adéle Pretorius, was a winner in the amateur category.

The theme of Riches of Africa 2001 was “African Textiles” and the winners responded imaginatively, drawing their inspiration from Kente and Congolese cloth, Yoruba batiks, the heavily decorated fabrics of the Ashanti and the dress styles of the peoples of North Africa and Namibia.

The winners chose to team interesting material with their gold designs such as porcupine quills, red glass beads, black resin, black enamel, leather thongs and strings and rubber as well as in the notable use of gold wire. An apron/necklace, ear cuffs and a leg piece are among the more unusual items in the collection.




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