Johan & Adele van Tonder


Johan & Adele van Tonder are the husband/wife team that are Zadel Jewellery Studio operating from their design studio/gallery in picturesque Lions Bay, BC.

When opportunity presented itself in late 2008, it was without hesitation that they got the ball rolling to set up a new life here in Vancouver, B.C. This came to fruition in late 2010 when the Van Tonder Family planted roots in Canadian soil and could begin to share their enthusiasm & combined experience in the jewellery industry of more than 70 years with the Canadian market. Johan is a Master Goldsmith with more than 50 years under the belt and Adele has 25 years of designing and marketing under her wings.

Being a Master Goldsmith is to be efficient in all aspects of handmade & commercial jewellery manufacturing, gemmology, setting & designing and with these attributes Johan won four Jewellery Design competitions for the Chamber of Mines in South Africa.

As life unfolded for Adele her flair for the arts became apparent and her design style settled to a refined symmetrical style of jewellery, emphasis being on clean lines and highlighted stones, or as she puts it ‘style has to make sense’. Her areas of expertise are in management, retail, customer liaison, accounting but nothing is more prevalent than her passionate creative flair she exercises daily designing unparalleled creations for her clientele. This passion is enhanced with her knowledge and application of 3D Rhinoceros engineering in jewellery design. This facilitates the client in seeing the design from sketch, to magazine rendering to a wax prototype and finally a Master piece in the metal or medium of their choice. This wonderful form of interpretation was commended when she was crowned second runner up in the prestigious Jewellery Council/ Roland/ American Swiss/ Harmony Gold‘s prestigious WAX2MAX Jewellery Design competition in August 2008.

The Team show pride in their attention to the finest detail when designing, manufacturing and completing a perfect masterpiece of Platinum, Gold or Silver Jewellery ~ Recycling of previously loved pieces into a new heirloom ~ Repairs to all jewellery including Silver ~ Jewellery Refurbishing & Diamond checking service ~ Appraisals & Insurance Claims ~ All services provided in-house ~ We have a long history of successful repairs to Antique jewellery and silverware. We responsibly source our conflict-free diamonds, gemstones and other adornments from the most reputable and trusted dealers in Canada as well as worldwide. The quality of each manufactured piece of jewellery is guaranteed, and the total satisfaction of each and every client is of the utmost importance. Nothing is left to chance, and every step is carefully planned and fulfilled.

Our motto “Creativity knows no boundaries” epitomizes the passion we transcend to our clientele and we welcome you to Zadel Jewellery Studio.”

“Your interaction with us will be a meaningful and worthwhile experience.” – Johan & Adele van Tonder


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