IN SOUTH AFRICA ON A PERSONALLY GUIDED TOUR
Situated in the Clock Tower Precinct at the world-famous V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, The Shimansky Diamond Experience offers an exciting tour that lets you explore the fascinating world of diamonds like you’ve never seen it before. Set against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain, overlooking Robben Island and the Waterfront harbour, The Shimansky Diamond Experience lets you experience the beauty of South Africa’s most valuable treasure, in one of its most beautiful cities.
Discover the history of diamonds during your tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, see replicas of some of the world’s most famous diamonds, and witness how rough diamonds are transformed into mesmerising creations of fire and light in the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Workshops. See how these brilliant diamonds are set into jewellery creations such as engagement rings, earrings and pendants in the Jewellery Manufacturing Workshop, and browse the incredible jewellery creations in the Shimansky Showroom, where you’ll be shown a selection of signature, and traditional diamond cuts, and Shimansky-exclusive jewellery designs.
The Shimansky Diamond Experience is one of Cape Town’s most unique attractions for local and international visitors, and no visit to the city is complete without it.
CAPE TOWN DIAMOND MUSEUM
The only of its kind in Cape Town, the Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world’s most precious gem, the diamond. A gift from Shimansky to the City of Cape Town, it is a non-profit organisation dedicated to educating, and creating an appreciation for the world’s oldest and most beautiful gem.
During a tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum, you’ll witness a 3 billion year old story unfold as you’re taken through a diamond’s journey: from its creation at the core of the Earth, to the mine, and eventually, to the completed polished stone set in your precious jewellery creation.
Travel back in time and learn about one of the most significant happenings in South African history: the discovery of diamonds in Kimberley, and the subsequent Kimberley Diamond Rush. Hear all about the great names in diamond history such as Cecil John Rhodes and the Oppenheimer family, and discover how South Africa became one of the world’s top diamond producing countries.
You’ll also learn about the 4 Cs of diamond grading, and how a diamond’s value is determined by: Cut, Colour, Clarity and Carat weight. Your tour guide will explain why each diamond is unique, and what it is about them that make them so valuable.
Life-size replicas of famous diamonds such as The Hope Diamond, The Taylor Burton Diamond and The Star of Africa Diamond are on display, and you’ll have the opportunity of dressing up in miners’ gear to walk through a replica mine shaft, complete with sound and lighting to experience what it felt like to be a diamond miner.
DIAMOND AND TANZANITE SHOWROOM
Shimansky’s impressive diamond and tanzanite showroom is home to some of the most beautiful jewellery creations in South Africa. Enjoy a glass of South African wine, or a hot cup of freshly-brewed coffee while you browse exclusive Shimansky diamond and tanzanite jewellery and loose stones at your leisure. Try on some of our most well-known signature designs, such as the coveted Millennium Diamond Engagement Ring and the My Girl Diamond Engagement Ring.
Our friendly, knowledgeable consultants will guide you in finding the perfect jewellery creation for you, or your loved one.
PATENTED DIAMOND CUTS
There are more than five Shimansky internationally patented diamond cuts, the most famous of which are the My Girl Diamond and the Brilliant 10 Diamond. Exclusive to Shimansky, these diamond cuts can’t be found anywhere else in the world. During the Shimansky Diamond Experience you will learn about the characteristics of each of these unique diamond cuts, and find out what it is about them that makes them so exceptional.
GIA CERTIFIED LOOSE DIAMONDS
Each diamond in the world is unique, and the combination of its cut, clarity, colour and carat weight is what gives it its unique fingerprint. At the Shimansky showroom, you will find a wide variety of certified loose diamonds in different cuts and sizes. From Shimansky patented diamond cuts like the My Girl Diamond and Brilliant 10 Diamond, to traditional diamond cuts such as the emerald shape and marquise shape, you’ll be shown a variety of different cuts of loose diamonds, each one exquisitely polished by an experienced Shimansky expert.
Sourced directly from South African mines, Shimansky diamonds are conflict-free and graded by international, independent diamond laboratories such as the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the European Gemological Laboratory (EGL). All Shimansky diamonds are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity which states the diamond’s details. If you find a particular diamond of interest, this certificate is shown and explained to you by a consultant before a purchase is made.
DIAMOND CUTTING AND POLISHING
Shimansky diamonds are cut and polished in-house, and during your Shimansky Diamond Experience, you will witness brilliance in the making when you visit the Shimansky Diamond Cutting and Polishing Factory. The art of polishing and shaping diamonds is a precise and exact science, and requires years of experience to master. Witness first-hand how skilled diamond cutters transform rough diamonds into exquisite creations of fire.
JEWELLERY MANUFACTURING WORKSHOP
South Africa’s finest platinum and gold is used to create mesmerising jewellery creations in the Shimansky Jewellery Manufacturing Workshop. Innovative designs and superior artistry come to life through the latest modern laser technology combined with traditional handcraftsmanship. Watch as master craftsmen hand-make stunning jewellery creations, and see some of the methods used to achieve Shimansky signature designs.
Experience the magical process of a diamond or tanzanite jewellery creation taking shape, before it becomes a symbol of love and commitment in the form of an engagement ring, a wedding band, earrings, a bracelet, pendant or neck-piece that will be treasured for generations to come.
The workshops illustrate just how much work goes into each and every jewellery creation, and will give you a new appreciation for the intricacies of your own jewellery creations
SIGNATURE JEWELLERY DESIGNS
In addition to exclusive diamond cuts, there are over ten signature Shimansky jewellery designs that are internationally patented. During your personally guided tour, you’ll be shown all of the signature Shimansky jewellery collections, and will have the opportunity to try on some of your favourites items. Signature collections include the Millennium collection (known for the Millennium Diamond Ring, South Africa’s most coveted engagement ring), the Two Hearts collection, the Evolym collection, and Ayanda Queen of Tanzanite – Shimansky’s range of exclusive tanzanite creations to name a few.
BOOK YOUR DIAMOND EXPERIENCE TOUR
The Diamond Experience Tour is the perfect experience to add to your tour itinerary, all year round. Located at the Gateway to Robben Island, at the heart of the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, the tour operates 7 days a week, from 9am to 9pm. The duration of the tour is approximately 45 minutes.
Independent and group bookings are welcome, and complimentary transfers can be arranged upon request.
Kindly note, our diamond experience has been temporary closed due to Covid-19.