01 January 01
To celebrate Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday, a tutor from
Birmingham City University made a unique piece of jewelled art as
tribute. Tom Rucker, goldsmith and jewellery designer created this
stunning statue, which was unveiled in Cape Town this
The statue took over a year to make and comprises of platinum,
white porcelain, black rhodium and black diamonds. Tom, specialist
tutor for Birmingham City University's School of Jewellery summer
course programme, was inspired to create this following a trip to
South Africa in 2009.
He spoke to local children and discovered that their hero was
former President Nelson Mandela, which sparked the idea to create
this statue in his honour. And what a sparkling idea it was!
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