In a school holiday, young Johann Bothma starts working as a runner boy for the well-respected Erich Frey Jewellers in the Pretoria CBD. Here he is introduced to the manufacturing of creative handcrafted jewellery. After completing his National service, he starts his three year apprenticeship at Erich Frey under mentorship of Maurice Pitol .
Johann decides to go it alone, operating as sole proprietor under his own name, manufacturing handcrafted creative jewellery from a small apartment in Pretoria North.
1992 – 1993
They move to a bigger premises to make space for their expanding business. In 1993 Johannes Mogashoa starts working for Johann, the first of many apprentices and employees to work for and learn from Johann.
Altin Jewellers CC was officially born on 16 January 1995. Altin means ‘gold’ in Turkish.
Anneke Bothma, today equal owner of Altin Jewellers, takes over full-time responsibility for accounting, administration and personnel.
Altin Jewellers opens their Design Studio in Waterkloof Ridge.
On 5 November 2005 Liezl Botha starts working as a jewellery manufacturer at Altin. Currently still with Altin, Liezl is our longest employed team member.
2012 – Today
Altin Jewellers opens in shop G133, Parkview Shopping Centre, on 24 November 2012. The workshop is also located here. For the first time Altin Jewellers now operates from a retail premises.
Growing our staff
Portia Skosana joins the team in March 2013. Initially employed as a cleaner, she was eventually taught to do string work. Today all our pearl and bead necklaces and bracelets are strung by Portia.
Hesti Wade starts as a jeweller in March 2013, taking responsibility for the lost wax casting side of Altin’s manufacturing processes.
As our manufacturing capacity increase, it becomes apparent that we would need dedicated staff to help with stock and sales. Enters Clara Brits in October 2013, to be replaced by Nthabiseng Boshiane and Koketso Ndala in 2019, adding their considerable jewellery sales experience to our growing staff complement.
Jefta Mtoli starts in our workshop in March 2015 and Kgotso Mashigo, joining at the end of 2018, is our most recent addition to the workshop team.
The jewellery industry in South Africa has changed considerably over the last few years.
Jewellery is now largely manufactured with the aid of computer aided design (CAD), with rapid advances in technology putting pressure on manufacturers to keep abreast of it all without compromising on quality of design and workmanship.
Furthermore, producing quality one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces at competitive prices to increasingly spendthrift customers can be hard, requiring us to keep innovating on all fronts: design, manufacture, marketing and sales…
Here at Altin we feel we are up for the challenges that the future may hold. We have an ambitious, competent and passionate team, striving every day to make Altin Jewellers a household name in South Africa and well-known beyond…