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.
Aphrodite Diamonds operates two different types of concessions on the West Coast of South Africa. These include a beach concession owned by a mining company; as well as a privately owned concession working off boats.
The boats are moored behind the treacherous breakers and sea divers operate giant suction pipes. The precious seabed gravel that is pumped from the ocean bed runs into a classifier that separates the larger stones from the gravel. The remaining gravel is then “jigged” which means that the diamonds are sorted from the gravel using a vibrating pan system.