Diamonds and Jewellery
In the nation's fabric and in Cape Town
Much of the modern South Africa has been built on the economic spoils from the mining of precious metals and diamonds, with their discovery resulting in a huge influx of prospectors and business into the country back in the 1800’s.
Big, Bigger, Biggest
The Cullinan diamond discovered near Pretoria in 1905, was the largest diamond of any colour ever discovered until the same mine produced in 1985 what remains the largest diamond ever unearthed - the 545 carat Golden Jubilee Diamond. Mining continues to this day and as a result we have access to some of the finest examples of diamonds, gemstones and the precious metals used to produce jewellery and art of exceptional quality and unique design. All of this is available from a wonderful selection of distinguished designers and jewelers across the city, from large commercial operations to smaller more intimate boutiques.
The jewels in our crown
The Cape Town Diamond Museum and the Shimansky Diamond Experience can both be enjoyed from a gorgeous showroom and workshop in the unique Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront. For more on this experience, and to book click here.
Another shiny experience includes the Museum of Gems and Jewellery that is part of the well-known Prins & Prins family-owned jewellery shop, with a distinct selection of engagement and diamond rings, tanzanite and precious stones.
Uwe Koetter, another local jewellery designer and manufacturer has a wonderful showroom in the elegant Cape Quarter. Visitors can observe master designers and goldsmiths working to bring designs to life in a uniquely Cape Town setting.
Situated in the lively and historic Bo Kaap, Jewel Africa offers visitors a jewellery tour and look at how exclusive designs are turned into bespoke artworks. The Jewel Africa showroom carries a range of top-quality loose diamonds, tanzanite and gemstones in addition to fine jewelry in gold, white gold and platinum.
The Sparkling Tour at The Diamond Works offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating and precision-oriented world of diamond and jewellery manufacture, is available on demand from 09h00 to 19h30 from Monday to Sunday, including public holidays.
A new generation of talent
Enjoy being pampered at Mangwanani Spa at Zevenwacht Wine Estate along the famous Stellenbosch Wine Route.
For centuries, mankind has looked upon climbing, hiking and scaling Table Mountain, our wonder of nature as the ultimate challenges – until the discovery of the exhilarating activity, Abseiling, that is!
Diamonds and the associated jewellery are very much engrained in the history of South Africa, with many global diamond and metal mining giants originating here.
Freshly cut flowers – including fynbos species such as king and pincushion proteas, depending on the season – are available from the friendly flower sellers in Adderley Street, where this trade has operated for the past 100 years. These flowers are generally a lot cheaper than anywhere else.
Located at the Diepkloof Airfield – around 70km from Cape Town and 12km north of Malmesbury – Mother City SkyDiving is driven by a passionate team of full-time extreme air-sports professionals with many hours of airtime and thousands of jumps each.
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