Who doesn’t know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend? But how about diamonds are a girl’s business?
Sound hard to belief right?
Wait till you meet Thelma West – the diamond Jeweller. Not only has she built a successful business (Thelma West) in an industry where there are few Africans, talk more of women, she has raised a formidable 10 woman team to help her do it.
Thelma’s story is an interesting one.
At first she wanted to be an engineer. But soon after she left Nigeria for Britain at the age of 16, her passion for jewellery took over
At the age of 17, she headed for Antwerp, the world’s diamond capital. There, she enrolled at the internationally renowned Hoge Raad Voor Diamant school to hone her skills. She endured rejection for a while before an Orthodox Jew diamond dealer gave her a chance
Years later, she has a successful business running with a 10 woman team
Her dream is to empower more women and girls.
Her plans include to open a workshop in Nigeria she would “ train girls in the art of making jewellery”.