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In an era that is celebrating the rise of female power, "Blessings of Love" has been announced as the 2018 theme for the 19th annual PlatAfrica jewellery design and manufacture competition. Presented by the world's leading producer of platinum group metals, Anglo American Platinum and South African refiner Metal Concentrators in association with Platinum Guild International India, the prestigious competition is open to student, apprentice and professional jewellers in South Africa.

This year's competition, designed to unearth the country's top talent, looks to celebrate the significant milestones in the lives of young women who are being raised as the empowered, successful future generation that will take women to a place of equality in society.

This year's theme looks to emphasise the rarity and strength of both platinum and her wearer through modern but timeless design, showcasing no more than two or three simple elements of the highest quality production, through three broad design categories namely;

• Nature's Spirit
• Modern Feminine
• Cultural Confluence

Entries to be submitted by 22 June 2018 and the winners will be announced at a gala event on 24 October 2018. For more information visit: www.angloamericanplatinum.com

About Metal Concentrators:
Metal Concentrators established in 1989 has a trustworthy reputation in the field of refining and supplying precious metals in South Africa and its investment products have been marketed in many international markets.

About Platinum Guild International:
Platinum Guild International (PGI) is an organisation funded by leading South African platinum producers and refiners. Founded in 1975, PGI has been providing information, sales support and training to all levels of the jewellery trade for almost 40 years. In addition to its headquarters in Hong Kong, PGI has offices in each of the world's major jewellery markets - China, India, Japan and the USA.