Ask any woman and she’ll probably agree that you can never have enough jewellery. No matter how perfect an outfit, it’s always the jewellery and accessories that make it complete. Of course, here in South Africa, we’re lucky to blessed with loads of talented designers and we have the pick of the litter when it comes to finding unique jewellery pieces. One such designer is professional jeweller and gemologist, Janine Binneman. Janine and her team at Janine Binneman Jewellery create exquisite ready-to-wear and one-of-a-kind precious stone pieces, from engagement rings to occasion jewellery and classic must-haves for men and women. We sat down with Janine to find out why it’s important for South Africans to support local designers.
Over the years Janine has steadily grown her client base, many of whom have come back again and again, both out of their love for Janine’s work, and their love for Janine. Local celebrities like KFM’s Zoë Brown, model Tracy McGregor, and Smile90.4FM’s Lindy Hibbard all love her whimsical, elegant designs and it’s easy to see why! As wonderful as it is having celebrity clientele, it is also, important for us South Africans to follow in the celeb’s footsteps and support local designers like Janine.
“When you shop local, you are supporting your local economy, local designers, entrepreneurs and dreamers to build strong, dynamic and healthy communities,” explains Janine. “When we buy international brands, our money flows out of our country, it buys yet another mansion for a nameless CEO, by keeping the money local, you are helping us pay for school fees and make our dreams come true.”
But it’s not just about putting back into the local economy, Janine also believes that South African businesses have something unique to offer South Africans that overseas brands can’t. “We design and create for our people. We know the details of what life is like here in South Africa, we have the inside scoop about what locals want.”
It’s this inside scoop that filters into the ready-to-wear designs on the Janine Binneman Jewellery online store and in the custom work Janine does for clients. South Africans who buy Janine’s pieces will fall in love with the idea that at Janine Binneman Jewellery they don’t sell jewellery, they tell stories. “The life changing stories of our clients are reflected in the heirlooms we create. We adorn with soul, making each and every client feel like the unique and important person that they are.”
The ready-to-wear collection available on the Janine Binneman Jewellery online store offers a wide range of beautiful rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, and more with pieces ranging from R120 for a stamped charm to R7,590 for a 9ct gold Russian Twist Necklace.
Two lucky WomenStuff readers stand the chance to win a Janine Binneman Jewellery Wish Pendant Necklace valued at R265 each! To enter simply send your name, contact details, and the answer to the easy question below, to email@example.com – don’t forget to include the subject line; “JBJ Entry” in your email to be eligible to win.
Question: Visit the Janine Binneman Jewellery online store and tell us which is your favourite piece from the ready-to-wear collection and why.
Competition closes on Thursday 27 July 2017 at 17:00. One email entry per person please – read the rest of our competition terms and conditions here.