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Catching up with… the recipients of De Beers’ Shining Light Awards!

Jewellery Business recently spoke to Valerie Lamiel, Virginia Muralt, and Emily Vander Vlugt—the three Canadian recipients of the De Beers Group Shining Light Awards!

The honourees, all of whom are based in Ontario, were among 123 emerging jewellery artists to submit designs for the international competition under this year’s theme of ‘The Evolution of Love & Life.’ Each entry included designs for a full jewellery collection, including a ring, necklace, earrings, and bangle/bracelet. 

We spoke to Valerie, Virginia, and Emily about the inspiration behind each of their collections, as well as how they learned about the competition and what the experience has been like.

Check out the exclusive video interviews below.

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