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FIFTEEN South African students will spend six months in Beijing being trained in all aspects of jewellery design.
Out of the humble beginnings of a jewellery-making project that started on borrowed space at the De Beers Cullinan mines in Gauteng has grown something of a jewellery school empire for Isaac Nkwe.
The provincial government and private investors are to open a gold jewellery manufacturing facility worth R100-million in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, in an effort to ensure that more value is added to precious metals locally, with finished products destined for export markets.
South African diamond cutters and polishers have been given a boost with the launch of African Romance, a black-owned gem company looking to establish a luxury African jewellery brand that will rival its foreign competitors.
Spaniards will be buying South African in May and June after a deal was struck with Spanish retail group El Corte Ingles and SA's Department of Trade and Industry that will result in immediate export orders worth about R30-million.