MEET OUR TEAM
Aphrodite Diamonds is the brainchild of Wynand Hendrikse; and together with his successful team they are the driving force behind this ever-growing company.
Situated in the heart of the beautiful town Stellenbosch, it has quickly become on of the local favourites for jewellery shopping. Not only do they have a very loyal South African client base; they also have a global exposure reaching into many of the important countries worldwide. During the last couple of years the Aphrodite Management Team has grown into a largely family based team.
Deriving its name from “Aphrodite”; originally known as the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure; it started out encompassing several facets of the diamond industry into one successful business. Today they have access to each part of the industry; offering a very unique product to their clients.
Not only do they mine and dive their own diamonds, they also have an on-site cutting works and gold smith, specializing in diamonds and custom made jewellery pieces.
Wynand has an extensive background in the diamond diving industry. Together with his wife Surea, they opened Aphrodite Diamonds in 2002.
Starting out as a partnership between the two; it has grown into a successful PTY Ltd today; employing 24 staff members.
Co-owner & Brand Manager
Surea has a keen eye for anything beautiful and is in charge of the general look and feel for Aphrodite Diamonds. She is also actively involved in the marketing and brand exposure of the company.
Herman, Wynand’s brother-in-law is the general manager and runs the retail setup in Stellenbosch. Coming from a varied background, including the IT; hospitality & marketing industry, he joined Aphrodite late 2004.
Annelize Du Plessis-Jonker
Admin and Boutique Manager
Annelize, Wynand’s sister-in-law is head of running the on-site boutique and head of the company’s admin department. Annelize also has an extensive background in the hospitality industry and a marketing degree.
Ansa van Wyk
Financial Manager (Accounts)
Ansa has lived and worked overseas a bit; but eventually found her place amongst the Aphrodite team.
Hylton has been in the jewellery industry for over four decades; and has really carved out his own unique place at Aphrodite over the last couple of years.
Cutting Works Manager
Ralph, originally from Johannesburg, relocated to the beautiful Stellenbosch a few years ago. With an extensive background in the diamond polishing industry he is an invaluable addition to the Aphrodite team.
Kennith, another great addition to the Aphrodite team, is our brilliandeerer. He is to a large extend, responsible for bringing out the sparkle of the diamonds being polished.
Their offices in Church street Stellenbosch includes the goldsmith’s onsite workshop; offering clients a quick turnaround time on their custom made jewellery pieces. With Hylton Rosenburg as master goldsmith and over 40 years of experience in the trade; you can be assured of only high quality work.
Being a member of the Diamond Club of South Africa, as well as the WFDB (World Federation of Diamond Bourses), you can rest assured of the source of Aphrodite diamonds. These institutions are regulated by very strict rules and comply with the Kimberley Process.
The cutting works is onsite as well, offering clients a unique glimpse into the process of cutting and polishing diamonds. With the help of some of the newest technology in cutting and planning systems like the OGI; a lot of attention is put into ensuring perfectly polished diamonds.
Aphrodite Diamonds has mining sites on the West Coast of South Africa and is likely one of the only; if not the only jeweller worldwide that can offer exposure from the source to the end product.
For the adventurous client; there can even be organized a special experience of diving for your own diamond. This is not for the faint at heart though; working in mostly treacherous environments under water.
One of the secrets to their success is the combination of all of the above with exceptional service and always going that extra mile for their clients.
❖ At Aphrodite, we have experts on site, which will be able to help you decide on and design your dream ring.
❖ Choose a diamond to suite your personality and take part in the process of creating your ring.
❖ If time is of the essence, stroll through our boutique and select one of our exquisite jewellery pieces to your liking.
An Aphrodite Diamond is an individual experience that has been skillfully crafted to embrace the legacy of the most precious stone of all.