On the 2nd of January 2022, Wennick–Lefèvre opened the new
lapidary, Sunrise Facets, in Sri Lanka in partnership with our dear friend of 15 years, Nilanthi Thisera.
Together we’re building a cutting factory based on the values of equality, respect, and a healthy life/work balance.
Nilanthi is now the first woman in Sri Lanka to own and run a cutting factory.
The journey to a partnership across cultures doesn’t come without challenges along the way but when you face those
challenges as a team you can create something truly harmonious and beautiful.
The foundation for a great partnership
We met Nilanthi in 2008 while doing business at the Sri Lankan
lapidary, Beehive industries. She had worked her way from be-
ing a quality controller, to supervising over 1000 cutters and
handling the factory’s import and export.
That meant she was handling the orders for Wennick–Lefèvre.
We got to know her as a resourceful and responsible person
who was a joy to work with every time.
Over the years we had built mutual respect with one another
and when Beehive Industries unfortunately had to close its doors
in 2019, we decided to offer her a partnership with Wennick–
Lefèvre to build a new cutting factory together.
From working with her for over a decade, we knew we shared
similar values and that we had laid the foundation for a great
What made our partnership possible was that both Nilanthi
and we had a willingness to listen and understand each other’s
We understood that only by supporting your partner so that
they’re able to flourish, does your own business also grow.
Our similarities became apparent when we sat down to discuss
how we saw our partnership and how we could morph our
individual morals into the shared value set of our partnership.
Respect and equality are essential for us in our relationship as
partners but also as integrated values at the cutting factory.
It’s important to us that everyone feels and is a valuable mem-
ber of the team which should function as a family.
That means looking out for each other and supporting one
another in times of need.
We also agree that having a good life/work balance is paramount
to ensuring that everyone feels fulfilled and is motivated to do
their best every day.
Only by having this balance can we reach our full potential as
people and businesses and enable each other to grow.
Lastly, both Wennick–Lefèvre and Nilanthi are ambitious and
strive to achieve greater things than we can imagine presently.
We are open to learning along the way to transform ourselves
and take the lead in changing the industry for the better.
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