Kitchener-based Vantyghem Diamonds marks a special milestone in the diamond business.
Since 1973, Vantyghem Diamonds have been at the forefront of selling exquisite diamonds. This June, their company celebrates its 50th year in the industry as a provider of certified ethically sourced natural diamonds to professional independent retail jewelers.
Kevin Vantyghem carries on the family name from his mother and father, Ralph and Arlette Vantyghem, who immigrated to Canada and set up their business selling loose diamonds to professional independent retail jewelers. Kevin has taken the baton from his parents and continues to steer the family business towards new horizons ahead of their golden anniversary.
“That’s part of celebrating the 50th is the longstanding relationships and business model you have. You wouldn’t be around for 50 years if you weren’t doing something right,” Kevin Vantyghem said.
One reason they’ve stayed in business for 50 years is their core value of trust. It started with the trust Ralph Vantyghem put in retailers and them into him for carrying his diamonds starting back in the 70s, and that continues with his son Kevin as he continues to forge valuable relationships with independent jewelers.
“Thanks to my partners, the independent retailers, for supporting us for so many years. They’re a very vital part of why we are who we are, and where we are today,” Kevin Vantyghem added.
As part of their 50th-anniversary celebrations, Vantyghem pledges to donate $5,000 USD to a cause that’s close to his heart; The Renaissance School Project, an initiative through the Young Diamantaires. This project will invest in the expansion of a school in Musina, South Africa, reflecting the company’s commitment to social responsibility beyond their business endeavors.
With deep roots in the Canadian market, Vantyghem has branched out to build footholds internationally. From the USA to the United Kingdom to Australia to Germany and Japan. The company aspires to expand even further over the next 50 years.
“The goal is to continue growing and changing where change needs to happen, but also sticking to our philosophies and what has gotten us to this point,” Vantyghem said. “I always say: ‘We’re better today than we were six months ago.”‘
To find out more about Vantyghem Diamonds, visit VantyghemDiamonds.com.