A native of Montgomery, Alabama, she is thrilled to have been named the recipient of the Beyoncé Knowles-Carter x Lorraine Schwartz GIA Scholarship.
Audriana Osborne was one of three people who were personally selected by the Grammy Award-winning singer to receive the $ 20,000 scholarship, WSFA reports. The funds will help cover Osbourne’s tuition, fees, equipment, travel and other expenses for lab courses on the Gemological Institute of America campus.
“I am so full of gratitude. I am honored, and I am so excited for the opportunity, ”said Osborne. “The hope for me is to learn absolutely everything I can and to merge the knowledge I have now and the career I have now with a career in the jewelry industry.”
Renowned jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz has teamed up with the superstar to create the scholarship which awards three members of the black community with full tuition for the GIA Graduate Gemological Diploma. “His work for the black community is limitless and his efforts have inspired and made me extremely proud to be his friend and partner in this initiative,” Schwartz said of Beyoncé.
During a video conference announcing the winners, Beyonce congratulated the winners on their natural passion for gemology. “I was impressed with their passion and the knowledge of gemstones that so many contestants displayed,” said the Black is king said the singer. “I pray that this is just the start of opening more doors to diversity and raw inspiration in the jewelry industry.”
Osbourne shared similar feelings and expressed hope that other black jewelry designers will apply for the jewelry scholarship. “To be able to go back and show that we’re in this area and help the next person to come in and be able to be blessed with an opportunity like I have been today; to be able to get into this industry and even move forward and carry the torch, ”Osborne said.