Nthabiseng Xaba helped found Sibahle Jewellery in 2005. Since then, it has become one of South Africa's prime up-and-coming forces in the jewellery business.
Township women Sibongile Sibiya and Molly Gallant helped her set up Sibahle in Pretoria. The company grew fast and now has its own manufacturing studio, where it employs a designer and four manufacturers.
Sibahle supplies retailers with a wide range of designs. Each necklace, bracelet, earring and ring features a strong African feel and touch.
The idea behind Sibahle was to celebrate South African heritage, says Xaba, the only founder left in the business.
"South Africa has an opulent heritage that is evident in its culture, traditions and customs. Our company aims to celebrate this diversity of life, the opulence, richness and rawness of Africa.
"Sibahle's mission is to reinstate a sense of pride in our natural heritage and to enhance the beauty of our nation through the country's natural resources," Xaba says.
The jewellery is designed to tell the story and traditions of African tribes. Nothing is imported. All the products are designed and made locally, using metal, natural elements, gemstones and indigenous beads.
Sibahle consciously uses the skills and services of rural women. Young talent is drawn from the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg.
The company will soon be working closely with award-winning designers at Sun Goddess, the first African fashion brand invited to the London Fashion Week.
Sibahle hopes to supply the company with a range of jewellery.
Xaba says Sibahle has established relationships with retail outlets around the country.
It supplies specialist outlets such as Reads Gallery in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and Statement Jewellers Showcase in Cape Town.