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An Intimate Look at a Jewelry Designer’s Inspirational Journey to Botswana July 14, 2023 (0 comments)


Gaborone, Botswana--As an accomplished jewelry designer with two decades of experience, creating unique pieces with natural diamonds for global collectors has been a passion. However, the journey to success was fraught with challenges, especially for a woman from Lagos entering a new world without any prior connections. Over time, the obstacles became catalysts for change and sources of motivation.

[Image via Only Natural Diamonds]

According to a story published by Natural Diamonds, the designer's relationship with her clients and other jewelry professionals who appreciate her craftsmanship and offer support during challenging times has been a driving force. However, she holds a special place in her heart for the countries that continue to inspire her, particularly Botswana.

Botswana, a diamond-rich, landlocked country, represents a unique gem. Its successful utilization of natural resources has significantly contributed to the nation's economic growth, promoting substantial healthcare, education, and infrastructure investments. The nation takes pride in protecting the environment and making conservation a cornerstone of its national identity.

The story noted that her engagement with the mining industry in Botswana began when she was invited to the Forbes 30Under30 summit in Gaborone. She spoke about her perspective on the industry and stressed the need to share the untold stories of Botswana's treasures, especially given the increasing demand for accountability in gemstones' provenance.

After the summit, the designer continued her exploration of Botswana's diamond industry, visiting Lucara’s diamond office and Debswana's diamond mine. At these locations, she marveled at the potential inherent in uncut diamonds and the dedication required to extract these precious stones. She was reminded of the importance of diamonds to Botswana's economy by Mogakolodi ‘Mogs’ Maoketsa, the General Manager of Orapa Mine, who called the mine "God's greatest gift to Botswana."

The story noted that she visited the Okavango Delta, a UNESCO World Heritage site and nature's masterpiece, brimming with wildlife and stunning biodiversity before leaving. As she flew back to London, she reflected on her journey, emphasizing the importance of transparency, environmental sustainability, and community impact in the diamond industry. She called upon the industry to tell Botswana's untold stories and adopt sustainable practices, ensuring the welfare of millions of people and a future for the industry.

Read the Only Natural Diamonds story.

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