The family behind Jeanco Jewellers design and manufacture jewellery – but not in the ‘old school’ way.
The use of 3D printers has revolutionised the process, increasing efficiency and accuracy, while engaging the customer every step of the way.
An initial consultation often involves all three jewellers – Jean-Thereze, Juan and Chaznel Steenkamp – and includes a chance to look through tray after tray of glittering precious and semi-precious stones – there are around 250,000 to choose from.
Jean-Thereze uses CAD (computer aided design software) to create each piece.
Once the customer is happy with the concept, Juan produces a highly accurate plastic prototype on a 3D printer so that details can be fine-tuned. The system allows a bespoke piece to be delivered with speed, efficiency and precision.
The use of the latest technology has not changed the family’s personal approach to their work. “Our passion is really for that one-on-one creative process,” Juan says.
As well as making bespoke pieces, Jeanco Jewellers also has cabinets and drawers packed with a selection of rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They also remodel and repair jewellery.
The Steenkamps have lived on the Coast for four years and recently shifted their business from Milford to Stanmore Bay. They love the new, three minute commute. “We feel as though we slept here for five years, but now we are going to actually live here,” Jean-Thereze says.
Seventeen-year-old Chaznel, a former Kingsway College student, creates her own designs as well as taking care of ordering stock and parts, valuations and supplier communications. She started helping out with the business at a young age and it looks likely that some of the family’s other three children may eventually join in too – 12-year-old Dudley is often by his father’s side in the workshop.