“Whether it’s a diamond engagement ring given to begin a life together, a gift to celebrate an anniversary or accomplishment, or something “just because” to make that favourite someone feel special … we take dreams and wishes and make them a reality.
How can it get any better than that?”
– Ralph Vandenberg
The Vandenbergs experience is truly unique in today’s high pressure, low service world. We know that making your memories beautiful begins with pleasurable and breathtaking moments throughout the creative process.
Our team members have a combined 125 years of experience in all facets of the jewellery industry. Gemologists, designers and goldsmiths all work together and you become part of the creative process and have access to the knowledge and opinions of everyone on the Vandenbergs team.
As a family-owned business, we’re passionate about our legacy. That’s why we offer so much more than other stores that just sell jewellery. Taking care of your diamonds, gems and precious items is included. Free cleanings and check-ups, texture refurbishing, polishing, minor repairs while you wait – these are just a few of the benefits.
We’ll take care of your purchases and care for your memories ensuring they remain as perfect as the day they were purchased.
As the owner and lead designer at Vandenbergs, Ralph is proud to carry on his father’s legacy of unparalleled expertise and quality. There is little in the diamond and gem world that Ralph has not experienced first hand and he happily passes on his knowledge and expertise to his clients. Whether sourcing the perfect Canadian diamond or painstakingly designing a family heirloom, Ralph’s commitment is to making sure his clients are happy and involved.
Lori shares her husband’s passion for the jewellery and gem business and also brings more than 25 years of banking and financial expertise to support the company. Now a key member of the Vandenbergs team, Lori enjoys working closely with clients and ensures they are treated to the perfect Vandenbergs experience. Lori also keeps an eye on the finances, watching over inventory control and accounting.
Shelley is a graduate of the Canadian Jewellers Association’s Graduate Jeweller program. With over 30 years experience in the jewellery industry in Edmonton, Shelley brings a wealth of knowledge and important experience to her work with our valued clients. She is also our resident pearl expert and is responsible for the creation of many of our fabulous and unique pearl pieces.
Guillermo is our diamond specialist. He has studied Jewellery Making and Repair at North Bennet Street School in Boston. His studies continued with the GIA Diamonds and Diamond Grading course in New York, rough diamond evaluation at the Diamond Education College, diamond cutting and polishing at the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Diamond Training School, both in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has completed his Graduate Gemologist program at the GIA Carlsbad campus. Guillermo is fluent in English and Spanish.
Inah is a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary. An accomplished goldsmith and designer, Inah brings a technical perfection to her designing and loves challenging projects. 'Challenge accepted' is her long-standing motto. And our clients delight in challenging her with wonderful custom creations. In charge of our CAD designing department, she is comfortable with intricate designs. Inah is fluent in English and Korean.
Peter is our Head Master Goldsmith and Ralph's right-hand man. With over 40 years at the bench, 25 of them with Vandenbergs, Peter is an integral part of our team's success. And it’s no wonder as Peter learned his trade at his father’s side, as a young man. Peter is experienced in all forms of goldsmithing and keeps a close eye on every custom piece that Vandenbergs produces. Peter is fluent in Cantonese.
Jeff has been honing his trade to perfection with Vandenbergs for more than a decade. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Jeff is the definition of a Master Goldsmith. When he is working, Jeff’s advanced skill set makes even the most difficult work of art appear to come together with no effort. His technical expertise and his design sense come together instinctively for stunning results.
Nhi is the Master Repairman at Vandenbergs. With 20 years at the bench, Nhi makes every repair look easy. Nhi’s skills as a craftsman are exceptional and our customers are the beneficiaries as many repairs can be perfectly completed the same day and most repairs within the week. And with his skilled hands making the fix, no one will ever see where the repair was needed. Nhi is fluent in Vietnamese.
Diamond Cutter and Polisher
Chad was at the right place at the right time in his hometown of Yellowknife, NWT, when at the age of 19, he saw an ad in the local newspaper for an opportunity to go to the city of Yerevan in Armenia to learn how to cut and polish rough diamonds. He answered the call and the rest is, as they say, history. Chad is one of the top cutters in Canada.
Cheron is an enthusiastic sales associate. You'll find her in the store Thursday and Friday evenings. With 10 years of experience in the field, five with Vandenbergs, Cheron understands our clients and what they are looking for when making a special purchase. Cheron is also responsible for the beautiful jewellery images that you see in the store and on the Facebook page.