Diamonds and jewellery shopping
There are a number of designers and manufacturing jewellers of distinction in and around Cape Town. South Africa is world renowned for its gold and diamonds, so where better to create – and shop for – stunning accessories?
The Shimansky Collection (www.shimansky.co.za) boasts a unique diamond museum at its showroom and workshop at the Clock Tower in the V&A Waterfront. Find other branches at Canal Walk and Century City at the Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront and at the duty-free outlet at Cape Town International Airport.
Over the years Uwe Koetter (www.uwekoetter.co.za) has become one of the most renowned jewellery design and manufacturing companies in South Africa. Stunning and award-winning pieces created by the jeweller include rings, bangles, neck pieces and earrings. Visitors to the jeweller get to watch master designers and goldsmiths bring designs to life and learn how diamonds are graded. You’ll find the company’s head office on the fourth floor of Amway House at the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, as well as at the Westin Grand Hotel, the V&A Waterfront and in Kleinmond.
Describing itself as a “world-class, interactive shopping experience”, Bo-Kaap’s Jewel Africa (www.jewelafrica.com) offers visitors a holistic journey into the world of gemstones. Take a jewellery tour and share the experiences of a master diamond cutter or learn how exclusive designs are turned into custom-made works of art. The Jewel Africa showroom carries a range of top-quality loose diamonds, tanzanite and gemstones in addition to fine jewellery in gold, white gold and platinum. Find the company at 170 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town.
The aptly named Sparkling Tour at The Diamond Works (www.thediamondworks.co.za) offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating and precision-oriented world of diamond and jewellery manufacture. The tour, which is conducted in English, French, German, Swiss, Afrikaans, Chinese and Russian, is available on demand from 09h00 to 19h30 from Monday to Sunday, including public holidays. If it’s a specific piece you need made, an on-site designer and goldsmith will ensure that your unique piece is manufactured within 24 hours.
If you’re in search of quality rings, pendants, earrings and other classic jewellery items, visit Olive Green Cat (www.olivegreencat.com) at 51 Wale Street, Cape Town. You’ll meet a host of talented craftsmen and designers who draw on their skills and eye for detail to transform metal and gemstones into works of art.
African Shark Eco-Charters is a dynamic, professional eco-conservation great white shark diving company that operates from Simons Town, only 40 minutes from Cape Town.
Apex Shark Expeditions runs unique trips to view or dive with great white sharks. We are based at Seal Island in False Bay, and all trips leave from Simon’s Town, only 35 minutes from Cape Town.
Animal Ocean runs incredible trips to snorkel or SCUBA dive with playful seals at Duiker Island, just outside Houtbay and home to 15000 Cape Fur seals.
Southern Africa is a shark hotspot with one of the most biodiverse shark faunas in the world. Shark Explorers offers customised shark diving expeditions which take you directly to the sharks of Southern Africa.
Brightly coloured gemstones, in mounds on the floor, can be seen as a celebration of Southern Africa’s mineral wealth. But for visitors to the Scratch Patch, it is an opportunity to find and own their own little gems.
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