50 Years of preparation for today


At a time when the world was gripped by the cultural revolution of the 70s, a young couple, Ralph and Arlette Vantyghem, embarked on an entrepreneurial journey that would redefine the diamond business in Ontario. Since its inception in 1973, Vantyghem Diamonds has not only been synonymous with superior quality and exquisite craftsmanship but also a testament to a deep-rooted family legacy of commitment and perseverance.

From their humble beginnings, Ralph and Arlette, who migrated from Belgium to Canada, envisioned a diamond enterprise that upheld the highest standards of trust and ethical sourcing. Armed with the indomitable spirit of pioneers, they established their business in Ontario, focusing on selling loose diamonds to professional independent retail jewellers across the province.

Their dedication and uncompromising commitment to quality soon found them a niche in the competitive market. Over the years, they cultivated relationships built on trust and reliability with their clients. Ralph’s strong belief in the importance of trust in this industry became a core value for the company, one that would guide its operations and relationships with retailers for the next five decades.

As the company flourished, the baton passed to the next generation. Their son, Kevin Vantyghem, inherited not just a thriving business but a lineage characterized by the pursuit of excellence. Kevin’s upbringing in the diamond business and his unique insights led him to further refine and expand the company’s legacy.

Under Kevin’s leadership, Vantyghem Diamonds embraced innovation and cutting-edge technology. He revamped the inventory software management, optimized the buying process, and introduced the revolutionary Authentication Plate System™. These enhancements not only improved the company’s operational efficiency but also consolidated its reputation in the global diamond industry.

Yet, amid the evolution and growth, Vantyghem Diamonds has not lost sight of its origins. As Kevin said on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the company, “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.”

The company’s golden jubilee isn’t only about celebrating past successes, but it also highlights its ongoing commitment to social responsibility. As part of their 50th-anniversary celebrations, Vantyghem pledges to donate $5,000 USD to the Renaissance School Project, investing in the expansion of a school in Musina, South Africa.

From its base in Canada, Vantyghem Diamonds has touched shores far and wide, with its products reaching as far as the USA, the UK, Australia, Germany, and Japan. But the ambition doesn’t stop there. The company aims to extend its reach even further, with plans to evolve and grow in the next 50 years.

Today, as it marks its 50th year in the industry, Vantyghem Diamonds stands as a sparkling testament to a dream that took flight in the heart of Ontario. It is a story of a family’s commitment to quality, trust, and enduring relationships. And as the company looks towards the future, one thing is certain – the sparkle of Vantyghem Diamonds will continue to illuminate the global diamond industry for many more years to come.