The 2020 Face of Jewel of Africa is Miss Mwaka Halwiindi!!
One way of telling the Story about the Zambian Gemstones is by getting the young generation to be ambassadors. It is in this vein that we launched the “Face of Jewel of Africa” Competition.
We received over 420 entries of Zambian young people; 16 finalists were selected and invited for professional photo-shoot wearing our jewellery. Their pictures have been posted on the Jewel of Africa Facebook page for a popular vote. The face with the most likes was Mwaka Halwiindi; she won a K10,000 jewellery voucher and a chance to promote the Zambian gemstones & jewellery tourism to the World.
Another objective is to highlight that all our jewellery is manufactured here in Lusaka by Zambian jewellers. We truly want to advocate the local gemstones and jewellery, speaking directly to a new generation of clients to build a new industr.
Our Gemologist and Designer Rashmi Sharma speaks about Zambian Gemstones with Richa Goyal Sikri, gemologist and journalist.
With 87,491 asylum seekers and refugees throughout Zambia, economic vulnerabilities predominant in refugee settlements place youths at a risk of criminal vices whilst seeking employment and livelihoods.
In a partnership with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), Jewel of Africa has extended its Apprenticeship Programme to the Commission to bring on-board identified youths from the refugee programme to access training and possible employment in the art of jewellery making.
Gemmologist Rashmi Sharma shares the little known, but sparkling truth about Zambian gemstones. Watch this talk to hear Rashmi's ideas about why Zambian gems ARE engines of economic growth. Rashmi Sharma is a shareholder of Jewel of Africa & Gemmological Institute of Zambia.