I haven’t visited Cape Town much due to the distance but the few times I have been able to, I try to tour the city as much as I can.
It is said that jewelry is the ultimate expression of love and desire. The gift that forms a lasting impression.
This past weekend, I met up with a friend and got to check out the ‘hidden’ Diamond Museum.
I am not really into jewelry, let alone fancy jewelry like diamonds, but there was a spark of interest when I got to know of the Museum.
South Africa otherwise known as Africa’s treasure chest, is one of the leading export in the world when it comes to gold, diamonds, platinum, chrome, manganese, vanadium and vermiculite. The discovery of these minerals has played an important role to the economy growth of the country.
Located around one of the busiest main streets in Cape Town, this tiny museum is in the basement of a jewelry store where the owner has voluntarily dedicated the space to share his passion in diamonds.
Mostly known as a jewelry store, the museum itself is not well advertised, unless you come across their website where you can book a tour. Although most people although get to hear about the museum through word of mouth. Incase you walk in, which I did, a guided tour can be offered on request depending on the staff availability. The museum is also really small making it easy for a self guided tour.
After the tour, one is able to get a basic knowledge of the history of diamonds and gold which are the main stones for jewelry making. One also gets to know the different kinds of stones and how they are extracted/mined.
For those who are like me, your assured of walkig away with something new learned like how to tell the difference between a fake diamond and a real diamond, including the terms used to identify different stones.
If you happen to be shopping for a nice expensive jewelry or even an engagement ring for your significant other, the store itself has some great pieces and a wide variety to chose from. They also do customized jewelry as well as cleaning and polishing. 💎💍✨
Best part about this specific museum, is that it’s FREE!! Personally this is an added bonus especially if you are a tourist on budget like I am.