Kgaugelo Molope has struck gold as a jewellery maker. The Polokwane-based goldsmith encourages artisans to work frequently to improve their craft and develop new skills.
Molope trained as a jewellery maker in Italy for two years, thanks to a scholarship from the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) and a National Skills Fund bursary from the Department of Higher Education and Training.
After he completed his studies, he entered a training programme with the State Diamond Trader. His trade certificate enables him to operate as a goldsmith, the highest recognised jewellery-making qualification in the country.
“Time refines the skill… My skill right now as a goldsmith improves with the amount of time I take to make a piece"
Molope uses silver, elephant hair and precious metals to create his jewellery. The fire he needs to melt the materials burns at about 1 000 degrees Celsius.
The jeweller sells his products through word of mouth and social media.
He hopes to one day start a trade skills development centre to train artisans who want to enter the jewellery design field.
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